The risks and rewards of early specialization in sport

BREAKING NEWS: Your Chances at Becoming a Pro Athlete Suck

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, the title of the article is a bit harsh, but it’s also true.

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The Hip in Ice Hockey Part 6: How to Treat Hip Pain (Plus Bonus Section on FAI and Early Sport Specialization)

Groin pain can have a variety of pathologies. It’s extremely important to identify the root of the pain because the specific cause may drastically affect the appropriate treatment for pain relief and return to optimal athletic performance.

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Supplement Review: Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and MCT Oil

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are exactly what you would think; triglycerides (i.e. fat molecules) with medium molecule chain lengths. Some triglycerides have long chains, containing 13+ carbon atoms, whereas others have short chains containing carbon atom chains of 5 or less. MCTs are right in the middle, and contain 6-12 carbon atoms in their chains [1-4].

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Supplement Review: Dietary Nitrate and Beetroot Juice

In the human body, Nitric Oxide (NO) promotes vasodilation, or widening of the blood vessels, which increases blood flow and reduces blood pressure [1-3]. NO is heavily involved with many physiological processes that affect exercise performance, including the regulation of blood flow, skeletal muscle contraction, and mitochondrial respiration and biogenesis [3-5].

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The Hip in Ice Hockey Part 5: How to Design the Optimal Hip Screening Protocol and Identify At-Risk Athletes

Designing and implementing testing and monitoring procedures to identify athletes who are at increased risk for suffering hip-related pathology is crucial for sustained, high-level, ice hockey performance.

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The Hip in Ice Hockey Part 4: The Cost of Injury

Having healthy hips is an integral facet of sustained, high-level ice hockey performance. Due to their heavy use in the sport, they are frequently injured. The financial, performance, and time-loss costs can be extremely burdensome.

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Supplement Review: Gotu Kola

Gotu kola, or Centella Asiatica,  is a plant that has, traditionally, been commonly cultivated in Asian countries [1, 2], and is on the Thailand National List of Essential Medicines for its antipyretic (fever reducing) and wound healing properties [3].

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The Hip in Ice Hockey Part 3: The Groin Strain Impostors

There are many core and hip-related injuries that cause groin pain in ice hockey athletes. Although the groin pain is real, a groin strain may not be the primary cause. Here are a few hip pathologies that oftentimes result in groin pain.

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Shakebot Listed as Go-To Resource for Sports Dietitian at American Society for Nutrition (ASN) 2018 Annual Meetings

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a society for professional researchers and practitioners in the field of nutrition.

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The Hip in Ice Hockey Part 2: Hip Injury Epidemiology and the Coveted Groin Strain

If you missed Part 1, you can view it here.

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The Hip in Ice Hockey Part 1: The Role of the Hip and Non-contact Injuries in Sport

Sporting injuries can be caused by contact (e.g traumatic) or non-contact (e.g overuse) mechanisms in nature, with contact injuries more often being associated with extrinsic risk factors, which are out of the control of the athlete in a single, identifiable incident [1-5].

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Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in Sport: A Review of the Research

Most athletes and sport science personnel understand the importance of recovery after exercise, which is defined as the return of body homeostasis after training to pre-training or near pre-training levels [28].

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BCAAs and Muscle Growth: Complete Sense, or Nonsense?

Are you a rodent? If not, BCAA supplementation may not help you. Please, let me explain.

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Virgile’s Story

An article was recently published about Shakebot founder, Adam Virgile, by his alma mater, The University of Vermont (go Catamounts!). Take a glimpse at exactly how Adam was able to land in New York with the NY Rangers, and what he does for them today.

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What You Need to Know About Disordered Eating in Sport

Eating disorders are considerably more prevalent in the athletic community than in the general population [1]. This makes the identification of athletes with eating disorders, and those at risk for developing eating disorders, particularly important.

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On-Ice Acceleration Technique: How to Get a Leg Up on the Competition

We’re going to get into a recent study which looks at differences in acceleration techniques between high-caliber and low-caliber ice hockey players. But first, a little background:

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NFL Combine RB Comparison: The 40-Yard Dash

“Like anything else that can be measured in numbers at the combine, the 40 is meaningless. Receivers have to do so much more than run a straight line. They have to be able to read the defenses on the fly, adjust their patterns, check out the quarterback and focus on the ball.” – Andrew Perloff

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Measuring Exercise Intensity Using A Simple Yet Accurate Method: The Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale

“Why can’t you just tell me how you really feel, because the way you act is confusing me” – Unknown

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Sleep

Rest is a weapon; sleep deprivation decreases productivity  in the office, and on the field. More than 1 out of every 3 Americans doesn’t get enough sleep [1].

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The most overlooked necessity for successful weight loss

Weight loss can be achieved by reducing calorie intake, increasing physical activity, or both. Having a higher proportion of lean-mass-to-fat-mass translates into a more attractive physique and competitive advantage in sport [1-3].

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