While more than 70 per cent of New Zealanders consume caffeine regularly, most don’t understand the effect it can have on their sporting performance, sleep, mood and cognitive functions.
The country’s best female basketball players at the Under 19 level battled it out at trials at Massey University’s Recreation Centre in Albany on Friday night. Around 50 young women took part, in the hope of securing a spot in the New Zealand U19 Women’s Team.
New Zealand is currently ranked third in the OECD with 26.5 per cent of the adult population deemed obese. But the worrying trend is that, at 28.5 per cent, the percentage of New Zealand children aged two to 14 years in the obese category is even higher.
Red and green food packaging distracts younger consumers from reading important nutritional information, according to a winning research project at the School Science and Innovation Symposium at Massey University’s Albany campus recently.
Researchers conducting a study on whether kiwifruit has properties that can improve heart health say he is typical of many fit, healthy men unaware they have raised cholesterol levels.
Questions such as whether eye colour affects reaction times and whether listening to iPods helps or hinders endurance athletes were explored in a range of the sport science projects secondary school pupils submitted to a University symposium.
The effects of energy drinks on sports performance, whether left-handed batsmen are better and if Olympic athletes live longer than the average person were among the diverse topics researched by secondary school pupils who attended a school sport symposium at the Auckland campus this week.
Researchers are breaking new ground in sports science with the use of tiny ingestible wireless capsule capable of measuring core body temperature. It’s believed to be the first time these thermoregulatory sensors have been trialled with sportswomen and certainly a first in New Zealand.