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Entries for February 2014

It's Podcast Friday with Ms. Leigh Liebmann and "Back On My Feet"

We are joined in the podcast today by Ms. Leigh Liebmann who is the Program Coordinator for the Dallas chapter of "Back On My Feet".  This program is another example of how to use exercise and sport to facilitate societal change - in this case to help with employment and housing.  This is a great podcast with someone who is trying to change the world by using exercise!  LISTEN NOW!

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio “Slowing Down Football for Sickle-Cell Trait: Justified or Strategy in Disguise?”

Recently, a particular college football coach has justified his support for a rule that would allow substitution of defensive players within the first 10 sec of the play clock by claiming that this is a player safety issue.  He has stated that he is concerned about his players that have sickle cell trait and how the exertion of playing defense may trigger sickling and death.  Is this really a concern for defensive players during a game?  It is true that sickle cell trait occurs in about 8% of those athletes whose ethnic backgrounds may put them at risk.  It is also true that athletes with sickle cell trait have died suddenly after exertion.  However, when you look closer at the data, this coach’s justification dry up.  First, of the 20 football players (in particular) with sickle cell trait that have died in the last 10 years, all 20 died during or immediately after extreme and long conditioning drills and usually early in the season.  None died during a game.  Let me repeat, “none died during a game or right after”.  In fact, the American Society of Hematology says that athletes with sickle cell trait can participate in sports as long as they take the same precautions that all athletes take to prevent heat-related injuries – in other words, they need to stay hydrated and rest when appropriate.  This recommendation is backed up by the National Athletic Trainers Association as well as several other professional societies – and has been since 2007!  Again, where sickle cell trait has been problematic has been when extreme conditioning drills have been conducted without appropriate fluid and rest.  So, can Sickle Cell Trait be a problem during a game?  Probably not –during a game, the pace is not sustained as long as it is in any of the extreme long conditioning drills – witness that in the 5 year period from 2008-2012, the average was 2.31 plays/min – or almost 26 seconds from one play to the next – with 12-16 seconds of that time at rest.    So is it possible that a defensive player may have an issue during a game from sickle cell trait – yes?  Is it probable?  No.  But look at it another way – why isn’t this coach concerned about his offensive players, or basketball players, or soccer players, or track and field athletes.  The same concerns apply to these athletes as to the defensive football players.

In the end, concern for players’ safety is admirable – but let’s really figure out what is a probable safety issue versus an issue that has an extremely small possibility of occurring before you start to change a fundamental aspect of a sport.  There’s more information and discussion about this issue at HuffinesInstitute.org.  Until next week, we hope you have an active and healthy week.

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“Slowing Down Football for Sickle-Cell Trait: Justified or Strategy in Disguise?”

 

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Make sure you check out the attached files for updates on NSCA Texas State Clinic and Certification Exam updates! The links to the attachments are below:

CPT INFO.pdf

CSCS INFO.pdf

TEXAS STATE CLINIC.pdf

 

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It's Video and Audio Podcast Friday! with Exercise Is Medicine's Dr. Robert Sallis!

Today is the fourth video and audio-only rebroadcast from the 2013 Huffines Discussion.  Up today in our series is Kaiser-Permanente and the Developer of the International Exercise Is Medicine initiative, Dr. Robert Sallis.  Dr. Sallis' talk is titled: "Exercise and Health: How to Prescribe Exercise in Clinical Practice".  This is a great talk - both funny and informative - on how and why exercise is a perfect medical treatment and why it should be treated as such.  WATCH NOW!  or LISTEN NOW!

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio "Difficulty of a Triple Axel"

For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below.

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Aggieland Legend: Making an Impact
Dr. John Thornton, Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy, has been honored in the 12th Man Magazine Series "Making an Impact." Read the article and find out how this Aggieland Legend is making an impact at Texas A&M University and Aggie Athletics.

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It's Redux-Podcast Friday! With Dr. Mike Thornton and Basketball Officiating

Basketball is heating up with the end of the collegiate basketball season coming soon.  This week, we're replaying one of our favorite podcasts where we have Dr. Mike Thornton with us in the podcast this week to talk about refereeing college basketball.  The one group of involved folks that we don't normally hear from are the Basketball Referees.  As the season heats up, we thought it would be great to hear again from a Division I College Basketball Referee.  Dr. Thornton has officiated Division 1 basketball for several years and brings a great perspective on watching basketball (and gives some suggestions on how to properly heckle referees!)...This is a timely and fun conversation.

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Are you in the mood for some "Rock N Roll?"
Our very own Texas A&M University graduate student, Heather Vellers, has been featured in the Health and Kinesiology Department's semiannual "On The Move" magazine. The article highlights her current research looking for links between performance and heart rate. Uniquely, this isn't the typical performance associated with sports medicine. Ms. Vellers' "rock n roll research" is focused on musicians from various genres and their cardiovascular changes during a performance.



You can find the article in the newest edition of the
"On The Move" magazine and don't forget to pick up your hard copy!

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio “Aging and the Olympics”
For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below.
Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs Radio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here

 

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Tips To Stay Healthy in the New Year with Emily Schmitt on KAMU

Our very own, Emily Schmitt, sits down for an interview at KAMU TV to discuss "Tips to Stay Healthy in the New Year!" Don't miss this opportunity to learn about nutrition, importance of aerobic and resistance training, and other aspects of general health. It is never too late to kick start the NEW YOU!

 

The interview will air Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:00pm on KAMU TV (Channel 12 local).

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It's Video and Audio Podcast Friday! with Notre Dame's Adam Sargent!

Today we have our third webcast of our 2013 Huffines Discussion talks (these talks are analogous to TED Talks).  Up today is Notre Dame University's Adam Sargent talking about the role of academics in sport and how athletes can be mentored to do well in academics as well as sport.  You can see the video here, or if you don't have time, download the audio-only version here. The transcript of the talk is here and Mr. Sargent's bio is here!  Enjoy!

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