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Research up close

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Developing the young athlete: research panel, April 23, 2015

Is weightlifting and other resistance training dangerous for my son? Is my daughter’s gymnastics causing the delay in the onset of her puberty?

Why is it so expensive for us to participate in community sport? Are the logistical and emotional hassles of being a “sport family” worth the time and trouble?

Parents whose children are enrolled in sports activities - from Little League to elite level - ask a lot of questions as they and their families get deeper into their sport.

A group of Brock University researchers have been studying the answers. They presented their findings and experiences at a panel celebrating Ontario Research Week in early April.

Bareket Falk, a pediatric exercise physiologist who researches the impact of exercise on children’s bodies, says there’s a common misconception that resistance training stunts their growth.

“During the Olympics, we see sports such as wrestling or weightlifting,” she told the audience. “Usually those guys on the podium, especially the gold metal winners, are relatively short; people say it’s because they’re doing all this lifting.”

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Niagara perspective of barriers to post-secondary education, March 4, 2015

What most determines whether or not someone pursues post-secondary education is the education of his or her parents, says a new Brock University brief.

“If a student’s family has no history of PSE (post-secondary education) he or she will be more likely to choose a non-university program, or not to pursue education at all after high school,” says Barriers to Post-Secondary Education Perspectives from Niagara.

It’s a cycle that’s particularly pronounced in Niagara, given the region’s connection to manufacturing, says the brief’s author, Kate Cassidy, who notes this is a “pivotal time” in Niagara’s history.

“As I spoke with different people during the research, many were saying, ‘We have a history connected to manufacturing; the grandfather went, the father went, but now they realize that that’s not something that the child can do,” says Cassidy. “They’re trying to figure out what role their kids can play, what kind of careers, and what kind of education, they should be pursuing.”

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Commentary: Ebola, and what the media missed, February 23, 2015

As part of African Heritage Month, there was a “Healing through Communication Symposium” that discussed international health-care responses to Ebola in West Africa and Canada’s domestic response to HIV/AIDS in Black communities. Research communications intern Holly Mohr writes this commentary on one aspect of the Ebola outbreak.

By Holly Mohr

As the dust settles following months of media coverage of the Ebola outbreak, another dimension of the story is emerging that may shine a different light on the situation.

At the height of the outbreak, media coverage focusing on the uncontainable and deadly Ebola virus generated a lot of fear. Details outlining the gruesome deaths, hazmat suits and border control policies appeared to be broadcast on every station, in every newspaper and all over social media, leading many to believe that the virus results in inevitable death.

In fact, according to global statistics contained in a Feb. 18 report from the World Health Organization, more than half of those who contracted the virus survived.

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