March 30, 2006
· An electronic rower tracking system that was used at the Athens Olympic Games where Australian rower’s won three medals.
·”Cooling jackets”, which reduce athletes’ temperatures and increase their power output. Researchers are evaluating their impact on pistol shooters, and formula one driver Mark Webber will wear one at the Bahrain and Malaysian GPs.
·”Superbikes”, which require up to 5 per cent less energy than comparable high-performance frames.
· Development of a safety stirrup for jockeys and horse riders, in conjunction with Bostock Developments.
March 23, 2006
- In the early ’90s, Harvard University Professor Dr. Norman Hollenberg found that a population of island-dwelling Kuna Indians of Panama, who consume three to four cups of cocoa a day, had lower blood pressure, less hypertension and fewer cardiovascular diseases than relatives on the mainland. Hollenberg later collaborated with Mars on cocoa research.
- Two weeks ago, Dutch researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine that older men who consumed a lot of cocoa had a 50 percent lower risk of dying from any disease than those who ate none over the course of the 15-year study.
- A review of 136 scientific articles on chocolate and its ingredients published between 1996 and 2005 found that eating small amounts of dark chocolate reduces the risk of dying of heart disease by about 19 percent, according to an analysis that appeared January in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism.
Research shows that dark chocolate has a high amount of flavonols, that help in the reduction of cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin sensitivity. Also, by mixing a little dark chocolate with milk can help you rest the night before a big game, as milk contains tryptophan which allows the brain to rest. There are no long term studies that have been conducted in relation to regular consumption of dark chocolate, so I would not recommend it as a staple of any athletes diet, but a little bit every now and then can help you have a healthy heart, and that can only benefit performance
March 23, 2006
March 16, 2006
Feeling sore after an intense workout? Never underestimate the power of good food to provide rich antioxidants to help the body fight free radical activity. Foods rich in antioxidant’s can help muscles fight the effects of catabolism and curb the effect of cell damage. This means that a competitive athlete can increase their performance by reducing the effect of sore and tired muscles after intense activities. Following are some powerful foods that contain high levels of antioxidants:
A recent study in the journal Food Chemistry (Vol.97, pp. 137-150) outlined some of the best sources of antioxidants: “Interest in antioxidants as functional ingredients continues to grow, with sales said to be $2.7 bn (� 2.25 bn) in the US in 2003, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. The top sellers included vitamins C and E, catechins from green tea and soy isoflavones.” The US seems to have enormous growth in the use of antioxidants. Some of the best sources suggested by the study showed that “…both the golden rod and artichoke had high radical scavenging in most of the tests used, although the apple extract yield was higher (30 per cent of the raw dry material) and had high efficiency in two of the antioxidant tests.”
March 15, 2006
March 14, 2006
Training can get tedious, yep, even chore-like. Variety is always a good thing, and if you train for your sport utilising other modes of training like running in water for example, you allow the body to constantly adapt. A recent article points to the need of diversity in a training regime by utilising water running. Over the past few months I utilised waist high water running in the pool, and saw extremely good results with strength in regards to recovery from my injury. So, to diversify your training program and to help detrain from the competitive season utilise water running. You might think that water training or water aerobics are for geriatric grannies, I bet you that those same grannies could give you a run for your money in the pool any day. Water running gives the muscles a good burn and allows for the body to recover and adapt to a new training stimulus. In the long run, this means diversity in the training program and the prevention of injuries.
March 5, 2006
My reconstructed knee is feeling much better, especially with the progressive physiotherapy and the use of strength training and massage therapies to help reduce the swelling and increasing joint and muscle strength around my new ACL ligament. Strength training is truly the best way for a competitive goalkeeper to stay in tip-top shape throughout the competitive season. One of the best things about my recovery has been utilising the Isokinetic machine and strength training equipment at the NSW Institute of Sports Medicine. The team have been extremely positive and supportive and have given me the mental help I needed to overcome the injuries that have disabled me over the past year. Whether it be using resistance bands or strength training equipment, balance boards or mini trampolines, the overwhelming response to positive recovery and injury prevention has been the use of strength training techniques.
So, where am I now? Well I have been doing some running, though not as much as I would like to. Another good thing is that massage therapy has enabled me to regain most of my extension, and well past 90 degrees of flexion, so I am not too far away from full recovery, around 3 months or so. It has been six months since surgery, and my physiotherapist has said that even though I was disappointed that the recovery was stubborn and slow, this can only mean a very strong ligament so I can only be grateful. The isokinetic strength training equipment showed results that astounded my physiotherapist, whom felt that I was at 79% of my maximum leg strength, I ended up in the mid 90 percentile of strength for my recovering ACL surgery. Now the exciting prediction is that I will be able to start doing some closed chain drills, and some agility drills. Therefore, it looks like I will be heading down to train with some of my old mates from my local team Burwood FC.