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Sports-Related Concussion

10/30/2014 | ExerciseSafety

Helmet to helmet contact; head to head contact; head to ground contact and head to ball contact are the leading causes of concussions in high school sports. While high school football leads the statistics in sports-related concussions, studies have shown that girls may be more prone to concussions. What is a concussion and how are they caused? A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a direct blow to the head or a whiplash effect to the head that disrupts the normal functioning…

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Why your hips may be wearing out too early

10/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Hip disease and treatment are often linked to aging, but here’s the reality: hip problems don’t discriminate based on age. What you didn’t know about hip disease Many hip problems start at birth with anatomical differences. Those variations can put excessive wear on joints long before aging is a factor. Active people, especially young athletes, are vulnerable to premature osteoarthritis if their conditions aren’t detected early enough. Hidden abnormalities can take their…

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The Effects of Daylight Savings Time

10/28/2014 | CommunityAnnouncements

The switch to daylight savings time can cause symptoms akin to the jet lag you might have when you cross time zones. In general, it takes about one day to adjust for each hour of time change. If you are currently getting enough sleep and sleeping well, you may not notice much of a change. However, if you are having trouble sleeping or getting by on less than seven hours nightly, you may have negative effects related to the time change. These may include:  Decreased performance Lack of concentration…

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Nine simple exercises to help seniors avoid falls

10/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Count yourself lucky if you fall without breaking a bone, especially if you’re over the age of 70. Falling is a serious trauma to the body at any age, but even more so for seniors. If you’ve recently had a fall, consider asking your physician for an evaluation to identify any balance issues. Many weaknesses related to poor balance can be addressed through physical therapy or strengthening exercises, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, COMT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation…

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Injury Report Weekly โ€“ Week 8

10/23/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Need an edge in your fantasy football league? Get the latest insights from this week's episode of Injury Report Weekly where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack analyze key NFL injuries and make recommendations for your fantasy football lineups. This week’s report and analysis includes: Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts (discussion begins at 0:55) Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts (discussion…

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Halloween Safety and Healthy Candy Alternatives

10/23/2014 | Healthy EatingSafety

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for young children.  Our goal as adults is to try to make it both a fun and safe experience. Trick-or-treating can be dangerous if parents are not careful and cautious about their children’s surroundings. Are you taking appropriate measures for Halloween this year?  Below you will find answers to a few commonly asked questions: How can I choose an appropriate costume for my child? Choosing costumes is a very important part of…

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Nine things that put seniors at risk for a fall

10/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

One of the most noticeable effects of aging is a decline in the body’s natural ability to stand upright and balanced. There are as many reasons for poor balance as there are medical conditions, from heart arrhythmia and vestibular problems (parts of the inner ear and brain that control balance), to low blood pressure and dehydration. Reactions to drugs can also cause dizziness that affects balance. All these factors explain why falls are the leading cause of death in people over 75. “By…

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Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Violence

10/21/2014 | WellnessSafety

No one should live in fear. But for one out of four women the threat of domestic violence means living in constant fear. According to he National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year. It’s important to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and violence, not only in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but all year round. Most women, or men, who are suffering from abuse will try to…

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Cold & Flu Myths and Facts

10/21/2014 | WellnessHome Care

It’s tough to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Should you starve a fever? Feed a cold? Drink more orange juice? Separate cold and flu facts from myths to keep from getting sick this year. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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What to Eat or Avoid Before Bed

10/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

What you eat before bedtime can affect how well you sleep. As a rule of thumb, it’s best not to eat within an hour of going to sleep. A good bedtime snack, however, can help you relax and prepare for a night of rest. Depending on what you consume, food before bedtime can either help you sleep better or keep you from getting enough rest. Here’s what to avoid eating if you want to sleep: Caffeine: This may seem obvious since caffeine is a known stimulant, but most people don’t realize…

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