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Exercise and depression: Feeling down? Get your sweat on!

Depression disorders constitute one of the major health issues of our time, and their impact is increasing. Depression is a common and important illness affecting at least 1 in 5 people during their lifetime. Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression or unipolar depression, is characterized by reduced mood, sadness, and lost enthusiasm for previously interesting activities in daily life. Additional signs and symptoms such as difficulty sustaining weight, …Read More

Hamstring strains: a common and nagging sports injury

Hamstring injuries are the most common muscle strain sustained by athletes, and are a frequent occurrence in sports such as Australian Rules football, rugby, soccer, track and field and other sports involving sprinting. Studies have shown that hamstring strains account for up to 29% of injuries in sprinters, and 16–23% of injuries in Australian Rules football. Hamstring injuries are now the most prevalent injury in soccer, accounting for 12% to …Read More

Warming Up: to stretch or not to stretch?

Everyone knows that it’s a good idea to warm up before starting to exercise… but what is less clear is exactly what your warm-up should consist of. Jogging on the spot, jumping jacks, static or ballistic stretching… the list goes on. Static stretching (stretch and hold) has long been used in a warm-up, with the aim of enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injury. However, recent reviews of the literature …Read More