Anyone tuning into a hockey game in the heat of playoff action can see that players put their all on the ice—often sacrificing their bodies to the sport. Aggressive play often leads to aggressive injuries, but are players taking more time to protect their minds after suffering concussions and head injuries? A new Canadian study — produced by the University of Calgary in cooperation with the National Hockey League (NHL) — found that while incidence of concussion have gone down, the time it takes to recover has gone up.
In the study, published by Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers examined 559 incidents of concussions (classified as head injuries caused by traumatic force) experienced by NHL players between 1997 and 2004. With an estimated 1.8 concussions per 1000 NHL player-hours, the study found that those suffering head injuries reported the most common post-impact symptoms as headache and dizziness.
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Someone might want to tell the people half-heartedly peddling the stationary bike while reading a magazine, drinking a smoothie and updating their mobile Facebook: that low-to-no intensity workout isn’t going to cut it under Canada’s new physical activity guidelines.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has updated Canada’s guidelines for physical activity to take into account two important factors: intensity and scheduling. The new rules—which incorporate ratings of intensity—appeal to Canadian’s to complete at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. According to McMaster University professor and president of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Audrey Hicks, the flexibility of these revised guidelines allow busy adults to tailor a fitness program to fit into their schedule.
If Canadians are able to follow these new guidelines, they can hopefully enjoy the healthy benefits of exercise: living longer, fuller lives and reducing the risk of chronic illnesses.
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