November, 2007  // Posts published in November, 2007

27 Nov 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation/Series

Sports drinks, sweat and electrolytes – part 2

In the we introduced you to Randy, our imaginary 70 kg average male runner, and we created some potential scenarios regarding his fluid and sodium losses and replacement. The biggest take home message was to listen to your body and to drink to thirst, as this has been shown again and again in the field […]

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27 Nov 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation/Series

Sports drinks, sweat and electrolytes – part 1

Today is a pseudo-Part V of our – I was tempted to call it Part V, but it’s a little bit of a departure from what we’ve been talking about. In our next post, which we will be calling Part V, we’ll wrap up this really challenging series and try to summarize all your comments […]

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26 Nov 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation/Series

Muscle Cramps: Part IV

Over the past week, we’ve taken what has turned out to be a pretty intense look at muscle cramps. We began with a , without any substantial evidence for this theory. We then moved on to show that, in fact, – this is pretty strongly suggestive that cramping is not caused by either dehydration or […]

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24 Nov 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation/Series

Muscle Cramps: Part III

Today sees the third part of our series on muscle cramps. It was going to be the final instalment in this particular series, but we’ve received some excellent and thoughtful questions and comments on the issue, so have decided that we’ll do a fourth post, just summarizing some of those key “sticking” points. It seems from the […]

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21 Nov 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation/Series

Muscle Cramps: Part II

In part one of this new series we tried to set the scene by providing some history in this area of muscle cramps. At times it might seem like we are a bit heavy on the historical side, but as we mentioned in one of our , understanding the historical record is crucial as often […]

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20 Nov 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation/Series

Muscle Cramps: Part I

As promised in yesterday’s post, today we kick off our latest series – Muscle Cramps. We hope that none of you did cramp in the middle of the night, as we mentioned yesterday! Though if you did, we’re sure you stretched your calf and avoided the temptation to point your toe! This is a follow-on […]

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19 Nov 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation/Series

Muscle cramp ‘teasers’. . .

Ah, the joys of the University calendar! We must apologize for our somewhat lengthy absence – it has been 5 days since we last did a post, which I think is the longest break we’ve had since we began The Science of Sport in April earlier this year! But we have good reason, for both […]

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07 Nov 2007 Posted in Doping/Doping in Cycling

The effect of EPO on performance

It’s been a busy time for running posts here at the Science of Sport, with first the , the and then the dominating our recent postings. And as offshoots of these events, we’ve covered a variety of interesting, relevant (and somewhat controversial) topics in our “series” over the last 6 weeks. We’ll return to that […]

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05 Nov 2007 Posted in Physiology/Sudden Cardiac Death

Running won’t save you from heart disease

As we have mentioned in our , it has been a bad year for sudden death in athletes. Add to this two more cases that we did not mention – former basketball legend Dennis Johnson, who died suddenly after a coaching session in February, and Denver Bronco running back Damien Nash (24) who collapsed and […]

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