Commentary

Fields of Study

Updated: June 11, 2009, 10:23 AM ET
By Brett Zarda | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the June 15 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

With regular season rigors and playoffs aplenty, it's a busy time for sports. But it's always a busy time for researchers who investigate the science of sports. Let's take a gander at their recent findings.

SUBJECT: WATCH WHAT YOU DRINK

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In a New Zealand study, men drank either vodka and OJ or just OJ following a workout. Tests over the following days proved booze inhibits the ability of the muscles to recover. (Just in case binge drinking after the gym has been your inclination.

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New data suggest sports drinks are bad for teeth. Cow chompers (which resemble human ones) were dropped in water or a sports drink for more than an hour. All the sports drinks caused some weakening. Some stained, too.

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Seems caffeine reduces the pain that comes with gain. A study gave 25 cyclists either a placebo or caffeine prior to training. Both groups reported a reduction in perceived quad soreness. Guess even the thought of caffeine works.

SUBJECT: LIVING IN THE CITY

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1. A study in the Journal of Sports Economics looked at 63 cities that house BCS teams and determined success had no notable impact on employment or income.

2. Research by the University of Denver Center for Marital and Family Studies showed divorce rates are 28% lower in cities with MLB teams than those sans clubs.

3. No study shows Tallahassee's own Florida State has at times fallen on the wrong side of righteousness. The facts will suffice.

SUBJECT: THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

SUBJECT: THE CUSHY LIFE OF RESEARCHERS