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Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Archive

Annual 3-minute thesis competition packs a lot of science into a short time

BOONE—Could you explain your master’s level thesis or research in just three minutes? That’s what 16 students in Appalachian State University’s Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies each did recently.

Bananas and pears improve athletic performance and recovery

By Kara Marker, N.C. Research Campus marketing intern

KANNAPOLIS—Athletes who want to improve their performance should stop by the grocery store on their way to the gym and pick up some bananas and pears.

Slow recovery after running? New research shows why and what to do about it

By Jennifer Woodford

KANNAPOLIS—David Nieman, DrPH, with the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab on the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, gets a steady stream of emails from runners who find themselves unable to recover from intense exercise like marathons after years of training and competing.

Carbohydrate found in pistachio nuts and other foods impairs athletic performance

NCRC KANNAPOLIS—A recent study by David Nieman, DrPH, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, found that a special type of carbohydrate, raffinose, found in pistachio nuts and other foods reduced athletic performance when consumed prior to intense exercise.

STOP! DROP! & ROLL! 5K held July 5

BOONE—The Watauga County Firefighters Association is hosting the 2nd Annual Stop! Drop! And Roll! 5K run/walk Saturday, July 5. The fundraising event, open for all ages and fitness levels, will start at 8 a.m. at Boone Fire Department Station 2 located on State Farm Road.

Female participants sought for research related to arterial stiffness and high blood pressure

BOONE—Females between the ages of 50 and 75 are being sought for a research study at Appalachian State University related to arterial stiffness and high blood pressure.

Fundraiser April 12 to benefit Huntington’s disease research

BOONE—The 9th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk for Huntington’s Disease will be held Saturday, April 12, at the Boone Greenway. The event is sponsored by students in Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program.

Research shows taking vitamin D2 is a poor choice for athletes

BOONE—Power athletes and others looking for an edge to improve their performance should avoid taking vitamin D2.

Research conducted at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis showed that taking vitamin D2 supplements decreased levels of vitamin D3 in the body and resulted in higher muscle damage after intense weight lifting.

Research shows taking vitamin D2 is a poor choice for athletes

BOONE—Power athletes and others looking for an edge to improve their performance should avoid taking vitamin D2.

Research conducted at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis showed that taking vitamin D2 supplements decreased levels of vitamin D3 in the body and resulted in higher muscle damage after intense weight lifting.