Sports Science Sunday: Andrew Luck retires; EPL mishandling concussions?

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At the age of twenty-nine, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has made the difficult decision to retire after seven seasons in the National Football League. A history of injuries had taken its toll on his mental well being and he had lost the drive to struggle through another injury comeback. “I felt stuck and the only way out of it is to no longer play football,” Luck said, during a press conference. “It’s taken my joy away from the game.”

An editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine is calling for strict guidelines when it comes to the conditions open water swimmers are allowed to endure, particularly in the cold. “Swimming authorities must enforce minimum temperature rules in open water swimming because some open water swimmers—particularly those who are well acclimatised to cold—are unable to judge how cold they are.” The article cited a landmark 1955 study conducted by Pugh and Edholm.

Researchers at the University of Colorado investigated concussion incidence reporting and procedures in the English Premier League and Major League Soccer. They found that although both leagues were fastidious in reporting concussions, they differed in post-concussion procedures. The vast majority of EPL players returned much sooner than they should have… Like almost immediately. The study concluded, “While career longevity was unaffected, the approach to managing concussion as in MLS may better promote player safety and preserve on-field performance.”

A National Institute of Health study investigated whether weight training lessened the risk of any types of cancer (since aerobic exercise has been shown to have a positive effect). The researchers concluded, “Participants who engaged in weight lifting had a significantly lower risk of colon cancer and a trend toward a lower risk of kidney cancer than participants who did not weight lift.”

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