May, 2010  // Posts published in May, 2010

29 May 2010 Posted in Barefoot running/Running shoes

Barefoot running and injuries

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About four months ago, we did a lengthy series on barefoot running, which began with  looking at how habitual barefoot runners’ mechanics different from shod runners’.  That was followed up by a , where we looked at the evidence for barefoot running as a means to prevent injury. In that , looking at the Harvard study, […]

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27 May 2010 Posted in Doping in Cycling

Denials, acceptance and anti-doping progress

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The aftermath of Floyd Landis’ allegations have continued to dominate the cycling news of late, and have produced some lively discussion here, in response to Jonathan’s post regarding the pressures faced by cyclists. In those discussions, I’ve seen what I believe to be a great deal of rationalization taking place from those who defend cycling […]

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24 May 2010 Posted in Doping in Cycling

Beyond a simple explanation of doping

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Taking an integrated approach and looking beyond the physiology First of all, who watched the Giro stage on Sunday up the Zoncolan?  If we put down the the debate about doping for just a second, and examine the stage out of the doping context, it was epic.  The final climb up the Zoncolan was insane, and […]

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20 May 2010 Posted in Doping in Cycling

Floyd Landis case – new developments

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The web, sports, and cycling world is buzzing as the initial story breaks and as more details trickle in.  Since the story broke and since we posted it here earlier, there are have been responses from the likes of Lance Armstrong, Jonathan Vaughters, and former Phonak owner Andy Rihs. In addition, to illustrate how cycling fans have responded, in […]

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20 May 2010 Posted in Doping in Cycling

Floyd Landis admits to doping and other allegations

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“I want to clear my conscience,” Landis said. “I don’t want to be part of the problem any more. Just a quick post to bring to your attention the following big news from cycling.  The Wall Street Journal (I only point this out because the WSJ is one of the most respected papers around, not a […]

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Chris Solinsky – the fastest “big guy” ever

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The interesting stories are coming thick and fast just lately.  Too fast to post on, which is why we didn’t cover the story of Chris Solinsky, who, last weekend, because the first American runner below the 27-minute barrier over 10,000m.  In a race that was set up as an attempt on the record by Galen […]

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05 May 2010 Posted in Doping

Does human growth hormone improve performance?

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When our resident maven Jim Ferstle sent us the story about the how human growth hormone (hGH) can produce a 0.4 second improvement in 100 m sprinting, our ears pricked up and we were listening.  It got us searching for the article immediately, only to find that the current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine […]

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04 May 2010 Posted in Doping

Growth hormone – 0.4s faster over 100m

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I’m sure that by now, many of you have seen the initial reports on a WADA-funded growth hormone study, which was published yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  It’s an intriguing study, one that is bound to stimulate discussion, so I thought I’d do a very short post more to say that I’ve seen the […]

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