Exercise proven to train more than muscles
Gains are great, but is there more to exercise and sports than previously thoughts? This article looks at recent research, and the conclusions might interest you.
Research on female volleyball stars suggests that athletes may have benefits outside the plan as well.The study was published the 7th of March 2013 in the journal Frontiers of Psychology and tells us about the results of a research in which psychologists measured reaction time and the brain’s ability to do quick calculations.
However, it is quite a small study of about 100 women who are volleyball stars. What scientists still seemed to see was that the athletes had a significantly better ability to react quickly to new information.
Benefits outside the sport
The researchers’ conclusion was that this is information that is practiced in the sport but also has a utility outside the sport.
The athletes were found to be better at quickly comprehending things in the peripheral vision and that may not be so surprising. Athletes also appeared to show a generally better result in psychologists’ memory tests.
Most notably was the result of the cognitive tests. The test persons were supposed to quickly determine changes in an image with a large surplus of information, simply quickly identify what has changed in the messy picture.
- The knowledge we have gained in this study is incomplete in the sense that we do not know if these abilities of the athletes is congenital or acquired. Maybe people are drawn to these sports because they are good at this kind of mental ability. Maybe the training developed both their cognitive abilities and their physical abilities. My intuition says that it’s a bit of both of these explanations, says research group leader Arthur Kramer at the University of Illinois.