Injection therapy

in Sports injury treatment, Supplements

Fares Haddad and Ademola Adejuwon explain the range of options to help speed recovery from muscle damage Injury to skeletal muscle, involving damage to a muscle or its tendon, is a common occur- rence among sports participants. The resulting pain, swelling and muscle spasm may temporarily disable the individual, and in the case of athletes... MORE

Magnetic therapy

in Sports injury treatment, Supplements

Nick Grantham weighs up the evidence for magnetic therapy, the over the counter remedy with increasing pulling power. The world of rehabilitation and performance enhancement is not an exact science. If it were, prescription and cure would be very straightforward and many of us therapists would be looking for alternative employment! But we all know... MORE

Sports Drink vs Water: Sports drinks and GI complaints

in Hydration, Supplements

Sports drinks cause more gastrointestinal complaints than water during distance running, without improving performance, according to a new study from The Netherlands (‘The effect of two sports drinks and water on GI complaints and performance during an 18-km run’, Int J Sports Med 2005; 26:281-285). [adsense:336×280:1772170819] These unexpected results emerged from a field study comparing... MORE

Sports Drinks & Dental Erosion

in Head injuries, Supplements

Many popular sports drinks and other thirst-quenchers spell trouble for athletes’ mouths. John Banky explains. [adsense:336×280:1772170819] Any athlete performing at a high level understands the importance of maintaining good hydration. In practice this can sometimes be hard to impossible to achieve: the wrong combination of heat, humidity and tough competition can undermine the most meticulous... MORE

Natural supplements (1): popular off-the-shelf potions that claim to...

in Field Hockey Injuries, Hydration, Supplements

As the popularity of nutritional supplements continues its apparently limitless rise, athletes of all standards are particularly susceptible to manufacturers’ claims that promise them that ‘little bit extra’ – in the legal non-doping sense. The range of supplements on offer is huge, including all types of sports drinks, nutritional bars, vitamins, herbs, protein supplements, ergogenic... MORE

Supplements: Diane Back checks out a second batch of...

in Supplements

Given the range of supplements available and the intensity with which they are promoted, it is very easy for an athlete to be sidetracked into chasing the latest fad and neglecting their basic diet, training and recovery regimes. [adsense:336×280:1772170819] One athlete I know of was popping more pills per day than your average pensioner and... MORE

Ibuprofen and muscle soreness: Does Ibuprofen reduce the painful...

in Supplements

A recent study carried out in Greece lends support to the use of Ibuprofen as a method for reducing the painful effects of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that often beset athletes following an intense training session (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research ‘The effects of Ibuprofen on delayed muscle soreness and muscular performance after eccentric... MORE

Tiratricol side effects: regular tiratricol ingestion may be associated...

in Drugs, Hydration, Nutrition, Supplements

A fat-loss supplement popular with athletes is linked with hypothyroidism [adsense:336×280:1772170819] Tiratricol (3, 5, 3-triodothyroacetic acid) is a popular ‘nutritional supplement’ among bodybuilders and weightlifters, many of whom believe that the compound increases metabolism, spurs fat burning, upgrades body composition, and helps produce a ‘cut’ look. Such beliefs are not completely illogical, since tiratricol is... MORE

Sports Drinks: Can carbohydrate-containing sports drinks cause irritated gastrointestinal...

in Supplements

Carbohydrate-containing sports drinks can improve athletic work capacity during high-intensity and/or prolonged workouts and can also upgrade immune function following such training. However, anecdotal reports have indicated that carbohydrate-containing-including sports drinks may be linked with a very undesirable form of sports injury – an irritated gastrointestinal tract, with associated diarrhoea and abdominal discomfort. Are sports... MORE

Immunosuppression: can carbohydrates and zinc boost your immune system?

in Cycling injuries, Hydration, Nutrition, Supplements

Can within-workout carbs and supplemental zinc keep you from getting ill? [adsense:336×280:1772170819] A heavy training schedule can improve an athlete’s sport-specific fitness dramatically, but it can also have an unwanted effect: hard training can actually suppress your immune system, putting you at greater risk of developing an opportunistic infection which could decrease your quality and... MORE

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