Posts for Sport

Athletes using sport supplements are more open to doping

Athletes using legal performance enhancing and medical sport supplements are more likely to dope than those using sport foods and superfoods, a new study reveals.   While some sport supplements may be necessary for an athlete’s programme, taking ergogenic and medical sport supplements may inadvertently lead to sports people developing […]

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Swimming makes you hungrier and likely to eat more at the next meal – new research

The reasons for this appetite gain are still unknown. Nok Lek/ Shutterstock Alice Thackray, Loughborough University; David Broom, Coventry University; David Stensel, Loughborough University, and James King, Loughborough University People often believe that exercise can make you hungrier, so they may therefore eat more during subsequent meals. But for the […]

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Marcus Rashford: a brief history of free school meals in the UK

Marcus Rashford. Jose Breton- Pics Action/Shutterstock Regina Keith, University of Westminster Following a campaign led by the England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, the UK government has committed to providing free school meals to children in England during the 2020 summer holidays. The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating […]

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What does 6 people exercising mean in practice?

More from the Government: The updated public guidance is the latest phase of a return for outdoor sport and recreation. Groups of up to six people from different households will be able to exercise outside as long as they remain at least two metres apart. Gatherings of more than six people from […]

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Stretching: expert explains how best to do it before and after a workout

Static stretching should be avoided before a workout. Josep Suria/ Shutterstock Lewis Macgregor, University of Stirling Many people see stretching as an essential part of any exercise or workout regime. It helps us increase our flexibility and our range of movement. Many of us also stretch to loosen up before […]

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In defence of footballers

Adrian R. Bell, University of Reading; Carl Singleton, University of Reading, and James Reade, University of Reading This is going to be a difficult argument to win – but as sports economists, we are going to try to convince you that footballers are in the right. Though the season has […]

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Coronavirus: what makes some people act selfishly while others are more responsible?

Many people have failed to understand the importance of social distancing in slowing the spread of the virus. Sky News Domen Bajde, University of Southern Denmark Many were horrified to see huge numbers of people ignoring government advice in the UK recently, enjoying a weekend in the sunshine swarming markets, […]

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What’s closed for at least the next month

Just so you know what is officially closed as of this morning: The Secretary of State has made new regulations under the emergency procedure, to protect the public. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force at 2 pm on 21 March 2020. The following businesses […]

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Manchester City and Saracens – economic theory in action

Paul Downward, Loughborough University The Saracens salary cap scandal and news that Manchester City allegedly breached UEFA’s financial fairplay rules have threatened the integrity of the clubs and the sports respectively. But it should not come as a great surprise. Economic theory predicts that if the rewards are high enough, […]

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Tennis: a smashing history of how rackets shaped the game

Shutterstock/nd3000 Thomas Allen, Manchester Metropolitan University The start of the Australian Open, the first tennis grand slam of the year, signals detailed discussions of metrics such as points won, serve speeds and shot placement. While many of these performance metrics can, of course, be attributed to the player, we should […]

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