“It felt like receiving a pass from an invisible stranger.”

Check out this video from Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer discussing how the gift of tissue donation changed his life!


Did You Know? 60-80% of ACL Injuries Result from No Contact

Football season is in full swing and we aren’t shy of injuries on the field at all levels of play. Being educated about possible football injuries and how to prevent them can go long way in keeping athletes injury-free throughout the season.


Click to view Infographic on Football ACL Injuries

An ACL tear is one of the top injuries among high school football players. The severity of tear can range from mild to severe resulting in a complete tear. Approximately 90% of injured players return to sports but not always to their level of performance prior to the injury. Linemen are 25% more prone to ACL injuries. If you have injured your ACL, it is important to see your physician for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

This infographic on football ACL injuries is ideal for parents, players and coaches looking to learn more about prevention, treatment and recognition of an injured ACL.

To learn more about common football injuries, how to treat and recover from them, use this 3-part series to educate your team.

Part 1: 5 Common Football Injuries
Part 2: How to Prevent Football Injuries
Part 3: How to Recover from Football Injuries

October is “Exercise is Medicine® On Campus Month”

The college years are notorious for unhealthy habits. Are you looking for a way to bring some fun, healthy activities to your school? Kick off the school year by promoting Exercise is Medicine® on your campus! Similar to Exercise is Medicine Month in May, Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) Month celebrates EIM among colleges and universities, promoting physical activity and celebrating the EIM movement during the month of October on college and university campuses.

Exercise is Medicine on Campus® is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health,” said Carena Winters, Ph.D., MPH, chairperson of the EIM-On Campus Advisory Group. “EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community.”

EIM-OC Month promotions and/or activities can include:

  • 5km walks/races
  • University president, provost, mayor, and/or governor proclamations
  • Mud runs
  • Kickball/volleyball/basketball tournaments
  • Gladiator games
  • Dance marathons
  • Canoe or water races
  • Obstacle courses
  • Day of play within the community

Re-occurring activities that you can do throughout EIM-OC Month could include daily:

  • Health and fitness tip promoted throughout your campus
  • Morning walks throughout campus
  • Walk “with your doc or fitness professional” events

If you are a college or university student, faculty or staff person, you can get involved with EIM-OC month by speaking with your campus administration and your school’s city and state elected officials to urge them to declare October as EIM-OC Month. To do this, request an EIM-OC Month proclamation from your president, provost, mayor or governor! Download the toolkit to find the proclamation as well as other ways to get involved this October.


Finally, bring EIM to your campus by officially registering your school with EIM! Visit to learn more and sign up!

EIM On Campus

5 Tips for Easing Into Fall Running

Don’t ditch the outdoors for the treadmill just yet. 

A man and woman run across a grassy ridge in the high desert of Central Oregon.

Come winter, you’ll wish you had taken advantage of fall – an ideal season for trail and other outdoor running.

With the summer quickly coming to an end, runners will start to see the sun rising a little later and setting earlier. Outdoor workouts are suddenly feeling a little cooler, darker and maybe a bit damp. Is it time to start thinking about moving your workouts indoors?

Not so fast. Fall still offers some great opportunities to get outside. So before you trade the running path for the treadmill, take advantage of the beauty fall has to offer with these five tips:

1. Stay outdoors as long as you canAlthough the light is dimming and the weather is cooler, fall is a just a preview of what’s to come. Soon it will likely be much darker and colder. Fall is a transitional season, so look at it that way. Remind yourself that cool, damp and dark might seem dreamy in a few short months, when the alternative is snow, wind or driving rain.

2. Layer up. Wearing a light outer jacket that’s easy to take off will keep you warm at the beginning of your workout and is easy to take off a mile or two down the road. The rule of thumb is to dress for weather 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside. This is because as you warm up, your body will feel that much warmer. Wear your outer layer while warming up and take it off as soon as you’re warmed up. You don’t want to overheat, which will just soak your clothes and can lead to chaffing, chills – and general stinkiness – later on.

3. Wear reflective gear. Once the light dims, it’s a good idea to wear reflective clothing and carry a light with you when you run. Reflective clothing and lights help cars see you when you’re on the road. Most running gear, including many brands of shoes, hats, gloves and jackets include reflective strips that will make you easier to see. You can also buy a reflective vest that will slip over the top of your clothes to really increase your visibility to cars. Carrying a light or wearing a headlamp will help you see the ground so you don’t stumble and turn an ankle when running in low light.

4. Run in the woods. Get under tree cover as a way to get out of the rain or wind. Running in the woods among fall leaves is not only beautiful, but the leaves themselves keep trails from becoming super muddy like in the early winter or spring. Fall’s the perfect time to explore a new trail, take in the views and share some pics on Instagram or your favorite social network with your running friends. Trail runs are also great for playing games like follow the leader or doing Fartleks, a way of running in which people can take turns leading the group at varying speeds.

5. Get some new shoesI always suggest that runners replace their running shoes seasonally. It’s an easy way to remember that it’s time for new shoes and keeps your shoes fresh and springy. Plus, what better way to motivate you to get outside and run than the prospect of trying out that shiny new pair of shoes? Your legs will feel great and you’ll get in a good habit of replacing your shoes about every three to four months. Just don’t stress about the fact that they’re going to get a little damp and dirty. It’s going to happen eventually anyway.

Fall is a great season to stay outside and stay active. The weather may not be appropriate for picnicking, but the cool temperatures are great for running and racing. Take the time to enjoy this cusp season. You can even get pumpkin spice-flavored energy bars now to really get into the spirit while you’re out there.

By  for US News & World Report