All Articles by Lindsey Barton Straus, JD

Does Body Shaving Increase MRSA Risk?

Players who reported body shaving are 6.1 time more likely to develop MRSA infections. Shaving genitals or the groin was associated with a higher infection risk than shaving other body sites.

Minimize Head Injury Risk By Monitoring Field Hardness

A properly maintained playing surface can help reduce head injury risk. Whether natural or synthetic turf, field management practices directly affect field hardness and, in turn, the risk of head injury. As a result, monitoring field hardness is key.

Dizziness After Sport-Related Concussion: Could Vestibular And Physical Therapy Be Missing Treatment Option?

While physical and cognitive rest during the period immediately after concussion is widely considered the cornerstone of concussion management, it might hinder recovery in those patients whose dizziness is the result of an injury to the cervical spine, who might benefit more from early, aggressive and active treatment for their dizziness.

Reducing Weight of Baseball May Increase Risk Of Injury To Youth Baseball Pitchers

Using a lighter baseball would not significantly increase batted-ball impact injuries to position players in youth baseball, but would likely increase such injuries to pitchers, suggests a first-of-its-kind study.

Preventing and Treating Common Skin Conditions Among Athletes

No matter the sport, athletes are prone to five dermatologic issues: blisters, turf burns, athlete's foot, acne mechanica and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Here are some prevention and treatment tips from a dermatologist.

New Study Claims Strict Rest After Concussion May Not Speed Recovery

Strict physical and cognitive rest in the five days immediately after concussion does not help teens recover more quickly than taking it easy for one to two days after injury and then returning to school, finds a new study.

NFHS Recommends Limits On Full-Contact Practices In High School Football

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has approved a set of nine recommendations developed by a 24-member task force for minimizing the risk of concussions and head impact exposure in high school football which will be implemented for the 2015 football season.

Counting Pitches Can Save Young Players' Arms But Not Always Used Consistently

Guidelines on how many pitches young athletes should throw have been developed to stem the tide of overuse injuries, but many coaches are not following the recommendations consistently, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2014 National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Heading in Youth Soccer: The Debate Continues

A new youth soccer safety campaign urging middle schools and under-14 soccer leagues to eliminate heading in the sport has sparked renewed interest in the controversial issue, but is also being criticized for advancing a slanted view of the science.

Most Food and Beverage Consumed At Youth Baseball Games Unhealthy, Study Finds

High-calorie snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages dominate the concession stand menus at youth baseball games, finds a new observational study, contributing to unhealthy dietary practices for children and adults.