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Sport - Health - 08.10.2020
Athletes using sport supplements are more open to doping - study
Athletes using legal performance enhancing and medical sport supplements are more likely to dope than those using sport foods and superfoods, a new study reveals. While some sport supplements may be necessary for an athlete's programme, taking ergogenic and medical sport supplements may inadvertently lead to sports people developing favourable attitudes towards doping Researchers at the University of Birmingham and Canterbury Christ Church University are calling for bespoke anti-doping education for athletes using such supplements to prevent them turning to banned substances.

Health - Sport - 22.07.2020
Former professional footballers have lower risk of mental health disorders
New findings from the FIELD study announced today, show that former professional football players have lower risk of hospitalization for the most common mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, and are at no greater risk of suicide. The results follow the publication of landmark research last year, which found that former professional footballers had an approximately three and a half times higher rate of death due to neurodegenerative disease than expected.

Sport - 16.07.2020
Reveals long-term impact of rugby injuries
Study reveals long-term impact of rugby injuries Rugby players continue to suffer from their high ‘injury load' after retirement from the sport. This is according to the first independent study looking at the health of retired rugby players. The researchers, led by our sport and exercise scientists, are calling for governing bodies, to step up their efforts to prevent, in particular, recurrent injuries in rugby and ensure players are supported post-retirement.

Health - Sport - 19.06.2020
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 new study led by UCL.

Sport - Health - 21.10.2019
Reveals dementia risk in former professional footballers
Study reveals dementia risk in former professional footballers A landmark study led by the University of Glasgow has revealed the first major insights into lifelong health outcomes in former professional footballers. In findings published today in The New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the Football Association (FA) and the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), researchers compared the causes of death of 7,676 former Scottish ma

Sport - 30.08.2019
It’s never too late to start exercising
Older people who have never taken part in sustained exercise programmes have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of a similar age, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. The research shows that even those who are entirely unaccustomed to exercise can benefit from resistance exercises such as weight training.

Life Sciences - Sport - 03.06.2019
Progress in understanding dementia in footballers
Results of the largest study to date of the pathology of dementia in former footballers and rugby players have been revealed. ‌ In a study published in Acta Neuropathologica and led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, the researchers report that while a pathology associated with brain injury - chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - might be common in former athletes with dementia, in many cases its clinical significance remains uncertain.

Sport - 10.05.2019
To cheat or not to cheat? Researchers uncover the moral dilemmas of doping
Elite athletes are less likely to take banned substances if they consider the morality of what they are doing, and not just the health consequences of doping, according to a new study led by the University of Birmingham and funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) . In the study, conducted in UK, Denmark, and Greece, 1,500 athletes were asked to complete a questionnaire about two hypothetical doping situations.

Social Sciences - Sport - 07.08.2018
Football used as scapegoat for domestic violence
Football used as scapegoat for domestic violence
7 August 2018 Scapegoating football as a trigger for domestic violence trivialises the issue and risks offering offenders an excuse for their behaviour, according to a UK study. Reports linking a spike in cases with the outcome of Old Firm games and England's World Cup performance lack reliable data and fail to recognise abuse is a pattern of ongoing behaviour.

Sport - Social Sciences - 18.07.2018
Playing football boosts girls’ confidence
A study by scientists from the University of Birmingham has found that teenage girls who play football have higher levels of self-confidence than those who play other sports. The study, which is the largest of its kind to date, was led by the University of Birmingham with colleagues from five other countries for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Sport - Life Sciences - 12.07.2018
Frustrated with football's pain fakers' Blame evolution - according to a new Sussex study
Frustrated with football’s pain fakers’ Blame evolution - according to a new Sussex study
Frustrated with football's pain fakers' Blame evolution - according to a new Sussex study Psychologists at University of Sussex discover that we can fake pain convincingly Real cries of pain are louder, longer and rougher on the ear Learning to fake pain cries and other vocalisations may have been a key step in the evolution of speech There's potential for a pain-detection device to be developed Psychologists at the University of Sussex have shown that football's pain fakers may be tapping into an evolutionary strategy that aided our ancestors' survival and helped speech emerge.

Computer Science - Sport - 29.06.2018
Virtual reality burger game tests the appetite for playing by the rules
Virtual reality burger game tests the appetite for playing by the rules
Can you play by the rules and make lots of money or is it worth taking risks' That's the question researchers at the University of Nottingham are asking with a unique virtual reality game. The Corrupt Kitchen VR Experience puts players in charge of a burger business and gives them ten minutes to make as much money as possible.

Social Sciences - Sport - 26.06.2018
Citizen scientists capture penguin breeding dynamics
As World Cup fever sets in, increased hooliganism and football related violence are legitimate international concerns. Previous research has linked sports-related hooliganism to 'social maladjustment' e.g. previous episodes of violence or dysfunctional behaviour at home, work or school etc.

Social Sciences - Sport - 22.06.2018
Social bonding key cause of football violence
As World Cup fever sets in, increased hooliganism and football related violence are legitimate international concerns. Previous research has linked sports-related hooliganism to 'social maladjustment' e.g. previous episodes of violence or dysfunctional behaviour at home, work or school etc.

Health - Sport - 22.06.2018
High levels of oral disease among elite athletes affecting performance
High levels of oral disease among elite athletes affecting performance
Significantly high levels of oral disease found among GB's elite athletes is leading to poorer on-field performance, research by UCL's Eastman Dental Institute has concluded. In the largest ever study of its kind, more than 350 sportsmen and women from nine GB Olympic teams, including swimming and rowing, along with Team Sky, England Rugby and Reading FC, underwent an oral health screening.

Health - Sport - 01.06.2018
New surgery for groin pain found to be more effective than physiotherapy
o Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, is a cause of hip pain in young adults, often mistaken for groin strain, and is probably the commonest cause of groin pain in footballers o World's first randomised trial to show the benefit of hip arthroscopy o They found that patients improved with both treatments but were significantly better a year later after hip arthroscopy.

Sport - Economics / Business - 23.04.2018
Football makes fans less happy
Football makes fans less happy
Football makes fans less happy The pain felt by football fans after a defeat is more than double the joy of winning, according to researchers at the University of Sussex. The team analysed three million responses from 32,000 people on a smartphone app called Mappiness, which periodically asks users how they are feeling, what they are doing, where they are and who they are with.

Sport - 03.04.2018
Glasgow 2014 Games reports identify economic benefits but little in the way of a physical activity legacy
Glasgow 2014 Games reports identify economic benefits but little in the way of a physical activity legacy
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has improved the environment and economic activity in Scotland's largest city. However there has been little impact on the number of people who are physically active or the rates of participation in regular exercise. The University of Glasgow has published two reports on the impact of the Games on the health and wellbeing of the city's East End communities.

Sport - Economics / Business - 20.03.2018
Why it doesn't pay to be just nice – you also need to be intelligent
Why it doesn’t pay to be just nice – you also need to be intelligent
Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Minnesota and Heidelberg devised a series of games to find out which factors lead to cooperative behaviour when people interact in social and workplace situations. Their findings, due to be published in the Journal of Political Economy , showed that people with a higher IQ displayed 'significantly higher' levels of cooperation, which in turn led to them earning more money as part of the game.

Sport - Life Sciences - 03.03.2018
Researchers test 'brain training' games to improve the lives of people with hearing loss
Researchers at The University of Nottingham are involved in a new study that will test whether using online gaming techniques could help people to cope with hearing loss and adapt to hearing aids, it was announced on World Hearing Day (3 March 2018).
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