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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.

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Monthly Research Round Up

Welcome to the Monthly Research Round Up! The goal of this round up is to provide you, the reader, with a curated place to come learn about the most cutting edge research focused on sport. In curating this monthly research round-up, a careful selection process is employed to ensure a comprehensive and diverse coverage of…

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17 NFL Greats Who Were Terrible at the Scouting Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine is a useful tool for comparing a college star’s athletic traits against the rest of his draft class. It’s not the ultimate judgment of a player’s worth or an airtight indicator of his future success.

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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.

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The Interruption of Rehabilitation Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction due to COVID-19 Restrictions: Association With Return-to-Sport Testing

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, rehabilitation access was disrupted. This study compares late-stage ACLR rehabilitation outcomes before and during pandemic-related restrictions. It analyzes return-to-sport test data from two periods: pre-pandemic (Dec 2018 – Mar 2020) and during the pandemic (Jun – Oct 2020). Outcome measures include various physical tests. The findings highlight declines in post-ACLR performance…

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Evaluating the effect of sports compression tights on balance, sprinting, jumping and change of direction tasks

This study delves into the efficacy of compression garments (CGs) during athletic endeavors, particularly exploring their influence on balance, sprinting, jumping, and change of direction performance. Employing a sample of 24 recreationally active participants, the research compares the effects of wearing compression tights (COMP) versus regular exercise tights (CON) across various tasks. Results highlight noteworthy…

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Throwing cold water on muscle growth: A systematic review with meta-analysis of the effects of post-exercise cold water immersion on resistance training- induced hypertrophy

This paper systematically examined the impact of post-exercise cold water immersion (CWI) in conjunction with resistance training (RT) on muscle growth. Through a comprehensive meta-analysis of available data, the study aimed to shed light on whether CWI, when used as a recovery strategy after RT sessions, influences the hypertrophic response of skeletal muscles. The analysis…

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Intraindividual variability in sleep among athletes: A systematic review of definitions, operationalizations, and key correlates.

Examining the landscape of sleep variability among athletes, a systematic review was conducted to delve into how researchers have conceptualized and investigated these fluctuations in sleep patterns. This comprehensive analysis, spanning 16 studies, highlights the varied approaches and limitations in defining and measuring sleep variability among athletes. The review uncovers critical gaps and potential pathways…

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Effects of out-of-school physical activity interventions based on self-determination theory in children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis

This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the impact of Self-Determination Theory (SDT) based interventions on children and adolescents’ physical activity levels and motivational processes, specifically when conducted outside the school environment. Analyzing nine identified studies, this research delved into the effectiveness of these out-of-school interventions, shedding light on their influence on factors like satisfaction of psychological needs, motivation toward physical activity, and actual levels of engagement.

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What happens in the prefrontal cortex? Cognitive processing of novel and familiar stimuli in soccer: An exploratory fNIRS study

Exploring the brain’s response to cognitive tasks among semi-professional soccer players, this study dives into the differences in prefrontal cortex activity during general and sport-specific cognitive tests. By analyzing the cortical mechanisms underlying expertise in soccer, the research uncovers intriguing insights into how the brain processes familiar versus novel information in athletes. Understanding these cognitive nuances could significantly impact training approaches and shed light on the intricate relationship between brain function and sports expertise. Let’s explore the key takeaways from this illuminating study.

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