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Physical Activity and Its Role in Appetite Regulation

Competitive athletes all have a common goal: to optimize performance and recovery. This happens through training to enhance technical skills and through physiological adaptation. Optimal performance, recovery, and physiological adaptation all have ties to nutrition,... more »

Laser Therapy: The Best Kept Secret in Recovery

What if there was a rehabilitative therapy that treated acute injuries better than ice; one that didn’t create chemical dependencies or require going under the knife? Is there something out there that can relieve the... more »

Meet the 2021 Award Winners from the AMSSM

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) presented the following awards during its 30th Annual Meeting on April 17, 2021. AMSSM Past Presidents Kimberly Harmon, MD, FAMSSM, and Robert Dimeff, MD, FAMSSM, both received... more »

Study: Physical Activity Offers ‘Strong Protection’ from Worst COVID Outcomes

A recent study released this week shows that regular physical activity provides protection from the worst side effects of COVID-19 — hospitalization, intensive care admission, and, even, death. The study, conducted by Kaiser Permanente and... more »

Michigan’s MedSport At Front Lines for Female Athletes

As more females participate in sports, more are experiencing sports-related injuries. MedSport, Michigan Medicine's multidisciplinary sports medicine program, is at the forefront of providing specialized care that keeps pace with their unique needs. According to... more »

The Top Fitness Trackers to Consider

In the digital era, data is king. That thought doesn't only apply to advertisers and marketing agencies. As it pertains to athletes, getting biometrics data can be the difference between performing your best and suffering... more »

3 Tips to Strengthening an Athlete’s Heart

Physical activity, in general, is a great way to maintain a healthy heart. In fact, it's one of the best tools to strengthen your heart muscle, maintaining weight, and fend off issues such as high... more »

A Guide to Fat Intake for Athletes

For athletes, proper nutrition is the fuel for reaching peak performance. An e-book, Nutrition Guide: Fueling for Performance by TrueSport, shared by USADA.org, broke down the eight steps in building a strong nutrition plan for... more »

Mobility Exercises to Stay in the Game

Range of motion, or mobility, during exercise varies depending on your goals and outlooks. While bodybuilders may prefer a short range of motion — it can help increase time under tension and help up quicker... more »

5 Foods for Fast Muscle Recovery

Post-workout meals play an important role in muscle recovery. It can not only speed up the recovery process but lightens that soreness feeling the next day. In a recent article on NDTV.com, they shared five... more »

Nevada Creates ‘Alpha Fund’ to Improve Nutrition in Athletes

The Wolf Pack athletic department has created a program aimed at improving funding for its female athletes. The "Alpha Fund" campaign was the brainchild of UNR president Brian Sandoval. Nevada said it has raised nearly... more »

Brian Hess, UNC Football Strength Coach, Shares his Philosophies

Brian Hess has been the head strength and conditioning coach for the North Carolina football program since 2019. Prior to arriving at Chapel Hill, Hess, after spending two years as the head football strength coach... more »

CFLAA Striving for Better Sleep Quality

Alaxo Airway Stents (Alaxo), providers of FDA-cleared and Health Canada-registered, internationally patented, innovative stent-based therapies to support healthy, natural, nasal breathing solutions to improve sleep, treat snoring and sleep apnea, and enhance athletic performance, announces a partnership... more »

Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

As one of three macronutrients, along with carbohydrates and fats, protein is a key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating a high amount of protein in your diet has been linked to a number... more »

LSU Beach Volleyball Balancing Mental & Physical Health

Being a collegiate student-athlete, particularly at the NCAA Division I level, life is all about balance. They need balance in their diet, balance in their training, and a balance between life between the lines and... more »

Focus on Fat Loss, Not Weight Loss

A little more than a month into 2021, how many people have given up on their health and fitness goals for the new year after not seeing immediate results in weight and/or fat loss? But... more »

Squats: The Key Movement in Exercise & Sports

The health benefits of squats include strengthening the lower body and core muscles, burning calories and helping you lose weight, and reducing your injury risk. But squats only have the above-mentioned benefits if they are... more »

Study: Breakfast Can Lead to Improved Shooting in Basketball

It's long been stated that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now, after reading a recent study from Kansas University, basketball coaches may be reminding their players of that old adage more... more »

The Best Ways to Improve Muscular Endurance

Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to perform repetitive contractions against a force for an extended period of time. By building muscular endurance you will be able to perform... more »

The Best Dumbbells Arm Workouts

Working out with dumbbells can be the ideal external resistance when doing isolation exercises for specific muscle groups — like the biceps in your arms, and they're just as useful for multi-planar movements — such... more »

The Benefits of Athletes Practicing Yoga

If you are looking for a creative way to get strength and resistance training while improving your range of motion and balance, yoga may be a good addition to your workouts. It may be the... more »

Improving Your Recovery Phase

The whole purpose of recovery in exercise is to allow your muscles to repair themselves and to engage muscles that are sore from your workout. There are also different things that you can do during... more »

Breaking Down Effective Creatine Use

Creatine is an amino acid located mostly in your body's muscles, as well as in the brain. Though it can be made synthetically, most people get creatine through seafood and red meat, according to the... more »

Study: 11 Minutes of Exercise Leads to Longer Life

Eleven minutes a day is all it takes to live a longer, healthier life, according to a new study. The Norwegian School of Sports Medicine released a new study that suggests 11 minutes of exercise... more »

Registration Open for ISVA 2021 Virtual Conference

Registration is now open for Joining Forces to Enhance Athletic Performance (www.isva2021.com), the 5th Annual International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) conference.  The 2021 conference will be live online on Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February... more »

A Guide to Box Jumps

Plyometric or jump training is one of the best ways to develop muscle power. Muscle power is your ability to generate force quickly. Examples of muscle power include jumping, sprinting, kicking, punching, and throwing. Most... more »

Tips to Improve Speed, Power, & Strength

Like so many Americans, you may be looking to step up your strength training routine as we approach the new year. A recent article from Stack.com outlined eight great tips to improve the training regimens... more »

Benefits of the High School Strength Coach

A recent post from Tracy Baldwin, S.C.C.C., M.S.C.C. on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) website highlighted the benefits of having a high school strength and conditioning coach. Baldwin, the head strength... more »

Study: Sports Can Help Boys with Behavioral Issues

Organized youth sports can be a great outlet for young boys who may have behavioral problems, according to a new study of Irish kids. The study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, suggests that one-year-old... more »

Wading Through Dryland Workouts for College Swimmers

Swimmers, whether at the collegiate or high school level, simply cannot train 100 percent of the time in the pool. Out-of-pool training, or dryland workouts, is an essential part of the strength and conditioning program... more »

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