VO2 Max and Performance

Exercise can be classified as either strength-focused or endurance-focused with interval training occupying the middle ground. When we hear “VO2max”, it’s most often in conjunction with endurance training. There may be a genetic predisposition to VO2max giving the...

Alleviating Pain in Athletes: KinesioTape, Ice, and More

To alleviate pain, facilitate recovery, and improve performance, athletes try many treatment modalities. But are these modalities effective? The answers might surprise you.   KinesioTape The colorful kinesiotape made an international impact when the world...

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Antibody Testing for COVID-19

We have previously discussed the differences between RT-PCR testing and antigen testing for the detection of COVID-19 infection.  Both of these techniques reveal active infection; in other words, they detect the presence of the virus itself in the human body:...

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How Does Sleep Affect Your Cognitive Health?

When you were a child, your parents likely told you to get a good night’s sleep as they tucked you in bed each night. Contrary to the common myth that sleep requirements decline as we age, sufficient sleep is vital for both adults and children. Most adults function...

RT-PCR: The Gold Standard in COVID-19 Testing

The COVID era may be the first time in history when the general public is widely exposed to laboratory terms like PCR, RT-PCR, antigen, and antibody. From a laboratorian’s perspective, seeing these important techniques gain wider awareness in the public is one...

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How Physical Activity Impacts Your Cognitive Health

Participating in regular physical activity is good for your body as well as your mind. In fact, regular exercise is associated with improved cognitive function. Furthermore, exercise can improve mood and sleep and reduce stress and anxiety.  There are three primary...