Sports Science

MLB Performance And Career Longevity Linked To Fatigue And Sleep

It's not easy traveling to play 81 games a year across multiple time zones and the major league baseball schedule, 162 games, is the most grueling in professional sports. Two papers outline how sleep and fatigue are key issues in performance, which m ...

Article - News Staff - May 31 2013 - 11:30am

MRI Analysis Suggests Soccer Ball 'Heading' May Lead To Brain Injury

Researchers using magnetic imaging to assess memory  have shown that soccer players who frequently head the ball have brain abnormalities resembling those found in patients with concussion (mild traumatic brain injury).   ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 11 2013 - 9:38am

Have Baseball Throwing Injuries In Young Players Gone Up?

The big question in many aspects of medicine is whether there is more of something or if it is simply better diagnosis than in the past. In youth baseball programs, throwing injuries seem to have gone up despite pitching limits that weren't evident i ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 16 2013 - 10:55am

Baseball Pitchers, Can You Out-throw A Chimp?

If you can scorch a baseball over the mound, you can thank extinct ancestors. That's not to say that, despite what an evolutionary psychologist might contend, our ability to throw fast and accurately evolved so our ancestors could play ball better an ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 26 2013 - 3:48pm

Sports Data Relief: Disney Research Automates Analysis Of Field Hockey Team Behaviors

Hockey moves fast. As efforts to track the puck visually showed, it can be dizzying to keep track of things in a small field of view like a television. Analyzing games and plays means manual work, for that reason. But  Disney Research, located in Pittsbur ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 29 2013 - 11:42am

Bigger Will Be Better: Constructal-Law Theory In Sports Success

Max Scherzer, a 6-foot, 3-inch tall pitcher leads Major League Baseball in wins. He hasn't lost a game for the Detroit Tigers this season. He is example of Constructal-law Theory, said Duke University engineer Adrian Bejan. Constructal-law Theory pre ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 8 2013 - 4:44pm

Rethinking How Muscle Growth In Weightlifting Happens

The basics of how a muscle generates power are this: Filaments of myosin tugging on filaments of actin shorten, or contract, the muscle. Since the 1950s physiologists have had a formula – the length-tension curve – that accurately describes the force a mu ...

Article - News Staff - May 24 2019 - 1:08pm

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Surgery Doesn't Hurt Baseball Player Careers

Baseball players who have undergone ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) surgery have able to return to the same or higher level of competition for an extended period of time, according to results presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medici ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 14 2013 - 1:31pm

In Athletes, Low-Fat Foods Are Still The Way To Maintain Muscle Mass

What's the diet for a high performance athlete? Despite the cultural pendulum of fad diets swinging back toward fat, high fiber, low-fat foods balanced with a training regimen remains the best way to maintain muscle while burning fat. ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 23 2013 - 4:30pm

Knockout Mouse Lacking Antioxidant Protein Grows Larger, Weaker Muscle Cells

Researchers studying how oxidative stress in cells impacts sarcopenia, a loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs in all humans as they age, found that mice lacking a protective antioxidant protein did not have reduced size or number of muscles cells ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 19 2013 - 8:58am