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Pain and Movement Compensation

It’s fairly common sense to most people that pain affects movement.  Without getting into specific mechanisms, pain represents a threat and the brain is naturally programmed to alter its movement in the presence of pain.  Additionally, because pain often correlates poorly with actual structural damage, decoding the body’s messages can be tricky.   

Review: Fatigue and Stability in Elite Gymnasts

Here’s a chicken or the egg problem for today…does a weak trunk cause fatigue or does fatigue impair the trunk?  You can make compelling arguments in both directions.  Perhaps weak trunk musculature causes inefficient movements elsewhere in the body, leading to premature fatigue.  Alternatively, any activity when performed to fatigue (even if not isolated to the core) may impair the trunk.  Perhaps too, the trunk is merely the proxy by which many choose to measure stability in the nervous system.

Is Summer Over Yet? A Look at the Benefits of Hot Weather Training

Late summer is a time for many to curse the endless heat.  Paces get slower, easy workouts become a chore, and sometimes it seems impossible to stay ahead of hydration needs.  Let’s get some cool fall weather so we don’t sweat through our clothes five minutes into the workout! 

Circuit Training and Endurance Athletes

Many athletes enjoy circuit training.  By circuit training, I’m referring to the practice of performing a relatively moderate to high number of repetitions of multiple different exercises in quick succession with minimal rest in between each exercise station.  This isn’t the only way to define circuit training, but it’s a common way and the definition we’ll use here.

Opportunity Cost and Training Interventions

 

Normally we talk exercise and sports science here, but today we’ll bring some economics into the discussion.  Specifically, we’ll address opportunity cost.

Quite simply, opportunity cost is cost of passing up your next best alternative.  For instance, if you earn $10 from investing in company X but could have earned $15 by investing in company Y, your opportunity cost of investing in X but not Y is $5.