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Elementary School to the Pros: The Culture of Specialization in Youth Sport

Elementary School to the Pros: The Culture of Specialization in Youth Sport

  • 5/29/2015 7:38:00 AM
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Kyle Levers, MS, CSCSDespite all of the trophies and accomplishments hanging on the bedroom walls of today’s best youth athletes, many fail to make it through high school or collegiate athletics.  The culture of youth sports has drastically changed from previous generations in which young athletes are inundated with select, travel, and club teams that cultivate an intensely competitive environment among all that are involved.  The intense competition of youth sport as well as the...
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Fueling the Lean, Mean Vegetarian Machine

Fueling the Lean, Mean Vegetarian Machine

  • 5/21/2015 6:12:00 AM
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Kyle Levers, MS, CSCSStrength and power athletes are a unique athlete subset, which includes many different types of athletes and can span highly varied requirements for strength and power development.  The difference in strength and power requirements stems from different physiological, anatomical, biochemical, and energy system requirements by various sports.  However, all strength and power athletes rely on development of maximal force within the muscle (potentially at a h...
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Are You Parasympathetic?

Are You Parasympathetic?

  • 5/7/2015 5:33:00 AM
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Dr. Deepesh KhannaHeart rate variability (HRV) means changes in the interval or distance between one beat of the heart and the next (1). It has relevance for physical, emotional, and mental function. The human heart is a bio-electrical pump beating at an ever changing rate. This variability in heart rate is an adaptive quality in a healthy body. HRV is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, which is comprised of sympathetic and parasympathetic components. It has been elucidated that alterat...
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Huffines Discussion 4 is almost here!

  • 11/7/2014 2:17:00 AM
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The Huffines Discussion 4 (2014) is right around the corner on November 21, 2014.  Come join us from 1-4 pm (CST) at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the campus of Texas A&M and hear nine leaders in sports medicine and human performance.  We've got a great line-up of speakers and we're excited to bring you the fourth edition of this great event.Click here for Speaker listing and other details (including satellite site locations!). 
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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs Sports Radio “Stem Cells Repair Sports Injuries”

  • 9/10/2014 2:36:00 AM
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For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below.  http://mmqb.si.com/2014/07/30/stem-cell-treatment-nfl-sports-medicine/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-r-stone-md/stem-cells-can-help-rebui_b_5677160.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living http://car.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/18/1947603514534681.abstract http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142961204009573Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Perf...
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Mitochondria and Cardiac Aging

  • 6/26/2014 7:56:00 AM
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Yang Lee, M.S.Oxidative damage, which is the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cells, affects the aging process, and old age is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. This phenomenon is well explained by “The Oxidative Stress Theory of Aging”, which explains that the life span of an organism is determined by the age-related loss of physiological function by the progressive cumulating of oxidative damage. This theory has been modified to “The Mitochondri...
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Use It or Lose It: The Dynamic Nature of Skeletal Muscle

Use It or Lose It: The Dynamic Nature of Skeletal Muscle

  • 6/26/2014 7:29:00 AM
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 Jeffrey Hord, B.S.Skeletal muscles come in a variety of sizes and shapes so that they suit the particular function that they perform. Some of these muscles work virtually all of the time while others are necessary only part of the time. Locomotor muscles that help us physically move our bodies are not as essential as our hearts or other vital organs but they are crucial for us to go about our everyday activities. Our skeletal muscles have matured and essentially been trained to function in...
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DEPTOR: New Kid on the Block

DEPTOR: New Kid on the Block

  • 6/26/2014 7:17:00 AM
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Will Deaver,  M.S.The DEP domain containing mTOR-interacting protein, or DEPTOR, is a relatively new protein that our lab has focused on for its potential roles in muscle physiology. DEPTOR is a negative regulator of mTOR, a keystone protein responsible for muscle protein synthesis and cell growth. Essentially, mTOR signals for muscle growth. DEPTOR is a negative inhibitor of mTOR, and high levels of DEPTOR prevent mTOR signaling and result in lower muscle masses.Recently, our lab published...
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Do Oral Contraceptives Impair the Osteogenic Response to Exercise?

Do Oral Contraceptives Impair the Osteogenic Response to Exercise?

  • 6/26/2014 6:55:00 AM
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Anita Mantri, B.S.Since the introduction of “the pill,” its use as a form of birth control and contraception has steadily increased in women of child-bearing age as seen in reports from the CDC. When the pill first came out in the 1970s, its use was very limited out of caution about the unknown effects of adding extra hormones to the body. Usually, the hormones estrogen and progesterone have distinct cycling patterns that prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy and lead to her per...
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The Walk of Life: Cancer and Physical Activity

The Walk of Life: Cancer and Physical Activity

  • 6/25/2014 8:11:00 AM
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John Seawright, B.S.For men, the probability of developing cancer at some point in life is equivalent to flipping a coin; 1 in 2; for women, it’s slightly better at 1 in 3. Take a coin out of your drawer and think of your father. Now, flip the coin. Let’s do it again. This time, think of your brother, your son, or yourself. At some juncture in your life, the phrase “I’m going to refer you to Oncology,” is likely to cross your road. Robert Frost had something to say ...
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