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Concussion, rugby and dementia focus of NZH investigation

John Kerr posted in on March 14th, 2016.

The hidden lifelong impact of concussion and head injury in rugby has been thrust into the spotlight this week by a New Zealand Herald investigation. ‘The longest goodbye: Rugby and the dementia dilemma,’ a feature article by Dylan Cleaver, forms the basis of the investigation with several news stories published alongside. The articles dig into […]

‘Striking lack of evidence’ for sports product claims

John Kerr posted in on July 19th, 2012.

The claims of sports products, such as drinks and footwear, suffer from a “striking lack of evidence” according to a new analysis of magazine advertising. The British study, published today in BMJ, reviewed 235 magazine advertised sports products (including oral sports drinks, oral supplements, footwear and clothing) and examined the evidence (or lack thereof) provided […]

RWC Fever not healthy?

John Kerr posted in on September 29th, 2011.

To many New Zealanders rugby is more than just a sport, but maybe we need to lighten up if we want to enjoy it. Dominion Post journalist Michelle Duff caught up with Canterbury University sports sociologist Camilla Obel to talk about rugby, the national psyche and the typical All blacks fan. An excerpt (read in […]

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NZ Herald/NZPA: One taste, and full power ahead – researchers find instant carbo boost

Peter Griffin posted in on May 5th, 2010.

Simply tasting carbohydrate has the ability to boost muscle strength, according to research conducted by University of Auckland scientists. Their research found that a carbohydrate solution in the mouth was able to improve performance, without it needing to be swallowed and digested.  The scientists have suggested the effect could be due to neuronal circuits telling […]

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