March 16, 2020
Russian women got slower after the Athlete Biological Passport was introduced in 2012. Anti-doping officials think they know why. An analysis of Russian female distance runners before and after the implementation of a new anti-doping technique reveals a starkly incriminating pattern, and provides a back-of-the-envelope estimate of how big of a...
March 4, 2020
A systematic review and meta-analysis in the British Journal of Sports Medicine of 14 observational studies has considered whether running — and what “dose” of running — affects the risk for death from any cause, and from cardiovascular health problems or cancer. The researchers looked at pooled data from just over 230,000 participants who were...
March 2, 2020
Ultramarathoners and other endurance runners take note: You can't rely on electrolyte sports drinks and supplements to keep essential salt levels in balance and prevent illness during and after these grueling races, according to a new study. Read all about the study on CNN.com.
February 18, 2020
Strava surveyed over 25,000 runners about why they run. The survey explored common themes and patterns in motivation across a mosaic of people spanning the globe and uncovered five types of runners based on the benefits that a person values and the extent that they run in social settings like groups or races. Read...
February 12, 2020
The U.S. spends, by far, the most money of any developed nation on health care per person but ranks toward the bottom (if not last) on common measures of actual health, such as chronic disease, life expectancy, infant mortality, disability, and drug-related deaths. Outside discusses the discrepancy.
February 6, 2020
In surveys of CBD users, pain management is always one of the top reasons given for using nonintoxicating cannabis products. So it makes sense that nearly all brands, especially those targeting athletes, now offer topical solutions meant to be applied directly to achy areas. Are these balms, salves, creams, lotions, roll-ons, patches, and sprays an intriguing advance in sports medicine? Or...
January 16, 2020
A study in the United States has found that heart rate and sleep data from wearable fitness tracker watches can predict and alert public health officials to real-time outbreaks of flu more accurately than current surveillance methods. The study used data from more than 47,000 Fitbit users in five U.S. states....
January 13, 2020
The act of running, it turns out, is surprisingly complicated. The bob of your head, the rotation of your hips, the angle of your foot—all these factors and many others can vary in endless ways. However, a new study from researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and the University of...
January 9, 2020
The study, undertaken by run shoe review site RunRepeat in collaboration with the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), explores the trends in ultra running over the last 23 years. Impressively, they analyzed 5,010,730 results from 15,451 ultra running events, making this the largest study ever done on the sport. Read the...
January 6, 2020
A new study of first-time London Marathon runners found that their basic training program produced important health benefits. After four months, the runners had lower blood pressure and greater flexibility in their cardiac arteries. The researchers judged the subjects to have erased four years from their “vascular age.” Read more about...
December 30, 2019
More than 3,000 health and fitness pros surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) were surveyed as part of ACSM’s annual fitness trend forecast in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2020” published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. According to the 14th annual...
December 26, 2019
A review of past animal and human studies in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that intermittent fasting can reduce blood pressure, aid in weight loss and improve longevity. The report functions as a road map of sorts for physicians to prescribe fasting as a method of prevention or treatment for obesity, cancer, diabetes...