(Not so) Dumb Jock
Springtime is our family’s busiest time of year when it comes to sports and extracurricular activities. You might have noticed many of our recent posts have touched on various aspects of sports and exercise. Today’s post is about how a generalization we’ve all heard, “dumb jock”, may not be so, well…smart!
A recent study out of Sweden looked at how athletes versus non-athletes did on standardized testing of cognitive function. They looked at how elite soccer players, and “regular” soccer players, compared with standardized normals. They found that both groups of players performed significantly better than average on the tests of executive function, and further that the elite players outperformed than the “regular” players. The study went on to show a correlation between players doing well on the cognitive testing, and having an increased likelihood of scoring more goals and assists during a subsequent season!
Hmm, maybe “Sports Nerd” would be a little more accurate…!
To read more about this study, click here:
A study published online today in Pediatrics shows a link between early exposure to bisphenol-A and neurobehavioral problems. Bisphenol A can be found in many consumer products (usually food & beverage containers). Researchers found that higher levels of BPA in girls age 3 and younger, and also in pregnant mothers, were associated with more hyperactivity, anxiety and depression in the girls, using pediatric assessments for these problems. Here’s a link to the abstract.
God + Coffee = Happiness?
Earlier this month, two separate studies were published that both tackled depression. In one, data showed that those participants who held spirituality high on their lists of what was important had a lesser chance of becoming depression or having a recurrence of depression. In the other, data showed that higher consumption of caffeinated coffee was associated with lower risk for depression in women (sorry, fellas). We thought this was interesting and thought-provoking. Although this certainly won’t replace the need for other treatments for depression, it does remind us that a prescription does not always have to be the first answer to important problems like depression (or other things, for that matter).