Beet juice, kinesio tape & have athletes gotten better?by Ryan on Monday, May 5, 2014 (2 comments)
Here we go, I'm going to give this a shot. This week, we have a study on beet juice, a study on kinesio tape and David Epstein giving a TED Talk on whether athletes have gotten better over the years.
Acute and chronic BR did not reduce running VO2 or improve 1500 m time-trial performance in a group of elite distance runners, but two responders to BR were identified.
Through the use of elastography this is the first study to support the hypothesis that de-loading tape reduces stress in the underlying muscle region, thereby providing a biomechanical explanation for the effect observed during rehabilitation in clinical practice (reduce pain, restore function and aid recovery). Further investigations are necessary to confirm these results in injured tissues.
What do you think? Both of the stories above and of this kind of post. I'd love to hear your comments.Quote
I like this post. Especially the TED Talk. It supports everything that I thought was happening with sports. It has been all about technology and specialization. Natural selection for athletic prowess ended several hundred years ago.
I thought the TED Talk was very interesting. Epstein did a great job. I love the comparison of Jesse Owens to Usain Bolt. That's pretty amazing but not all that shocking to think about. How good could Owens have been not just on a modern track but also with the kind of focus on training that modern athletes can have? That's the one part I wish Epstein would have at least mentioned beyond a passing note when talking about Bannister, though you can't quantify it which along with time constraints might be why he left it out. Even the top athletes back in those days were true amateurs. They had day jobs or were in school. The top athletes today can do what's best for their sport 24/7.
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