Expert Alert - Winter: The "cool" season for sports - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) experts are available to comment on the impact of winter sports on health



    OTTAWA, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Sports are the most efficient way to stay
healthy and ward off extra pounds. But as the days become shorter and the
piles of snow become higher, images of an active season often fade. However,
winter bliss doesn't have to be overcome by winter gloominess. Winter sports
are an excellent way to stay healthy during this cold season.
    CIHR experts are available to comment on the impact of winter sports on
our physical and mental health.

    Experts:
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    Are winter sports harder on women's hearts than on men's?
    Dr. Peter Liu, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory
    and Respiratory Health (Toronto)

    Is it easier for women or men to recover from a sports injury?
    Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender
    Health (Vancouver)

    Use physical activity as your crutch! What if exercise was the solution
    for elderly people who frequently fall down?
    Dr.Teresa Liu-Ambrose, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of
    British Columbia (Vancouver)
    Dr. Karim Khan, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of British
    Columbia (Vancouver)

    How does winter weather affect the health of your bones? And how can
    people with osteoporosis and other bone diseases enjoy winter sports
    while reducing the risk of fractures?
    Dr. Jane Aubin, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of
    Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (Toronto)

    Let it snow but be cautious! Shoveling is a good winter exercise but does
    not have to equal back pain
    Ms. Diane Gregory, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Waterloo
    (Waterloo)

    Skis and helmets should go hand in hand... Protect your child from sports
    injuries
    Dr. Maryse Lassonde, CIHR-funded researcher from the Ste-Justine Hospital
    (Montreal)

    Brain injuries in young hockey players now can lead to harmful long term
    health effects
    Mr. Louis De Beaumont, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of
    Montreal (Montreal)

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more
effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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For further information:

For further information: To schedule an interview: David Coulombe, CIHR
Media Specialist, (613) 941-4563, Cellphone: (613) 808-7526, Fax: (613)
954-6653, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


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