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Coconut Water: Is it worth the craze?

Posted by Shelley Harper on May 1, 2014 8:19:00 AM

Coconut water has increased in popularity among athletes in recent years. From post workout rehydration to a quenching beverage on a warm afternoon, coconut water sales have doubled since 2011. Popular brands such as Vita Coco® and Zico® sell their water through slogans like “Natural OOMPH” and their emphasis on the drinks’ pure and natural nature. It also helps that pop culture magazines blow up celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian buying Vita Coco® at the store. Whatever the reason for this newest craze, there is no doubt that coconut water has something to offer elite athletes if mixed in their daily hydration routine.

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The Importance of Nutrition in Injury Recovery | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Shelley Harper on Apr 24, 2014 8:26:00 AM

Injuries are an inevitable part of athletics. From a mild sprained ankle to invasive shoulder surgery, recovering from these injuries quickly while minimizing fitness loss is a common goal among athletes. There are many strategies to help alleviate the detrimental effects of injury including rehabilitation exercises, rest and, what we will be discussing in this post, nutrition. This often-overlooked factor in the recovery process is important in maintaining muscle mass and overall health throughout the length of the injury and recovery processes. It’s widely known that a well maintained diet is vital to fuel an athlete and provide them with the energy for elite performance, however how does this plan change when an injury occurs? And how can altering one’s diet speed up recovery?

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How Exercise Increases Cognition

Posted by Shelley Harper on Mar 13, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Most people know that working out is a great way to stay fit, healthy and happy. Additionally, and lesser known, physical activity helps increase cognition. When you exercise your heart- you exercise your brain! Previous studies involving exercise and cognition were focused on decreasing the risk of dementia in the elderly. However, with new technological advances, there is more research showing the cognitive benefits of exercise at all ages. In this post, we will explore these new advances and how they translate to the positive influence on cognition and brainpower.

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Topics: Nutrition, Performance Trends

How Alcohol Negatively Affects Recovery in Athletes

Posted by Shelley Harper on Mar 7, 2014 7:53:00 AM

 

As elite athletes, we take pride in doing everything we can to ensure personal and team success. Whether it’s lifting 5 more pounds than last week or opting out of a weeknight social event to study or sleep- the time we commit to our sport is no small feat. Most collegiate teams train 20 hours a week (the maximum amount regulated by the NCAA). That number grows to over 1000 hours per year of high intensity training. However, one common aspect that many young athletes do not consider with regard to their training is alcohol consumption. In college, our sports nutritionist told us that one night of drinking can undo an entire week’s worth of exercise.

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Vitamins and the Immune System

Posted by Shelley Harper on Jan 16, 2014 1:27:00 PM

Whether it's flu season or allergy season, your immune system is your first defense when it comes to staying healthy. With increasing numbers of ads for immunity boosting foods, what is the research behind these claims and are these “super foods” really going to boost your immune system?

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Juicing: Revealing the Truth Behind our Blending Fad

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jan 7, 2014 9:39:00 AM

In recent years, juicing and “juice cleansing” have become extremely popular in the world of nutrition and dieting. The juicing trend is characterized by drinking blended fruits and vegetables, sometimes along with obscure extracts and supplements, as an alternative way to obtain nutritional needs.

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The Gluten-Free Guide for Athletes

Posted by Shelley Harper on Jan 2, 2014 10:11:00 AM

It is hard to ignore today’s buzz around being gluten-free. As an athlete I am always in search of ways I can give my body the best energy to increase my efficiency, strength and endurance. Based on today’s media, I find a gluten-free diet portrayed as a “must do”. I decided to critically investigate these claims, specifically researching the benefits and drawbacks in order to create this gluten-free guide for athletes. In addition, I also convinced myself to give up gluten for a month to find out if going gluten-free is right for me! Keep reading and you’ll learn the physiology behind going gluten-free, it’s relationship to athletic performance and my personal account of training without gluten.

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Training Levels and the Immune System

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Dec 19, 2013 10:38:00 AM

Athletes are among the healthiest in any population, but training and recovery play a huge role in their susceptibility to infection. At low levels of exertion (e.g. walking), your body increases its natural killer cells (infection fighters), and with more intense exercise there is a more robust response. Stress from training stimulates an immune response in tissues. Moderate to strenuous stress allows the body to rebuild itself, but there is a tipping point.

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Nick's Travel Training Series - The Layover

Posted by Nick Folker on Dec 6, 2013 4:11:00 PM

Welcome to the second installation of our four-part travel training series. This episode is designed specifically for the layover portion of your airline travel. In this video, we will cover five foam rolling exercises that will help you work out some of the kinks from your flight. I have chosen the following combinations to target the areas of your body most impacted from sitting in a compact airline seat for an extended period of time.

 

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