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THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 25 - NO. 7 - JULY 97


  • The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) has proposed measures to reduce the number of injuries in spring football practice, according to the May 12, 1997, issue of The NCAA News. The NCAA Injury Surveillance System has found that since 1988, the injury rate for spring football practice has been more than double that for fall practice. (See "Injury Survey Raises Concerns," February 1996.) According to the data, spring football has higher rates of significant injuries such as concussions and anterior cruciate ligament tears. The proposal calls for reducing the number of contact practices from 10 to 5 (maintaining 15 total practice days), requiring the first 2 practice days to be noncontact, and banning shoulder pad use in noncontact practices. The NCAA is accepting input from football and coaching groups, and it hopes to consider a final proposal this fall so that any rule changes can be in place for 1998 spring football.

  • The top 10 list of most popular sports, according to the newest figures from the National Sporting Goods Association in Mt Prospect, Illinois, includes exercise walking, swimming, bicycle riding, exercising with equipment, fishing, camping, bowling, billiards/pool, basketball, and motor/power boating. The 10 fastest growing sports are snowboarding, soccer, target shooting, softball, kayaking/rafting, alpine skiing, backpacking/camping, racquetball, canoeing, and billiards/pool.

  • Here's a fun way to motivate your patients or office staff to exercise: enable them to run, bike, or swim across Delaware (36 miles), Texas (661 miles), or the whole United States (2,775 miles). The American Running & Fitness Association (ARFA) in Bethesda, Maryland, recently launched its "Exercise Across America" campaign. Participants "travel" across the country by recording their workout mileage in a special log. Patients can order a free brochure from the ARFA that includes game rules, a log book, and exercise tips. To order, have patients send a self-addressed stamped (55¢) envelope to Exercise Across America Challenge, c/o ARFA, 4405 East West Hwy, Suite 405, Bethesda, MD 20814. The ARFA also has a variety of kits for implementing group challenges.

  • An online resource for physicians who treat obese patients and for patients who want to lose weight can be found at https://www.shapeup.org, the Web site for Shape Up America! Founded by former US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, Shape Up America! is a national coalition that promotes healthy weight and increased physical activity. Among the goodies for physicians is an obesity treatment guide; for patients, there's a handy body-mass- index calculator and a recipe archive and calorie planner.


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