Posts for Sport

Why you should consider adding classical music to your exercise playlist

Shutterstock/Soloviova Liudmyla Costas Karageorghis, Brunel University London; Dawn Rose, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and Elias Mouchlianitis, Brunel University London For many people, an essential part of any exercise regime is the music that accompanies it. Whether you’re a runner, a rower or a bodybuilder, there’s a good […]

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What makes the world’s biggest surfable waves?

Some places, like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal, produce freakishly huge waves. AP Photo/Armando Franca Sally Warner, Brandeis University On Feb. 11, 2020, Brazilian Maya Gabeira surfed a wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal, that was 73.5 feet tall. Not only was this the biggest wave ever surfed by a […]

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Exercise and the brain: three ways physical activity changes its very structure

Our brain may depend on physical activity to stay healthy. Slawomir Kruz/ Shutterstock Áine Kelly, Trinity College Dublin Regular exercise changes the structure of our bodies’ tissues in obvious ways, such as reducing the size of fat stores and increasing muscle mass. Less visible, but perhaps even more important, is […]

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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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