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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.

Reaction Time

Olympic Trials and the Olympics bring some of the most tension filled moments in sports: that endlessly quiet wait on the blocks anticipating the signal. The start of every race depends on how fast the swimmer reacts. 

A Lesson in Critical Thinking: Yoga and "Significant" Strength Gains

This post is about the importance of critical thinking regarding any and all claims, whether from published research or via anecdotal evidence…

Concepts for Hot Weather Training


As we turn the calendar to June, hot weather is now upon us in Arizona and is on the horizon in many other places.  Most training accommodations for hot weather are fairly obvious: drink enough, replenish electrolytes, don’t do stupid workouts, and avoid the heat when possible.  In terms of fueling, this post is not the place for recommendations since everyone’s sweat rate and content of sweat is different.   The basic mechanisms behind heat and its effects on the body are also well established  For instance: