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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 02:48 PM 10247 Reads
Injuries and The Female Triathlete
May 1, 2006
Injuries are common in both sexes and have been found to be more sport-specific than sex-specific. There are some indications that women may have a higher overall incidence of injury, but the injury patterns are the same.
It appears that there is a higher rate of injury among female athletes, but that it is predominantly caused by their lower initial levels of fitness. As women become more active and competitive, their rates of injury approach those of men.
So are women more at risk of overuse injuries than men? Women do appear to have a higher incidence of shin splints and stress fractures, but they also seem to have a lower incidence of certain types of tendinitis.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 01:23 PM 924 Reads
Posted by: pshields on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 09:42 AM 946 Reads
Take my advice: Sports injuries
Dr JOHN McLEAN
May 01 2006
Each time we pick up a newspaper, we seem to hear of another tragic sporting accident. Last week, it was reported that a GP from the Borders suffered a broken neck in a mountain biking accident. But are such accidents a true reflection of the risk of injury during sport?
By its very nature, sport does carry with it a certain risk. Contact sports such as football, rugby and hockey are at the top end of the league table for injury, with cycling, squash, basketball, skiing and running next in line. Two thirds of regular runners are injured each year, missing on average 10% of their available running time.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 03:03 PM 1008 Reads
To run or not to run (at least, not the whole way)
Or to walk at least some of it
By KEN OTTMAR
Posted on Sat, Apr. 29, 2006
Imagine a line drawn right down the middle of any marathon course. On one side, all the participants who can run the entire 26.2 miles line up. On the other side stand all of those who know that, at some point, they may have to walk.
What would a typical event look like under such conditions?
Pretty crowded to one side.
Want to guess which side?
As ridiculous as this may sound, especially given the context of Sunday's 21st running of the Big Sur International Marathon -- where more than 3,000 people will attempt to finish what is often rated as the toughest marathon in North America -- there is a debate in distance running circles about this very issue.
At the heart of the argument lies this one question, if you plan to walk, even for just a few minutes, can you really say you ran a marathon?
Surprisingly, the answer is not clear-cut.
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 03:05 AM 1334 Reads
With effort, it's possible to improve distance-running times
Posted April 28, 2006
by Roy Pirrung
One question often heard from runners who have become racers is, "How do I run faster?"
The usual reply is, "Train faster."
Sounds easy enough, but how do we do it?
With top runners clocking five-minute miles or less for the marathon distance of 26.2-miles, and shorter distances being covered well under that pace, what is their secret?
The top runners cover more ground in the same time as most of us do. This is done through a longer stride. Some of the top runners cover nearly 6 feet in each stride they take.
At 5-minute-per-mile pace, most top runners take 90 strides, or 180 steps. That pace means they are covering 1,056 feet per minute, or 5.8 feet per stride and this helps explain why they are so fast.
Most of us cannot cover that much ground because our natural stride length is far from that of an elite runner, and increasing your stride length is very limited.
It is possible though, to increase our cadence, the natural rhythm, or turnover of our legs.
Posted by: pshields on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 07:14 AM 1481 Reads
Carbs drive runners to finish line
By JIM MYERS
It's called ''the wall,'' and it hurts. A lot.
It generally appears between miles 18 and 20, and it can cripple the best-conditioned athlete in the world.
It's that point when your body runs out of fuel, and it's a marathon runner's greatest fear and worst enemy.
It's also why area restaurants tomorrow will be packed with runners engaging in what's known as ''carbo-loading,'' the process of filling up on carbohydrates, the complex sugars that the body converts first to glucose in the blood and then stores as glycogen in muscles.
''It's not just gorging on pasta,'' says Christopher McClintock, the Tennessee running coach for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Team in Training. ''Most people started carbo-loading Wednesday evening,'' says McClintock, who has been shepherding more than 100 runners through the rigors of training, culminating in Saturday's Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon.
Posted by: pshields on Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 01:02 PM 1091 Reads
Athletes get edge with GPS devices
By Janet Cromley
April 27, 2006
Cyclists, runners, walkers, even swimmers and windsurfers have now gone global.
Using small, global-positioning devices, outdoor athletes are mapping their routes, tracking their distance, speed and elevation -- even creating their own virtual training partners, ones that beep instead of speaking when athletes are ahead of, or behind, their target goals.
"If you're a gadget person," says Bruce Mosier, an avid runner and hiker from Santa Monica, Calif., "GPS is one of those things you absolutely need."
Many of Mosier's fellow runners treat their workouts like carefully controlled science projects, comparing progress and sharing maps.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 02:34 PM 1031 Reads
Jannery Marathon Journal: The Taper
By Michael Jannery
March 31, 2006
Week 16: Two weeks until Boston.
Monster Month, the month of hundreds of miles and double-digit runs, is over. We've built up as much endurance as we're going to, and we're now into The Taper.
The taper is a period of increasing rest, balanced with increasing anxiety. During The Taper, we now cut back on the running, gradually reducing the longest runs to 'normal' levels, and letting the muscles heal, loosen, and strengthen. We ran our final 20-22 miler for last weekend's long run; this weekend most of us will run 12, and next weekend we'll run 8. The mid-week runs decrease proportionately as well. The final few days before the marathon, we'll total just a couple of miles to 'stay loose.'
Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 09:35 AM 1086 Reads
Easy does it
April 24, 2006
Some days, when you're lucky, running feels like floating. Here are ways to get that feeling more often
Relaxation is the key to entering the effortless zone, and stress is the deadbolt that locks you out. When you're stressed, your muscles tighten and your mind muddles. That's why work, relationship woes and other problems should be left at your doorstep. If these thoughts come meandering back into your head later in the run, fine. Initially, though, try to flush them out.
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Posted by: pshields on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 09:41 AM 2160 Reads
Runners with shin splints accept pain of marathon
By JEFF LOCKRIDGE
Treadmills are no trouble.
Elliptical machines? Like running on Easy Street.
But tell someone with shin splints he has to pound the pavement for 26.2 miles and his reaction is liable to be a painful one.
Many people are preparing to run through injuries Saturday in the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon. Running through shin splints can be unbearable.
"There's no way to avoid it," said Dr. Damon Petty, a physician at Baptist Hospital and Lebanon-based Petty Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. "If you have shin splints and decide you're going to run 26 miles on pavement, they're going to flare up. You're going to pay a price."
That's when most runners call it quits.
Like most injuries, shin splints trigger various levels of pain at different stages.
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