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Some people experience cramps frequently after vigorous, high-intensity exercise. from shutterstock.com

Health check: why do we get muscle cramps?

It's not just elite sportspeople who get muscle cramps. If you've ever experienced one, you'll know how painful they are. But why do we get them, and is there anything to be done?
With so many products on the market, it’s hard to know which supplements are scientifically proven to work. David van der Mark/Flickr

Health Check: which sports supplements actually work?

Here are some of the more popular sports supplements on the market today, separated into categories based on how effective and safe research shows they are.
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all? Carlos Bustamante Restrepo

Neuromechanics of flamingos’ amazing feats of balance

These birds spend long periods, often asleep, standing on one leg. Is it passive biomechanics or active nervous system control of their muscles that allows them to do easily what's impossible for us?
The force on a triple jumper’s bones is 15 times their body weight. www.shutterstock.com

What exercise does to your bones

Studying how athletes' bones contort during exercise is helping scientists understand which exercise is best for maintaining healthy bones as we age.
Not just a wives’ tale: growing pains are common in kids. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: are growing pains real?

Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.
Study finds quality trumps quantity when it comes to muscle strength. EPA/http://www.epa.eu/sports-photos/sports-events-photos/south-africa-south-africa-body-building-championships-photos-52192398

Why bigger isn’t always better in the world of muscle building

New research shows bodybuilders' muscle quality is lower than that of people who don't train at all - but size is still a pretty good guide to strength.
Chocolate milk is well supported by research as ticking all the boxes for an effective exercise recovery drink. tracy benjamin/Flickr

Health Check: here’s what you need to know about protein supplements

The decision to use protein supplements is based more on marketing claims than anything else. They offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering.

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