New Football Helmet Material May Reduce Head Injuries

While it is unlikely that concussions and the risk of head injuries will ever be completely eliminated from football and other contact sports, scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara, the US Army Research Laboratory and HRL Laboratories report that they’ve developed a material that might significantly reduce those risks. The material is composed… Continue reading New Football Helmet Material May Reduce Head Injuries

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High Level E-Sport Gamers Stress Like Pro Athletes

Top-level e-sports gamers are athletes, too! Or at least, they apparently feel the same levels of stress and pressure as pro athletes when competing in top-flight tournaments. Performance anxiety, communication tangles and even “brain farts” are common among these competitors under the stress of tournament play. University of Chichester researchers looked into the psychological challenges… Continue reading High Level E-Sport Gamers Stress Like Pro Athletes

Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

Football has taken a beating in recent years. Scandals, questions and deep-seated fears revolve around concussions and CTE, mental health and cognitive disorders that are believed to occur as a result of those concussions. By extension other youth contact sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and even soccer have come under fire for the… Continue reading Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

Side Hits to Head Can Lead to Brain Damage, Concussion

Play contact sports for any length of time and at one point or another you’re probably going to have your ‘bell rung’ by a powerful blow to the head from a hard hit or fall. Rising awareness of the severe, abiding repercussions of strong impacts to the head — concussions, mild traumatic brain injury, neurological… Continue reading Side Hits to Head Can Lead to Brain Damage, Concussion

Does Headgear Use Reduce Injuries in Women’s Lacrosse?

Headgear worn during women’s lacrosse practice and games can reduce the rate of head and face injuries as well as concussions, according to research presented by researchers in the Department of Orthopedics at the New York University Langone Health. The research was presented today at the American Orthopedics Society of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. “There… Continue reading Does Headgear Use Reduce Injuries in Women’s Lacrosse?

ACL Injury Risk Higher After Return to Sport For Some Athletes: Study

Young athletes who do not achieve a 90 percent score on a battery of tests that measure fitness to return to athletic competition, including quadricep strength, are at increased risk for a second knee injury, according to research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. Orthopedic surgeons and sports… Continue reading ACL Injury Risk Higher After Return to Sport For Some Athletes: Study

Podcast: 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Youth Athletes

I’ve been around the Youth Training and Fitness field for 20 years and I’ve made enough mistakes to know I don’t know everything.However, I DO know that parents and coaches are still committing some “deadly sins” when it comes to training youth athletes!Listen in as I share 5 of those “deadly sins.” Find out: Why… Continue reading Podcast: 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Youth Athletes

NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

A first-of-its-kind comparison between elite pro athletes suggests higher overall mortality among NFL players compared with MLB players. NFL players also appear to have higher risk of dying from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative causes compared with MLB peers. The differences warrant further study of sport-specific mechanisms of disease development. Clinicians treating current and former NFL players… Continue reading NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

New Protein Guidelines for Track and Field Athletes

A review led by a sports scientist at the University of Stirling has set out new international guidelines for protein intake in track and field athletes. The findings of the paper form part of the updated International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) consensus statement on Sports Nutrition for Track and Field Athletes. Dr Oliver Witard,… Continue reading New Protein Guidelines for Track and Field Athletes

Early Sports Specialization Linked to Higher Injury Rates in College Athletes

Sixty million kids participate in organized athletics each year with ever increasing amounts of children specializing in one sport before the age of 14 with hopes of a college scholarship or professional career on the line. However, researchers presenting their work at the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day today reveal that this early intense participation might come… Continue reading Early Sports Specialization Linked to Higher Injury Rates in College Athletes