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    24 - 27 October 2017

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Exercise and fitness in young people - what factors contribute to long term health?

14 Jul, 17 | by BJSM

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Part-2 of the blog mini-series on youth

By Dr Nicky Keay

Recent reports reveal that children in Britain are amongst the least active in the world. At the other end of the spectrum there have been a cluster of articles outlining the pitfalls of early specialisation in a single sport.

Regarding the reports of lack of physical activity amongst young people in Britain, this is of concern not only for their current physical activity ability, but has repercussions for health in adult life. Research demonstrates that young people with low cardiovascular fitness have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease in adult life.

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Sleep for Success - Dr Dale Rae

Senior Researchers, Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town

What is your current area of interest/research?

Chronobiology: the study of sleep and circadian rhythms as they relate to both general health (esp obesity and cardiometabolic diseases) and sports performance

What is the most fascinating or complex realisation you have come to about this area so far?
Sleep is a “not negotiable” factor when it comes to performance and health - and yet it is the first part of our daily routine to be deprioritised or even abused when we feel that time is short

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From the BJSM Blog

Addiction to Exercise – what distinguishes a healthy level of commitment from exercise addiction?

3 Aug, 17 | by BJSM

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By Dr Nicky Keay nickykeay

Health is not just the absence of illness, but rather the optimisation of all components of health: physical, mental and social. Exercise has numerous benefits on all these aspects. However, a recent article in the British Medical Journal described how exercise addiction can have detrimental physical, mental and social effects.

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Mechanisms for optimal health…for all athletes!

11 May, 17 | by BJSM

Part-4 of the blog mini-series on RED-S

As described in previous blogs, the female athlete triad (disordered eating, amenorrhoea, low bone mineral density) is part of Relative Energy Deficiency in sports (RED-S). RED-S has multi-system effects and can affect both female and male athletes together with young athletes. The fundamental issue is a mismatch of energy availability and energy expenditure through exercise training. As described in previous blogs this situation leads to a range of adverse effects on both health and sports performance. I have tried to unravel the mechanisms involved. Please note the diagram below is simplified view: I have only included selected major neuroendocrine control systems.

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