Understanding Head Injuries Through Biomechanics and Math

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In biomechanics, systems in motion — such as the impact of a ball on a player’s head — are described or “modeled” by mathematical differential equations. For example, these equations can show the relationship between the acceleration or force of the ball to the head at impact, and the change in shape of brain tissue in response to that form. The solution to these equations provides information that could be used to establish new safety regulations or adequate sports gear for players.

Current studies show that heading the ball may not be as much of a concern as physicians and parents thought, although it is not fully understood how repetitive head shooting, through many years of play, affects players. Further research will continue to help treat and prevent injuries, and improve athlete performance through individualized coaching.

Learn more about the basics of head injuries and biomechanics or read the more technical mathematical explanation.

Articles by Cristian Clavijo.

Repeating Great Performances with Muscle Memory

labeled_diagram_human_brainHave you ever wondered how professional tennis players are able to put a serve right on the line time after time? How about how a professional golfer is able to pull off pin-point shots with extreme consistency? Aside from intense focus, these athletes are using motor learning, also known as muscle memory. This is essentially teaching your muscles how to repeat movements or techniques over and over.

Learn the basics of how muscle memory matters.

Articles by Kenny Morley.

The Psychological Benefits of Exercise

brainhealthFew can argue the many benefits of exercise—it makes people stronger, healthier, and adds years to their lives. There are also a number of less tangible effects of exercise in addition to well-defined muscles and slimmer waistlines. From a psychological perspective, exercise is one of the most important things a person can do to promote mental well-being and overall happiness. Many people are familiar with the mood-boosting effects of exercising regularly, but what is actually happening inside your brain in the midst of a good workout?

Read the basic psychological benefits of exercise or learn the more technical details.

Articles by Alycia Parnell.