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Addressing mental health issues in the athlete

Addressing mental health issues in the athlete


Everyone has symptoms of some type of mental health issue at some time in life when one or several stressors overwhelm the person’s ability to self-regulate or repair. The symptoms are usually, and arbitrarily, labeled either physical or mental. This artificial dichotomy usually does not align with the affected person’s reality. Rarely is an athlete with a strained hamstring not also worried about the injury or distressed by the pain. Similarly, the most common initial warning signs ...

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Causes of Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

Causes of Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes


Death by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a rare event in the young athlete. In the United States, elite athletes are viewed as near invincible because of their incredible physical feats. Nevertheless, it is reported that the rate of collegiate athlete death due to SCA is higher than that of high school athletes, with a suspected 110 SCA deaths annually in the United States among young athletes (Casa et al. 2012). Any time a tragedy of this proportion occurs, the public reacts with disbelief, and ...

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How to identify celiac disease

How to identify celiac disease


Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract and is thought to be triggered by dietary gluten in affected individuals. The disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the small intestinal mucosa, which leads to atrophy of the small intestinal villi and subsequent malabsorption (Pelkowski and Viera 2014). Celiac disease affects approximately 1% of the U.S. population and typically occurs in persons of European ancestry as well as persons of Middle ...

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Identifying Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm

Identifying Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm


The terms exercise-induced asthma (EIA) and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) are often used interchangeably, but EIB specifically denotes the reduction in lung function that occurs after a standardized exercise test (Carver 2009). More recently, the term exercise-induced bronchoconstriction has been introduced as actual spasm of the airways does not always occur. Some clinicians use EIA to describe individuals with known asthma who have bronchoconstriction during exercise. However, ...

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