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The force on a triple jumper’s bones is 15 times their body weight.

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

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/

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.
How much of an ice bath is a placebo? Andreas Nilsson/Flickr

Ice bath after exercise? The benefits might be in your head

Whether an athlete has endured the repeated joint stresses of a marathon run, or the relentless battery of hits during a football match, many will opt for a post-activity polar plunge into an ice-cold…
Steroid use is growing in Australia but not among the usual suspects. Jhong Dizon/Flickr

Scapegoating steroids won’t make for a safer night out

Steroids are easy to scapegoat. Users are viewed as aggressive, violent and mentally unstable, able to snap at any moment and cause great harm to the people around them. Ostensibly, it is this perception…
The humble fishing line. Flickr/derfian

Fishing for artificial muscles nets a very simple solution

Sometimes in research the answer is right under your nose. In our case, we spent nearly two decades developing exotic materials as artificial muscles – to now show in a paper published in Science today…
Scientists approach muscle memory from a variety of perspectives. Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi

Explainer: muscle memory

“Muscle memory” is a frequently used term to describe the learning of motor skills, be they sport, music, or everyday activity. But interestingly, despite the widespread usage of the term, controversy…
Having legs with the right type of muscle fibre can make all the difference. Yoan Valat/EPA

Building a Tour de France-winning body: know your muscles

Cyclists in this year’s Tour de France – currently underway – will cover more than 3,300km over 21 stages in 23 days. Of course, due to the extreme physical exertion required to do this at speed, many…
A reconstruction of a ptyctodontid fish, one of the groups of placoderms studied from which well-preserved muscles were found. John A Long

From bone to brawn: ancient fish show off their muscles

Fossilised soft tissues, such as skin and muscle, are exceptionally hard to come by. When you think the chances of an animal being fossilised is less than one in a million - and these usually have only…
A combination of wax and coiling makes carbon nanotube muscles stronger than ever. Science/AAAS

Power to you: carbon nanotube muscles are going strong

Just on a year ago my colleagues and I announced our discovery that carbon nanotube yarns could be made to twist and rotate at great speeds when electrically stimulated. In this way we had created “artificial…

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