EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES

Endurance health and lifestyle

In this section, you’ll find how to maximise your health by optimising your sleep, stress reduction, dealing with travel and jetlag, and keeping well when abroad.

What should athletes do when concussion strikes?

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Knockout blow Concussion is a common problem in sport; participate in a contact sport and it’s estimated that on average you’ll get concussed once for every 4,000 hours of sport you play at best and once every 200 hours at worst! John Bye explains what concussion is and answers some of the questions frequently asked... MORE

Depression, training and overtraining

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Overtraining syndrome is a very common pitfall for athletes and sports people, affecting more than 60% of distance runners during their athletic careers, more than half of professional football players during a five-month competitive season and 33% of basketball players participating in a six-week training camp, according to published research. However, there is no agreed... MORE

Swimmers affected by body clock

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The daily (circadian) rhythm exerts a powerful influence over a number of biological functions in the human body, including core temperature, sleep/wake cycles and levels of secreted hormones such as melatonin (see PP issue 239 for a fuller discussion of this topic). However, measuring the impact of this rhythm on athletic performance can be very... MORE

How steroids raise blood pressure

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Do anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) push up blood pressure or don’t they? The evidence to date has been equivocal, but now a new study from the University of Glamorgan in Wales has confirmed that these drugs really do cause significant increases in blood pressure in combination with resistance training and are particularly contraindicated for athletes... MORE

Steroid side effects

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Steroid side effects may persist after withdrawal A cautionary tale about lesser-known but serious side effects of androgenic anabolic steroid abuse appeared in a recent issue of the International Journal of Sports Medicine. A team of endocrinologists from the Netherlands describe the case of a previously fit 37-year-old male semi-professional bodybuilder who was referred to... MORE

Lack of sleep can effect performance

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Lack of sleep can reduce an athlete’s cardiovascular performance by 11%. These are the measures to take. As a conditioning coach, I am often faced with young athletes who are struggling to balance the pressures of work or study with a sports career. It is not unusual for them to feel that there are just... MORE

The rise of anorexia nervosa

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Elite Runners are at high risk of eating disorders There is a worrying prevalence of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders among Britain’s elite female runners, according to researchers from Leeds University. Of 181 such athletes who returned a confidential questionnaire, 16% had a current eating disorder and a further six had received previous treatment.... MORE

Tea is the all round performance drink

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The caffeine boosts performance and its antioxidant content boosts recovery Tea is currently admired for its health-promoting properties, but public opinion has not always been so positive. When tea gradually began to replace coffee as Britain’s number-one non-alcoholic drink in the early 1700s, health authorities railed against the beverage. The noted German physician Simon Pauli,... MORE



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