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Study Links Higher Asthma Risk in Skiers with Intensive Training

An intensive training schedule is linked to a heightened risk of non-allergic asthma in competitive cross-country skiers, finds research published in the open-access journal BMJ Open Sports & Exercise Medicine. The prevalence of non-allergic asthma was... more »

Twenty Minutes of Daily Physical Activity Advised for Teens

Twenty minutes a day. That's all it takes to be a healthy young person, according to a recent study. Twenty minutes of daily vigorous physical activity (VPA) seems to be best for maximizing cardiorespiratory fitness... more »

Study Suggests Antibiotics Weaken Athletic Performance

New research demonstrates that by killing essential gut bacteria, antibiotics ravage athletes’ motivation and endurance. The UC Riverside-led mouse study suggests the microbiome is a big factor separating athletes from couch potatoes. Other studies have... more »

Study: Team Sports Support Athletes’ Mental Health

Studies show that there are many proven mental health benefits of team sports. Playing team sports can improve a person’s mental health, especially at the youth level when tweens and kids are most vulnerable. A recent... more »

Adapting Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening to the COVID-19 Pandemic

A joint paper of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) has been published in the May issue of ASCM’s clinician-focused journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.... more »

Screening Breathing Patterns in Athletic Populations

Dysfunctional breathing patterns are associated with a high risk of musculoskeletal conditions, resulting in poor physical performance. Now, a study by researchers in Japan has found that among athletes across age groups, there is a... more »

Study: Competitiveness, Characteristics Predict Athlete’s Level of Sports Specialization

Sport specialization has been associated with increased injury and negative psychosocial effects on young athletes. With the continuing trend toward this route, studies have begun to examine what motivates this decision. According to published results... more »

University of Leeds Study Heart Health in Endurance Athletes

The University of Leeds project will see the men, all aged over 50, fitted with a small monitor under the skin on their chest to record their heartbeat. Below is an excerpt from a BBC... more »

Study Suggests Concussions Worsen if Fighters Cut Weight Before Match

Fighters who rapidly cut weight before bouts are at a higher risk of suffering concussions or being misdiagnosed with head trauma, researchers have revealed for the first time. More than 60 percent of athletes in... more »

Researchers Want to Study How Sport Can Help Soldiers, Veterans

A team of university researchers is looking for veterans and active Canadian soldiers, including those from Edmonton, to participate in a study on how physical activity builds connections. The research stems from a pilot study... more »

Study — Athletics Improve Concentration & Quality of Life

Movement on a regular basis keeps kids healthy and fit for school. The benefits of sports have been demonstrated in numerous studies. Now a research team at the TU Munich has found proof of the... more »

Study: Athletes at Higher Risk of Injury Post-Pandemic

Athletes returning to competition in their first season after the COVID-19 pandemic were at higher risk for noncontact and overuse injury, according to at least one presenter from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual... more »

Study: Muscle-Strengthening Activities May Lower Risk of Mortality

According to a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, regular engagement in muscle-strengthening activities, such as resistance training, may lower the risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. Using MEDLINE... more »

NFL, UCSD to Study Marijuana and Pain Management in Athletes

The National Football League is giving UC San Diego $500,000 to study whether marijuana can be effectively used to help athletes manage pain from injuries and recover more quickly, according to a recent story from... more »

Wenatchee High School Students Have Study Accepted by NATA

Wenatchee (WA) High School sports medicine students become the first in the nation to have a case study accepted by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Symposium. Their case study entitled, “Post-COVID ‘Long-Haulers’ Syndrome in a... more »

When Is The Most Effective Time To Exercise?

Scientists still do not know why the timing of exercise produces different effects. To gain a better understanding, an international team of scientists recently carried out the most comprehensive study to date of exercise performed... more »

UK Researchers & Orthopedic Surgeons Further ACL Injury Studies

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are working on three National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, totaling over $8 million, to better understand one of the most common sports injuries among athletes — anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The... more »

Study: No Ties Between Youth Football & Brain Issues

New research suggests that head trauma and concussions aren't linked to problems with memory, attention, processing speed, or behavior in 9- to 12-year-olds who play youth football for a few seasons. "It is reassuring that we... more »

Study: Playing Football Longer Leads to More Brain Lesions

Repetitive head hits are common in football, and they're also linked to debilitating brain injuries. But rendering a definitive diagnosis typically means waiting for autopsy results after the player has died. Now, a new study... more »

Study: Lingering COVID Symptoms Rare in Athletes

The extent and effects of prolonged symptoms in athletes following COVID-19 infection have been an area of clinical uncertainty. In a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a group of researchers led by... more »

Light Aerobic Exercise May Help Concussion Recovery Times

According to a recent study, teen athletes recover from concussions sooner by incorporating light aerobic exercise rather than resting in a dark room. Instead of so-called "cocoon therapy," new research-supported therapy has young concussion patients... more »

Steering Student-Athletes Away from Opioids for Pain Management

Athletes at all levels and ages commonly experience pain during practice and in competition. Identifying and appropriately managing acute and chronic pain is fundamental for short- and long-term health. This is especially true for adolescent... more »

NINDS Gives $10M for Youth Concussion Research

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders (and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded a $10-million grant to the Four Corners Youth Consortium, a group of academic medical centers studying concussions in school-aged children. Led by the UCLA... more »

FIFA Takes Part in Ground-Breaking Female Player Health & Performance Study

FIFA, in collaboration with Orreco and Western Sydney University, is investing in female player health and performance research to build better future sports science systems. For decades, the scientific understanding of the female athlete has... more »

Study: Challenges with Nutritional & Dietary Behavior of Para-Athletes

A new study reveals that para-athletes might be in need of nutrition education and a support system for eating behavior. Published online in Nutrients, the study sampled 32 para-athletes and 45 university student-athletes without disabilities... more »

The Science Behind Cold Water Immersion & Muscle Recovery

Spending five or 10 minutes in cold, icy water has been thought to improve muscle recovery and enhance future athletic performance. This practice, commonly referred to as cold water immersion or ice baths, is routinely... more »

Study Suggests Month-Long Recovery from Concussions

According to the largest study of concussions ever conducted on American student-athletes, the recovery time has been extended to 28 — up from the previously suggested normal recovery time of 14 days. The study, published... more »

Study Suggests Plant-Based Diets Support Athletic Performance

According to a recent study published in the Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal, a properly executed plant-based diet with the addition of some fortified foods can provide enough nutrition to support both the health and performance... more »

PRP Treatment Shows Efficacy in Osteoarthritis Patients

A pilot study conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine combined wearable technology and patient-reported outcomes to assess the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in osteoarthritis (OA). The results, published in the journal Regenerative... more »

Study: Reduced Head Impacts Among Youth Football Players

According to a study conducted by Sanford Research, there's been a 79 percent reduction in head impacts after studying a youth football team for eight consecutive seasons. The study, entitled "Head Impact Exposure of a... more »

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