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The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) will be, once again, collecting blood (in addition to urine) during selected doping control sessions. Part of the doping control program since 2004, it will now become an integral component of the domestic anti-doping program . Starting in the late summer of 2009, blood samples will be collected during in-competition doping control, and the national sport organization will be advised that blood sampling will be conducted at its event. As the blood program progresses, national sport organizations and athletes will be advised that blood collection...
It may be in the soil and not the actual agricultural methods! A review published as Nutritional Quality of Organic Foods: a systematic review by Dangour et al has concluded that: “there is no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs. The small differences in nutrient content detected are biologically plausible and mostly relate to differences in production methods.” This group looked at a total of 52,471 articles, and identified 162 studies (137 crops and 25 livestock products) 55 of which were of satisfactory quality. Of the 55...
Super suits are breaking records at the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome - 29 world records have fallen in the first five days of competition. These controversial suits are faster and more high-tech than those used in the past.
Ever tried eating the equivalent of 25 cups of pasta in one day? The average calorie intake for the Tour de France cyclists is 5000-9000 calories/day.
Thinking about a new bike for your birthday? Lucky you don't have to fork out for the equipment list of the Tour de France team members!! The lead Tour de France riders have two types of bikes – one for the time trial stages and one for the road. The time trail bikes are less maneuverable and stable, but more aerodynamic. They are required to fit within a measuring jig to determine race legality. Both bikes are required to be less that 15lbs (6.800kg), and will have up to 20 gears for powering through the stage at maximal revolutions. The team car carries a spare bike for the lead rider, set...
Yesterday’s Stage 6 of the Tour de France produced some spills and thrills with the wet roads and poor conditions.
It takes more than just pasta and sauce to keep this crew running.
For a number of years, Dr Samuel Gutman, Rockdoc Consulting Inc. and Ron Ford, BC Ambulance Special Operations, have mused on the inconsistencies and inadequacies of medical coverage of events organized by various sport organizations, promoters and producers throughout BC. These inconsistencies are in part due to a lack of appreciation of the problem and also a lack of regulation at the provincial level. Fire and Police services are regulated by the local government, whereas Ambulance services are held under Provincial legislation. Permits for special events are handled locally so there is a...
Athletes showed improvements in performance of training drills after extending their regular sleep hours and reducing accumulated sleep debt. The study by the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory at Stanford University in CA made it clear to athletes the importance of sleep on their overall performance: "Traditionally, elite athletes dedicate numerous hours to daily practice, strength training, and conditioning as well as work closely with nutritionists in hopes of optimizing their athletic performance," said Mah. "However, very little, if any, attention is focused on an...
The US National Athletic Trainers' Association has introduced pre-season training guidelines for gradual heat acclimatization in all high school sports. Highlighted at the Annual NATA conference, these guidelines are the outcome of work with a task force concerned about the deaths of high school athletes during the hottest days of summer. According to the Annual Survey of Football Injury Research, twenty-nine prep football players have died from heat-related illnesses since 1995, including four heatstroke deaths at the high school level and two at the college level in 2008. One of the most...

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