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Tone Your Upper Arms

Build up your biceps and triceps with these simple arm exercises from the American Council on Exercise. Learn valuable how-to information and get expert fitness advice that will help you strengthen your arm muscle groups including the biceps, triceps and wrists. They have a wide variety of arm strengthening exercises from the beginner to advanced…

Detrimental effect

Overlooking Female Athletes' Nutritional Needs: Detrimental Effect

As poor nutrition can negatively affect everything from bone to reproductive health, more attention needs to be paid to the specific nutritional needs of female athletes, a collaborative study from New Zealand’s University of Otago and University of Waikato argues. Dr. Katherine Black, of Otago’s Department of Human Nutrition, says most research into sport and…

Icehockey players

Five-second Squeeze Test For Examining Groin And Hips

Five seconds is enough to assess the status of a hockey player‘s groin. For the first time, a simple field test, called the five-second squeeze test, has been used on icehockey players to see if it can indicate current hip/groin function and hip muscle strength. According to the new study from Lund University in Sweden,…

Sports

Positive Effects Of Exercise On The Brain

Anyone who trains for a marathon knows that individual running workouts add up over time to yield a big improvement in physical fitness. So, it should not be surprising that the cognitive benefits from workouts also accumulate to yield long-term cognitive gains. Yet, until now, there was has been little research to describe and support…

Child's Brain

Team Sports Change A Child's Brain

Adult depression has long been associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory and response to stress. Now, new research from Washington University in St. Louis has linked participation in team sports to larger hippocampal volumes in children and less depression in boys ages 9 to 11.…

Brain injury

'Brain Vital Signs' Detect Concussion-related Changes

Concussion in sport is a global public health issue. There are between 1.6 million and 3.8 million sport-related concussions per year in the USA alone. Concussions occur frequently in collision sports such as ice hockey, where players routinely sustain both direct head contact and indirect force transmission to the brain as a result of body…

Sports

New Robot-guided Video Game: Solution For Caregivers

Two residents of Elmcroft Senior Living sat side-by-side facing a large screen, raising their hands in tandem as the watch-style devices on their wrists controlled the avatars in front of them. Every so often, a squat little robot off to the side would remind them the object of the game: Get your avatar’s books into…

Athletes

Early Sports Specialization: Increased Injury Rates

Sixty million kids participate in organized athletics each year with ever increasing amounts of children specializing in one sport before the age of 14 with hopes of a college scholarship or professional career on the line. However, researchers presenting their work at the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day today reveal that this early intense participation might come…

Sports

Head Injuries Rate Rises For Girls, Fewer Boys Are Suffering

There’s good news and bad news from a new study of children visiting U.S. emergency departments for head injuries: The rate of these potentially serious events has fallen among boys, but risen for girls. In recent years, the danger of concussion from contact sports—most notably football—has garnered much media attention. So the authors of the…

Sports accident

Researchers Detail: Head Cause Concussion

Concussion researchers have long suggested that damage to the corpus callosum, a thick bundle of nerves that connects the brain’s two halves, could result in some common side effects of concussion, like dizziness or vision problems. The assumption is straightforward – that damage to the corpus callosum could affect coordination between the two halves –…

Concussion

Role Of A Deep Brain Structure In Concussion

Concussion researchers have long suggested that damage to the corpus callosum, a thick bundle of nerves that connects the brain’s two halves, could result in some common side effects of concussion, like dizziness or vision problems. The assumption is straightforward — that damage to the corpus callosum could affect coordination between the two halves —…

Sports diet

Mediterranean Diet Can Improve Athletes Performance

Researchers at Saint Louis University have found that eating a Mediterranean diet can improve athletes’ endurance exercise performance after just four days. In a small study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, investigators found that participants ran a 5K six percent faster after eating a Mediterranean diet than after eating a Western…