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    Why are children tireless?

    The vitality and energy of children seem almost inexhaustible. Everyone has at some point in their lives experienced clear evidence that, as we grow, we lose that kind of “superpower. Now, a study has come up with the empirical explanation of why during childhood we are able to play, jump and run for hours without getting so tired. The main results have revealed that children’s muscles not only show great resistance to exhaustion, but also recover from intense exercise more quickly than adult athletes. According to Sébastien Ratel, professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Clermont Auvergne (France) and researcher of the project, “children can get tired earlier than…

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    Why do athletes run counterclockwise?

    At the end of the 19th century, sports competitions and outdoor activities experienced an unusual boom among the population, especially in the middle and upper classes. In the United Kingdom, one of the places where this practice was most successful, the king sport was athletics. Those competitive sports in the form of endurance racing or speed became the great pastime of the time. In the absence of an international body to regulate the development of these events, the fans decided to make their own rules. In the case of races, British athletes chose to follow their country’s traffic rules, which obliged them to drive in the left lane. They agreed…

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    Baths in cold water to recover the musculature: yes or no?

    Years ago, scientific research began to call into question the widespread belief that ice-water immersion baths after intense training only have beneficial effects on the athlete’s recovery. The debate has focused mainly on long-term effects. In healthmásdeporte we have echoed the latest review study and some of the most relevant studies on the subject, and we have spoken with a physiotherapist to try to clarify this issue. Marco Aurelio Toral, physiotherapist at Clinicas Beiman, explains that a bath of ice water or ice can be useful in specific cases, but does not recommend its use by system. “Inserting the contrast bath as systematic after training can be a mistake,” he…

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    Does sex affect sports performance before competing?

    The idea that sex alters sports performance originated thousands of years ago. Ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese civilizations already spoke about the negative influence of this variant of physical exercise before a competition. This idea, in one way or another, has reached our days, but is it true that having sex the night before an event has a negative impact on the performance of athletes? Here’s the controversy. The negative effects of sex on athletes are rooted in mythology and religion, which gave semen a supposed divine energy. Their retention, for this reason, would enhance strength, endurance and virility in the case of men, three good allies for sports competition.…

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    If a Father Exercises, His Children Will Have Better Metabolic Health

    We already knew the benefits of exercise for one’s health. Now, it has been discovered that the positive effects of sport can be passed on to the next generation through sperm, and that the health of children is not only influenced by the mother having a healthy life during pregnancy, but that the father’s lifestyle also affects the metabolic health of his future children, even when they grow up and are adults. Thus, according to a study of rodents by the Ohio State University School of Medicine at Wexner Medical Center (USA), published in the journal Diabetes, exercise males breed healthier offspring. A previous study of this group of researchers,…

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    Exercises to have perfect legs

    The legs are the support of the body but, many times, we do not give them the attention they deserve. In winter we hide them with trousers or thick socks and it is when the good weather arrives when we rush to wear perfect legs. But a program to have a good state of form must be followed throughout the year, since it will be of little use to do crazy things a few weeks before to look good. Our health will be the main damage and, in the end, the dreaded rebound effect will make us worse than before we start taking care of ourselves so precipitously. So don’t…

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    Climbing stairs with energy several times a day protects the heart

    Climbing the stairs at home, at work, or any other place you visit energetically can protect cardiovascular health if done at small intervals several times a day. This is the conclusion reached by a study conducted by McMaster University (Canada) and UBC Okanagan, after analyzing the changes that occurred in a group of young people who put it into practice. The results, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, showed that those who climbed three flights of stairs — about 60 steps — vigorously, three times a day for six weeks, had better physical fitness and greater physical strength than those in the control group, who maintained a…

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    Hormones in Sports

    It goes without saying how important hormones are when we start any kind of sports practice. Hormones are chemical substances that are poured into the blood to perform certain functions. Certain authors affirm that, with adaptation to training, changes are produced in the personality of the individual, fruit of the release of hormones with exercise. The nervous system secretes a series of glands, endocrine glands, which are released into the blood when the trained individual begins to practice, and others, called exocrines, which have specific functions and act as markers in target tissues of the body. With the activation of the former, the endocrines, substances that influence sport are poured…

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    Burn fat with sport

    Fatty acids represent a very large source of energy reserve throughout the body. Oxidation of fatty acids during aerobic exercise can prolong physical activity and delay the onset of glycogen depletion. However, although fat deposits are relatively large, the ability to oxidize fatty acids is limited, so carbohydrates are the dominant substrate. The reason for limiting the use of fat deposits may be due to the little information available about the role of fats during exercise, which conditions the understanding of fat metabolism during physical activity. For this reason, exercise development must be supported by a solid conceptual framework, including the contributions of research in the area of Biology. This…

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    UEFA opens investigation into Cristiano’s gesture against Atlético

    UEFA announced on Monday that it has opened an investigation into Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, “for improper conduct” after his gesture at the end of the match in which the Turinese eliminated Atletico de Madrid from the Champions League. The highest European body has also announced on its website that the decision on a possible sanction will be announced on 21 March, Thursday. The ‘7’ of the ‘Vecchia Signora’ was the great protagonist in the night of last Tuesday thanks to the hat-trick that scored and that meant the victory by 3-0 and the pass of Massimiliano Allegri to the quarterfinals of the tournament. However, after the final whistle, Madeira’s…