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Keeping U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team Healthy

The U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey team begins its Sochi Olympic campaign Thurs., Feb. 13, taking on Slovakia. With them is three-time Olympic team physician Michael Stuart, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Stuart is attending practices, team meetings and meals to help ensure the team stays healthy and [...]

Created by Dana Sparks

The Olympics for the Rest of Us: How Ping-Pong Can Help Your Brain

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 31, 2012.  The physical benefits of the Olympic sports are pretty obvious: strength, endurance and agility, to name a few. But did you know they also can help the brain? Mayo Clinic research shows that any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk [...]

Created by Sharon Theimer

The Olympics of Germs: Expert Offers Tips on Avoiding Illness in Crowds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 25, 2012.   Massive crowds from around the globe will mingle in London during the Olympics, and that means a world-class array of germs will mix with them. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Gregory Poland, M.D., offers several tips for avoiding illness when you are around [...]

Created by Sharon Theimer

Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Comment on Olympics, Paralympic Games

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 9, 2012.  Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer comment throughout the Olympics and Paralympic Games on everything from the physiology and psychology of competitive athletes to injuries they may be coping with and controversies such as gender testing and doping. Here is a sampling: Michael [...]

Created by Sharon Theimer

How Genetic Variation, Gender Play Out in Olympics

ROCHESTER, Minn. — June 4, 2012.  With the 2012 Summer Olympics fast approaching, two Mayo Clinic researchers have penned a timely and thought-provoking editorial in the June issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings that explores genetic variation and how it plays out in professional athletic competition. The authors, Mayo Clinic's J. [...]

Created by Nick Hanson

MEDIA ADVISORY: Brain Boosting Olympic Sports

  The physical benefits of the Olympic sports are pretty obvious: strength, endurance and agility, to name a few. But did you know they also can help the brain? Mayo Clinic research shows that any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and mild cognitive [...]

Created by Dana Sparks

The Olympics of Germs; Avoiding Illness in Crowds

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayo Clinic Infectious Disease Expert Offers Tips on Avoiding Illness in Crowds Massive crowds from around the globe are converging on London during the Olympics, which means a world-class array of germs will mix with them. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert and director of the Vaccine Research Group at [...]

Created by Dana Sparks

Guidelines For Athletes With Long QT Syndrome May Be Too Strict

Current guidelines disqualify most people with long QT syndrome (LQTS) — a genetic abnormality in the heart’s electrical system — from every sport and continues to be a matter of debate among physicians. So, in a first-of-its-kind study, Mayo Clinic’s LQTS clinic recently examined its own experience, determining the outcome of [...]

Created by Joel Streed

Let the Games Begin

Expert Alert:  Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Comment on Olympics, Paralympic Games What is it that makes an Olympic athlete so special? Are they really that different from you and me?  Plus, Olympian or weekend warrior, whatever the sport, injuries are part of the game.  Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer [...]

Created by Dana Sparks

How Genetic Variation Plays Out In Professional Athletic Competition

Olympics Expert Alert:  Two Mayo Clinic researchers have penned a timely and thought-provoking editorial in an upcoming issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, exploring genetic variation and how it plays out in professional athletic competition.  The editorial analyzes the recent case of Castor Semenya, a South African female runner disbarred from [...]

Created by Dana Sparks