MOVE through Quarantine

John Ratey changed public understanding of sports and movement. In his bestselling book SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, he identifies that exercise is not only a tool for fitness, but a primary lever in our cognitive capacities. Exercise can spark creativity and increase mood, focus, and wakefulness. Movement matters. In…

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Lessons Learned from Bees in Space

Guest Author: Matt Klem In the late 80’s, a team of NASA scientists sent a colony of bees into space.  As the rocket escaped Earth’s gravity, the astronauts on board noticed something strange, the bees began to die off. Without gravity, they no longer buzzed their wings to stay afloat, a behavior that was essential…

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Get Your Butterflies Flying in Formation

Lisa Feldman Barrett is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and author of How Emotions are Made. In a recent interview, she identified a necessary truth: “Your brain didn’t evolve for you to think and feel and see, it actually evolved for you to control your body.” It’s a fact we too often…

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Alabama adds another top prospect: Sports Medicine Fellow Dr. Aloiya Earl

During the month of August, in the muggy Alabama heat, Nick Saban grants his players one opportunity to acknowledge the obvious: it’s hot. After that, the athlete must make one of two decisions: find a way to change the late-summer climate, or find a way to effectively deal with the heat. Repeatedly complaining about the…

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Triple Salchows, Accurate Looking, and the Role of Exercise in Concussion Rehab

Although it was a typically sunny day in Colorado Springs, it was cold beside the ice rink in the Olympic Training Center. On assignment with the Good Athlete Project, a fellow coach and I stood against the glass watching elite athletes make toe loop, axel, and salchow jumps look easy. We stood there in awe,…

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