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A Pre-Game Routine Can Boost an Athlete's Performance: Study

NBA great Michael Jordan had a special ritual he would follow before every free throw: He would assume a shoulder-width stance, spin the basketball in his hands, bounce the ball three times, and then spin the ball once more while focusing on the rim before finally taking his shot.

Now, new research suggests similar routines could improve your sports performance, whether you're an amateur ...

Golf Cart Injuries Keep Rising Among U.S. Kids

Golf carts aren't just for golfing anymore: They also abound in retirement communities, on farms, and at sporting and other events.

But the downside of that newfound popularity may be that an increasing number of children and adolescents are injured from the carts each year, a new study suggests.

A research team from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found more than 63,...

Keep Your Kids Safe From COVID While Playing Sports

COVID-19 shouldn't keep budding athletes on the sidelines. But it's critical to keep them safe from the coronavirus while playing sports.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association has some timely tips.

COVID vaccines for those 12 and older have been a game changer for many families. Being fully vaccinated can make returning to sports safer, the association said.

But for kids...

Knee Replacement Won't Keep Golfers Off the Course

Golf after total knee replacement is apparently par for the course.

Researchers say most golfers can return to the links within five months of surgery and play as well -- or as poorly -- as they did before.

"A lot of patients come to the office wondering when they're going to be able to play or if they are going to ever be able to play, and if they can expect to be better or worse a...

Could Taking a Swing at Golf Help Parkinson's Patients?

For helping Parkinson's patients improve their balance and mobility, golf may beat the martial art exercise tai chi, a new, small study reveals.

"Exercise is well-known to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease," said study author Dr. Anne-Marie Wills, noting it helps to improve gait, balance and fatigue, while offering a measure of depression relief. Several human and animal studies h...

Help Young Athletes Keep Their Competitive Edge During Pandemic

There are a number of ways that young athletes can maintain their conditioning while away from their sports during the coronavirus pandemic, an expert says.

"Although competitive practice or play isn't an option for most right now, athletes should create and stick to a routine, just as if they were with the team. A conditioning routine should incorporate cardiovascular movements, weight a...

Time Spent on the Links May Lengthen Life

Grab your golf clubs. Spending a day on the green at least once a month may lower the risk of early death among older adults, a new study finds.

About 25 million Americans play golf, which is a sport that can reduce stress and yield exercise benefits. Social in nature and played at a controlled pace, people often continue enjoying the sport into old age.

"Our study is perha...

Walking, Not Riding, Boosts Health in Golfers With Knee Woes

Walking the golf course instead of riding in a cart offers heart health benefits that may outweigh potential joint harm for golfers with knee osteoarthritis, a new small study reports.

The study included 10 golfers with knee osteoarthritis who played two 18-hole rounds of golf. They walked the course in one round and used a golf cart in the other round.

Walking did increase...