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  • Preventing spinal cord injuries in athletes

    Preventing spinal cord injuries in athletes

    Tuesday, October 4 2016 6:26 PM EDT2016-10-04 22:26:33 GMT
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    Spinal cord injuries are not considered common on the football field, but they can be dramatic.  In some cases, those injuries can lead to paralysis.  

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    Spinal cord injuries are not considered common on the football field, but they can be dramatic.  In some cases, those injuries can lead to paralysis.  

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  • Columbus doctor addresses concussions in sports

    Columbus doctor addresses concussions in sports

    Tuesday, August 30 2016 6:13 PM EDT2016-08-30 22:13:50 GMT
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    A lot has changed recently in the world of sports to help prevent concussions among athletes. New rules are now in place for football and soccer players at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.  

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    A lot has changed recently in the world of sports to help prevent concussions among athletes. New rules are now in place for football and soccer players at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.  

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  • How to protect yourself from the flu virus

    How to protect yourself from the flu virus

    Thursday, January 12 2017 7:03 PM EST2017-01-13 00:03:44 GMT
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    Georgia has seen its first flu-related death this year, and 108 people have been hospitalized so far this season in our area due to the flu. The health department says the individual who died from the flu was elderly, but it can strike anyone at any time. 

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    Georgia has seen its first flu-related death this year, and 108 people have been hospitalized so far this season in our area due to the flu. The health department says the individual who died from the flu was elderly, but it can strike anyone at any time. 

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No pain, no gain...that's the exercise mantra, but maybe it's time for a new one.  A new study says that walking is just as good for your heart as vigorous  exercise, like jogging or doing aerobics. The Harvard study on post-menopausal women found that brisk walking led to a  30% lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke.. And more vigorous exercise wasn't any better. Experts say the findings should apply to all men and women. So how much do you have to walk? 30 minutes five days a week. But you can split those thirty minutes into 10 minute increments. So a brisk ten minute walk in the morning, another at lunch, and another in the evening will do the trick. But what exactly does "brisk" mean? The study author says it means walking a mile in 15 minutes..We asked  personal trainer Melinda Gore to show us what that pace looks like .She said , "You should feel your heart beating, but you shouldn't feel out of breath. You should still be able to carry on a conversation."

 

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