A Fitness and Competition Research Potpourri
This research posting is a collection of pieces from several recent publications. I found these stimulating and informative. For more information I encourage you seek out the articles or visit the websites noted below.
NATIONAL MASTERS NEWS
"Third Wind:Running Socialism or Narcissism"
by Mike Tymn Page 8
An excellent discussion of the cultural shift in the 70s, 80s, and 90s that promoted all participants in a competition as 'winners' regardless of finish. Should every player in the league receive a medal, trophy, or blue ribbon? In the name of self-esteem, actual winners were lumped with the rest of the participants. Why keep score?
"90 Year Old Face Off in 5k"
An account of the Chilly Chili Run in Orange County, California in which three 90+ runners raced each other. Their names, age, hometowns, and times:
Bill Tribou, 90, of Granby, CT -- 37:31
Bill Benson, 91, of Valley Stream, NY -- 47:15
Dr. George "Doc" Whitney of Brattleboro, VT -- 1:08.26
Race Director Joe Riccio plans to seek out more 90+ competitors for next year's race.
"Implementation of 'Forever Fast' for Recruitment"
by Gary Snyder Page 32
A promotional film to lure men and women into the Masters Track & Field Program. The 12-minute film will be available on the usatf.org and YouTube. for more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ORIENTEERING NORTH AMERICA
"Fitness for Orienteering: Part 4 -- Endurance Training"
by Paul Murgatroyd Page 8
The fourth in a series of articles on training for orienteering by a British coach and competitor. Much of the information is relevant to other running and endurance sports.
"The Basics of Getting Faster"
by Owen Anderson Page 14
A brief, but thoughtful and logical approach to increasing running velocity by a founder of Running Research News. Anderson is also the author of an e-book, How Do You Become A Faster Runner
available on his website click here to find it
"The Dryland Difference: Running"
A new column to explore dryland and cross-training activities for swimmers. This article is a very brief summary might be useful for beginning runners.
PLATFORM TENNIS MAGAZINE
"Shoulder Pain and Frozen Shoulder Treatment"
by Brad Walker and The Stretching Institute Page 28
A discussion of frozen shoulder pain, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. The bottom line? "...stretching and strengthening are going to be your best defense against frozen shoulder." For more articles on stretching, flexibility, and sports injury management visit the Stretching Institute website. www.thestretchinginstitute.com
"Beer Batter is Better"
by W. Wayt Gibbs and Nathan Myhrvold Page 25
A compelling argument for using beer has a basis for the batter of fried fish. Always good to hear of another reason to keep some beer in the house.
"How to Fix the Obesity Crisis"
by Donald H. Freedman Page 40
A discussion of the metabolic, genetic, and neurological causes of obesity and how behavioral techniques can help stem this crisis. It is also a useful general discussion of weight gain and loss.