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Performance Enhancing Drugs

By Michael Ormsbee, MS | April 30, 2005 |

Let’s face the facts: The use of performance-enhancing drugs is becoming relatively mainstream. Approximately 1&ndash 3 million people in the United States have used anabolic steroids (Silver 2001), with usage rates as high as 12% among young men and 2% among young women (B…

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Competitive Athletes at Risk for “Superbug”

By Joy Keller | December 31, 2004 |

In the past, outbreaks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been mainly connected with healthcare institutions. Recently, however, physicians have been seeing more infections— including skin boils and pneumonia—caused by drug-resistant bacteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that outbreaks among “pla…

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Using Glycemic Index to Improve Athletic Performance

By Melinda M. Manore, PhD, RD, FACSM | October 31, 2004 |

With all the hype today about protein being the most vital nutrient for athletes
(not true, by the way), many athletes
are beginning to look at carbohydrates
differently. The truth is, carbohydrates play an essential role in the diet because they are a key source of energy and provide the glucose necessary to replace the glycogen lost during training and competition.

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the surfer’s workout

By IDEA Authors | June 30, 2004 |

Did you know that surfing is experiencing one of the largest growth surges in history? If you surf, you can surf longer and get less fatigued if you’re stronger and more flexible when you hit the waves. Even if you don’t surf, these training tips can help you improve upper-body and core strength. To understand…

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Triathlon Training for Real Women

By Lenita Anthony, MA | May 31, 2004 |

After 20 years of training for and competing in triathlons, I’ve grown accustomed to the reactions many people have when the subject comes up in
conversation. Common responses are “What are you, crazy?” and “No way could I do that!” or “How in the world can you find time?” What these people don’t know is that, unless you’re Ironman-bound, triathlons are not just for the superfit athlete, compulsive exerciser or wealthy retiree with too much time and too little to do.

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Kids’ Sports Get Serious

By Tracy Morgan-Handzel | April 30, 2004 |

Physical education (PE) may be waning in schools but sport participation among U.S. children and adolescents is on the rise. In 2001 SGMA International reported that more than 7 million high-school-age youth participated in at least one organized sport. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that nearly three-quarters of U.S. households with school-age children have…

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Yoga, Pilates & Golf

By Catherine Logan, MSPT | April 30, 2004 |

Tight chest muscles. Reduced flexibility in the torso. Strained shoulders and a sore back. Unfortunately, that’s the description of many amateur and weekend golfers. Golfers habitually bend and twist, bend and twist—all the while straining their backs and shoulders, forming muscle imbalances and inviting injury.

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Training Young Athletes With Shoulder Injuries

By Catherine Logan, MSPT | December 31, 2003 |

Just when you think there is no way athletes can break current records, they do—and the athletes doing so get younger and younger. At one time NBA draft picks who had yet to finish college grabbed all the headlines, but now teenage players like LeBron James sell out college and pro arenas across the country…

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Yoga for Athletes

By IDEA Authors | April 30, 2003 |

1. Understand How Yoga Benefits Athletes. The postures, breathing and inner focus of yoga can help balance, strengthen and restore overtaxed muscles, joints and ligaments. In addition to elongating tight, fatigued and shortened muscles, yoga helps calm and clear the mind.

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Take Advantage of Seniors’ Interest in Team Sports

By Sean White | March 31, 2003 |

In an article in the December 23, 2002, issue of the Los Angeles Times, Martin Miller reported that tens of thousands of Americans over 50 participate in organized team sports. He also stated that, considering that almost 21 million baby boomers are expected to turn 50 over the next 5 years, the number of such leagues may grow considerably.

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Golfing After Total Hip Replacement

By C. Fiscella | February 28, 2003 |



By Catherine Fiscella, MS

Golfing After Total Hip Replacement
Understanding this surgery and how to tailor a postrehab training program for it will prepare you and your active client for success.


ach year, more than 850,000 total hip replacements are performed worldwide. The number continues to grow, and the patient population continues to diversify. According to the American Ac…

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Optimize Endurance Training

By Lance Dalleck, PhD | December 31, 2002 |

OOne of your clients, a recreational runner, tells you that she has just registered for a 10K road race and would appreciate your input in designing a training program. Wanting to optimize her endurance training, you do some background research and discover that lactate threshold is the best predictor of endurance performance. However, in your reading, ventilatory threshold, anaerobic threshold and other obscure terms are cited as the same physiological event. Intrigued but confused, you wonder what all of these terms mean.

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