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Observations on recovery from racing

Observations on recovery from racing Who does NOT want to achieve the best possible result from their races? A rhetorical question I guess!

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Back pain from exercise

Aw no, it’s back! by Dr Grant Harper Have you ever felt a sharp knife-like pain in your mid-upper back? The cause could be a dysfunctional rib joint that is most often due to bad postural habits. Office workers are not the only ones affected. We often see these types of injuries in cyclists (after spending hours hunched over the bars), in swimmers and paddlers (after excessive amount of trunk/body rotation).

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Stellenbosch is multisport’s Mecca

The Bosch is Boss by Dan Hugo Between December and March, Stellenbosch rumbles with European multisport talent, basking in sunshine at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains. The pilgrimage is now status quo for the summer here, but their presence reminds me how The ‘Bosch is a privileged little gem, and anything but ordinary.

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Should I train solo or with a personal trainer?

Team or Solo? by Lisa Raleigh In personal fitness, as in life, you have choices. Either pay someone to assist you in your training or for the more disciplined among you, go solo and train alone. Lisa Raleigh considers the pros of each.

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Healthy cooking with oil

Healthy tips for cooking food in oil Keri Strachan If you must cook with oil, proper cooking with the right oil can make all the difference to your health. You’ll remember that (generally speaking) plant fats or oils are the ‘healthy’ fats while animal fats are ‘unhealthy’ fats. The latter can cause high cholesterol levels which may lead to heart disease. A few exceptions to the ‘plant fats are healthy’ rule are palm kernel oil […]

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Peparing for your first multi-day adventure race

Seven steps to the big time Lisa de Speville The multi-day adventure racing scene in South Africa has slowed to a stumble over the last two years; yet sprint races, which strictly speaking are not adventure races, have flourished. I’ve always believed that if you give people an easier option they’ll take it.

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Buttock to leg pain in athletes

Piriformis / sciatica in athletes Fat wallet syndrome is no joke Sciatica is the name for pain in the buttock that radiates down the leg. One possible cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome. Patients often complain of bizarre symptoms anywhere from LBP (low back pain), groin, buttock, hip pain and even pain in the perineum (nether regions). This article assists you with managing and preventing the condition. There are three basic components to piriformis syndrome: […]

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Become a triathlete this winter

Become a triathlete this winter by Ian Craig Winter is typically a time when most sporting activities SHIFT into reverse GEAR and PLAY SECOND FIDDLE TO the TV and X-box. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO ROLL OVER SO EASILY!

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Tips to choose your first bike

If you’re in the market for a bike – your first one – you probably find the choice absolutely bewildering. Before you spend the amount time I have researching the advice of experts and wannabes on the internet, as well as talking to the good folks at real bike shops, take a read through this short article. The tips to choose your first bicycle are bound to clarify things for you, and narrow your choices. […]

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Fat myths

Fat or Fiction? by Lisa Raleigh Just a small percentage of South Africans take up a sport to win medals or beat their rivals. For most people, it’s about looking and feeling better. But how factual and scientific is some of the gym locker-room advice regarding fat?

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