The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving

October 1st, 2019 - By Melisa in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

Grandmasters in competition are subjected to a constant torrent of mental stress. That stress, in turn, causes their heart rates to increase, which, in turn, forces their bodies to produce more energy to, in turn, produce more oxygen…Stress also leads to altered — and disturbed — sleep patterns, which in turn cause more fatigue — and can lead to more weight loss. Read full article: …more

Music Lessons Improve Children’s Cognitive Skills, Academic Performance

May 10th, 2018 - By Melisa in Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Uncategorized

Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition, which lead to improved academic performance. Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, the research is the first large-scale, longitudinal study to be adapted into the regular school curriculum. Visual arts lessons were also found to significantly improve children’s visual and spatial memory. Read full article: Laboratory Equipment, “Music Lessons Improve …more

CU Boulder to lead Pac-12 research initiative on student-athlete concussions

November 17th, 2017 - By Melisa in Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Mild/Traumatic Brain Injury

The Pac-12 Conference announced today that CU Boulder has been selected to lead its Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Concussion Coordinating Unit (PCCU), a multi-year, multi-site research initiative that will establish best practices and clinical infrastructure for advancing education on traumatic brain injury in student-athletes through the use of SyncThink EYE-SYNC technology, a world leader in neuro-technology with foundational intellectual property in eye-tracking. Read full article: …more

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

April 3rd, 2017 - By Melisa in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number. Read full article: The New York Times, “The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles”

Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day

January 31st, 2017 - By Melisa in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

There are six phrases I hear from athletes that are truly cringe-worthy to me because they are huge red flags that you have put on that weight vest and put heavy expectations and pressures on yourself. Read Full Article: Dr. Jim Taylor, “Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day.”

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

September 2nd, 2016 - By admin in Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Sleep

One often believes that the longer we tough it out, the tougher we are, and therefore the more successful we will be. However, this entire conception is scientifically inaccurate. The very lack of a recovery period is dramatically holding back our collective ability to be resilient and successful. Read full article: Harvard Business Review, “Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure”

Silence is good for your brain and lowers stress, but where can you find it?

July 19th, 2016 - By admin in Anxiety, Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Sleep

Even as the world gets noisier, scientists are learning more about the very real negative physical and mental effects of noise. And it’s through those studies of noise pollution that we are also getting a handle on how important silence is to the brain and mental health. Read Full Article: mother nature network, “Silence is good for your brain and lowers stress, but where can …more

Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice

May 13th, 2016 - By admin in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

Something that might provide you with a deeply satisfying sense of yourself that you did have when you were much, much younger. Find something — something new, something difficult — to immerse yourself in and improve at. Full Article: The New York Times, “Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice”