Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks players and spectators stand for a moment of silence for Adam Johnson, before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Oct. 31, 2023.
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Hockey culture’s tendency to prefer attributes like mental toughness over emotional vulnerability can damage athletes when they’re confronted with traumatic events. This needs to change.
Would people still call a women’s soccer match boring if they didn’t know the players’ genders?
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A common criticism of women’s sports is that female players aren’t as entertaining or skilled as their male counterparts. Two researchers decided to put this notion to the test.
David Beckham says he felt prepared for the nation’s wrath because of how he says he was treated by his father. It’s a familiar story in sport, but evidence shows controlling behaviour doesn’t work.
When the energy consumed from food becomes insufficient to meet the demands of high physical activity levels, a state of imbalance occurs called low energy availability.
Female athletes are at increased risk of not eating enough. If energy intake is too low to meet training needs, there can be severe consequences for exercise performance, muscles and health.
Canada forward Janine Beckie watches after attempting a shot during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match against the United States, Feb. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
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Gender disparities in sport extend to injuries too. Female soccer players are at greater risk for ACL tears than males and it is clear immediate action is needed to address the non-biological factors for the injury.
There are several ways to help prevent a perilous rise in core temperature while being physically active in the heat.
Heat exposure is inevitable for those who work or are active outdoors. A heat acclimation protocol, combined with heat-mitigating strategies, is the best defence against heat-related injuries.
Fluctuations in sex hormones are associated with inflammation peaks and troughs. These could potentially influence athletic performance.
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Data suggests most professional sports experience some form of home ground advantage. But it’s not straightforward.
Race car drivers compete in full-body safety gear while sitting in a piping hot car, which puts tremendous strain on the heart.
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Imagine an NBA game played outdoors in August, with no substitutions and players wearing snowsuits, gloves and ski masks. Race car drivers routinely compete under similar conditions.
The NBA suspended Ja Morant for 25 games after he posted a video of himself brandishing a gun.
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America’s veneration of gun ownership is seconded only by its commitment to rendering armed Blacks as an existential danger to the civility and structure of America.
Toronto Maple Leafs fans and players celebrate a goal during the second round playoff series against the Florida Panthers.
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Superstitions have a role in helping hockey fans and players feel more in control of the game.
Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular — but does this diet help or hinder athletic performance?
Does intermittent fasting have a negative or positive effect on athletic performance? At the moment, the scientific data about this is contradictory.
Efforts are underway to clean up sport in Canada, but if sporting bodies and athletes want to prevent abuse from occurring, we must re-engineer the structures, policies and practices that lead to abuse in the first place.
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Athletes often recount how, at the very least, sport built their character and at the very most, saved their lives. But currently, Canadian sport itself needs rebuilding.
The 2024 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 26 to Aug. 11 in France.
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The IOC has an opportunity to disavow the violence and illegality of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by extending the platform and status of refugee athletes to Russian and Belarusian athletes.
Another homer off the bat of Aaron Judge.
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Scientists analyzed 100,000 baseball games, from the days of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays to Aaron Judge. Here’s what they learned about the climate’s growing role.
Jake Paul and Tommy Fury promoting their future fight.
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We examined the pre-match fight on social media to compare how each fighter’s profile brand performed worldwide.
Only when the full extent of the wrongdoing has been identified can real progress be made.
By addressing the root causes of violence, we can reimagine systems to allow for more supportive, safe and accountable sport communities.
There have been calls for a judicial inquiry into abuse in Canadian sport, but a restorative approach would better protect athletes.
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There are growing calls for a judicial inquiry to investigate abuse in Canadian sport. We argue that there are better alternatives to address the problem.
Despite calls for action, the Canadian government has been slow to address allegations of sexual abuse in sporting bodies.
The lack of government action in response to allegations of sexual abuse in Canadian sport contrasts with the response to previous scandals and highlights the racial and gender inequalities at play.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds the trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday.
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The Super Bowl is more than a game — it’s an ecosystem of parties, the halftime show, the ads and 100 million people watching despite the sport’s ugly and dangerous side.