Concentration

Maria Konnikova posts an interesting article in this past Sunday’s New York Times on the effects of undivided attention and mindfulness. In her post, she links concentration to Sherlock Holmes (perhaps because that’s a link to her forthcoming book), but she provides a nice if brief review of some of …

Strength Training and the Brain

Lots of evidence points to the usefulness of aerobic exercise for maintaining and improving mental functioning (see a previous blog post here and an extensive review article here). It is not as clear, though, whether strength training has an effect. An article in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that even a …

Eating for Brain Fitness

A lot has been written on the Web about eating for brain fitness. Almost anyone might want to know if one magic food can make your mind clear and keep your memory sharp. When it comes to eating, there are no magic bullets, but studies give us some direction. First, …

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Orthopedic Advice To Prevent Concussions

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Orthopedic Advice To Prevent Concussions

Orthopedic Advice To Prevent Concussions

Prevention of sports injuries with special emphasis on concussions is unfortunately a daunting task. Players on the field tend to lose themselves into the moment and focus more on trying to score, defend their team, and ultimately bring victory on the panel than be careful not to get any concussions and other injuries. To come to their help, orthopedists recommend a series of advice that can help reduce the number of concussion and also take better care of the already existing ones. Treatment is crucial as it can significantly help prevent future concussions altogether.

Tips To Stay Safe When Playing Sports

At the moment, there are underway studies trying to determine whether bring certain alternations to sports equipment can prevent concussions and the data scientists have come across so far seems to suggest positive improvements. However, more research needs to be done and specialists also make the recommendation that players should stay focused and avoid becoming more aggressive on the field simply because they feel better protected by new helmets and head bands.  

It is crucial for a sportsman to be wearing the suitable type of certified helmet the type for of sport he is playing. All helmets need to be perfectly fit to they can correspond to the sport’s requirements, just like buying a new lottery ticket online will imply having to look at the purchasing and online playing requirements on the respective site.

Roughly 15 up to maximum 20 percent of all helmets are currently fit and worn the right way. Football players need to learn safe tackling methods, and this includes being advised not to lead using their head and to use their shoulders when hitting rather than their helmets. The muscles of the neck need to be as powerful as possible so that more concussions can be prevented; according to research in the field, string neck muscles will take in part of the shock felt after experiencing a blow to the head during the game. This way, the brain will be less affected.

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Strength Training and the Brain

Gray haired woman lifting weight

Lots of evidence points to the usefulness of aerobic exercise for maintaining and improving mental functioning (see a previous blog post here and an extensive review article here). It is not as clear, though, whether strength training has an effect. An article in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that even a modest amount of resistance training (60 minutes two times a week for 6 months) can improve cognitive function in older women with evidence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is defined as a condition in which persons have clear evidence of below average cognitive function in an area such as memory and in addition report that they have memory difficulties. It’s considered an important condition in part because people with MCI are believed to be an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

While other studies have shown that resistance training can help cognitive functioning, this study compared strength training with aerobic exercise (walking) and a less intense “balance and tone” intervention. The authors also studied the impact of their interventions on the brain using functional MRI (fMRI). Results showed that strength training was associated with improvements in cognitive function on several study measures, including an executive function measure (the Stroop task) and a memory task. In a subgroup of people who completed fMRI, the strength training was associated with changes in brain function during mental activity. The authors conclude that strength training can help to improve cognitive function in women with MCI, and may be a useful strategy in helping maintain cognitive function in persons at risk for decline.

Reference:

Nagamatsu, LS et al. (2012). Resistance training promotes cognitive and functional brain plasticity in seniors with probable mild cognitive impairment. JAMA Internal Medicine, 172, 666-668. Full article available without charge here.

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Strength Training and the Brain

Gray haired woman lifting weight

Lots of evidence points to the usefulness of aerobic exercise for maintaining and improving mental functioning (see a previous blog post here and an extensive review article here). It is not as clear, though, whether strength training has an effect. An article in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that even a …

Concentration

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Maria Konnikova posts an interesting article in this past Sunday’s New York Times on the effects of undivided attention and mindfulness. In her post, she links concentration to Sherlock Holmes (perhaps because that’s a link to her forthcoming book), but she provides a nice if brief review of some of …

Cognitive Lifestyle and Neuroprotection

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A study from earlier this year sheds light on how being mentally active may confer protection for cognitive decline. Michael Valenzuela is a researcher whose work focuses on understanding the links between mental activity over someone’s entire life and their later function. In previous studies, he and his colleagues have …

Physical Activity and How Long You Live

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Lots of research has shown that, at least over short periods of time, people who are physically active are more alert, remember things better, and are in better health. But does that mean that they live longer?  A recent review article looked at this question. The authors found 13 papers …

Pulmonary Function and Cognitive Aging

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An interesting study appears this month in the journal Psychological Science. The authors used data obtained over 19 years to study the relation of pulmonary (breathing) functions and changes in cognition with increasing age. Earlier studies had shown that both tend to get worse as we get older, but it …

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