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New study finds fault in hyperspecialization in youth sports

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Hyperspecialization, when kids give up all other sports to focus in on one year-round, seems like the obvious track in building a star player. But, a recent study from UCLA proves diversification at a young age actually has more performance benefits in the long run.

Playing through thigh injury right call for LeBron James, and all athletes

LeBron James is down with a thigh contusion after taking a knee to his thigh while driving the basket.

When LeBron James suffered a deeply bruised thigh contusion in Monday night’s game against Charlotte, most people would have understood if he needed to take a timeout. But by continuing to play, he actually did the best thing he could for his injury.

Sliding headfirst into first base increases risk of hand, wrist and thumb injuries MLB players setting bad examples for today's youth

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Major league baseball players who slide headfirst into first base are setting a bad example for today’s youth. Not only is sliding headfirst slower that just running through the base, it also puts kids at a higher risk of injuries to their hands, wrists and thumbs.

Helmets don’t reduce the risk of concussion, but have other benefits

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Parents often ask me if there’s one type or brand of helmet on the market that I would recommend to help reduce their child’s risk of concussion. You may be surprised to learn that research shows helmet use doesn’t reduce the risk of concussion at all.

Are the latest virtual reality return-to-play performance measures the wave of the future?

Kobe Bryant's return to the game too soon may have lead to the injury in his other knee.

Typically, return-to-play decisions are clinical guesswork. But as we enter the year 2014, there are some new virtual reality-type performance tools that can more precisely indicate an athlete’s injury deficiency, as compared to his baseline measurement.

Bengals punter Huber suffered the mildest type of neck injury: Clay shoveler’s fracture

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When people hear neck injury, they think it’s serious, for good reason. But this Kevin Huber of the Cincinnati Bengals suffered the mildest type, and in about 4 to 6 weeks, it will have healed on its own.