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Exercise and immunity: swimming

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Infection and swimming performance The persuasive theory that heavy training lowers immunity to illness, with a consequent negative impact on performance, has been called into question by an Australian study of elite male and female swimmers. This showed that a season of training did not alter salivary immunoglobulin concentrations and, further, that the presence of... MORE

Menstruation and exercise

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Why ‘the curse’ is often lifted for female athletes Absence or cessation of menstrual periods – technically known as amenorrhoea – is a common problem among sportswomen competing at high levels in any physically demanding sport, whether it be running, swimming, cycling, martial arts or tennis. Intense training of any kind places immense strains on... MORE

Physiology and performance

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What time is it inside your body? The answer may determine the effectiveness of your training – and your performance ‘Time of Day May Influence Athletic Performance’, teased recent headlines in major newspapers around the world. Athletically minded readers, skimming the stories to discover their optimal time to play squash, cricket, or soccer, found a... MORE

Avoiding arthritis

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Stay slim when you’re young – and avoid arthritis when you’re older If you’re slightly overweight when you’re in your 20s, your chances of developing osteoarthritis (‘wear-and tear’ arthritis) in later life are greatly increased, according to a new study carried out at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Researchers followed 1178 men... MORE

Coronary artery disease

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It’s official: several scientific studies have now shown that it is possible to REVERSE the damaging effects of coronary atherosclerosis, the most deadly disease in the industrialized world. In this reversal, fatty deposits lining the arteries leading into the heart are reduced in size, increasing the flow of oxygen to the heart muscle, which should... MORE

Rub on skin creams for injuries

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Real relief or just quackery? Muscle soreness and joint pain are frequent problems for athletes; the maladies can reduce workout intensity or volume in experienced athletes and discourage individuals who are just beginning a training programme. Treating such injuries quickly with ice and anti-inflammatory medications (as directed by a doctor) can provide significant relief, and... MORE

Infectious mononucleosis

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How to spot the warning signs of  ‘Mysterious Mono’, and what to do about it Seven out of the western world’s top 10 runners every decade will contract it. The disease will strike them when they are at the peak of fitness, and it often lingers on for months or even years, disappearing and reappearing... MORE

Bone density and muscle mass: why they matter to...

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For endurance athletes, two of the key problems associated with getting older are a gradual decline in muscle mass and a potential loss of bone density. The missing muscle makes it more difficult to run, cycle or swim powerfully, and the shrinking bones increase the likelihood of injury and osteoporosis. Of course, running and cycling... MORE

If you want to keep well as you get...

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It is depressing to think that each day we are not only getting older but also deteriorating in health and fitness. And not just individually. The nation as a whole is following the same pattern – over the past 20 years the number of people aged over 65 has more than doubled. Unless more attention... MORE

Bone building

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The basis of a healthy body is a strong skeleton. Here’s how to look after it. It may come as a surprise to non-athletes, but even the superfit may have trouble with their bones. If you’re a runner, for instance, your spine may be shrinking. Investigations recently completed at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, suggest... MORE


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