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Sunday, July 06, 2008

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The Science of Sport takes another step forward

This is just a very short post to update all of our readers about a new step we have taken here at The Science of Sport. We have continued to grow each month of our 15-month existence, adding more subscribers and visitors each month that goes by. So thanks to all of you who keep on coming back, and to all of our news readers who subscribe each day. And now we are pleased to announce that we now have our own domain name!

www.sportsscientists.com

Recently some of you may have now noticed that the address in your browser now reads www.sportsscientists.com. While we hope this gives us more recognition and helps build our "brand," we can say that thanks to the work of Blogger and Google this transition is entirely seamless for you and also for us. That means the move to the new domain name does not affect anyone. If your browser was bookmarked at http://scienceofsport.blogspot.com, then Blogger will simply redirect you to the new site. So there is absolutely nothing you must do to continue receiving our content here on the blog or via email!

An action-packed sporting period

Meanwhile, we will admittedly struggle to keep pace with all the happenings in the world of sport. For two guys with day jobs and with Jonathan's first baby arriving any day now (and we mean any day!), posting on the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials, USA Swimming Olympic Trials, Kenyan Olympic trials, Euro 2008, Wimbledon, and the Tour de France will prove too much to cover in a timely fashion. So apologies now, we will try to keep pace, but know now that some of the news and analysis will slip through the cracks. The Science of Sport is indeed a passion for us, but also a part-time endeavor for now.

We are watching it all, however, and will post on what we can each week. It is an exciting time for sports especially with Beijing now only about four weeks away!

5 Comments:

Steve said...

I've recently come across an article in Chicago Athlete Mag. regarding cardio and Jim Karas - in particular - who claims that cardio kills the body the same way smoking does. He goes further to say that strength training is much more efficient way of training the body and improving physically. As an avid endurance freak, I love to spend countless hours on the road and train until I drop. This guy contradicts everything I've been lead to believe about training, especially for endurance events.
Is it just me, or should I look more into the issue?

Keep up the great work guys!

A few of his articles can be found at the following:
Chicagoaa.com
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/features_julieshealthclub/2007/05/the_cardiofree_.html#more

Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas said...

hI Steve

Just read that article - looks like a "novel" concept designed to sell books and make money to me.

You have to remember that every guy who comes out with an idea has to innovate in order to stand out among the clutter. this "innovation" often comes at the expense of scientific credibility or validity, and that's what has happened here.

I've got some work to plough through but have been meaning to do a post on this kind of "novelty" that moves us ever further away from the "truth" when it comes to weight loss and health. This article will make a nice framework to do that, and so I'll definitely write more on it in the coming days.

So thanks for the tip-off, and we'll tackle it in the future, just as soon as I've cleared my "inbox"!

Ross

John Cushnie said...

Three Cheers for fifteen grand months!

Keep it up, lads.

Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas said...

Hi Steve,

And thanks for the link to the article.

As Ross mentioned, this is a bogus concept to sell product. My wife, also an exercise physiologist but studying epidemiology, wrote to the magazine about their decision to publish such crap.

The problem is that there is a mountain of evidence that shows regular cardiovascular exercise is beneficial on a number of different levels. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is that it greatly reduces one's risk for cardiovascular disease (like heart disease and high blood pressure).

The response from the magazine was that they knew it would cause a stir, and that is why they chose to publish it. So it was a "win-win" for those two parties, but unfortunately it was not good for the lay public as many people will read it and think it actually has substance.

So again, this is a bogus concept. Karas is apparently not certified in anything, and seems out to flog his "product." He promotes weight training, and while muscular strength is one aspect of physical fitness, cardiovascular exercise also has its role and in fact is much better in lowering one's risk for certain diseases.

Kind Regards,
Jonathan

Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas said...

Hi Steve,

And thanks for the link to the article.

As Ross mentioned, this is a bogus concept to sell product. My wife, also an exercise physiologist but studying epidemiology, wrote to the magazine about their decision to publish such crap.

The problem is that there is a mountain of evidence that shows regular cardiovascular exercise is beneficial on a number of different levels. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is that it greatly reduces one's risk for cardiovascular disease (like heart disease and high blood pressure).

The response from the magazine was that they knew it would cause a stir, and that is why they chose to publish it. So it was a "win-win" for those two parties, but unfortunately it was not good for the lay public as many people will read it and think it actually has substance.

So again, this is a bogus concept. Karas is apparently not certified in anything, and seems out to flog his "product." He promotes weight training, and while muscular strength is one aspect of physical fitness, cardiovascular exercise also has its role and in fact is much better in lowering one's risk for certain diseases.

Kind Regards,
Jonathan