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Delhi Commonwealth Games – How I see Team SA’s performance

My feeling of pride at the 19th Commonwealth Games Accompanying Team SA as a sports scientist was a very rewarding and humbling experience. For the duration of the first week of the Commonwealth Games, swimming became my priority as it occupied most of the day (heats, semi’s then finals). I did however manage to get to a few other sports including the final rounds of our women’s netball, the men’s and women’s hockey matches, I also watched […]

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My view of the Delhi Commonwealth Games

The 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi – India, is one that will be remembered for years to come. It was amazing to witness first hand how the City of Delhi and its community joined forces to overcome the pre-Games challenges and deliver a spectacle, hosting over 7000 athletes from 71 nations competing for 826 medals.

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More with less: food and nutrition

Musings on food and nutrition If you’ve been involved with sports for any length of time, you’ll be acutely aware of balance. Too much (or too little) can have unpleasant side-effects. There’s:too much mileage => staleness, injurytoo much travelling => burnouttoo much food => overweight, constipationtoo much bad fat => potential of heart diseasetoo little fluid => reduced performance, headaches, diseasetoo little sleep => poor performance, illness, mood swingstoo little training => being trounced by […]

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Trail running nibbling at mountain biking’s faithful

Trail running – the new MTB Just back from running the Hi-Tec Otter Trail Run in Tsitsikamma National Park. Absolutely beautiful course.

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Equipment tips for Otter Trail Run

So what do I need to bring? Most important equipment items if you’re running only and not going on to do the Southern Storm, presented by Hi-Tec*: running shoes (always a good idea) running pack juice you’ve used in training gaiters compression socks sleeping bag pillow earplugs to sleep through monkey and baboon nocturnal barking (ha!) rain jacket/outer shell (compulsory) cellphone case (optional, waterproof bag) space blanket (compulsory) whistle (compulsory) coffee mug although there will […]

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Quality with Tabata intervals

Focus on quality with Tabata by Michael van Staden Created by Izumi Tabata, Tabata intervals are regarded as the best supra-aerobic (intense) cardio workout ever created. With just nine minutes (give or take) every three days, you can make your body an athletic machine. “The rate of increase in VO2 max (maximum volume of oxygen an athlete can use) is one of the highest ever reported,” says Izumi Tabata from Japan. Method: Five minute warm-up […]

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Time for just one cycling session per week

If I only have time to do one session a week, what should I do? Jan U, Germany This question comes back to the old saying: “The more you play in the zone, the more you can race in the zone”. When you do a cycle race, you will most likely be spending most of the time riding in or just under Lactate Threshold (normally your Time Trial pace). The best way to get the […]

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Discover the Science of Movement in Sport

Discover the Science of Movement in Sport It is important to have a good understanding of the application of physics to the sport you participate in. Physical principles such as motion, resistance, momentum, friction, mechanical compensation and injury all play a part in sporting events in some way or other.

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Postural specifics inherent in Triathletes

Postural specifics inherent in Triathletes The human posture is seen as the base from where one would start with any sports specific analysis. One’s posture is worn day-in day-out, and can’t simply be seen as a garment that can be put on or taken off as we desire. Our posture is affected by our every day life, the lifestyle each person follows and in this case, the sport we partake in.

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Are you inspired or motivated?

What motivates you? What inspires you? Is there a difference between the words? For me as an athlete and person, there is a subtle difference. When I read the word ‘inspire’, the first syllable tugs at me, winking and asking me to ‘Please, please notice me’ in a shy, unassuming and humble way! The In of Inspire tells me its Inside or Internal: That I am Inspired by the Inside of Me and what come […]

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