| 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...
| Sep 15, 2010
Any exercise you do requires two things: muscle contraction and energy. You train your muscles with exercise, of course, but did you know you also train the mechanisms that provide the energy?
All cellular activity is fueled by adenosine triphosphate, or...
| Aug 31, 2010
The link between learning and exercise is now well established. As kids return to the classroom this fall, and as more parents discover that school recess and P.E. have been cut back or eliminated entirely, families are making exercise an after-school...
| Jul 21, 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, M.D., made the call.
Seeing no risk of permanent damage, Testa gave Evans the green light. "It was a stable...
| Aug 10, 2010
It's the time of year when school sports start gearing up for fall with two-a-day football practices, afternoon soccer scrimmages and long cross-country runs. Unfortunately, it's also the time of year when we start hearing about young athletes—...
| Aug 4, 2010
Quite a buzz was generated this spring by a Harvard study showing that losing weight via exercise is more difficult than previously thought.
One of the pitfalls was an insufficient amount of exercise. The study, published in the Journal of the American...
| Sep 8, 2010
Improving performance and reducing the risk of injury during exercise is not just a matter of building your strength or endurance. Efficient movement also plays a role, and that comes only with repetition.
In that sense, practice does make perfect.
| Jul 13, 2010
Many fitness programs promote the idea that you lose weight simply because you burn a certain number of calories while you're exercising. But you also continue to burn calories after you exercise. We call this phenomenon exercise after-burn.
For the Tour...