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Cholesterol Can Be Good. Really.

  • 10/17/2011 3:12:00 PM
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 Teak V. Lee, B.S.  What’s the first thought that comes to mind when the word “cholesterol” is mentioned? More often than not, it’s probably going to be negative. This is probably due to the bad reputation that cholesterol has gained because of its involvement in conditions such as cardiovascular disease. However, before we can make a conclusion, we need to understand the roles cholesterol plays in our bodies and the circumstances when it cau...
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Vitamin D and Exercise

Vitamin D and Exercise

  • 10/17/2011 2:48:00 PM
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Nina Laidlaw Rumler, B.A.Headlines about vitamin D abound. Is it as good as they say? How does it impact exercise and athletes?Advocates claim a wide range of proven or implied benefits, such as: Improved physical performance Bone strengthening (rickets, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, gum/tooth diseases) Strengthening of the immune system –fewer colds, flu, pneumonia, allergies. Inhibition/prevention of hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart dis...
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Down-side of being a female athlete

Down-side of being a female athlete

  • 10/17/2011 2:47:00 PM
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Greeshma Prabhu, B.P.T., M.S.Several decades ago, the US Government passed the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which eliminated sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving Federal aid. This law led to a rise in the female participation in sports over time, up to more than 150,000 women playing sports today. The “female athletic triad” is a term given to the presence of three conditions, namely disordered eating, osteoporosis, and amenorrhea, w...
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A Little Fish Oil Could Go a Long Way

A Little Fish Oil Could Go a Long Way

  • 10/17/2011 2:38:00 PM
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 Justin Dobson, Ph.D(c), CSCS, SCCC   Inflammation is a natural response to stress put on the body. It is the first step in the body’s healing process, in which repair cells are directed from the blood into the injured tissue. Acute (short-lived) inflammation is necessary, but problems arise when inflammation persists (chronic inflammation). Besides rheumatoid arthritis or tendonitis, chronic inflammation accompanies many other disease states, such as atherosc...
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“I WANT TO PUMP YOU UP” but I will need a major credit card and you will need to take 167 supplements a day.

“I WANT TO PUMP YOU UP” but I will need a major credit card and you will need to take 167 supplements a day.

  • 10/17/2011 2:29:00 PM
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David Ferguson, Ph.D RCEP  I am always amazed at the flavor of the moment products in health and fitness. I am sure we are all familiar with the shake weight, six minute abs, and Tae Bo. Truth is some of these infomercial products do offer a health benefit while others do little for you. A discussion of all the products out there aimed to improve health, reduce fat, and increase muscle would take several books to document and describe all the products. In this ...
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Bittersweet Sarcopenia

Bittersweet Sarcopenia

  • 10/17/2011 2:28:00 PM
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Nina Laidlaw Rumler, B.A.You might not have heard of sarcopenia, but it touches everyone – everyone who lives long enough to undergo this normal physiological process. A lessening of muscle mass and function, its cumulative effect is becoming a significant public health concern. Two factors contribute: lessened physical activity and increased longevity, eventually resulting in frailty in the elder years. The word means "poverty of flesh," a pitiful image. Age-related, it is ...
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How long can you go? Training the endurance athlete

How long can you go? Training the endurance athlete

  • 10/17/2011 2:13:00 PM
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David Ferguson, Ph.D, RCEPHave you ever watched a marathon and wondered how individuals can run for over 26 miles? Have you ever wanted to be the one who runs for 26 miles? Do you find yourself saying that you can't run for 26 miles because you don't know how? If you answered yes to these questions, then this article is for you. It will provide a brief training program outline that can be applied to any endurance sport for anyone who wishes to compete in an endurance sport for ...
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Feel the Burn, Not the Burnout, Year Round

  • 10/17/2011 2:13:00 PM
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Travis Irby, M.A., M.EdMany athletes compete in sports year round. Sometimes the athlete is involved in one sport with one long season spent with various school and club teams throughout the year. Other times, an athlete is involved in several different sports over a year. Whatever the case, it is important that the year-round athlete prevent the mental and physical burnout that can come with the rigors of never-ending competition.  Any sport or sports competed in should provide skills...
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I’m An Athlete! I Do Not Have Heart Problems!

I’m An Athlete! I Do Not Have Heart Problems!

  • 10/17/2011 2:01:00 PM
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David Ferguson, Ph.D, RCEP   In today’s sporting environment, great importance is placed on the health education of the athlete. This includes proper nutrition instruction, health assessment, and the application of proper treatments and rehabilitation modalities to injured athletes. However, this is a fairly new development in sport, and athletes who competed 30 years ago did not receive these benefits. Because of this, many former athletes are being diagnosed...
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Special Issues of Social Responsibility

Special Issues of Social Responsibility

  • 10/17/2011 1:59:00 PM
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Kwame J.A. Agyemang, Ph.DFor quite some time, businesses and large corporations have used corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a management strategy for day-to-day operations. In summary, CSR offers a template for the way corporations should conduct business (e.g., their economic, legal, ethical, and discretionary responsibilities to society). The CSR strategy has especially been given further attention in light of two key factors: a) corporations are deemed influential members of society, a...
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