Tagged: sports

Wearing protective headgear in rugby may increase the risk of serious injury – new research - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 25, 2017

By Andrew Barnes, Sheffield Hallam University Rugby, with its rucks and its mauls, its scrums and its tackles, is considered one of the most physical sports played in schools. Head injuries and concussions pose a serious threat to the welfare of young players. And research has shown that at youth level, on average between one and two players … Read More

Rugby pros feel the pain later in life, but no regrets - News

John Kerr Sep 29, 2017

Elite rugby players are a pretty fit and healthy bunch, but new research suggests the strain of top-level rugby can take its toll on the body later in life. A new University of Oxford study, published today in Scientific Reports, finds that retired elite rugby players are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, joint replacement, and site-specific joint replacement … Read More

Nicotine in sports: high use but little evidence of effects on performance - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 10, 2017

By Toby Mündel, Massey University When you think nicotine, you probably think of smokers, addiction, carcinogens and disease – not elite athletes and sporting performance. However, our research published today shows that the use of nicotine among athletes is high and increasing. In some sports, up to half the team uses nicotine in various forms, mostly as … Read More

Olympic Rivalries: Battle of the same-sexes - News

Julie Iles Aug 12, 2016

This Olympic season Michael Phelps has been unmatched as the most decorated Olympian of all time, though there has still been media scrutiny surrounding his ‘glaring’ rivalry with Chad le Clos of South Africa. Professor J Benenson of Harvard University Rivalries like Phelps and le Clos’ have been making a splash at Rio, and close attention has been paid to how athletes … Read More

Ethics and the doping scandal – a response - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 07, 2016

International Olympic Committee (IOC) decisions about participation of athletes from the Russian Federation in the Rio Olympics have brought both criticism and support – from the political as well as the sporting communities. The issues of sports doping, the responsibilities and actions of sporting bodies and the political context and factors all need discussing. So I am pleased to see … Read More

Ethics, doping, the Olympics and Russia - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 05, 2016

By Prof Ian Culpan, Director of the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Canterbury. The recent scandal over the Russian doping situation and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) subsequent decision regarding Russian athletes’ participation in the Olympic Games has created widespread interest, not only from those interested and/or committed to sport, but from the wider … Read More

Ponting’s last innings - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 06, 2012

“Only as good as your last match” goes the cliché.  This is true for Ricky Ponting and here is why. I recently published an article1 (Open Access ) on some new techniques being used in medical research which determine if making an additional measurement improves what we call “risk stratification.”  In other words – does … Continue reading » … Read More