| Jul 10, 2010
When I was skating, we skated exclusively on outdoor ice, and there was ice for only a fraction of the year. As a result, we had to do a lot of cross-training to stay in shape: lifting weights, running — which I discovered through Allan Claremont,...
| Jul 31, 2010
When Tour de France cyclist Cadel Evans wanted to press on after fracturing his elbow in a fall in Stage 8, BMC Racing Team physician Max Testa made the call.
Seeing no risk of permanent damage, Testa gave Evans the green light. "It was a stable fracture...
| Aug 25, 2010
If you're overweight, you're not alone. According to research by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 66 percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese.
Losing weight is a goal of nearly everyone who exercises, and...
| Oct 27, 2010
The vast majority of fitness-seekers, even those who are quite knowledgeable, have no idea how to properly gauge their body composition — how much of their body weight is fat and how much is muscle — which is so important to truly measuring...
| Sep 22, 2010
Despite the health profession clamoring for everyone to exercise, primary-care physicians are often responsible for quashing the very fitness efforts they purport to embrace.
Many people report having gone to their personal physicians to seek treatment...
| May 5, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report recommending that adults do muscle-strengthening exercises for all major muscle groups at least twice a week. That's on top of at least 150 minutes of moderate (or 75 minutes of...
| Jul 3, 2010
When summer vacations roll around, folks often leave their exercise routines behind with their cares. But studies show that after 10 to 20 days without exercise, most people begin to display symptoms of detraining on all physical fronts. So it's important...
| Nov 11, 2009
People often mention the size of my thighs back when I was speed-skating competitively, and, gosh, I can't deny it - at one time my thighs measured 27 inches.
This feature was an advantage to me in speed skating. Ironically, my long-time professional...
| Feb 23, 2010
Things are heating up for those of us headed to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I am looking forward to being there as team physician for the U.S. Speedskating team.
In that role, I take care of team members' injuries and their basic medical needs....
| Nov 6, 2009
I grew up during the 1950s and '60s in Madison, WI, in a family that lived and breathed sports, and I don't mean watching sports. We played sports, outdoors: hockey, cycling, tennis, hiking, golf. My grandparents lived on a lake so we were always...
| Oct 12, 2010
Jen had been obese, had gastric bypass surgery and lost 80 pounds. She was walking five or six times a week — about 25 miles — and had started doing marathons. Then she started lifting weights twice a week to add some resistance training to...