Articles matching tag: Athletes
- Column: Can Gum Chewing Boost Sports Performance?August 17, 2017
Jordan Spieth won this year’s British Open, golf’s oldest tournament, in dramatic fashion but that may not be the most enduring memory of his performance. During the first two rounds of the tournament Spieth could be seen vigorously chewing gum. That sparked a debate about the role, if any, that gum chewing plays in sports performance. The discussion began during live coverage of the rounds on the Golf Channel and was flamed by social media. Did chewing gum contribute in any way to Spieth’s performance or was it merely coincidence? Researchers have left nary a stone unturned and sure enough, there is scientific research on the effects of gum chewing on physical and cognitive performance. And not surprisingly, the findings from those studies are far from uniform.
- Column: WADA Needs Watchdog of Its OwnNovember 17, 2016
Looks like the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the agency charged with assuring clean competition at the world’s most important sports competitions, could use a watchdog of its own. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) claims that it’s “responsible for delivering an anti-doping program for the Olympic Games that produces accurate and reliable testing outcomes, and that effectively deters cheating or detects any cheating that nevertheless occurs.” To accomplish this end, the IOC contracts with WADA which in turn employs Independent Observers (IO) to chaperone athletes and collect samples during the Games.
- Column: Should High School Football Be Eliminated?December 4, 2015
With the traditional Thanksgiving Day games behind us and only a handful of teams remaining in the playoffs, now may be an opportune time to ask: Is it time to eliminate high school football? Two University of Minnesota doctors have answered that question in the affirmative. Doctors Steven Miles and Shailendra Prasad have come out in favor of eliminating football in the nation’s schools in an effort to reduce the pressure on students to play a sport fraught with danger. They made their recommendation after examining studies of football-related concussions on adolescent brains.
- Column: The Bat Flip Seen Round the WorldOctober 21, 2015
“Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)… Let’s celebrate, it’s all right.” Kool & the Gang Play the game right. Respect the game. Don’t show up your opponent. These are among the Unwritten Rules of baseball that are handed down from one generation of ballplayers to the next. But what, specifically, do they mean? Because they aren’t written down, players interpret the rules differently. Which brings us to Jose Bautista’s bat flip. In the seventh inning of the fifth game of the best-of-five American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers, the Toronto Blue Jays’ right fielder crushed a three-run homer off pitcher Sam Dyson. The blast gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead, propelling Toronto to the League Championship Series for the first time in 22 years.
- Column: Matt Harvey's DecisionSeptember 14, 2015
Matt Harvey, ace pitcher for the New York Mets, has a decision to make and regardless of what he decides, he will leave some people unhappy. Harvey is less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery. The surgery was performed by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews whose mentor, Dr. Frank Jobe, pioneered the operation to replace a torn ligament in a pitcher’s arm. Jobe’s first patient was former Yankees and Dodgers pitcher Tommy John for whom the surgery was named (why it isn’t called “Frank Jobe” surgery is a debate for another day). Despite four decades of medical advances, it still takes a minimum of twelve to eighteen months for a player’s performance to return to the pre-surgery level.