Athlete Health Concerns, Issues, & News

These posts discuss common athlete health concerns, current health issues, and related news. The aim is to provide insight as to why these problems occur, and how to correct them rather than medicate the problem or pass it off as "just normal". Athletes have concerns that will affect not just their health and fitness, but their overall quality of life. As fitness improves, ideally an athlete's health should too, but unfortunately for many the opposite occurs - as fitness improves, health suffers. Poor health can manifest itself in various ways: low energy, sleep problems, medical symptoms such as asthma, allergies, low libido, and even mental problems such as irritability and concentration difficulties.

Stress: “Make You, Break You”

Stress

See the attached PDF for my recent article in Paleo Magazine, April/May 2014 edition. Check out Paleo Magazine for more great articles. Stress: “Make You, Break You”

The Athlete’s Adrenal Glands

athlete adrenal glands

Your adrenal glands are small walnut-sized glands that sit on top of each kidney. Though they only weigh three to five grams, they’re responsible for producing hormones to provide your body with sufficient energy, balance blood sugar, fight inflammation, regulate electrolytes, maintain libido, sustain blood pressure, and provide your body with a host of other […]

Why the Minimalist Footwear Trend Won’t Last

barefoot running

If you haven’t heard, the minimalist footwear industry has taken a turn for the worse. Shoe sales aren’t booming like they used to and companies are starting to add more material to their shoes to try to stay with the current market trend. After all, that’s what it’s about – the trend. If you’re a […]

Become a Better Athlete: Have More Sex

sex and athletes

What’s that – you’re too tired? Got a headache? Just not in the mood? Would you say the same thing for a workout and bail on that activity too? Just as a proper diet, restful sleep, and adequate exercise are necessary for optimal health and athletic performance, so is sexual activity. Hopefully you’re not following […]

Enough of the Aerobic and Endurance Bashing Fostered by “New Research” and Personal Agendas

shoe coffin

It’s back, and it’s getting old. Actually it never went away. I’m referring to the current round of news reports, websites, and “research” that have once again concluded that so-called aerobic and endurance training will, to some extent, harm your health if not outright kill you. I was going to let it go since these […]

Are You On Drugs?

Athletes PEDs - Doping Athletes

Doping in athletes and PED in sports is once again prevalent in the news. Not simply because of the recent London Games, but the downfall of Lance Armstrong, who, as I write this, has stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation and dropped by Nike, RadioShack, and Anheuser-Busch. ESPN recently aired the documentary“9.79*” profiling […]

It’s Not “Natural”, and Definitely Not Normal, to Die From Cardiac Arrest: The Death of Caballo Blanco

Micah True

It’s interesting to read a report, in this case an autopsy report, which reads that the individual died of heart disease that was “natural” when that person was only 58 years old and supposedly in excellent health. I’m referring to the sudden and to some extent, unexplained death of Micah True, also known as Caballo […]

Varicose Veins – Like a Pack of Worms Under the Skin

George Hincapie Veins

That’s the calf of the great American cyclist George Hincapie, currently riding in this year’s Tour de France. It’s an unsightly case of varicose veins, which are very common not just with cyclists, but other athletes too, including ordinary, everyday people. Although common, they are definitely not normal, and there are steps you can take […]

Overpronation Is Really Not Your Problem

pronation

Are you a pronator? How bout’ an overpronator? Hopefully you’re the former and not the latter, though these terms are often used interchangeably to diagnose why someone has a foot problem or injury. However, overpronation of the foot is not the ultimate cause of any problem or injury, but a symptom of a problem and […]

Athletes and Allergies – They’re a Nuisance, But Not Entirely Normal

blowing snot

Here in North Carolina the pine pollen is out with a vengeance. My Cervelo P3 has changed from black to a slight yellowish tint, and most likely my lungs look the same after a long ride. Sneezing, bloodshot eyes, itchy skin, and asthma symptoms are the most common complaints athletes present with. Ever wonder why […]