All my life I have been a lover of sport. Sport, in its many variations, has afforded me an education, friends, travel, my adult career, and largest investments. Along with my wife, sport has truly been the great love of my life. Looking back on my athletic career, as not just an athlete but also as a coach, each sport offered its own unique benefits and opportunities. No other sport had a greater effect on my athleticism, and more importantly my character...

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...

January 12, 2016

 

Bone broth was one of the big diet trends of 2015, with rumors about its super nutrition echoing through food media and restaurants from New York’s Brodo to Portland’s Cultured Caveman.

 

To be clear, there is nothing new about bone broth. Around the world, grandmothers have been have been using the feet, knuckles, tendons and bones of all sizes from poultry, beef, pig and fish to make rich, nourishing broths practically forever. But lately, the list of bon...

 

Overnight oats have become a popular breakfast choice. They are easy, portable, and healthy. Packed with all sorts of different combinations of grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds, how can you go wrong? I wanted to get in on this and after consulting with Pinterest I was armed with a half dozen recipes. Each recipe started with a standard base of rolled oats and a liquid of your choice. These measurements varied slightly but generally kept with the 1:1 ratio....

In a conversation with a colleague this week, we discussed the lawsuit recently filed by Mitch Potterf, owner of CrossFit Affiliate Fit Club in Columbus Ohio, against an Ohio State University researcher and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The discussion closed with the two of us in agreement and my own brand of glib sarcasm “Science? Who needs science? These people are completely in denial … they are the (expletive) Creationists of Fitne...

February 17, 2014

Of interesting note is the argument regarding strength training and stunted growth. In the event of bone or growth plate damage (which is unlikely during strength training if the program is designed correctly), growth can in fact be stunted. But, if proper strength training parameters are utilized then it can often have the opposite effect. Muscle pull (which refers to the tension or ‘tugging’ where the muscle attaches to the bone and is incurred during mus...

September 4, 2011

It happens to more men than those who manage to escape it. It happens to the best of them, in fact it is often only the best of them that we notice. It happened to Hall of Fame QB’s Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana to name a few; playing too far into the twilight and ending a Hall of Fame career amidst lack luster performances and injuries. It is an exclusive group of men, and it will very likely have a new first ballot Hall of Fame member; Peyto...

August 11, 2011

On the heels of the alleged violations at the University of Miami, and dismissal of Ohio State University Head Coach Jim Tressel for covering up the actions of several players, amongst them Maurice Clarett, Troy Smith and Terrell Pryor. It seems that more and more you don’t actually have to be a fan of college football to end up hearing about the latest scandal.Though the degree of punishment for athletes and institutions vary, they all share two common ele...

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