Running with prosthetic lower-limbs Advantage or disadvantage

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Researchers at Bournemouth University have been looking at the impact of lower-limb prosthetics on competitive running, specifically looking at whether athletes with prosthesis are at an unfair advantage when running against athletes without prosthetics.

The last two Olympic Games in both Beijing and London have had some controversy attached to them regarding the role of prosthetic limbs used by athletes with a lower-limb amputation.

In 2008, South African Oscar Pistorius ran against able-bodied athletes and obtained an Olympic Qualification time in the 400m. In 2012, he changed the way disability is viewed by the world by participating in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the same year. Controversy surrounds the impact of the prosthetic limb technology used by lower-limb amputees. Hossein Hassani, a researcher at Bournemouth University involved in the project, said on behalf of his colleagues, “These prostheses typically involve the use of composite ‘c’ or ‘j’ shaped prostheses and whilst often dubbed ‘Cheetahs’ by the media, are merely a form of energy storage and return springs.”

Previous research has looked at how this technology is perceived by the sports stakeholders and through applying basic engineering

Coaches can be a strong influence in preventing football injuries, say researchers

“With an estimated three million youth aged 7 to 14 years old playing tackle football each year, preventing injuries is key. Our study showed that kids who received a comprehensive education from a coach had fewer injuries,” said lead author Zachary Y. Kerr, PhD, MPH of the Datalys Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

Kerr and his team had athletic trainers evaluate and track injuries at each practice and game during the 2014 football season. Players were drawn from four states, including Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts and South Carolina. Athletes were divided into three education groups: no coach education program (NHUF) (704 players), Heads-Up education and Pop Warner affiliation (HUF-PW) (741 players) and Heads-Up Only players (HUF) (663). The Heads-Up Football coaching education program was developed by USA Football and the Pop Warner Football program instituted guidelines to restrict contact during practice.

A total of 370 injuries were reported during 71,262 athlete exposures. Individuals in the HUF-PW and HUF groups had lower practice injury rates compared to those in the NHUF with 0.97/1000 athlete exposures and 2.73/1000 athlete exposures, respectively, versus 7.32/1000 exposures. The game injury rate for the NHUF group was 13.42/1000 athlete exposures while

New sports technology provides a GPS alternative

When it comes to recording accurate performance data for elite athletes, GPS technology can’t keep up, a Griffith researcher claims.

Instead SABEL Labs has developed SABEL Sense, an alternative to GPS for tracking running speeds and distances and which is set to be a game changer in the sports performance and wearable technology industries.

SABEL Sense is timely, as sporting organisations in particular consider their options. The AFL recently announced it had switched its GPS provider.

SABEL Labs project manager and research fellow Dr Jono Neville developed a model which presents accelerometers as a viable alternative to GPS in the quest for improved athlete assessment techniques.

His research, titled ‘A model for comparing over-ground running speed and accelerometer derived step rate in elite level athletes’, is detailed in Sensors Journal, which is currently published online and will be in print next month.

Dr Neville said while Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are an important tool for workload management, the devices have limitations when it comes to changes in speed and direction and when they are used indoors, due to their reliance on external satellites.

He said he compared inertial sensor data with

Benefits of kickboxing workouts for your shape

Kickboxing is a good technique to tone your whole body and reach a first-rate cardiovascular workout. What’s more, kickboxing is a very strong and energetic exercise type; as a result you will need to plan on taking a high level of inspiration and strength to every workout. Additionally, good kickboxing workouts offer a large array of movements and sequences that a lot of individuals find enjoyable and engaging. By practicing an exercise type that is varied and includes a wide range of movements, your chance of sticking with the program develops radically.

In lots of cases, this number of calories will involve around one-quarter of that person’s every day caloric intake. This being the reason, kickboxing is an extremely effective addition to nearly anybody’s weight loss fitness program.

Take into account that participating in an activity like kickboxing does more than just train your muscles, working with Revmma fitness personal trainer you will be sure to get the most of your classes. In addition, students must work on stretches to efficiently and safely complete the

Holiday Plans: See the Country by Bicycle

Of the many ways to travel and enjoy the scenery and culture of a country, rolling at an easy pace on a bicycle has become one of the most popular choices. Companies now specialise in cycle tours, focusing on the details for you so that your main task is to ride and relax. For some, it is easy to dismiss this type of holiday as suitable only for the very young and very fit. But the truth is different.

Leading tour operators now offer a range of tour levels, so that fitness and age are not so much a concern. The more adventurous among the cycling enthusiasts enjoy the independence of most cycle tours, as the supplier fits a bicycle to individual needs, provides necessary maps and written directions and ensures that luggage and other belongings are available at day’s end.

Assisted Holiday

Most of the tours offered by leading providers are self-directed. But this does not mean you are handed a bicycle and sent out to have experiences, good and bad, on your own. Representatives of the tour company remain available throughout your journey, providing directional advice and mechanical support should that become necessary.

Cycling Holidays Offer a New Way to Have Fun

It is sometimes difficult to decide what you want to do on your holiday. Whether you’re a fan of the beach, the mountains or anything in between, there are plenty of options when choosing the perfect holiday. Cycling holidays are becoming more popular these days, because they offer the chance to get fresh air and a little exercise, and to see a variety of beautiful and fun tourist attractions. Cycling holidays can also come with or without a personal guide, and the latter tours offer a way to have a little independence on your holiday and to visit attractions at your own pace. These holidays are fun and memorable, and offer activities for people of all fitness levels.

What Is Offered in a Cycling Holiday

Cycling holidays are holidays that allow tourists to ride bikes through different countries, usually at their own pace. Tourists are given maps and suggested places to eat and visit along the route, but they can essentially ride as fast or as slowly as they wish. Companies that offer these holidays will transport the tourists’ luggage from one hotel to the next, so all they have to do is ride to their

Coldplay to Headline 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Coldplay and Bruno Mars will perform at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on February 7th in Santa Clara, California at Levi’s Stadium, US Weekly reports.

Last year, Katy Perry headlined the halftime show and brought out special guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. In recent years, Bruno Mars, Madonna and recent Coldplay collaborator Beyoncé have also taken the massive national stage. The band has yet to release an official statement on the event.

Coldplay will release their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams, on Friday. Along with Beyoncé, other notable guests include Blue Ivy Carter, Gwyneth Paltrow, Noel Gallagher and Tove Lo. “Everyone who got asked to sing on our album has an important part in our lives,” singer Chris Martin told The Wall Street Journal last month.

Martin recently revealed to Rolling Stone that much of the album’s lyrics and themes stem from his post-divorce depression and explore his road back from anxiety and heartbreak. “It’s about love and acceptance and embracing what happens to you,” Martin said. “It’s quite a hippie album. All of our records were a journey to get to this one.”

For the new LP, Coldplay will be following in the

Lukaku strike earns Everton draw

Romelu Lukaku scored his 50th goal for Everton in his 100th appearance to give the team a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday in the Premier League.

Lukaku hit the woodwork twice before Gerard Deulofeu found him with a low cross in the 81st minute and the Belgium striker had a simple tap-in from close range for his seventh goal in six matches.

In an entertaining second half, Scott Dann headed Crystal Palace into the lead in the 76th minute after poor marking by Everton from a corner.

Lukaku nearly leveled immediately but thumped a shot against the crossbar, having struck the post with a low effort in the first half.

Palace is sixth on 23 points from 15 games, with Everton a point back in ninth place.