Folks looking to improve their vertical jump ... there's an app for that. VERT is a small wearable sensor array with and ARM cpu that measures vertical distance and communicates with iOS devices with Bluetooth 4.0. Basketball and volleyball players use them for training.
“For the last thirty years, we’ve believed that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death,” Harmon said. “But if you look at studies, the leading cause of sudden cardiac death is ‘autopsy-negative sudden unexplained death with no structural abnormality,’ ” which means that a majority of sudden deaths are still grossly unclassified, but probably caused by arrhythmia. Independently, Eckart found that thirty-five per cent of military-recruit deaths were unexplained. The lack of conclusive information observed in autopsies is similar to the dearth of clinical information in Burt’s case, where no abnormality could explain why she had almost died in 2002.
Preventing sudden cardiac arrests is difficult. In order to carry out a cost-effective strategy, doctors must better identify which demographics to screen. Based on the data, Harmon believes that all Division I basketball players, if not all college-basketball players, should undergo electrocardiogram (EKG) screening.
There is growing evidence that specialization in children's sports is a bad idea - diversity leads to greater skills and possibly body development. David Epstein offers a brief summary in a NY Times piece.
Epstein wrote The Sports Gene .. one of last year's best books in the science for a general audience category...