Endurance injuries and health

Beta blockers side effects and exercise

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Many people with heart disease or high blood pressure (hypertension) are on long-term B-blocker therapy B-blocker drugs are well established as being helpful in controlling hypertension and angina; they are also helpful in preventing further cardiac incidents for people who have already suffered one heart attack. Thus they have an important role in reducing deaths... MORE

Metabolic rate and exercise

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Researchers have been trying to puzzle out the effects of exercise on energy expenditure (calorie burning) for decades Despite an ever-growing mountain of research documentation, the exercise/calorie-burning story is still far from clear. There’s some evidence that exercise can boost your metabolic rate – but, confusingly, regular activity appears to LOWER metabolic rates for some... MORE

No pain, no gain

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Does exercise really have a pain-killing effect? Some athletes still stick to the old maxim, ‘no pain, no gain’. But it may be that exercise itself alters perception of pain. So-called ‘exercise-induced analgesia’ is a phenomenon that has been debated for some time. A number of studies claim to have found that pain threshold increases... MORE

Bone density: endurance exercise and bone density in male...

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It’s well known that endurance exercise can play havoc with female athletes’ hormones, leading to menstrual irregularities and, long-term, to compromised bone density. But is there a similar syndrome for male athletes? There’s growing concern among sports scientists that intensive training could be having an adverse effect on the bone mass of the less-fair sex.... MORE

Endurance athletes’ immune systems

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Endurance athletes who swill a carbohydrate drink are not only helping their muscles but also their immune systems. Running a marathon, competing in a long-distance cycle race or doing an extended workout can stress out your immune system enough to make you ill. In fact, research suggests that marathoners are six times more likely to... MORE

Age and fat

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As you get older, do you have to get fatter? The bad news proclaimed by the popular press and various research articles is that ageing inevitably carries with it two negative consequences: (1) you lose muscle mass and get fatter, and (2) your blood-fat profile worsens, as total cholesterol piles up and HDL- cholesterol (aka... MORE

Biological clocks

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Biological clock-watching can give your performance an extra boost From the Olympics to football games, athletes who train and compete at optimal times on their biological clocks may gain a competitive edge, according to a report presented at the recent joint meeting of the American Sleep Disorders Association and Sleep Research society in Washington, D.C.... MORE

Athletes and sleep

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Can sleep really hurt your performances? Many athletes sleep poorly during the night before a major competition or after crossing several time zones to compete, but most athletes aren’t sure exactly how this loss of sleep will affect their performances. Some elite athletes claim they have set PBs after a night of tossing and turning, but... MORE

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