Posts for Sport

Heading the ball is linked to cognitive impairment in retired professional footballers: new research

Oleksandr Osipov/Shutterstock Davide Bruno, Liverpool John Moores University and Andrew Rutherford, Keele University The potential long-term neurological effects of concussions and other knocks to the head in professional sport have attracted significant attention and research interest over recent years. Confirmation in 2014 that former England footballer Jeff Astle died as […]

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Four ways older adults can get back to exercising – without the worry of an injury

Exercise is important for maintaining muscle mass. Tom Wang/ Shutterstock Helen Branthwaite, Staffordshire University We naturally lose muscle mass as we get older. This process starts around the age of 36, and by the time we are 80 we’ve lost about 50% of our muscle mass. Long periods of inactivity […]

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Do you really need to drink 8 glasses of water a day? An exercise scientist explains why your kidneys say ‘no’

Exercising can increase your need to drink water, but there’s no need to overdo it. The Great Brigade/Getty Images Tamara Hew-Butler, Wayne State University The warmer weather and longer days have inspired reminders to “stay hydrated” and drink eight glasses of water – or about two liters – a day. […]

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European Super League: why punishing the breakaway 12 could backfire badly

Mikhael Damkier Adrian R Bell, University of Reading; Andrew Urquhart, University of Reading, and Chris Brooks, University of Reading The football world has been rocked by the announcement of a breakaway European Super League (ESL). The majority think it a bad idea, from governing bodies Fifa and Uefa through to […]

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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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