Sports Nutrition for Youth Athletes

The second edition is going to be available in ALL ebook formats - Kindle, iPad, Nook, etc the first week of April. More »

Youth Athletes – Why Didn’t I Make the Team?

One of the most stressful times for a youth athlete is trying to make the team during tryouts. Why do some kids not make the team while others do? Here is a list of the most common reasons. More »

Sports Drink Ingredient Issue – Brominated Vegetable Oil

Brominated vegetable oil, aka BVO, is a patented product that is used as a flame retardant in plastics but is has also been used as an emulsifier in sports drinks since 1931. It took several decades before its harmful effects came to light and countries started banning its use in drinks. More »

Protein Shake Recipes – Series FIVE

Today’s recipes involve a candy flare with tastes like bubble gum, butterfinger, and candy cane and three more recipes for the coffee lovers. More »

 

Effect of Microwaves on Food

effects of microwavesThe effect of microwaves has been largely ignored by the general population due to its sheer convenience. It is just microwaves, they can’t hurt can they? Their have been clinical studies done in Switzerland, Germany and Russia that produced a number of valuable conclusions. Here is what they found.

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Nutrition Facts from the CDC

nutrition factsNutrition facts for athletes can come from a number of sources. One of these sources people do not tap into very often is the CDC - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They do not just educate about diseases. They have an entire section on healthy living that is worth checking out.

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Vitamin Water Ingredients Explained

vitamin water IngredientsAre the vitamin water ingredients helpful for you? The creation of Gatorade at the University of Florida in the mid 60′s started the use of sports drinks by athletes. Since then we have seen Powerade come on the market from Coca Cola for the 1988 Olympics. Vitamin water has now become popular but the ingredients are far more than just vitamins in water.

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Power of Focus – Mind Games

power of focusThe power of focus is undeniable. Talk to any accomplished athlete and they will tell you that your ability to control your mind and emotions can be the difference between winning and losing. When competitors are equally matched physically, the one who wins is hte one who thinks he can.

So how do you focus your mind when you compete or train? How do you avoid the constant distractions in the gym when doing your workouts? Poor training leads to poor performance. Try these methods to harness the power of focus.

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Anabolic Steroid Use in Teenagers

anabolic steroidAnabolic steroids are used for weight gain, size, strength, power, speed, endurance, and aggressiveness. Anabolic Steroids increase protein synthesis giving you a faster recovery time and the ability to reach quicker gains from strength and power in half the time of a normal athlete. Steroids make muscle fibers larger, which is why you will see athletes with full pumps at all times. In other words, with you being 16 years old and observing the difference in the body mass of the steroid user you will see the continual pump from the amount of muscle fibers, and cells groomed by the testosterone ingested into the user’s body. Steroids trigger calcium release and allow your muscles to contract quickly and more powerfully. This will make you feel that you can lift the world! The short-term benefits of steroids to me are no comparison to the long-term affects especially within a teenager. At 16, the emotions and hormone imbalance that you are experiencing is a breeding ground for “ Roid Rage”. Although most people say it’s a myth, the science proves that you will be affected in your mind and body. It is real, and nothing about it is a myth! Some of the main conditions you may experience are toxic liver, kidneys, abnormal heartbeat, and cancer. Now keep in mind you have to take more than 400 mg of the substance per week. To you that means 1/6 of a teaspoon. If you do this at 16 years old for 52 weeks out of a year you will inevitably cause severe damage to your body and to your wallet.

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Exercising in Heat – Tips for Training Athletes

Exercising in HeatExercising in heat prepares the body for a positive thermal balance. While a human being exercises their core temperature increases. This increase in temperature is relative to the environment. The body must also be able to regulate its heat and blood flow to the appropriate muscles. This mostly happens through Vasodilation. One of the major effects on the system at this particular time is the effect of plasma volume and central blood volume. Plasma Volume decreases during exercise and is lost through sweating, and central blood volume almost always decreases because less blood returns to the heart. Total blood volume is most compromised do to exercise in the heat. That being said the athlete must quickly become acclimated and hydrated in order to train in the heat.

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