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Could Watermelon Extract Provide that Extra “Juice” for the End of the Race?

Could Watermelon Extract Provide that Extra “Juice” for the End of the Race?

  • 9/19/2016 1:55:00 AM
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Kelsey McLaughlin, M.S.L-citrulline (CIT), a nonessential amino acid that can be found in abundance in watermelon and watermelon rind, has garnered an increasing amount of attention among sport nutrition researchers for its potential benefit to sport performance, particularly in endurance events. The effects of CIT on an exercising individual are thought to be two-fold, both increasing blood flow to working muscle through the enhancement of nitric oxide (NO) production and enhancing clearance of...
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Exercise-Induced Hyponatremia: Risk for Marathon Runners

Exercise-Induced Hyponatremia: Risk for Marathon Runners

  • 6/17/2014 7:23:00 AM
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Kaleigh Camp, M.S.Standing at the starting line of the 2011 San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon with over 30,000 other runners, it was clear how popular these races have become for athletes as well as non-athletes. Running USA, the track and field running information center, acknowledges the surge over the past quarter of a century. At the beginning of the race, salt packets were provided and passed around the population of runners. I wondered whether all runners understand the p...
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NATURE’S GATORADE: Effectiveness of Coconut Water on Electrolyte and Carbohydrate Replacement

NATURE’S GATORADE: Effectiveness of Coconut Water on Electrolyte and Carbohydrate Replacement

  • 10/26/2012 9:35:00 AM
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Kyle Levers, M.S. CSCSThe popularity of coconut water has increased significantly over the past decade due to its nutritional composition and rehydration capability. Natural coconut water is the clear liquid found inside of a young, green coconut, not to be confused with the white liquid typically squeezed from the coconut’s outer layer, known as coconut milk.  A growing number of nutritional advertisements promote the use of coconut water over other well-established sports drinks, su...
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The Power of Water—Recovery of the Modern Athlete

The Power of Water—Recovery of the Modern Athlete

  • 8/2/2012 2:17:00 AM
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Kyle Levers, M.S., CSCS While sports performance and training have become increasingly competitive and demanding, recovery techniques continues to rely on existing therapies.  Many athletes find water therapies helpful to hasten the recovery process in order to return to bouts of exercise sooner, while minimizing fatigue and injury.Two of the most common water immersion therapy techniques used in the recovery from fatiguing exercise are cold water immersion (cryotherapy) and contrast w...
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Water Is Key!

Water Is Key!

  • 7/30/2012 1:54:00 AM
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Andrew Jagim, Ph.D, CSCSTo unlock better performance, consider the humble beverage water. It is often one of the most overlooked and underappreciated ergogenic aids in today’s world of sports. The body is made up of ~70% water, which makes hydration a vital component for success-- not only during but before and after exercise as well. Dehydration can limit performance without the proper precautions, especially in hot and humid environments. Sweat is the primary means by which body water is...
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Fuel For The Race

Fuel For The Race

  • 7/30/2012 1:53:00 AM
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Andrew Jagim Ph.D, CSCSRunners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes are constantly looking for ways to improve their performance.  A commonly used strategy is the use of nutritional supplements to “boost” energy and enable them to perform longer and or harder before fatigue sets in.  The majority of energy used during endurance events is derived from carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates can be stored in the liver and skeletal muscle as glycogen.  When exercise lasts l...
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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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