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Magnesium & Exercise-- Much Ado or Much Needed?

Magnesium & Exercise-- Much Ado or Much Needed?

  • 7/24/2013 8:45:00 AM
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Sarah Renaghan, M.S. Magnesium – what does it do for – or to – us? As an essential trace element, it is vital to the human body. Magnesium facilitates over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body in the areas of energy metabolism, electrolyte and ion balance, cell signaling, and protein synthesis, all of which relate to physical activity and fitness.  Magnesium plays both a direct and indirect role in the body’s physiological response to exercise conditions. E...
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Quidditch: Simultaneously Pursuing Snitches and Gender Equality in Sport

Quidditch: Simultaneously Pursuing Snitches and Gender Equality in Sport

  • 7/24/2013 7:49:00 AM
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Adam Cohen, Ph.D“When we headed to Middlebury for their 3rd World Cup, I was in awe. The people from other teams were so varied. Our own team had our varsity baseball team's pitcher, the president of the anime club, the lacrosse captain, a photography student, and a few other randoms. It‘s the only sport where jocks and dorks can coexist. It really is like no other sport on earth.”                &nb...
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Chocolate's Not So Dark Secret

Chocolate's Not So Dark Secret

  • 7/23/2013 6:24:00 AM
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Benjamin A. Tipton, M.S., SCCCCocoa and its derivative chocolate have been used for thousands of years by the cultures of Central America. Cocoa was such a fixture in the Aztec society that they used the beans as currency. Primarily, cocoa was brewed into a bitter drink until the beans were exported to Europe by the Spaniards. Europeans sweetened chocolate and later made it into bars during the industrial revolution. Today, dark chocolate, defined as having 60% cocoa content or greater, has rece...
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The Invisible Death Ray – Athletes Under the Gun

The Invisible Death Ray – Athletes Under the Gun

  • 6/5/2013 8:23:00 AM
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John Seawright, B.S.We’ve all seen it; the vicious collision that leaves a football wide receiver writhing in apparent pain; his strenuous, assisted walk to the locker room; and his eventual return to rejoin his team on the sideline with the accompanying statement from the sideline reporter, “The x-rays are negative.” X-rays are a form of high energy, ionizing radiation with a wave frequency much smaller than visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum. A medically ...
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It's not just about playing the game...

It's not just about playing the game...

  • 11/16/2012 6:19:00 AM
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Kwame J.A. Agyemang, Ph.D  For those in the workforce, you may remember completing some type of training or orientation before you actually started your duties. Thinking back, how would you rate the usefulness of that training? As the days, months, and years went by, did it help you deal with your day-to-day responsibilities you faced on the job? Or better yet, do you surmise that it helped you uphold the mission and values of your organization? Believe it or not, these same questions ...
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NATURE’S GATORADE: Effectiveness of Coconut Water on Electrolyte and Carbohydrate Replacement

NATURE’S GATORADE: Effectiveness of Coconut Water on Electrolyte and Carbohydrate Replacement

  • 10/26/2012 12:35:00 PM
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Kyle Levers, M.S. CSCSThe popularity of coconut water has increased significantly over the past decade due to its nutritional composition and rehydration capability. Natural coconut water is the clear liquid found inside of a young, green coconut, not to be confused with the white liquid typically squeezed from the coconut’s outer layer, known as coconut milk.  A growing number of nutritional advertisements promote the use of coconut water over other well-established sports drinks, su...
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Using Soccer to Overcome Obstacles. A Sport-for-Homeless Success Story

Using Soccer to Overcome Obstacles. A Sport-for-Homeless Success Story

  • 8/13/2012 2:55:00 PM
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 Adam Cohen, Ph.D In sports, we often hear stories about the rise and fall of athletes. One minute they are on top of the world leading every highlight show, the next minute the game has passed them by and a new superstar has stolen their thunder. It is far less often that you hear about these athletes rising again. This is exactly what happened, in an extreme fashion, with Lisa, a former Division I soccer player who ended up homeless in Sacramento, CA. Lisa's resurrection through ...
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Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

  • 7/30/2012 4:53:00 AM
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Andrew Jagim, Ph.D, CSCS  Juice, roids, gym candy, pumpers and stackers are all common nicknames for substances more technically referred to as anabolic-androgenic steroids.  Anabolic steroids are defined as any type of exogenous drug that mimics the effects of testosterone in the body.  Most people take them with the goal of increasing muscle mass, improving performance or enhancing physical appearance.  It is estimated that as many as 3 million Americans have used non-medic...
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Down-side of being a female athlete

Down-side of being a female athlete

  • 10/17/2011 5:47:00 PM
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Greeshma Prabhu, B.P.T., M.S.Several decades ago, the US Government passed the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which eliminated sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving Federal aid. This law led to a rise in the female participation in sports over time, up to more than 150,000 women playing sports today. The “female athletic triad” is a term given to the presence of three conditions, namely disordered eating, osteoporosis, and amenorrhea, w...
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Feel the Burn, Not the Burnout, Year Round

  • 10/17/2011 5:13:00 PM
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Travis Irby, M.A., M.EdMany athletes compete in sports year round. Sometimes the athlete is involved in one sport with one long season spent with various school and club teams throughout the year. Other times, an athlete is involved in several different sports over a year. Whatever the case, it is important that the year-round athlete prevent the mental and physical burnout that can come with the rigors of never-ending competition.  Any sport or sports competed in should provide skills...
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