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Therapists and athletes are raving about a new product – PowerTape, developed by Andover Coated Products Inc. Used in conjunction with PowerFlex, this tape is stronger than the traditional cloth tape that trainers use, and it does not lose effectiveness when worn for extended periods or when exposed to moisture. The first layer of PowerFlex tape is applied similar to how an underwrap would be used – continuous wraps of the tape onto the skin. This is followed by strips of PowerTape, which bonds to the first layer, creating a strong, stable and comfortable taping system. Gavin Leung,...
SportMedBC and the Healthy Heart Society have been traveling all over the province to provide Hearts-in-Training – a heart health testing and education program, to a number of First Nations communities. With funding provided by the First Nations Health Council and the Honour Your Health Challenge (HYHC) Program, participants in the 2009 HYHC Sun Run InTraining Program had the option to participate in the Hearts-in-Training assessment. From Vancouver and Victoria to Chilliwack, Penticton, Kamloops, Lillooet, Moricetown, Hazelton, Prince George, Campbell River and Courtenay, participants have...
To maintain optimal performance, it is important for athletes to avoid dehydration by monitoring sweat and fluid loss during competition. Fluid losses of over 1-2% of body weight result in increased cardiovascular strain by: Reducing blood volume Reducing stroke volume Reducing muscle blood flow Affecting muscle metabolism, neurological function And increasing muscle glycogen use In Soccer games there is a limited opportunity to drink – only during the few breaks in play and at half time. Therefore, as an athlete it is important to know your specific hydration needs and minimize your fluid...
With no regulations on labeling or ingredients of nutritional supplements, how do athletes know what they are taking? This problem is highlighted by the case of Canadian bobsleigh pilot Serge Despres, a 2006 Olympian and Canadian champion. A doping test in 2007 placed him 0.9 nanograms per millilitre above the accepted limit for nandrolone, a naturally occurring substance in he body. This positive result was, most agree, the result of taking a nutritional supplement to help recover from a hip injury. The positive result still stands, however, and Despres has been banned from competing for 24...
Many people don't do a lot of stretching after finishing the Sun Run. For those people, the best advice would be to squeeze in a Yoga session on your way home after the run. Yoga and Running go hand in hand. If you want to download a 20 minute Yoga mp3 session go to www.yogadownload.com Scroll down the categories section to "Yoga for Athletes" click on it and a session titled "Yoga for Runners" will appear. If that's not your cup of tea, they also offer a FREE 20 minute trial class on-line. Something to consider when you are at home and too sore to move the next day. Tilman von der Linde ,...
Over 80 volunteers will be donating their time with the SportMedBC Medical Team for the Vancouuver Sun Run this Sunday. 10 bike crews, 5 medical vans and 4 first aid medical tents will be spread out around the course to ensure the best saftey and medical cover possible for the 55, 000+ runners and walkers expected for the Sun Run. All medical volunteers are trained first-aiders, and most are also trained athletic therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, ER dotors and paramedics - so for those who might be in need help on the day, you will be in good hands!! The SportMedBC Medical Volunteers work...
CCES has conducted it’s first investigation and sanction against athlete support personnel since the new doping laws came into effect at the beginning of this year. For the first time, an athlete, coach and physician have been charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation. Geneviève Jeanson, a retired cyclist, has admitted to repeatedly using erythropoetin (EPO) during her cycling career. Ms. Jeanson implicated her coach, Andre Aubut, and her physician, Dr. Maurice Duquette, in the administration of a prohibited substance to a minor (Ms. Jeanson) and that they assisted, aided and...
So here's the deal. I was asked to become a member of the Ask the Experts Panel at the 11th hour back in January after completing the production of 10 video segments for the 2009 Sun Run. After accepting, I set a reasonable and achievable goal of writing 25 quality posts for the Sun Run - Ask the Experts Blog by April 19 as it is the 25th anniversary of the event. I started writing after returning from Europe in February and reached the 25 post mark at the beginning of April. However instead of stopping there, I reset my goal to write 40 blog posts and crushed that mark yesterday. How you do...
Pancakes, bagels, oranges, yogurt, juice and bananas! At one time the finish line Horn of Plenty was meant to be more of a marketing perk for many 10K run organizers who were all competing for the same small share of the fund raising market. Who knew then that this stuff would actually offer more than advertising! Anyone up for a High Carb, Medium Protein, Low Fat Snack after running through the Sun Run finish line? You would be suprised how many people take a pass at this golden window of opportunity and head straight to the nearest Starbucks. Here's the Tip You have a 30 to 60 minute window...
Over 2400 First Nations people have been participating in the Honour Your Health Sun Run InTraining program, managed by SportMedBC. Over 1800 of these are registered for the 2009 Vancouver Sun Run, in the biggest Sun Run Corporate Team ever! For the past 3 years, SportMedBC and the Honour Your Health Challenge program (HYHC) have been providing training programs, coaching advice and leader training to some of the most remote communities of BC to help with the goal of improving health in the Aboriginal population. HYHC Program Coordinator, Denise Lecoy has played an outstanding role in...

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