Sports Science

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

How Kilian Jornet Trained To Sprint Up Mount Everest In Record Time

When we think of Mt. Everest, it's usually imagery like Sir Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay in parkas and with oxygen tanks making the hazardous 29.000 climb. And then there are the dead bodies, nearly 300 of them, those who perished on th ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 26 2019 - 12:55pm

How The Craft Of Air Guitar Evolved Into A Sport

Advertised as the “greatest thing you’ve never seen,” the 2019 U.S. Air Guitar Championships will take place this summer. Competitors from around the country will don elaborate costumes, construct fantastical personas and perform comedic pantomimes of fam ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 29 2019 - 9:12am

Mind-Muscle Connection: Thinking About Weights Is As Important As Lifting Them?

The 'mind-muscle connection'. Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers, or more for aesthetes than athletes? A new analysis in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living suggests that to lift heavier, or longer, it ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 9 2019 - 9:44am

The Secret To Great Volleyball Is Sneaky Float Serves, Finds Aerodynamic Analysis

Wind tunnel experiments to determine the role of asymmetry caused by the orientation of a volleyball on its aerodynamic characteristics found that it would be easy to make a volleyball more predictable; with a hexagonal or dimpled pattern instead of six pa ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 11 2019 - 9:30am

An Argument For Exercising Before Breakfast

Exercise is recommended for people who are overweight or obese as a way to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But people don’t always have time to exercise as much as they would like, so finding ways to increase th ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 6 2019 - 5:00am