Sports Medicine & Sports Injury News

Young Athletes Face Increased Concussion Risk

Tuesday 14th September 2010

An increasing number of children and young athletes have suffered a concussion due to playing organised team sports including football and hockey, according to new research published in the journal Paediatrics.

Olympic Injury Statistics Unveiled

Wednesday 8th September 2010

One in every 10 athletes sustained an injury during the Winter Olympics 2010, according to a new report published today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The report pinpoints bobsleigh, ice hockey and alpine freestyle as being the sports that were most likely to induce injury amongst professional athletes competing in this year's games, held in Canada. Experts studying the research findings claim that, in light of this worrying trend, more should be done to create safer sporting arenas and to improve training.

New Research Explains Sporting Differences

Sunday 5th September 2010

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery shows that women and men align their knees and use their muscles differently when kicking a ball. The research data, collected by scientists at the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, reveals that women are more likely to kick differently during instep and side foot kicks – the most common soccer and football maneuvers.

Blackcurrant Juice Prevents Exercise Pain

Friday 3rd September 2010

Drinking blackcurrant juice could help to prevent aches, pains and inflammation that are caused by exercising, according to a new report from the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research. Researchers at the Institute explain that the super-food are rich in falvonoid compounds that may be responsible for helping the body to better recover from the stresses and strains of exercise.

Aerobic Exercise Good for Brain

Friday 30th April

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh claim that regular aerobic exercise is a smart move as it is good for the brain. The scientists explain that working out improves the flow of blood to the brain and can quicken learning. Whist exercising has many recognised benefits this study claims to be the first that shows that humans may increase their brain activity by working out.

Judo Could Improve Health

Saturday 24th April 2010

Taking up judo could improve the health of the elderly, according to new research from Dutch scientists. Researchers at the Institute for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam claim that taking up the martial art could especially benefit elderly people who are frail and at increased risk of breaking bones.

Playing Football Improves Health

Tuesday 13th April 2010

New research shows that playing football can dramatically improve your health, well being, fitness and social skills. The research, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, shows that playing football for 2 to 3 hours a week significantly benefited the heart and muscles regardless of the age or fitness level of the player. Scientists claim that the results show that playing football is more beneficial than other methods of exercising including running.

Clean Air Needed for Women Running Marathons

Friday 5th March 2010

A recent study has revealed that the more pollution within the air, the slower the average time for women racing in marathons. The study compares the amount of air pollution present within 7 marathon races and even though the air pollution wasn’t of a significant enough level to heed warnings, the women’s performance was still affected.

Regular Exercise Reduces Anxiety

Wednesday 24th February 2010

The recent publication of a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that anxiety could be reduced in people who have certain medical conditions by regular gentle exercise. Anxiety is a key player in many diseases, such as cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and so on, and evidently this is because such diseases can hamper ones life and be a very concerning matter. However, these researchers emphasise that anxiety only adds to the overall impact of the disease.

British Psychological Society Get Teens Exercising

Thursday 18th February 2010

According to recent research that has been published in the British Journal of Health Psychology by focusing on the emotional outcomes of exercise it is more likely to encourage younger people to exercise than the standard health benefits. The study involved text messages to a group of volunteers with the messages focusing on different benefits from exercise.

Study reveals many athletes don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to Protein Supplements

Tuesday 26th January 2010

Following a recent survey conducted at the Université de Montréal Department of Nutrition by Martin Fréchette, it is thought that many athletes are drowning their bodies with protein supplements when their bodies already have adequate amounts of protein. Additionally, the questionnaire revealed that many of these athletes are simply taking the supplements to boost their athletic performance but are totally oblivious as to what the protein supplements are and are not doing to their bodies.

Sitting down could be killing you

Tuesday 19th January 2010

Millions of us do it on a daily basis; we sit in our cars to get to work then sit at our desks for the majority of the day before sitting back in our cars so we can get home to sit on our sofas. However, a recent study that has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has shockingly claimed that long periods of sitting could be severely decreasing our health with no amount of exercise being able to help this muscular inactivity.

Running barefoot better than trainers

Tuesday 12th January 2010

As we move into a world overtly obsessed with keeping fit and kitting ourselves out in all the latest hi-tech gear; it appears that rather than moving into a safer, healthier lifestyle we are actually significantly increasing our risks of sports injury. Take for example the Tarahumara Indians, they run up to 150 miles in one day…barefoot! We run a couple of miles a day in our swanky, top of the range running shoes and discover excruciating pain in our knees, hips and ankles. So where are we going wrong?

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