Fast Food for Sports Nutrition

Gatorade or Big Mac? When it comes to recovering from exercise, one might be as good as the other, according to researchers from the University of Montana.

Their new study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and presented at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting is stirring controversy.

It showed that cyclists got just as energized by a little fast food as by sports drinks or foods like Powerbar and Clif products. Continue reading Fast Food for Sports Nutrition

The Ithlete HRV Monitor Helps Serious Athletes

If you don’t train hard enough, you won’t fulfill your potential as an athlete. But if you train too hard, you’ll hurt yourself. So how do you find the sweet spot in between?

That’s where Ithlete comes in. This smart phone app monitors your heart rate variability to give you clues about when you’ve gone too far. For the serious athlete, that’s an invaluable service. Continue reading The Ithlete HRV Monitor Helps Serious Athletes

How to Prepare for Baseball or Softball

With the winter snow finally melting throughout the chilly parts of the United States, bats and gloves are coming out of closets.

But jumping too quickly back into a sport can lead to all kinds of painful and debilitating injuries. So Sports Without Injury asked Oakland A’s Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Schulman what advice he can offer weekend warriors about how to prepare for baseball or softball. We added videos to illustrate his recommendations.

SWI: Static stretching has been controversial, with some studies suggesting it doesn’t prevent injury and might even hurt performance. What approach do you take? Continue reading How to Prepare for Baseball or Softball

Older Runners Slower to Adapt Footstrikes

A parade of studies in recent years has been trampling the theory behind barefoot running. The latest of these comes from researchers here in Las Vegas at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

One key notion behind barefoot and “minimalist” running is that they encourage the runner to strike the ground first with the balls of the feet. This allows the ankle and calf to absorb more of the impact from each footfall.
Continue reading Older Runners Slower to Adapt Footstrikes

LaceLocker Keeps Your Shoes Tied

When I was a kid, my parents had one argument for why I should keep my shoes tied: If I didn’t, I would trip and hurt myself. In the five decades since getting that warning, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone trip on an untied shoe lace.

But I’ve come close to crashing my bike when my laces got caught in the chain. And just last year, my son’s team lost a soccer game when a defender paused to tie his shoe, allowing an attacker to slip past him and score. I’ve also seen players lose their cleats in the middle of a match. Continue reading LaceLocker Keeps Your Shoes Tied

Play Sports With Arthritis

“You still play soccer?” a yoga teacher asked me about four years ago. That word “still” has stuck with me ever since. Didn’t I look like someone who should be playing soccer?

I was about 49 then, and yes, I’d gotten hurt a few times on the pitch. But the latest study on sports and arthritis confirms my conviction that I and everyone else should keep doing sports as long as possible. Continue reading Play Sports With Arthritis