1. The important of vitamin D, read here.
2. Want to raise your testosterone? Watch some sports, read here.
3. Is Michael Phelps having an off year, the swimming geek (name up for grabs this weekend) believes so, read here.
4. Rest intervals, how important are they in hypertrophy training? Also, how is hypertrophy measured? Read here
5. Where are my triathletes with back pain? This article discusses how peripheral sources can cause back pain. It focuses on the foot, specifically the subtalar joint. This can be one cause of low back pain, but it isn’t so simple. In fact the hip can control the ankle which can be causing back pain…I know it is a convulated puzzle! Anyway, quick here for the read.
6. A fellow physical therapy enthusiast Tom Hermann discusses the importance of power training in swimming. I have been breaching this for a while and find every swimmer can benefit from this form of resistance training. The only area I disagree with Tom is with back squats. Swimmers stress their shoulder a lot and I the position to hold the bar during back squat is advantageous for injury. Instead I have athletes perform front squats for quad activation in combination with a hip extensor strengthening exercise, read here.
7. Well Shawn Cater aka Jay-z was the first rapper with a shoe and now Ryan Lochte is the first swimmer with a shoe…love it! Eric thanks for breaking the story first, click here.
8. What athlete does not have superstition? I remember pressing my goggles into my eye sockets repeatedly before a race and having specific pre meet meals in college. I know other swimmers who perform a specific amount of arm swings or have a “special” suit. Do these superstitions help? A recent study reports they actually make a difference, read more here. What is the weirdest pre meet ritual you’ve seen? Don’t worry if you submit something I won’t assume it’s about you…
9. Are push-ups good for swimmers? Hells yes! Similar to baseball pitchers discussed in this article, swimmers have weak serratus anterior and lower trapezius muscles, in fact swimmers with shoulder pain how lower activation of these muscles, which I discussed here. Watch below for proper push-up progression, turn the speakers up!
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10. Leg extension machine has to be safe, I mean everyone does it, right? Wrong, bad kitty! This exercise puts high stress on the patellofemoral joint and can lead to injury, read here.
11. Want to sleep easier, don’t eat these foods
12. Sports nutrition is something I feel swimmers are lacking, click here to see a video of the top 5 supplements athletes should ingest, I don’t advocate every supplement, but the risk/benefit should be considered.
13. How often do you sit? At internships I only sit 4 hours a day compared to school days where I sit up to 12 hours a day! Here is a good article discussing the risks of prolonged sitting. I am in talks with USMS about the effects of sitting on swimming, stay tuned.
14. Here is another post which questions the horrific claims of lactic acid. I discussed it briefly in the baking soda conversation, read here. Once again, great anaerobic athletes typically can produce high lactate, so can it be that horrendous? Wanna try, ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda – 12 lb. bag?
15. Oblique and abdominal strength is essential in swimming and the crunch is overused. People are sitting way too much (refer to #13) and a crunch mimics the poor posture sustained throughout the day. Here is another “atypical” abdominal exercise which would be easy to implement.
16. Gold Medal Mel posted a great interview with Nathan Adrian…47 in practice, damn! Click here.