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Sport - 03.04.2018
Glasgow 2014 Games reports identify economic benefits but little in the way of a physical activity legacy
Glasgow 2014 Games reports identify economic benefits but little in the way of a physical activity legacy
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has improved the environment and economic activity in Scotland's largest city. However there has been little impact on the number of people who are physically active or the rates of participation in regular exercise. The University of Glasgow has published two reports on the impact of the Games on the health and wellbeing of the city's East End communities.

Life Sciences - Sport - 30.03.2018
Concussion’s complex nature
Concussion is a major public health problem, but not much is known about the impacts that cause concussion or how to prevent them. A new study suggests that the problem is more complicated than previously thought. It seems simple enough: Taking a hard hit to the head can give you a concussion. But, Stanford researchers report March 30   in Physical Review Letters , in most cases, the connection is anything but simple.

Life Sciences - Sport - 21.03.2018
The Brain is Less Flexible Than Previously Thought
New research from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that the brain reorganizes its neural activity when learning over the course of a few hours and that when learning a new task, the brain is less flexible than previously thought. The research examined the changes that take place in the brain when learning a new task.

Sport - Economics / Business - 20.03.2018
Why it doesn't pay to be just nice – you also need to be intelligent
Why it doesn’t pay to be just nice – you also need to be intelligent
Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Minnesota and Heidelberg devised a series of games to find out which factors lead to cooperative behaviour when people interact in social and workplace situations. Their findings, due to be published in the Journal of Political Economy , showed that people with a higher IQ displayed 'significantly higher' levels of cooperation, which in turn led to them earning more money as part of the game.

Life Sciences - Sport - 05.03.2018
You Don't Think Your Way Out of a Tiger Attack
You Don’t Think Your Way Out of a Tiger Attack
Imagine walking alone at night. Up ahead on the sidewalk, you notice a person lurking in the shadows, and a chill runs down your spine. You pause as you run through your options. Do you turn around and go back the way you came? Cross to the other side of the street? Or do you ignore your fear and keep walking straight ahead? Now picture another scenario in which you're strolling through a crosswalk.

Sport - Life Sciences - 03.03.2018
Researchers test 'brain training' games to improve the lives of people with hearing loss
Researchers at The University of Nottingham are involved in a new study that will test whether using online gaming techniques could help people to cope with hearing loss and adapt to hearing aids, it was announced on World Hearing Day (3 March 2018).

Sport - Health - 20.02.2018
Fake news 'vaccine': online game may 'inoculate' by simulating propaganda tactics
Fake news ’vaccine’: online game may ’inoculate’ by simulating propaganda tactics
A new experiment, launching today online, aims to help 'inoculate' against disinformation by providing a small dose of perspective from a "fake news tycoon".

Health - Sport - 01.02.2018
Kids born later in the year can still excel in sport
A child's birth month shouldn't affect their long-term prospects in high-level sport and those who hold off specialising until later years may be the most successful, according to new research from the University of Sydney. The study, conducted in collaboration with Swimming Australia and published in the Journal of Science and Sports Medicine , examined the representation of over 6000 athletes at the National Swimming Championships between 2000 and 2014.

Sport - Health - 23.11.2017
THE FA & THE PFA COMMISSION NEW STUDY INTO DEMENTIA IN FOOTBALL
The Football Association and the Professional Footballers' Association have appointed Dr William Stewart and colleagues at the University of Glasgow and the Hampden Sports Clinic to lead an independent research study into the incidence of degenerative neurocognitive disease in ex-professional footballers.

Sport - Mathematics - 22.11.2017
Towards better understanding of railway ballast
Towards better understanding of railway ballast
SNCF engineers have been using mathematical models for many years to simulate the dynamic behavior of railways. These models have not been able to take into account large portions of the track have been extremely limited at modelling ballast, the gravel layer located under railway tracks. This is why SNCF Innovation & Recherche asked for help from specialists in wave propagation for all types of media and at varied scales: CNRS and INSA Strasbourg 1 researchers.

Sport - Health - 21.11.2017
Game improves balance in youth with autism
Brittany Travers, an investigator at the UW-Madison Waisman Center, works with a study participant playing a video game designed to help youth with autism improve their balance. The game may also help improve some of their autism-related symptoms. Photo: Andy Manis Playing a video game that rewards participants for holding various "ninja" poses could help children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improve their balance, according to a recent study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sport - Health - 20.11.2017
Social mobile gaming boosts rehabilitation for physically impaired patients
Social mobile gaming boosts rehabilitation for physically impaired patients
A video game that enables healthy volunteers to play with patients who have physical impairments may improve their rehabilitation, suggests study. The researchers from Imperial have designed a video game called Balloon Buddies, which is a tool that enables those recovering from conditions such as a stroke to engage and play together with healthy volunteers such as therapists and family members as a form of rehabilitation.

Sport - 10.11.2017
Biobanding evaluation nets positive results among academy football teams
Biobanding evaluation nets positive results among academy football teams
Matching young players according to their developmental or biological age, as opposed to their chronological age, has positive effects in terms of performance, talent identification and injury reduction in football, according to a new significant new study. The paper, published in the Journal of Sports Sciences , from researchers in our Department for Health was also the first to explore athletes' experiences of competing in a 'biobanded tournament'.

Sport - Environment - 06.11.2017
A scientific view on football turf
A scientific view on football turf
What are the effects of LED lighting and the climate on different types of sports turf? At the greenhouse laboratory center Dürnast, this question is addressed by TUM researchers. Their findings serve as a basis for the development of new lighting systems for professional football. If, in the Bundesliga, a football match doesn't go too well, it is common to blame the lawn: "Der Rasen ist schuld!" - which shows how much importance the professionals attach to the turf.

Sport - Career - 03.11.2017
Retired professional footballers at higher risk of knee osteoarthritis
Retired professional footballers are far more prone to develop knee pain and osteoarthritis and face problems with their knees earlier in life than the average person, a study has revealed. The study reported that male ex-footballers were two to three times more likely to suffer from knee pain and knee osteoarthritis and require a total knee replacement, even after adjustment for other risk factors including significant knee injury.

Sport - 24.10.2017
Young children practise for the future
A University of Queensland study is helping parents and teachers understand the capacity of young children to learn independently, by providing insight into children's understanding of practice. The study, led by UQ School of Psychology PhD student Melissa Brinums, investigated the age at which children start to regulate their own learning to achieve their long-term goals.

Social Sciences - Sport - 18.10.2017
Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection
Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection
The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research. The study, published today in Scientific Reports and funded by the European Research Council, tested the impact of a slow, affectionate touch against a fast, neutral touch following social rejection and found a specific relationship between gentle touch and social bonding.

Sport - Psychology - 17.10.2017
How we determine who's to blame
How we determine who’s to blame
How do people assign a cause to events they witness' Some philosophers have suggested that people determine responsibility for a particular outcome by imagining what would have happened if a suspected cause had not intervened. This kind of reasoning, known as counterfactual simulation, is believed to occur in many situations.

Sport - Pharmacology - 27.09.2017
Computer scientists address gap in messaging privacy
Rugby players from Aviva Premiership Rugby and Greene King IPA Championship are to take part in a major study led by the University of Birmingham as part of its work to develop a ground-breaking pitch-side test to diagnose concussion and brain injury. The study, being carried out in collaboration with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players' Association, will run throughout the 2017/18 rugby season and is the biggest of its kind to take place in the history of UK sport.

Social Sciences - Sport - 26.09.2017
Understanding football violence could help the fight against terror
Football has long been tarnished by outbreaks of fan violence. Although media headlines often link the behaviour to 'hooliganism', the activity could stem from potentially more positive motivations, such as passionate commitment to the group and the desire to belong.  Understanding the root cause of football violence may therefore help in tackling the behaviour and channelling it into something more positive, Oxford University scientists suggest.