Jet Lag and MLB Performance

You may have heard that teams traveling eastward are at a greater disadvantage than those traveling westward. A 20 year study of major league baseball (MLB) found teams were 3.5% less likely to win when they traveled eastward across at least two time zones. No significant differences were found when traveling westward. After multivariate analysis, researchers…

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Improve Your Game with Optimal Sleep!

When crunch time comes sleep is often sacrificed first. Athletes are no exception! Stanford University researchers found basketball players who got at least an extra hour of sleep each night for 5-7 weeks experienced increased shooting accuracy and sprint times by almost 10%. They also reported increased vigor. less fatigue along with better physical and mental well-being…

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Awake But Still Asleep?

During wakefulness, our brain wave patterns are typically fast and of low-amplitude. This is different from the slow, high-amplitude non-REM phases of sleep. Researchers have discovered that, at least in rats, when they were sleep-deprived the rats appeared fully awake, but showed increasing impairment on behavioral tasks. There was also electrical evidence that some neurons…

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Know Your Own Level of Performance

We all recognize that a person under the influence of alcohol subjectively feels they are functioning at their peak performance, when objectively they demonstrate significant declines in cognitive and motor performance. So, even when sober, how can you determine if you are fit to perform your expected tasks safely and well?This is not easily done…

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Which is Better: Tired or Drunk?

Why do people attempt to drive cars, operate complex machinery, or fly airplanes when they are tired?Answers to this question are varied, but usually boil down to one common attitude: we think the risk is trivial or perfectly acceptable! Often this is the case because we have done it before, toughed it out, or "made…

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Prevent the Consequences of Dehydration

Those who exercise vigorously need to follow a fluid replacement plan to prevent excessive dehydration (>2% body weight loss) to prevent early fatigue, cardiovascular stress, increased risk of heat illness and diminished performance. PositiveTip: Replace fluids often and early during and after exercise--especially if you are in hot environments.

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Boost Your Energy Level with Exercise

Many humans today report they feel exhausted and tired most of the time. People who have well-defined medical conditions such as heart disease or cancer consistently report improved feelings of energy and less fatigue when they exercise regularly.A recent six week randomized controlled trial of healthy young adults who reported persistent fatigue found improvements in…

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Increase Your Performance by Getting Adequate Sleep

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal performance and health. Without adequate rest on a regular basis the risk increases for: Cardiovascular disease Obesity Diabetes Depression Inferior work performance Risk of injury Irritability Those who responded to the 2009 National Sleep Foundation poll indicated if they sleep less than 6 hours compared…

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