Menstrual Cycle Change During COVID-19. Sharing some early results.

One in five elite female Australian athletes in Olympic and Paralympic sports preparing for Tokyo 2021, have experienced a change in their menstrual cycle during COVID-19. The Australian Institute of Sport Female Performance & Health Initiative initiated research surrounding elite athlete perceptions and experience of the menstrual cycle on performance. This research surveyed Australian Tokyo-potential […]

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Should people wear a face mask during exercise: What should clinicians advise?

Many community-based measures to control the spread of the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) are implemented, including social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing non-medical face masks in public areas. This recommendation is based on the concept of ‘source control’ to prevent droplets produced by the person wearing the mask from spreading to other people or onto […]

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When can professional sport recommence safely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Risk Assessment and factors to consider

By Sean Carmody1,2, Andrew Murray1,3,4, Mariya Borodina5, Vincent Gouttebarge6,7, Andrew Massey8 The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will have, profound effects on every person on earth. Measures advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and put in place by National Governments, businesses and individuals will save millions of lives, but current movement restrictions (i.e., various […]

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Physical activity for children under 5 years during COVID-19: Play your way and keep moving while at home.

By Simone Tomaz @sim_tomaz, Samantha Fawkner @s_fawkner, Ailsa Niven @AilsaNiven, Steven Hanson @SteveFloatBoat, Chloë Williamson @Chlobobs_, Paul Kelly @narrowboat_paul and Coral L Hanson @HansonCoral The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and for many parents of children under-5, life at home may be upside down, giving new meaning to the word ‘chaos’. Without childcare and facilities for under-5s, […]

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Can I trust the messenger and their advice? The Aspetar COVID-19 Evidence for Athletes Service

  By Paul Dijkstra @DrPaulDijkstra, Sofie Nelis @NelisSofie, Faten Smiley, Ivan Stankovic @StankovicID, Marco Cardinale @Marco_Cardinale, Mike Clarke @EvidenceAid Why this service? The evidence dilemma in a time of crisis The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting athletes’ lives due to lock down and physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantine—all measures to curb the spread of this disease. […]

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Physical activity for children and young people aged 5-18 years during COVID-19. Stay safe; be active.

By Samantha Fawkner 1 (corresponding author) @s_fawkner, Ailsa Niven 1 @AilsaNiven, Steven Hanson 2 @SteveFloatBoat, Chloë Williamson 1 @Chlobobs_, and Coral L Hanson 3 @HansonCoral,  Covid-19 presents many challenges and anxieties. For parents and carers of school-aged children (young people), daily lives are barely recognisable.  We are attempting to juggle work, life and schooling from home, […]

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For the ‘at-risk’ or vulnerable COVID-19 group: staying or becoming active during social distancing 

  By Lis Neubeck @lisneubeck, Sheona McHale @SheonaMchale, Chloe Williamson @Chlobobs_, Paul Kelly @narrowboat_paul, Alice Pearsons @AlicePearsons, Steven Hanson @SteveFloatBoat and Coral L Hanson @HansonCoral During COVID-19, the World Health Organisation has defined vulnerable groups as those aged over 60 years (regardless of health condition), and those with underlying health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer. […]

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Can GPs FREE people from the burden of back pain?

By Ben Darlow (@BenD_NZ), on behalf of the Low Back Pain in General Practice Study research team (James Stanley, Sarah Dean, J. Haxby Abbott, Sue Garrett, Ross Wilson, Fiona Mathieson, Anthony Dowell) People with back pain commonly visit their general practitioner (GP). As GPs are often the only primary care clinicians able to prescribe medication […]

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The healthcare debate: a call for truly “Populist” healthcare

By Gabriel H. Zieff @GfellerCenter, Zachary Y. Kerr, Justin B. Moore @justinbmoorephd and Lee Stoner @leestoner The United Kingdom (UK) instituted universal healthcare in 1948 with the National Health Services (NHS). Meanwhile, the United States (US) utilized a market-based approach with a few exceptions (e.g. Medicare/Medicaid) and expansions [Affordable Care Act (ACA)]. Recent nationalist trends (e.g. […]

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