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Musings on movement and the mind.
E. Paul Zehr Ph.D.
The interest and popularity in martial arts that Bruce Lee helped foster is now being leveraged for therapeutic application in older adults.
When you are out there karate-kicking, going for a run, or gardening, keep in mind that you are helping your mind with movement. Your future self says thanks.
Few things are actually impossible but a lot of things are improbable. While it looked unlikely, scientific efforts produced a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
It is beyond ironic to decry doping to “artificially” enhance performance while simultaneously requiring some athletes to “dope down” to artificially reduce natural levels.
The only way to move equitably forward is to stop pretending there’s a true normal that's just a stand-in for discrimination.
Just like other animals, we're wired to expend as little energy as possible. But that doesn't mean we have to accept it.
Vaccination is a simple process of getting a brief injection to trigger your immune system to arm itself to protect you. Avengers Inoculate and so should you.
Can we time travel with Tai Chi Chuan? Deliberately moving slowly can slow our perception of time and provide a meditative mindfulness.
Regardless of your genetic predisposition to be a warrior or a worrier, what you do makes all the difference.
Breath, brain, and memory lane: Nasal respiration is nothing to turn your nose up at. Instead, it has an important role to play in overall behavioral memories and responses.
Without a doubt, Tom Brady on the gridiron reflects the skills, abilities, and will to succeed we see in the fictional Guardian of Gotham, the Dark Knight Detective Batman.
Rene Descartes' misguided musings on dualism sent us in the wrong direction 400 years ago and continue to engender mental health stigma.
Dismissive, disingenuous, and dangerous attitudes that women are just "little men" when it comes to concussion management have to be forcefully refuted.
Part 3: If everybody was Kung Fu fighting, there would be less actual fighting.
Part 2: Can punching and kicking like the Little Dragon drive activity-dependent plasticity in the nervous system? Martial arts training also benefits brain health.
Part 1: If “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting,” could every body and brain be better off?
You and I can enhance our capabilities when we imagine Batman over our shoulders telling us “you can do it.” Or maybe “you will do it—or else.”
Martial arts engage multiple levels across different domains of health to provide background balance improvement. Just keep clear of the Cobra Kai.
The secret to superhuman success and achievement lies in belief, determination, and the willingness to push yourself beyond your falsely perceived limits.
Accessible concussion information that promotes good practices and efforts from all parties can break the vicious cycle of ignorance in combat sports.
The Star Wars universe inspired martial arts training to reshape and reinvent the life of Dr. Nicholas Harrison in ways that would have been difficult to implement otherwise.
Exercises that stimulate interlimb neural networks can benefit the whole body. After stroke, the stronger side can be used to give the weaker one a helping hand in rehabilitation.
You might choose to maintain that facial hair accumulated during quarantine, lockdown, or physical isolation as external protection against facial injury and concussion.
Do your best to be like Batman the martial artist and try to not get sucker punched by the coronavirus (or any infectious disease) by keeping your Dark Knight distance.
Give your optimized psychophysiology the best chance it has at doing its job to protect you by protecting your thoughts from viral thinking.
Acquiring strength, should we be willing to push very hard, moves much faster than, but relies on, our thoughts.
Leaning to accept yourself for who you are and being the person in front of you is an incremental process that can be inspired by many sources.
The comedy comes from the antics and injuries of the lead character, Clark Griswold. But what if some of the erratic behavior in 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' is due to a concussion?
Without knowing it I had arrived at the right psychological and physiological state to be most receptive to my work.
Life isn't actually a race, so please show some awareness, courtesy to others, enjoy the experience and behave like an A.C.E.
E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D., is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria and the author of "Becoming Batman" and "Inventing Iron Man."