2007  // Posts published in 2007

29 Dec 2007 Posted in Series/Weight loss

Weight loss and computer games Part 2

Earlier today I did a . The study found that Wii games, which are “active” and involve simulated hand and body movements by the players, burn more energy than the chosen X-Box 360 game (Project Gotham Racing). This has led to the inevitable marketing suggestion that Wii should form part of a weight loss strategy […]

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29 Dec 2007 Posted in Series/Weight loss

Weight loss and Nintendo Wii

It’s been a quiet period for us over the last week, but we’re sure you understand! If you are anything like us, you’ve been relieved to you open your e-mail inbox to see nothing but a few junk emails, none of which require thought as you hit ‘delete’ (We hope that this email, if you’re […]

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19 Dec 2007 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius banned – IAAF result

Oscar Pistorius. Photo by Flickr user Kosala Bandara

Leaked reports that Pistorius’ Carbon fibre prosthetic limbs provide a “considerable advantage” The IAAF tests on Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius have now been handed to IAAF President Lamine Diack, and the early reports are that the tests have indeed confirmed that the carbon fibre prosthetic limbs, knowns as “Cheetahs”, do in fact provide Pistorius with […]

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17 Dec 2007 Posted in Doping/US sports

The Mitchell Report at a glance

Former Senate majority leader George Mitchell’s report on drug use in baseball was released on Friday afternoon, and sent the pundits and talking heads venting over the airwaves this past weekend. It is a behemoth of a report at 409 pages, and for all of those with some spare time this holiday season, you can […]

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14 Dec 2007 Posted in Physiology/Running technique/Series

Running Economy Part III

Today sees the third and concluding part of our series on Running Economy. It’s been a whistle stop tour of a complex subject. We have no doubt that we’ll be returning to the topic in time, because it has major implications for how we understand fatigue and performance, but for now, we stuck to the […]

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13 Dec 2007 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius research

Oscar-Pistorius-London-2012-Olympics_by_Jim-Thurston-on-Flickr

As we mentioned earlier, it’s a big couple of days for long-awaited reports. First, there is the Mitchell report, which was mentioned in , and which we’ll analyse over the coming days. Then second, there’s a report from the IAAF on whether Oscar Pistorius should be allowed to compete against able bodied athletes. This has […]

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13 Dec 2007 Posted in Doping/US sports

Mitchell Report due today

Eighteen months ago, former US Senator George Mitchell launched a probe into steroid use in baseball. The probe is the result of an unprecedented shake-up in Major League Baseball that started as far back as 1998, when reporters noticed a tub of androstenedione in aspiring home run champ Mark McGwire’s locker. McGwire went on to […]

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12 Dec 2007 Posted in London Marathon

Interesting news from the marathon

We’re bang in the middle of our series on Running Economy, but thought that for today, we’d take a break from that series and turn our attention to a few interesting news stories that are coming out of the world of marathon running. The Sub-2 hour marathon: Debate re-opened The first is a discussion about […]

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11 Dec 2007 Posted in Physiology/Running technique/Series

Running Economy Part II

Today sees Part II of our series on Running Economy. After spending the first two posts and discussing the , today we move onto some fundamental concepts of running economy – the physiology and biomechanics of running economy explained (partly, we hope!) I say “fundamental” with some caution, because the more one digs into this […]

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