Exercise, Fitness & Sports Medicine


  Exercise, Fitness & Sports Medicine
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The benefits of physical activity have been extolled throughout western history, but it was not until the second half of this century that scientific evidence supporting these beliefs began to accumulate. The body responds to physical activity in ways that have important positive effects on musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and endocrine systems. These changes are consistent with a number of health benefits, including a reduced risk of premature mortality and reduced risks of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes mellitus. Regular participation in physical activity also appears to reduce depression and anxiety, improve mood, and enhance ability to perform daily tasks throughout the life span.
Sports Medicine: Uses holistic, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary approach to health care for those engaged in a sporting or recreational activity. The American College of Sports Medicine identifies ancient roots for the approach. The Indian Ayur-Veda, dating to 800 BC, prescribes exercise and massage for rheumatism, and the Greek historian Herodotus (ca. 480 BC) commented on the therapeutic benefits of physical exercise in moderation guarded against disease. The field has burgeoned with the worldwide rise in organized sports and individual exercise, which began in the early 1950's. It now embraces attempts to refine understanding of human kinesiology, to detail the physiology of exercise, and to determine the powers of exercise in preventing and reversing disease. Stedman's Medical Dictionary 26th edition, William & Wilkins, 1995.

Internet Guides
Links to the Other Sites in the Sports Medicine Community
from The Physician and Sportsmedicine Online,
MedWeb: Sports Medicine
sites compiled by the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library of Emory University
Yahoo: Health: Fitness
Resources compiled for the Yahoo directory
Yahoo: Recreation: Sports
Resources compiled for the Yahoo directory
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Internet Sites
Anabolic Steroid Abuse
This site from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) includes resources on abuse of anabolic steroids from the NIDA and other sources.
Body Mass Index JavaScript Example
Calculator for Body Mass Index with links to some information on interpreting BMI
Diving Medicine Online
Diving and undersea medicine resources for medical and non-medical audiences.
Information and products for fitness professionals from the publishers of Fitness Magazine.
Microform Publications of Human Movement Studies
A publications database of theses and dissertations from the International Institute for Sport and Human Performance (IISHP) covering Health, Physical Education, Recreation Exercise and Sport Sciences.
NISMAT: Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma
This hospital-based clinic offers information on various disciplines within sports medicine, including orthopedics, athletic training, physical therapy, and nutrition.
Nutrition and Physical Activity : Publications
Full text of publication from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health
An NIH Consensus Statement created December 18-20, 1995.
Physical Activity and Health: a Report of the Surgeon General
Full text of the report published in 1996 by the The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Presents health information for the endurance athlete
Th Abdominal Training FAQ
Back Pain Toronto, Relief For Sciatica and Nerve
The Low Back Clinic is the leading provider of spinal decompression in Toronto for people with chronic back pain.
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Organizations, Associations, and Agencies
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Information for members and the general public, including full text of some AAOS publications, and annual meeting abstracts, and online CME courses.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
Information about the organization and its activities
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Information about the organization, its publications and activities.
Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine
Background information on the organization.
Road Runners Club of America
The Road Runners Club of America is the national association of not-for-profit running clubs promoting long distance running as a competitive sport and as exercise.
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Describes the council and its publications and activities.
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Consumer Health Information
Dietary Supplements and Herbal Information
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) the National Agricultural Library (NAL), United States Department of Agriculture
Dr. Pribut's Running Injuries Page
Information on prevention and treatment of running injuries
Transcripts and audio files of health, fitness, and nutrition advice from Dr. Gabe Mirkin's national radion show.
Prevent Injuries America!
Facts sheets on injury prevention in sports, exercise, and other common activities from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Publications and Products : Patient Education Materials
Includes video and text about basic stretching exercises, a tool for locating and orthopaedic surgeon, and collection of information on specific sports injuries.
A large number of running resources maintained by Ken Parker, coach of the Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team.
Information on fitness and weight loss from the magazine Self.
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National Nutrient Database
United States Department of Agriculture: contains information on nutrients in foods including calorie and carbohydrate content, vitamins, minerals and fats
Information on sports, statistics and results, sports training, sports medicine, sport science and physical education from SIRC, the producers of the SPORTDiscus database.
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