February 16, 2016

If you know me, you know that I don’t just “like” baseball. I really, truly, love baseball. This is only exemplified by the fact that my dogs Mickey, Roger, and George, are all named after Yankee greats (Mantle, Maris, and Ruth). My love for baseball started when I was young. For me, like so many other kids, baseball was the first organized sport that I participated in. Growing up in an area as rural as Chiloquin, OR, our Babe Ruth League baseball program w...

February 9, 2016

 

In 1990, when Track and Field was probably at its most popular, a young man from Klamath Falls named Dan O’Brien burst onto the national stage by winning the Decathlon at the Goodwill Games. Nearly immediately and from that point forward, Dan O’Brien became one half of the Reebok marketing juggernaut that was “Dan and Dave”.

 

Until 1992, nobody had actually cared about a decathlete since Bruce Jenner. This was primarily because even though the USA had domin...

January 26, 2016

 

In the course of my career I have had the opportunity to work with a number of different athletes and coaches, it’s sometimes humbling to think how uniquely fortunate I’ve been. I was asked earlier this year, “Which athletes made the biggest impact on you?”. For some folks the answer was a surprise, but the athletes that have been transformative for me, were all Track and Field athletes.

 

For the past two decades the visibility of American track athletes ha...

January 19, 2016

With the season nearing an end, many sports fans have ALREADY started to look toward the upcoming NFL draft. If you follow the NFL, one constant is the pursuit of speed. Though there are many factors that play into making the active roster, a bad 40-yard dash time may influence whether an athlete even gets an opportunity. As little as one-tenth of a second can be the difference between a roster spot with a minimum salary of $435,000 and missing the opportun...

Every runner has experienced the dreaded side ache. Sometimes the pain is mild, you slow down, make adjustments, and work through it, sometimes it is debilitating and forces you to quit. There are many theories to explain the source of runner’s side stitch. Here, the two most conclusive ideas are discussed.

 

Peritoneum irritation is the cause of most side aches in runners. The parietal peritoneum is made up of layers of tissue lining the abdominal wall, visc...

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