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welldot-tmagArticleWhat Are the Purple Dots on Michael Phelps? Cupping Has an Olympic Moment:

In cupping, practitioners of the healing technique — or sometimes the athletes themselves — place specialized cups on the skin. Then they use either heat or an air pump to create suction between the cup and the skin, pulling the skin slightly up and away from the underlying muscles. The suction typically lasts for only a few minutes, but it’s enough time to cause the capillaries just beneath the surface to rupture, creating the circular, eye-catching bruises that have been so visible on Mr. Phelps as well as members of the United States men’s gymnastics team: Read more

MUSTARD_BATH_v2-1024x576Cheese curds and mustard baths: 6 wacky ways Olympians prep for competition:

Athletes have always had special ways of preparing for, and recovering from, competition. And elite athletes are no exception. (Witness the cupping craze that’s got Michael Phelps and other Olympians in Rio dotted with circular black and blue marks.) Here’s a rundown of six other ways Olympic competitors hope to get an edge — and what science has to say about them: Read more

OlympicDrugs_NoText_zoomed-1024x576Unproven dietary supplements get a new champion: Olympic teams:

At least 14 Olympic sports federations overseas and in the United States, including USA Gymnastics and USA Track & Field, have recently signed sponsorship deals with the makers of dietary supplements, putting their teams’ prestige and glamour behind powders and pills that promise to keep athletes in peak form — but that in many cases have not been validated by clinical trials: Read more


rssImages.phpDo Compression Sleeves Help With Muscle Recovery?:

When the Summer Olympics start this week, viewers will see many track-and-field and other athletes sporting stretchy tubes of fabric on their arms, thighs or calves. These garments fit like sausage casings and are said to increase the flow of blood through muscles, potentially improving athletic performance and speeding recovery after workouts: Read more


gettyimages-5082019827 infections you could catch from Rio’s dirty water:

The biggest concern for athletes, as well as beachgoers in general, will be the potential for infection with viruses, said Dr. Alisa Muñiz Crim, a gastroenterologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Although bacteria such as E. coli are found in sewage and can make people sick, bacteria tend to break down in salt water, so there’s a lower risk of bacterial infections, Muñiz Crim said. In contrast, “Viral organisms can persist in the salt water and the sand for days, weeks and months,” Muñiz Crim told Live Science: Read more