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Athletes Coming OUT

Gay athletes are coming OUT of the locker room in more ways that one: The National Hockey League has announced support of gay athletes. The National Football League is working with gay advocacy groups to smooth the...
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Jocks Smarter Than Bookworms (At Some Things, Anyway)

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.
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SLAM, POW!

It's superbowl time again, and time to talk about football head injuries. At least there's now a new technique that may lead to earlier diagnosis of...
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Football: A Risky Game

It's football season again, which brings up the topic of concussions (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). New research...
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Why Veterans are Killing Themselves

Concussions--caused by a severe blow to the head (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this provocative interview)--can lead to a host of debilitating symptoms, and it's not just...
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Professional Sports are DANGEROUS

Much as we'd hate to lose two of our favorite sports--football and hockey--they are causing head injuries that lead to...
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The Concussion Season is Back

Football is the leading cause of sports-related concussions in the US. The aftereffects of football concussions can lead players to take desperate meaures....
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Will This be Another Deadly Football Season?

Concussions 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...
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Why an NFL Player Killed Himself but Saved his Brain

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...
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What Football Does to Players' Heads

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...
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What Makes an Athlete?

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?
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What a Blow to the Brain Can Do

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...
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Are Refs Honest?

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...
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Football: A Painful Game

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...
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Throwing Made Us Human

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...
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Booze on Board

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.
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Fish Oil & Football

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...
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Women Survive Injury

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...

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Football

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...

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What the NFL Can Learn from Science

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...

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No, You Can't be Fat & Fit

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...

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Footbal Hearts

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...

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Car Crash Injuries Every Football Game

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...

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What's Needed for The Wave

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...

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