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Sport - 10.08.2022
Volunteers wanted to test whether eating before or after exercise is best for cholesterol reduction
Volunteers wanted to test whether eating before or after exercise is best for cholesterol reduction
Health researchers need local participants for a three-month study on the impact of exercise on blood cholesterol Health researchers at Bath need local participants for a three-month study on the impact of exercise on blood cholesterol Researchers at the University of Bath are recruiting up to 100 male and female volunteers for a major new study to investigate whether eating before or after exercise is more beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels.

Health - Sport - 04.08.2022
World Rugby funding kicks off international collaboration to reduce injuries in girls’ rugby
Injury prevention experts at the University will partner with the University of Calgary (Canada) in a major project to improve player safety for girls- rugby. Leading sports scientists and rugby specialists from the UK and Canada are teaming up in a major new project aimed at reducing injuries and concussion for the growing numbers of girls playing the sport.

Sport - Health - 26.04.2022
New landmark study offers hope for former footballers at risk of dementia
A new research study will investigate possible ways to reduce dementia risk in former professional footballers. The ú1.3 million, four-year BrainHOPE study - led by the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and the wider PREVENT Dementia research collaborators - builds on the ground-breaking observations of the FIELD study, which found risk of dementia and related disorders among former professional footballers was around three and a half times higher than expected.

Sport - Psychology - 08.12.2021
Imagining future guilt helps athletes turn away from doping - study
Imagining future guilt helps athletes turn away from doping - study
Appealing to athletes' sense of 'future guilt' through psychological intervention could prove a powerful weapon in the fight against doping, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that making elite athletes picture how guilty they might feel about using banned performance enhancing drugs produced a more powerful initial reaction than initiatives educating sportspeople about the health risks of doping.

Sport - Life Sciences - 23.08.2021
Mathematical model predicts best way to build muscle
Mathematical model predicts best way to build muscle
Researchers have developed a mathematical model that can predict the optimum exercise regime for building muscle. Surprisingly, not very much is known about why or how exercise builds muscles: there's a lot of anecdotal knowledge and acquired wisdom, but very little in the way of hard or proven data Eugene Terentjev The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used methods of theoretical biophysics to construct the model, which can tell how much a specific amount of exertion will cause a muscle to grow and how long it will take.

Sport - Life Sciences - 02.08.2021
Dementia risk in former professional footballers is related to player position and career length
The landmark, University of Glasgow-led research into lifelong health outcomes in former professional footballers, the FIELD study, has revealed further major insights into the link between football and risk of dementia. In findings published today in the journal JAMA Neurology, researchers report that risk of neurodegenerative disease in former professional footballers varies by player position and career length, but not by playing era.

Sport - 29.06.2021
Scientists mine the rich seam of body wearable motion sensors
Scientists mine the rich seam of body wearable motion sensors
A new study from the University of Bath finds that conductive seams, when strategically placed in clothing, can accurately track body motion. Last updated on Friday 2 July 2021 When positioned strategically, garment seams sewn with conductive yarn can be used to accurately track body motion, according to computer scientists at the University of Bath.

Sport - Health - 24.06.2021
Study identifies heart block cause in athletes
An international team of scientists from Manchester, Montpellier and Copenhagen have identified why some endurance athletes experience a heart rhythm disturbance called 'heart block'. The University of Manchester-led study found that long-term exercise in retired racehorses - the best available model of the athlete's heart - and in mice, triggered molecular changes in a part of the heart known as the atrioventricular (or AV) node.

Computer Science - Sport - 28.04.2021
Virtual Reality could help improve balance in older people
Virtual Reality could help improve balance in older people
Researchers at CAMERA are investigating VR technology to help improve balance and prevent falls. Last updated on Wednesday 28 April 2021 Researchers at the University of Bath investigating how virtual reality (VR) can help improve balance believe this technology could be a valuable tool in the prevention of falls.

Sport - 27.04.2021
Teenage girls at double concussion risk of boys playing football
New findings published today in the journal JAMA Network Open show that teenage girls playing football are at almost double the risk of concussion compared to teenage boys. Teenage girls are also less likely to be removed from play and take longer to recover from the injury than their male counterparts.

Sport - Health - 26.04.2021
Rugby legends join large dementia prevention study
Alzheimer's Society is delighted to announce that former world-leading rugby players, Shane Williams and Ben Kay, have signed up to a large-scale Alzheimer's Society funded study. The research will look at important and unanswered questions, such as whether elite rugby players show more early warning signs of dementia than the general population, and if so, why this is the case.

Health - Sport - 22.04.2021
Regular physical activity may reduce Covid-19 death risk by one third
Regular physical activity may reduce Covid-19 death risk by one third
Taking regular physical activity cuts the risk of dying from infectious diseases, such as Covid-19, by 37% and reduces susceptibility to such viruses by 31%, finds a new global study involving UCL researchers. The research, published in Sports Medicine journal, also found that physical activity can boost the effectiveness of vaccines by up to 40%.

Life Sciences - Sport - 23.03.2021
Rugby study identifies new method to diagnose concussion using saliva
A University of Birmingham-led study of top-flight UK rugby players - carried out in collaboration with the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby, and Marker Diagnostics - has identified a method of accurately diagnosing concussion using saliva, paving the way for the first non-invasive clinical test for concussion for use in sport and other settings.

Sport - Health - 16.03.2021
The fitter you are the better you burn fat - new research
Two new studies from Bath physiologists find that the biggest predictors of people's ability to burn fat are their biological sex and fitness levels. Last updated on Tuesday 16 March 2021 Females who are fit and healthy tend to burn more fat when they exercise than men, according to new research from a team of sports nutritionists.

Sport - 03.12.2020
Teaching athletes about morality in sport can help reduce doping
Elite athletes can be persuaded not to take banned substances - either by appealing to their sense of morality or educating them about the risks of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a new study. Researchers developed two separate intervention programmes - one targeting moral factors associated with doping likelihood, the other introducing doping and providing information about the health consequences of banned substances and the risks of sport supplements.

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
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