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When past Olympic records fall and new scores trump the old in a tremendous way, how an athlete achieved such a performance is often called into question.
The fact is, performance-enhancing drugs have become a reality in professional athletic competition. Some athletes will always seek an edge, either through strength or increased energy and focus.
So we wanted to know: how do performance-enhancing drugs actually work? What are the side effects? And why are they so hard to keep out of the sports we love?
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Called a distraction by some and a performance enhancer by others, the grunt has been heard in games ranging from Olympic weightlifting to table tennis. It has also undoubtedly become a norm in both men and women's professional tennis where the noise rings out as players strike the ball.
So what's the deal? Do those shrieking, screaming, cacophonous noises serve some kind of purpose? Or are they just an annoying distraction?
University of Minnesota Men's Tennis Head Coach Geoff Young and U of M Department of Neurology assistant professor Michael Howell, M.D. provide some answers.
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After their gold medal performance, some are calling the 2012 United States women's gymnastics team the greatest in U.S. history.
Historically, the average age of U.S. women's gymnastics teams has hovered around age 16 -- and this year is no different. On the 2012 U.S. women's gymnastics team, ages of the athletes range from 15 to 18 years of age.
But we were curious: does the age of a gymnast really matter? Are younger gymnasts putting their bodies at risk by competing so heavily while so young? We asked University of Minnesota experts to find out.
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Olympic athletes are always looking for a way to get the most out of their bodies. But are there any safe, legal ways to gain an edge over the competition?
It turns out there is.
For many endurance athletes, utilizing high altitude training facilities is a great way to gain an edge.
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Olympic athletes are known to consume anywhere from 1,200 to 10,000 calories per day depending on their caloric needs and whether are trying to lose, maintain or gain weight for competition. Weight, muscle and the kind of athletic activity also factor into the number of calories they burn each day.
University of Minnesota Gopher Sports Nutritionist Rasa Troup and Chrisa Arcan, Ph.D. in the U of M's Department of Epidemiology and Community Health talk here about what goes into a gold medal-worthy Olympic diet.
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