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How does drug testing work?

By Alison Wade on in Health
What's tested, who's tested and other details on detecting doping.

With Rita Jeptoo's failed drug test in the news and other positive tests being revealed each month, we set out to answer some common questions about how drug testing the world's best runners works. What is drug testing? It is the collection and analysis of blood and urine samples for the purpose of screening ... 

Study shows running could actually protect knees against osteoarthritis

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Study finds lower incidence of arthritis in runners regardless of their age.

We all know in our hearts that it's really good for you, but runners will be pleased to hear that they can now legitimately tell naysayers to sod off when they suggest that running is bad for your knees. New research presented at the annual meeting of the American College ... 

How to fuel for multi-day races

By Susan Paul on in Health
When fueling for back-to-back events, carb intake is key.

Nutrition is an important part of our training. One of the physiological adaptations our bodies make to distance training is an increased glycogen storage capacity, allowing most runners to store between 1500 and 2000 calories of glycogen. Eating the right diet along with distance training can increase glycogen storage capacity ... 

How Much Does Practice Matter?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new analysis measures the contribution of "10,000 hours."

Is greatness born or made? That's been a simmering public debate for the last decade, thanks to books about the "10,000-hour rule" and counterpoints like David Epstein's The Sports Gene. A big new meta-analysis was published over the summer in Psychological Science, from researchers at Princeton, Michigan State, and Rice, that offers ...  ... 

To Relieve Runner's Knee, Strengthen Your Hips

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Hip exercise found to be the best way to get rid of the dreaded runner's knee.

Over the last few years, a growing amount of research has linked weak hips and runner's knee. For example, one study published last year found that women who developed runner's knee had greater hip instability in their gait. Another study published last year found that, after a hard run, people with runner's ...  Continue reading ... 

How Music and Video Can Aid Hard Treadmill Workouts

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Even at faster than tempo effort, distractions make workouts more enjoyable.

Turning some of your attention to music and video can make even the hardest treadmill workout more enjoyable, suggests research published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Physiology. It's not news that music, video and other distractions can make stationary exercise more bearable. But most research, and most real-world anecdotal evidence, has to ...  ... 

How running in the cold affects your immune system

By Alison Wade on in Health
Study finds that pre-exercise shivering makes a difference when it comes to immunity.

Exercising in the cold might reduce your body’s immune function, which could make you more susceptible to illness, according to research published in PLoS ONE. However, when research subjects went through a pre-exercise protocol that induced low-intensity shivering, their immune response was boosted after performing moderate intensity exercise. Researchers found that when subjects ... 

Ageing and efficiency

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Speed and endurance aren't the only declines to avoid.

Older athletes – runners, cyclists, triathletes, etc. – are generally slower than younger ones, even if they train the same amount. Why is this? The usual culprits are declining endurance, and declining strength/power. But there's a third factor that's often neglected: efficiency. For example, in a study I blogged about last ... 

Beating runner's stitch

By on in Health
Avoid getting this common running curse

Even the professionals suffer from the mysterious effects of the stitch. At the weekend, the winner of the women's race at the BUPA Birmingham run, Polline Wanjiku, was seen grimacing and clutching her side just kilometres from the finish line, but like most runners she suffered through it. We all know ... 

High fat diets for endurance

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Taking a closer look at claims that fat can make you faster.

Normally when a new article I've written hits newsstands, I'm eager to spread the news as widely as possible. But I have to admit I've been a bit nervous about my article on high-fat diets for endurance athletes, which is in the new issue of Outside. The reason: it's a very controversial ... 

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