Youth Concussion Recommendations Updated

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its concussion recommendations to support children and teens engaging in light physical activity and returning to school as they recover. The report, revised for the first time in eight years, also advises against complete removal of electronic devices, such as television, computers and smartphones, following a concussion.… Continue reading Youth Concussion Recommendations Updated

Exercise Improves Brains With Alzheimers

A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team finds that neurogenesis -inducing the growth of new neurons — in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Their investigation shows that beneficial effects on cognition can be blocked by the hostile inflammatory… Continue reading Exercise Improves Brains With Alzheimers

Why Your Brain Wants You To Lift Heavy

Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have given new meaning to the concepts of brain power and mind-muscle connections. Their study suggests “strongly” that the development of physical strength improves as much from training the nervous system as it does from exercising the muscles controlled by it. In the past few years, research has shown… Continue reading Why Your Brain Wants You To Lift Heavy

Your Key To Weight Loss May Be Your Brain

Cut calories or learn to use your brain to lose weight? It may be both, with an emphasis on the brain part. Behavioral therapy may be as important as caloric reduction, if a new McGill University study is to be believed. The study revealed that people who enjoy more success at weight loss exhibit more… Continue reading Your Key To Weight Loss May Be Your Brain

6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow

“He’s slow. Other kids are running by him.” “Her coach says she’d play more, but she’s not fast enough.” “He used to be faster than all the other kids. I’ve done everything I can do, now I need help.” “She needs to be faster. We have the hurdles and ladders, but I can’t get her… Continue reading 6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow

Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may… Continue reading Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

Brain Injuries, Activity and Recovery

The findings of this Columbia University research may impact our approach to rehabilitating the injured brain. It has long been thought that after a brain injury, whether a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or something like a concussion, that long periods of total rest were the appropriate recovery intervention. New research from Columbia University may be… Continue reading Brain Injuries, Activity and Recovery