News Stories relating to "football"
Friday, February 1, 2013
We don't know about football players
, but English Premier League soccer players, NHL hockey players, France's Top 14 club rugby players, and even elite amateur athletes have better developed cognitive functions than the average university student.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Much as we'd hate to lose two of our favorite sports--football
and hockey--they are causing head injuries
that lead to...
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
are a brain injury caused by a hard hit, and they are not to be taken lightly. As many as 3.8 million athletes (especially football players
) suffer a concussion each year in the...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Retired NFL player Dave Duerson had endured so much pain
that he killed himself--but he did it in such a way that he could will his brain to medical science so it could be studied in order to find out more about the damage that...
Monday, August 8, 2011
Now that the NFL has signed a contract that will allow the football season to begin again, it's worth thinking about what the game is doing to players' brains. Walking and thinking at the same time--not to mention THINKING AND RUNNING--something both soldiers and NFL players need to do--can be especially difficult for people who have...
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
As the baseball season winds down and the football season is poised (hopefully) to begin, it's interesting to think about why some people become professional athletes and others don't. It's not just a matter of talent and determination--it also involves having the right GENES. In other words, what's more important: nature or nurture?
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
While the NFL decides whether or not to have a football season this year, one thing that many people don't know is that the main arguments are not over money, they're over concussions
. Male football players get hit in the head the most, but female athletes get...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
While we all wait to see if there will be an NFL season
this year, we reflect on the fact that "home court advantage" has been proven to be true in every sport. Is this because the cheering fans make the home team more likely to win or is it because the refs are...
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Football is a tough game
, and players need plenty of testosterone in order to win, and studies of wrestlers demonstrate how this hormone helps men win. The winners of wrestling matches have greater increases in testosterone levels than losing wrestlers. In...
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
During the football playoffs
, we began to wonder how humans, unlike any other species on Earth, learned to throw long distances. New research suggests that this unique evolutionary trait is entangled with language development in a way critical to our very existence. In fact, throwing...
Monday, January 24, 2011
It's the football season and football means beer
. A new study found that 8% of fans who agreed to be tested after attending professional football and baseball games were too drunk to legally drive, and 40% had booze in their bodies.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Football is a dangerous game, mainly due to head-banging concussions. Now animal experiments suggest that taking the omega-3 fatty acid DHA might offer a new way of protecting against traumatic brain injury. Although only preliminary, the results raise the "intriguing" possibility of preventive treatment with DHA in groups at high risk...
Monday, October 25, 2010
Better than men - If a woman and a man are severely injured in a car crash--or other major accident (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), the woman will be more likely to survive. What does this have to do with the NFL?
Severely injured premenopausal women are 14% more likely to survive severe trauma than...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Why the ball is that shape - Football is a rough game. Does the unique shape of the American football have something to do with this? It's almost impossible to pick up off the ground, so if they get a chance, players just jump on top of it, and often a pile up ensues.Early football and rugby games used balls made from inflated...
Monday, January 25, 2010
Just in time for the Superbowl! - The Superbowl is coming up soon, and baseball science may give NFL players some valuable tips on how to catch a ball while on the run, something that's essential in football. When the quarterback throws to the receiver, he has to aim for where he WILL BE when the ball arrives and the receiver...
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Football player early deaths show it's not possible - As the baseball season winds up for the year, we turn our attention to the NFL. Today's athletes are bigger than ever, and size and strength can mean the difference between championships, scholarships and million-dollar paydays. But new research comparing the signs of...
Monday, October 26, 2009
Baseball season is almost over, which means that football season will be here soon. NFL players have a short burst of glory which they often suffer health problems from during the rest of their lives. These are big guys, and for them it's a job, so they often gain weight on purpose in order to mount a more intimidating defense. More than half...
Friday, January 9, 2004
As we get ready for another weekend of football, we should be aware that football players sustain head blows equivalent to a severe car crash in every game. They get an average of 50 head blows per game, each one equal to a boxer's punch. Researcher Stefan Duma says players "have headaches after every game."
Shaoni Bhattacharya writes in...
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Now that football season is here and we're also looking forward to the World Series, scientists from the University of Budapest decided to figure out how many people are needed to produce The Wave?that undulating up-and-down motion that moves across entire stadiums. They studied video tapes of the 1986 World Cup in soccer and built a...