Category Sport Science & Technology

The Pros and Cons of Wearable Technology for Collegiate Athletes

In recent years, wearable technology has revolutionized the sports industry, providing athletes, coaches, and sports scientists with unprecedented data on performance, health, and recovery. Devices such as GPS trackers, heart rate monitors, and sleep analyzers offer a wealth of information that can enhance training programs and prevent injuries. However, the widespread adoption of these technologies also brings significant drawbacks, particularly concerning the personal development and autonomy of collegiate athletes.

Four Things You Should Know About Synthetic Cannabinoids

The article discusses the differences between naturally occurring cannabinoids such as THC or CBD, and synthetic cannabinoids (cannabimimetics) which are created in a laboratory. Included is a description of cannabimimetics, usage, and legality. Cannabimimetics are dangerous and illegal for anyone, but they can also be ground for disqualification if found on a drug test for an elite athlete.

What Athletes Need to Know about Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

It is fairly common for people to have severe allergies that may require the use of an EpiPen. For athletes competing at the highest level this can get complicated as epinephrine is a banned substance according to the WADA Prohibited List. Athletes who experience an emergency and need to use an EpiPen are able to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption to retroactively excuse the use of a banned substance.

Keeping Youth Athletes Safe in a Virtual World During COVID-19

Sean Jensen interviews SafeSport CEO Ju'Riese Colon about how protocols may change with all team sessions happening virtually during the Covid-19 lockdown. Parents are urged to outline behavioral expectations for online activities, where abuse is common. Many of the same guidelines for coaches should be followed in the same way, such as no private/1-on-1 time between coaches and youth athletes. The article closes with tips for coaches, parents, and athletes, about navigating some of these issues.