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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. 

Age Is Just a Number: Age Data From USA Swimming Olympic Trials


Last week I compiled some age data for the Olympic Trials.  Below are charts listing descriptive statistics of the Olympic Trials fields.  Since these were compiled these before the meet’s conclusion, data was from the psych sheet rather than Finals results. Some athletes obviously scratched, which may have affected the Top 16 averages, but the overall trends should remain similar.  

Exploring Causes of Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps: Part II

As intense summer heat engulfs the nation, many athletes complain of muscle cramps.  This post is a sequel to previous posts reviewing the literature in this area. 

Exploring Causes of Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps

Concepts for Hot Weather Training

Reasons NOT to Coach Running Form: Part II

Here is Part I...

After the recent 10000m events at Track and Field Olympic Trials, BYU’s biomechanics lab compiled an excellent photo montage of each runner’s footstrike.  See Men's 10k and Women's 10k for the complete photo montages.

Pelvic Precision

In recent months, Dr. John has written several articles detailing low pack health and performance.  Read them if you haven’t done so

Healing the Healers: Musculoskeletal Risk Factors in Medical Professionals

Many competitive amateur athletes come from the health care professions.  Likewise many successful collegiate and professional athletes transition into health care careers.  Health care and high level athletics tend to attract goal-oriented Type-A personalities.  Despite the decidedly white collar classification of most health care jobs, you can imagine the irony that health care workers demonstrate an inordinate amount of musculoskeletal injury, as confirmed repeatedly in the literature.

Notes from Dr. Lorimer Moseley Lecture: "Pain: Is it All Just in Your Mind?"

I recently watched a video lecture by noted pain researcher and therapist Dr. Lorimer Moseley presenting on “Pain: Is it all just in your mind?”  The neurological basis for pain is a critical yet often overlooked element of the rehab process.  Athletes and non-athletes alike usually take a “tissue centric” approach to pain, which is appropriate in some circumstances but horribly inappropriate in others.