All forms of competitive physical activity which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical fitness and provide entertainment to participants.

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Does stretching help children grow taller?

This article claims: Stretching is a great way to increase height. Get your child to start with simple stretches like the wall stretch. Make him stand against a wall with the back towards it. ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

There is a fairly wide spread belief within the Aikido community that all joint locks and some throws (or rather their break falls) are harmful to children. I am looking for actual evidence-based ...
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Did Germany build their own training camp in Brazil in preparation for the World Cup?

This article claims: The Germans have made by far the most extravagant preparations. The delegation has built its own training facility in the scenic village of Santo André in Bahia, and the ...
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Did the Twitter account Fifndhs predict the exact World Cup results ahead of time?

There was a feeling of exhilaration and excitement on Twitter, with the Twitter account @FifNdhs called “FIFA Corruption” seemingly having predicted the final result of the World Cup final hours ahead ...
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Do headers in football (soccer) cause brain damage?

I read once an article that soccer players have reduced brain function when doing too many headers (i.e. hitting the soccer ball with your head). Discovery.com A new study of long-time adult ...
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Do 3.5 billion people watch Tour de France on TV every year?

This claim appears on multiple websites about the race: Bradford Metropolitan District Council (a local government website) A worldwide television audience of 3.5billion people watch the Tour de ...
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Does running, short or long distance, cause muscle loss?

I often hear the claim that running promotes muscle loss. To what extent is this true? If a person is a triathlete don't they need bot cardio and muscle? Does it matter what distance is run and the ...
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Is it harmful to exercise when on antibiotics? [closed]

I remember been told to stay in bed when on antibiotics as a child but don't know the reason why. Is it sound? Is there any negative health effect?
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Is Tai Chi effective to treat tendinitis?

I have heard and read from various (low quality) sources that Tai Chi is effective to treat tendinitis (a.k.a. tendonitis). E.g.: Askville: Gentle exercises such as Tai Chi, Yoga, and stretching, ...
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Did Adolf Hitler offer to make Dhyan Chand a Field Marshal in the German army?

There is a popular story about Indian field hockey legend, Dhyan Chand, and his encounter with Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Here is one randomly selected version of it: Nazi dictator ...
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Do maximalist shoes reduce injuries?

Maxmimalist shoes (i.e. running shoes with oversized foam midsoles) were the subject of a question at Fitness Stack Exchange, which I answered, but I had to rely on anecdote. Advocates of the shoes ...
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Do bodybuilders achieve 2-4% bodyfat percentage during competition?

Wikipedia says: Certified personal trainers will suggest to male bodybuilders that they aim for a body fat percentage between 2–4% by contest time. However it is unclear that such levels are ever ...
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Did an elite Kenyan athlete help an armless runner drink, losing $10,000 prizemoney as a result?

From WTF Facts A Kenyan elite runner passes water to a dehydrated disabled Chinese runner who was suffering. This slowed her time. She came in 2nd in the race not only costing her the win ...
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Did Diana Nyad swim from Cuba to Florida?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57601879/diana-nyad-team-becoming-sensitive-to-skeptics/ says: Diana Nyad's 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida has generated positive publicity and adoration ...
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Are badminton shuttlecocks made using feathers from only the left wing of a duck or goose?

Wikipedia's entry for shuttlecock reads thus: A shuttlecock (also called a bird or birdie) is a high-drag projectile used in the sport of badminton. It has an open conical shape: the cone is ...
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Does ChiRunning reduce number of injuries experienced while running?

Chi Running style of running is said to significantly reduce number of injuries experienced while running: The top-selling running book of the last several years is Chi Running, by Danny Dreyer, ...
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Did Kim Jong-il Score 11 holes in one in golf?

According to this article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-20/golf-world-mourns-kim-jong-il/3739452 Kim Jong-il scored 11 holes in one in golf in 1994, when he first picked up a golf club. ...
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Does Yasuhiro Kubo own the world record for Banzai Sky diving?

According to Wikipedia, Banzai skydiving is a form of skydiving where the parachute is thrown out first and the jumper tries to catch up with it, put it on and then deploy. I tried searching the ...
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Did Lance Armstrong Have Cancer?

According to wikipedia: In October 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and ...
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Did more than 660 High-School students die as a direct result of Football injuries?

At the end of their show (Penn & Teller Bullshit, s.07 ep.03) on violent video games, Penn & Teller claim (at the 26:10 mark): from 1931 until 2007, 665 kids died from injuries they ...
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Does stretching before exercise raise the risk of injury?

Robert McLeod: Pulling on a muscle for a long time doesn't make it longer, doesn't make it more pliable, and doesn't improve athletic performance. There's lots of scientific literature that shows ...
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Was polo the first sport to be played on earth?

I was reading about Qutub Minar and came across the fact that its builder Qutb-ud-din Aibak died while playing polo. Upon reading more about polo itself, I realized it was around since 5th century BC ...
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Were the terms “Dilscoop” and “Carrom ball” coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne?

This web article claims that the terms were coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne. The neologism Josephian Mafia is thought to be coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne - a Sri Lankan cricket connoisseur ...
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Can BCAAs be beneficial for recovery and performance for weight lifters?

There are a lot of Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) available in every shape and size. They are added to a lot of sports drinks and protein supplements. These can cost a lot of money and things are ...
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Did Lance Armstrong use EPO?

Lance Armstrong has recently been "stripped" of his Tour de France titles by the USADA. They state, among other allegations: (1) Use and/or attempted use of prohibited substances and/or methods ...
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Does taking a shower when dehydrated increase body weight?

For sports (such as wrestling, MMA, judo, etc) where the competition is divided into weight divisions, it's common to drop cut 10+ lbs of water weight hours before weigh ins and then rehydrate right ...
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Is participating in competitive sport harmful to young children?

There is a proposal for all primary school children (ages 4 to 11) in England to play competitive team sports: Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary age children, David ...
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Is the 100m winner the “fastest man”?

The winner of the 100m sprint is often labelled the "fastest man on the planet". Often the average speed over the race is given, but the peak speed seems to reflect the description better. Is there ...
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Does kinesio taping work?

Elastic therapeutic tape, better known as kinesio tape, has become ubiquitous in sporting events, notably after the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, and again in 2012 in London. Mario Balotelli, ...
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Is running anti-clockwise easier than running clockwise?

Athletics events that take place on a track are always run anti-clockwise (IAAF Track and Field Facilities Manual, section 2.2). There has been some discussion in the letters page in The Telegraph ...
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Can surgical spirit and formaldehyde prevent blisters?

I saw the following claim in an article on Runner's World website: If your feet sweat profusely, this can increase the chance of blisters. Try soaking them in surgical spirit, or even better, ...
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Was the number of injuries happening to the Madden cover players unusually high?

I came across this claim in the wikipedia entry of EA Sport's Madden NFL Football series: While appearing on the cover has become an honor akin to appearing on the Wheaties box,[1] much like the ...
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Can decompression after diving cause you to explode?

On the tv show "1000 Ways To Die", a death that is mentioned (Season 1, episode 10, death #710) claims that a girl exploded from what would seem to be decompression poisoning A female scuba diver ...
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Is visualisation almost as effective as practice?

I have heard the following story many times: A study conducted by Dr. Blaslotto at the University of Chicago was done where he split people into three groups and tested each group on how many ...
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Does wearing red give an advantage in competitive sport?

Inspired by two recent questions about colour ( Is there a relationship between yellow and moods?) and sport ( Is playing sport at your 'home ground' a benefit? ) I thought the following ...
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Does playing chess burn as many calories as running?

I heard once that when two Chess Grandmasters play a five hour game of chess, the intense concentration and focus they have causes their bodies to burn as many calories as someone playing a sport ...
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Does “eye black” improve vision under glare conditions?

Some sports people wear "eye black" (black strips on the upper cheek) under glare conditions (sun or stadium lights) to reduce glare. For example, one brand claims it is: used on the field to ...
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Is WWE (Wrestling) Fake or Real?

Is American Wrestling staged? Do the wrestlers really beat each other to blood and break bones? Have they already decided the winner and all is the mess created during a match just a staged ...
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Does drinking water (or Sports Drink) improve performance during sports activities?

I have been looking for some concrete study about the performance changes during sports when drinking water or a sports drink while doing the sport. Not after, not before. While, or during, if you ...
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Is there one (and only one) endurance sport in which women outperform men?

I remember being told that there is one and only one endurance sport in which the women's world record exceeds the men's world record, and that the sport is Long Distance Endurance Swimming. Reason ...
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Do Phiten necklaces have any beneficial properties (titanium necklaces pitchers wear)

I was just wathing the Twins/Yankess game and two pitchers had these thick rope-looking necklaces on. I had to know what they were as it was too coincidental. Apparently they are some kind of titanium ...
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Does moderate exercise improve learning ability?

Heavy exercise temporarily depletes glycogen, a short term energy store, from the brain (after doing so from the muscles and liver). However, light exercise has a positive effect on learning ability. ...
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Could lightning have struck the entire North Korean women's soccer team?

After the match between the United States and North Korea in the Women's World Cup in 2011 where the USA won the match 2-0, lightning was blamed by the North Korean manager. He is quoted as saying ...
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Does riding a bicycle reduce sperm count/male fertility?

Related Does using a laptop on your lap lower your sperm count? Can switching from briefs to boxer shorts improve your fertility? I've heard that riding a bicycle, especially for extended ...
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Is running barefoot healthier for your feet?

Some time ago, the barefoot running movement started, claiming that it is more natural and reduces chronic pain. Has there been some research on it since then? A lot of people claim that it helped ...
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Does screaming help in tennis?

These days it's common to hear a woman's professional tennis match punctuated by loud grunts and outright screams whenever the ball is hit. Several players either claim that they can't help doing ...
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Does the Tyrolean crossing (zip line) from Tyrol?

I have heard some people claim that the Tyrolean crossing is named after the Tyrol region in Austria, but I cannot find any reference to it. Is this practice from Tyrol?
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Can one be knocked down in one hit, movie style?

After stumbling upon a video of a guy getting knocked down in one hit, I did some quick research and couldn't conclude if this is a myth or true. But thanks to a cracked article (linked by Lagerbaer) ...
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Is the runner's high a real phenomenon?

Photo by Nathan Rupert - via Flickr The claim is as follows: A publicized effect of endorphin production is the so-called "runner's high", which is said to occur when strenuous exercise takes a ...
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Do most professional bicycle racers take performance enhancing drugs?

I have heard the claim that it is almost impossible to succeed as a professional bicycle racer without taking drugs because everyone else is taking it. Is it true?