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Simple blood test may predict concussion severity just as well as spinal tap
A blood biomarker in people who have had concussions may be just as accurate at predicting the severity of the injury and how long it will last as biomarkers that are obtained through more expensive and invasive tests, according to a study published in the July 8, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2020-07-08)
Blood-based biomarker can detect, predict severity of traumatic brain injury
A study from the National Institutes of Health confirms that neurofilament light chain as a blood biomarker can detect brain injury and predict recovery in multiple groups, including professional hockey players with acute or chronic concussions and clinic-based patients with mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury. (2020-07-08)
Increased risk of injury in contact sports after prolonged training restrictions
Athletes who play contact sports are being particularly hard-hit by the prolonged restrictions imposed on games and training, according to a new study. (2020-07-06)
Marine training may take more mental than physical grit
Keck Medicine of USC study identifies psychological measures that may predict who is more likely to complete - or quit - a demanding marine training course (2020-06-25)
Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian study gets to heart of norms for elite female athletes
A new study from Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian provides physicians with valuable information on how the heart adapts to intense physical training for elite female athletes in the WNBA. (2020-06-24)
The injury rate of dominant leg of soccer players is identical with the non-dominant one
The severity of knee joints damage in soccer players depends on their age and career duration, and the condition of articular cartilage and meniscus of the dominant and the non-dominant leg does not differ. (2020-06-22)
MRI test for football players that could detect CTE, developed by Ben-Gurion U. researcher
'We believe that those with persistent leak encompassing months or years are more likely to develop CTE,' says Prof. (2020-06-19)
Simple oral health steps help improve elite athletes' performance
Elite athletes who adopted simple oral health measures, such as using high fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between their teeth, reported significantly reduced negative effects on performance related to poor oral health, finds a study led by UCL. (2020-06-18)
Irregular findings common in knees of young competitive alpine skiers
Bony lesions on the lower part of the thigh bone near the knee are a common but benign finding on MRI in young alpine skiers and should not be confused with more serious conditions, according to a new study from Switzerland. (2020-06-16)
Elite gamers share mental toughness with top athletes, study finds
In one of the first studies to investigate mental toughness and stress and coping in high performing esports athletes, researchers have found similarities to traditional elite athletes. (2020-06-11)
Female athletes at risk for nutritional deficiencies
Two decades of research among female athletes over the age of 13 years shows that a lack of nutrition knowledge about what they need to eat to stay healthy and compete may contribute to poor performance, low energy and nutrient intake, and potential health risks, according to a Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School study. (2020-06-09)
Addressing sexual violence in sport: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine issues position statement
Sexual violence is a serious problem with potentially severe and lasting negative effects on the physical, psychological, and social well-being of victims -- including athletes. (2020-06-08)
Human growth hormone treatment after ACL injury may prevent loss of muscle strength
A new study finds the use of HGH treatment in patients that have undergone ACL reconstructive surgery may prevent the loss of muscle strength and weakness. (2020-05-27)
Game plan for resumption of sport, exercise after COVID-19 infection
Recommendations for resuming intense exercise training for athletes and highly active people with COVID-19 are discussed. (2020-05-13)
How race affects listening during political conversations
A new study offers a rare look at how black and white people listen to each other during political discussions, including those that touch on controversial issues about race. (2020-05-05)
Electrocardiogram shows value in college athletes' screens
Research published today indicates that screenings that incorporate an ECG are more effective at detecting cardiac conditions that put athletes at risk, and more efficient in terms of cost-per-diagnosis of at-risk players, than screenings involving only a physical exam and patient history. (2020-05-04)
UM study finds diverse diet as effective as sports supplements for female athletes
A recently released study from the University of Montana has discovered that common 'edge,' sports nutrition products, are no more effective at promoting recovery in female athletes as regular, carbohydrate-rich, often less-expensive potato-based foods. (2020-04-17)
Study estimates revenue produced by top college football players
The most elite players in college football increase revenue for their school football programs by an average of $650,000 a year, a first-of-its-kind study suggests. (2020-04-16)
High blood pressure surprisingly common in female college athletes
Nearly half of a cohort of female athletes at two US universities were found to have higher than normal blood pressure levels, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). (2020-03-18)
McMaster professor seeks independent agency to tackle abuse in elite youth sport
The author calls for the establishment of an independent international safeguarding agency for sports to handle athlete disclosures, investigate and process allegations, and to support victims of abuse. (2020-03-17)
Independent investigative agency needed to tackle abuse in elite youth sport
An independent investigative agency as well as an international offender database are needed to tackle allegations of abuse in elite youth sport properly, urges an expert, in an editorial published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2020-03-17)
Instagram makes it easier to exercise
People who followed researchers' motivational posts on Instagram got more enjoyment out of their training sessions. (2020-03-16)
Study demonstrates how to collect true incidents from head impact sensors in youth sports
A new study from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows that head impact sensors can record a large number of false positive impacts during real game play. (2020-03-10)
Study finds athletes who play indoor sports at risk of vitamin D deficiency
George Mason University and Mayo Clinic Health System study assesses vitamin D status and supplementation of college athletes. (2020-03-09)
Safe tackling, padded helmets lower head injuries in youth football
Middle school football players greatly reduce the chance of head injuries if they wear padded helmets and use safe tackling and blocking techniques, according to Rutgers researchers. (2020-03-04)
Navigating the potential pitfalls of tracking college athletes
UW researchers interviewed 22 athletes and staff members from three college athletics programs to see how collecting data from college athletes might encroach on their autonomy. (2020-03-02)
Study finds long-term endurance exercise is associated with enlarged aorta
Study finds high percentage of long term endurance athletes had aortas larger than the upper limit of clinical normality. (2020-02-26)
Electrolyte supplements don't prevent illness in athletes, study finds
Electrolyte supplements popular with endurance runners can't be relied on to keep essential sodium levels in balance, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and their collaborators. (2020-02-25)
For 'blade runners' taller doesn't necessarily mean faster
The governing body for the Paralympics recently lowered the allowable height for sprinters who use prosthetic legs, or blades, during competition. (2020-02-20)
How kirigami can help us study the muscular activity of athletes
Scientists devise an elastic and durable skin-contact patch for measuring the electromyographic activity of the palm muscle inspired by ancient Japanese paper crafts. (2020-02-12)
High and low exercise intensity found to influence brain function differently
A new study shows for the first time that low and high exercise intensities differentially influence brain function. (2020-01-30)
Head collision rates at World Cups similar but women received more medical assessments
According to research published in JAMA, female and male soccer players had similar rates of head collision events during elite tournaments such as the World Cup but half of the female players involved received medical assessments, compared with only one third of the impacted male players. (2020-01-21)
Esports organisations look to optimise player sleep
A study has used sleep tracking devices and mood measures (anxiety and depression) to determine how well esports athletes around the world sleep, and the effect this has on their mental health and well being. (2020-01-21)
Study provides the first data on concussion risk in youth football
'These are the first biomechanical data characterizing concussion risk in kids,' said Steve Rowson, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics and the director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. (2020-01-21)
Study examines attitudes toward transgender athletes
As several states draft legislation that would force student-athletes to play as their gender identified on their birth certificate instead of on a team that matches their gender identity, a team of political scientists investigated underlying factors that drive public opinion on transgender athletes. (2020-01-14)
Program proves effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students
Coaching Boys Into Men, a program that seeks to prevent dating violence and sexual assault, reduces abusive behaviors among middle school male athletes toward their female peers, according to clinical trial results published today in JAMA Pediatrics. (2020-01-13)
Researchers find minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic Achilles tendon disorder improves patient outcomes and reduces recovery time
A minimally invasive procedure to treat a common foot and ankle disorder can reduce pain, recovery time, and postsurgery complications while improving functional outcomes. (2020-01-13)
Need to control blood sugar? There's a drink for that, says UBC prof
With more people with diabetes and pre-diabetes looking for novel strategies to help control blood sugar, new research from UBC's Okanagan campus suggests that ketone monoester drinks--a popular new food supplement--may help do exactly that. (2020-01-07)
Computerized training improves selective attention of soccer players
Researchers of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Malaga (UMA) have demonstrated how computerized training -through a specific software- can improve the attentional capacity of athletes, particularly, soccer players. (2020-01-07)
Don't wait to get concussion care; early treatment may mean faster recovery
Early clinical treatment may significantly reduce recovery time following a concussion, according to new research led by the University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Concussion Program. (2020-01-06)
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