Shailesh Sharma

Shailesh Sharma health writerAfter completing a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences at The School of Health and Allied Sciences, Pokhara University, Nepal, Shailesh started teaching at various pharmacy colleges in Nepal. After 8 years in pharmacy academics, he decided to change course to medical writing. For the last 5 years, he has helped companies with his evidence-based articles targeted at non-medical audiences. He is adept at writing and editing informative sports health articles for the consumer as well as patient education materials. Currently, he is working as a writer/reviewer for SportsMD Media Inc. as well as Pathway Inc. When he gets the chance, he enjoys digging into the latest sports medicine research findings and ensures that he properly educates people who are engaged in sports or athletic activities.  

How Much Sleep Do Spartan Athletes Need?

Both empirical and scientific evidence shows that the more physically active you are, the more sleep you need. As such, Spartan athletes’ sleep requirements are higher than those for an average person.  Highlights Spartan athletes run 3 to 5 miles while overcoming several obstacles in the way. Thus, they need to have both explosive power…

Athletes Are You Training Your Gut?

Athletes tend to do a good job of training their muscles, heart and lungs. But some of them (particularly endurance athletes and those in running sports) commonly fail to train their gut. As one marathoner reported, “I was so afraid of getting diarrhea during long training runs that I did not eat or drink anything…

Recovery Time For ACL Surgery: Timeline, Tips, and FAQ’s

Recovery time for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery can range from 4 to 8 months (or longer), depending on the surgical technique and severity of the injury. Learn what you can do in the meantime to speed up recovery.  Highlights 250,000 cases of ACL injury – the most common ligamentous injury – occur in the…

The Role Of Vitamin D In Sports Recovery

by Dana Ryan, Ph.D., MBA M.A., Director Sports Performance and Education at Herbalife Nutrition, special to SportsMD.com For years, Vitamin D was simply associated with helping metabolize calcium and assisting with bone health. However, as society has evolved to a global population that spends more time indoors versus outdoors, we are beginning to learn more…

Winning in Sports Can Start At The Bottom…Of Your Feet

The crowded space in all areas of footwear can be well…difficult to navigate for anyone. From all levels of shoes for competition and casual and work, to all the areas tied to compression material to orthotics to even laces and socks, the battle to get consumer attention can be really difficult for a company that…

Kicking Bad Habits With Mindfulness And Flexibility: A Former Professional Kicker Is Now Leading A Yoga Charge In Pro Sports

There was a time when Sean Conley was obsessed about one thing…kicking a football. So, what if he didn’t come from a pedigree of kickers or an area…Erie, Pa…known for athletes more for the prowess at other gridiron positions than putting a ball between the uprights? He had dogged determination to find a way. And…

Revised Concussion Guidelines Help to Shorten the Duration of Symptoms

Concussion symptom duration in youth athletes has significantly shortened following the revision of concussion guidelines, according to a 2021 review published in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. Highlights Researchers compared the 2011-2013 data set with the 2016-18 data set.  Following the revised concussion guidelines, symptom duration shortened from 11 to 5 days in male athletes…

Can Physical Fitness Improve Your Children’s Academic Performance?

Physical fitness strengthens your children’s bones, muscles, lungs, and heart. But did you know it can also improve their academic performance? Read on to find what the latest evidence says. Increasing your children’s physical fitness is an effective way to improve their academic performance. Healthy children are more likely to become healthy adults. Help your…

Nutrition For Injury Recovery

Nutrition for injury recovery is often overlooked but a key element to faster recovery.  Lets face it, athletes get injured and it’s part of the deal. Be it a torn ACL, Achilles tendonitis, or a pulled muscle, the questions arise: What can I eat to recover faster? Would more vitamins be helpful? What about collagen…

Are Low Calorie Sweeteners Good For Athletes?

Today’s athletes are confronted with a plethora of foods and beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners (LNCS), like Diet Pepsi, Halo-Top ice cream, Gatorade Zero, or Nuun.  Some questions that arise: Are these products a better option than their sugar-containing versions? Will they help you lose weight? Are they safe? Should athletes eat them or avoid them?…