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Research snapshot: Race simulation testing recommended for runners with recurrent heat stroke

It’s no surprise that athletes are at risk for heat stroke during the blazing summer months; however, a recent case study from the University of Minnesota demonstrates that exertional heat stroke (EHS), a form of heat-induced illness, could still be life-threatening to athletes in cooler temperatures.

The research investigated a 30-year-old distance runner with a history of recurrent heat strokes while racing. A unique circumstance in relatively cool weather triggered a more extensive examination for cause, says William Roberts, M.D., author of the study from the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health in the University of Minnesota Medical School. The runner suffered from EHS despite the cooler temperature, highlighting the importance of race simulation testing for return-to-activity among athletes with a history of EHS.

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Could sports mouthguards improve athletic performance?

Want to throw a football more accurately? Wear a mouthguard.

Emerging evidence shows these gummy, plastic-like appliances are linked to a host of benefits, like better reaction time, less lactic acid buildup, enhanced power outputimproved breathing and superior marksmanship.

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In The News: UMN study links sports & energy drink consumption to unhealthy teen behaviors

A recent University of Minnesota study from the School of Public Health has linked sports and energy drink consumption to unhealthy teen behaviors.

Led by Nicole Larson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.N., a team of Jessica DeWolfe, M.P.H., Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D. and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., R.D., surveyed 2,793 Twin Cities adolescents from grades 6-12.

“Although soft drink and overall sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adolescents has been well studied, few studies in adolescent populations have examined the consumption of sports and energy drinks or factors associated with their consumption,” Larson and colleagues wrote in the study.

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What is an ACL injury and how is it treated?

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Winter is the perfect time for outdoor exercise

We know that exercising outdoors during winter months can be challenging. The days are shorter. The nights are longer and even colder. And at times, the weather can be downright dreadful and seemingly unforgiving. The ice, the snow, oh no!

According to William Roberts, M.D., professor with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Family Medicine and Community Health, there are no bad days, only bad clothes.

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Sleep key component to athletic performance

The world’s best athletes are descending upon Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Every elite athlete looks for an edge against their competitors to improve their athletic performance but what if the answer was as simple as getting more sleep?

According to Michael Howell, M.D., a sleep expert within the Department of Neurology, that’s precisely what elite athletes excel at.

“The best athletes I’ve ever met are extremely good sleepers,” said Howell. “Although you may not think your brain is doing much during sleep, your brain is putting connections together and it is amplifying circuits that are important.”

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