Ebola May Force The Africa Cup Of Nations Host To Be Decided By Lottery

The Africa Cup of Nations, the biannual tournament to crown the continent's top soccer country, is scheduled to kick off in three months. As of now, it'll be held in Morocco, but with West Africa currently suffering the worst Ebola outbreak ever, the idea of hundreds of thousands of people descending on the host… » 10/17/14 2:31pm Friday 2:31pm

Why Do Tennis Players Grunt? Because It Works

Monica Seles gets the blame—at 93 decibels, her screams on the court were about as loud as a motorcycle, and started the run on grunting in tennis. It was frowned upon at first, but everyone's climbed on board—Djokovic, Nadal, Sharapova, Serena, and Venus, they all get their shriek on. A generation ago, nobody… » 8/26/14 1:04pm 8/26/14 1:04pm

No, Neymar Can't Come Back This World Cup. That Could Paralyze Him.

To the surprise of very many, when Neymar went down in the 86th minute against Colombia on Friday, the 22-year-old striker wasn't faking. After being kneed in the back by Colombia's Juan Zúñiga, Neymar was carried off the field and taken directly to a hospital, where doctors soon discovered that he'd suffered a… » 7/07/14 12:10pm 7/07/14 12:10pm

Is Fasting For Ramadan Dangerous At The World Cup?

It's bad enough that these guys have to play in the Amazon. The weather in Brazil is so preposterously hot and humid that FIFA instituted cooling breaks so players wouldn't keel over and die during games. But what are the World Cup's Muslim players supposed to do now that Ramadan is here? The month-long religious… » 7/02/14 2:30pm 7/02/14 2:30pm

Why Do NBA Big Men Break Down?

Joel Embiid, the University of Kansas seven-footer who was expected to be the first pick in tonight's NBA draft, just had two screws inserted into the navicular bone in his right foot.1 Embiid is expected to miss 4-6 months and the stress fracture—his second in three months—may cost him millions of dollars.2 Many… » 6/26/14 2:47pm 6/26/14 2:47pm

The Gross Things Caused By Human Bite Wounds

I was sitting in my office yesterday, not watching the World Cup, when I came across a tweet by my friend: "It's kind of fun that the third-best player in the world is just definitely insane," it said. A moment later, I was watching Luis Suárez, Uruguay's star forward, take a bite out of Italian defender Giorgio… » 6/25/14 2:46pm 6/25/14 2:46pm

Did Chewing Tobacco Kill Tony Gwynn?

On Monday, Tony Gwynn died from complications related to salivary cancer, the same disease that claimed the life of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch two years ago. When Yauch died at the hospital where I work in Manhattan, I was shaken. A whole generation got a little older that day. The thing about Yauch's illness was that… » 6/20/14 11:13am 6/20/14 11:13am

The Scientific Case Against Vibram's FiveFinger Running Shoe

Last week's class-action settlement by Vibram, an Italian footwear manufacturer known for making silly-looking lightweight running shoes, recalls the recent case against Sketchers, a company that agreed to pay out $40 million after falsely claiming that walking in its product would give you Kim Kardashian's bootie.… » 5/15/14 1:22pm 5/15/14 1:22pm

Why Is Blood Donation Still Incredibly Homophobic?

When University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is selected in this week's NFL draft, it will be a soft milestone—the first time that an openly gay athlete is drafted into one of the major American sports—making discrimination based on sexuality seem that much more archaic. But you might not realize that there… » 5/08/14 2:25pm 5/08/14 2:25pm

Can You Predict If Your Kid Will Throw Left-Handed?

I'm at that age where my buddies from college are starting to sign their kids up for Little League. They'll differ in degree and in approach to helicopter coaching and buying up extravagant, miniaturized baseball equipment, but there's one thing they'll all agree on: They hope their kid's a lefty. » 4/24/14 2:01pm 4/24/14 2:01pm

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

The 118th annual Boston Marathon is about to get underway, and like any marathon, it will be an incredible physical tax on all of its participants. There will be heart trauma, organ damage, blood pissing, unspeakable chaffing—and those are the baseline. Below, read Dr. Matt McCarthy's explanation from this past… » 4/21/14 8:43am 4/21/14 8:43am

How Serious Is Tony Parker's Back Injury?

Tonight, Tony Parker will likely miss his third straight game with a back injury, and more than a few assume that Parker's "injury" is really just a cover for Gregg Popovich to rest his star before the playoffs. The injury, tweeted April 7th from the Spurs' official account as "a sprained facet joint, left side,"… » 4/11/14 1:16pm 4/11/14 1:16pm

Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Vasectomy For March Madness

There's a widespread (if unverified) belief that vasectomies increase substantially during March Madness. If you're going to be stuck at home icing your testicles, the thinking goes, why not schedule it around a week you're already blowing off work for the tournament? » 3/20/14 10:16am 3/20/14 10:16am

No, Fast Tempo Isn't Endangering College Football Players

The concerns over head trauma have been splashed across the front pages of newspapers and magazines for the past five years, and have led to a host of rule changes in college football. But one proposal for a new change—called the Tempo Rule—has caught the public's attention for, well, not making very much sense. » 2/21/14 3:37pm 2/21/14 3:37pm

​Mark Cuban Is Fighting To Make HGH Legal In The NBA

Mark Cuban is an ideas man, and he's got a hell of an idea. In late November, Cuban announced that he had asked the NBA Board of Governors to consider letting injured players use synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) while rehabbing and that he was willing to fund the necessary clinical studies to ensure player safety… » 2/12/14 4:00pm 2/12/14 4:00pm

How The Super Bowl Can Kill You

Do you care about the Super Bowl? I mean do you really care who wins or are you just watching for the commercials? If you are invested in the game, there are a few things you should know. The first is this: if your team loses, it could be bad for your health. Spectacularly bad. So bad that clinical investigators now… » 1/31/14 12:08pm 1/31/14 12:08pm