Exercise / Psychosocial / running

Pill, Placebo and Performance: Exercise for the Treatment of Depression

Several people sent me this article from the New York Times today, which described one woman’s use of running as therapy following several stressful occurrences in her life.  The author isn’t alone; when asked why they exercise, many avid athletes mention stress relief, mood elevation and psychological well-being among their top reasons for being physically active. … Continue reading

Exercise / Psychosocial

The Inevitability of Injury

Every athlete knows the exhilaration of good fitness, the effortlessness of peak performance.  Unfortunately, to be an avid exerciser is to also experience the exquisite torture of a sports-related injury. For example, the yearly incidence rate for running injuries varies  between 37 and 56%, with about 50-75% attributable to overuse (i.e., constant repetition of the same movement). Collegiate … Continue reading

Behavior / Evidence / Psychosocial

I’m Sorry, But Apologies May Be Overrated

“It’s easier to seek forgiveness than ask for permission.” As a society, we value the apology. Mark Sanford, Lance Armstrong. Hugh Grant, Mel Gibson. David Letterman, Tiger Woods. We teach our children the importance of being able to say “I’m sorry” from the moment they first learn to talk, believing that they will be better citizens for learning … Continue reading

Evidence / Psychosocial

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Connections: the network of human experience. Our world is up when we make them, down when we break them. We write poems about them. We sing about them. No other object symbolizes our desire and ability to connect in the 21st century than our phone. Future archaeologists may be puzzled by the small squares of … Continue reading