Sports Science

How To Make Women's Tennis More Competitive

While women's tennis is arguably far more interesting than the men's game, there are some who want to make it more like the male version, or at least more competitive between women. In a Journal of Sports Economics paper, the authors examined th ...

Article - News Staff - May 1 2016 - 9:39am

36 Percent Of Water Polo Players Report Concussions

A first-of-its-kind survey has confirmed what some water polo players- especially goalies- have long suspected: Concussions seem to be prevalent in the sport. At least in surveys. More than a third of water polo participants reported sustaining a concussi ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 28 2016 - 6:00am

Female Triathletes At Higher Risk For Pelvic Floor Disorders

A study led by Loyola Medicine researchers found that female triathletes are at higher risk for pelvic floor disorders, among other health issues. The study, published in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, found that female triathletes suf ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 9 2016 - 10:43am

Running Sounds May Contain Clues To Injury Prevention

The number of Australians who run for exercise has doubled since the mid-2000s. Preventing and managing injuries are common concerns, and can present an ongoing health burden and high cost if not addressed appropriately. But what if listening to the sound ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 6 2016 - 6:31am

Muscle Contractions At The Atomic Scale

To the outside world, muscles look like they contract or do work but at the very small scale it is myosin molecules pulling actin filaments and myosin and actin are essentially nanomachines that convert the chemical energy of ATP hydrolysis- how cells in o ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 11 2017 - 2:02pm

For Amateur Cyclists, EPO Blood Doping Won't Help

Use of performance enhancing drugs is a major problem in many competitive sports and the 2017 prohibited list includes over 300 substances. However, the scientific evidence around these substances is scarce, partly because it is impossible to do trials wit ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 29 2017 - 5:30pm

Strength Training Is Safe And Benefits Older Women With Low Bone Mass

Exercise of all kinds is known to be beneficial to bone health but there is reluctance to use high intensity programs in older women with low bone mass because of concerns about increased risk of fracture or other injury.  Yet high intensity doesn't n ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 4 2017 - 8:34am

Helmet Use In Baseball And Softball: Is Compliance Up?

Traumatic brain injuries in baseball and softball are down, but they were not really all that high to begin with, and that may be why there is poor compliance overall with helmet use and return-to-play guidelines following concerns about a concussion. ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 30 2017 - 5:30pm

Will Position-Specific Football Helmets Reduce NFL Concussions?

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science-- Hard-shelled football helmets first emerged nearly 80 years ago to protect against catastrophic head injuries like skull fractures and brain hemorrhages, and they have evolved over the decades to offer better protection. ...

Article - Inside Science - Nov 17 2017 - 3:06pm

'No Pain, No Gain' Culture In Sports: Time To Stop Glorifying Sacrifice?

Two things struck me while watching Andy Murray’s press conference from the Australian Open, in which he announced his intention to retire. He spoke about the pain he had lived with “over the past 20 months or so”, and how he had planned to continue until ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 14 2019 - 1:29pm