optimum performance

Maintaining Bone & Muscle Strength Through a Pill?

When we are physically active our bones and muscles work together to make them stronger. To maintain bone health, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends a combination of weight-bearing activities 3–5 times per week and resistance... more »

Exercises to Improve Knee Strength and Flexibility

As the name suggests, runner’s knee is one of the most common running injuries, and it’s also one of the most annoying to beat once it strikes. According to Michael Harrop, specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine(opens in new... more »

Health Benefits of BCAAs in Everyday Life

BCAAs are essential amino acids. The three BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. The body uses amino acids to make proteins, which are the building blocks of every cell, tissue, and organ. Amino acids and... more »

Study: Sports Play Important Role in Men’s Mental Health

Sports can play a crucial role in challenging stereotypes and promoting positive mental health for boys and young men, new Australian research has concluded. "Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15–25... more »

Three of Four Teens Aren’t Getting Enough Daily Exercise

Three out of every four teens aren't getting enough exercise according to a recent study, and this lack is even more pronounced among female students. But new research from the University of Georgia suggests improving... more »

A Multidisciplinary Healthcare Approach in Athletics

A multidisciplinary, team-based approach in healthcare is a leading strategy to improve patient outcomes, well-being, satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness. It allows for a holistic, well-rounded approach to patient-centered care in managing complex conditions of illness, injury,... 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 »

Fuel Timing to Optimize Performance

Meal and nutrient timing can be key components of an athlete’s performance and recovery. When it comes to athletic performance, oftentimes the minor details lead to major payoffs. In the context of an athlete’s day,... more »

7 Stages of Long-Term Athletic Development

The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model describes what children, youth, and adults need to be doing at the right time to develop in sport or activity. According to Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, and Colin Higgs,... more »

Tips for Integrating The Snatch and Clean & Jerk

A conversation I frequently have with fellow coaches and colleagues is whether or not weightlifting derivatives are worth the time they take to teach their athletes. While the answer (like most things in sports performance)... 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 »

What You Need To Know About VO2 Max

If you exercise regularly, you probably keep track of how many minutes you work out, how many calories your burn, and your heart rate. But there’s another indicator that can help you improve your aerobic... more »

Major League Culinary Performance Nutrition

One hundred and sixty-two games over a six-month-long regular season. It’s an extended haul in Major League Baseball, and recovery throughout is pivotal to maintaining healthy and high-performing athletes. This goal is top of mind... 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 »

Achieving Level II in Athletics

Even though most athletes would tell the coach that they want to perform at their ultimate level of play, the reality is many settle for what would be called a Level I performance. Both the... more »

Information on Inflammation

Recovery is an important aspect when it comes to athletic development. The ability to efficiently recover directly impacts an athlete’s ability to perform, adapt, and grow. The term inflammation is frequently thrown around in the... more »

Study: Lack of Spectators Affected Male & Female Athletes Differently

Without an audience, men run slower and women faster. The lack of spectators during the coronavirus pandemic appears to have had a noticeable effect on the performance of athletes at the 2020 Biathlon World Cup,... more »

Achieve Better Sleep with Effective Exercise

Sleep. Those who get enough of it spend a third of their day doing it. Those who don't are constantly searching for a better way to sleep. According to the World Sleep Society, a non-profit... more »

The Color of Sports Drinks May Keep You Running Faster & Longer

According to a recent study, there may be a connection between motivation and the color of sports drinks we choose to consume. The study, published in Frontiers of Nutrition and shared through TheBeet.com, found that... more »

Is Burnout Having a Negative Impact on Your Workouts?

Burnout. We've all felt it before to one degree or another in varying circumstances. Whether in the workplace or in the weight room, the burnout factor is real and can have real ramifications, like depression,... more »

Increasing your Power Index for Strength & Conditioning

In the sporting world, the main reason for partaking in a strength and conditioning program is to provide a benefit to athletic performance. One of the critical features of a good strength and conditioning program... more »

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 »

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