Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Update (May 23): For those who missed it, we've posted a recording of our webinar (click here). Teams are often faced with a congested timetable when they are expected to play multiple matches over very few days. Playing matches with no recovery days or a single off day can present a host of difficult nutritional challenges. How can players properly recover and prepare themselves for the next day's match? Sports Path and the Science of Soccer Online will offer a free webinar on Tuesday May 21st at 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time (USA), 5pm British Summer Time. Our webinar will address these challenges and will lay out a strategy to insure that players are well fueled and well hydrated throughout the weekend’s matches.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Often matches are played in hot, humid conditions. In this environment, the body attempts to cool itself by increasing the sweat rate. Unfortunately, the fluid lost through sweat can lead to dehydration. Laboratory research has shown that even mild dehydration can impact physical performance, reducing strength, power and endurance. Researchers from the United Kingdom and Denmark approached the question of heat, dehydration and performance in a different manner. They took their experiment to the pitch and asked if competing in the heat influences post-match physical performance. Their results show that playing elite, competitive matches in a hot environment adversely affect explosive performance and that the change in performance may be linked to dehydration.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
It’s been known for some time that exercise promotes bone health. Specifically, weight-bearing activities that place stress on the bone increases bone density, bone mineral content and improves bone strength. In both the young and elderly, stress placed on the bone stimulates growth, improving density as well as strength. Several studies also show that those who participate in sports such as weightlifting, running, gymnastics and soccer have improved bone health compared to inactive control subjects. In fact, most recommend activities such resistance exercise for older adults and the elderly who want to preserve bone health. Researchers in Sweden asked the question about carry over from youth to adulthood. Do improvements in bone health as a young age extend as we grow older? They report that yes, participating in sports during adolescence results in reduced bone fractures and improved overall health during the elderly years.