Posts Tagged ‘track and field’

Eating Bananas May Improve Your Athletic Performance in Track and Field

August 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Did you know that eating bananas may improve your athletic performance in track and field? Bananas provide an excellent source of energy and make an excellent snack. Eating a banana may just give you the boost of energy that you need to perform your best in your track and field events. Bananas contain a large amount of potassium which is a mineral found in most energy drinks.

Potassium is the the third most abundant mineral in human body. A diet deficient in potassium may lead to symptoms like fatigue and muscle weakness so you can see how keeping an ample amount in our daily diet can be important to a track and field athlete. The majority of the potassium ions in the human body are located in the muscle cells. Potassium maintains optimal muscle and nerve function, and helps to keep our reflexes fast because it stimulates the neural connectivity of muscles and the brain!

In addition to providing the body with a good source of potassium, bananas also have many other health benefits and uses. You can find more befits of eating bananas in the video below:

Try adding bananas to your diet and see if it helps improve your athletic performance in track and field. Please comment and let us know what you think.

Oscar Pistorius Could Face Up to 25 Years in Prison as Murder Trial Concludes

July 28th, 2014 Comments off

Oscar Pistorius, also known as the “Blade Runner“, is currently awaiting sentencing for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The trial surrounding Oscar Pistorius and his murder of his long time girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has finally concluded after a long period of four months. The jury is expected to announce the news about the sentencing in a matter of just a few weeks. Reeva Steenkamp, who is a model, was shot four times and found dead inside his home in South Africa on Valentine’s Day last year.

With the exception of this murder trial incident, Oscar Pistorius is a Paralympic superstar who is best known for competing against able bodied track and field athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

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Is Track and Field Dangerous?

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

I never considered track and field as a dangerous sport especially when compared to other contact sports such as football. I did consider hurdling one of the more risky events within the world of track and field but I never saw an injury such as this one just from a regular sprint race. The following video contains one the worst track and field injuries I have ever seen:

Track and Field Events in 2012 Olympics Start Today

August 3rd, 2012 Comments off

The track and field events in the 2012 Olympics in London will start today. The best track and field athletes will start competing for the gold.

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Usain Bolt: The World’s Fastest Man

August 6th, 2011 Comments off

Usain Bolt has new book entitled “Usain Bolt: My Story: 9.58: Being the World’s Fastest Man” A skinny kid from the Jamaican parish of Trelawny, Usain Bolt’s life changed in August 2008 when the Olympic men’s 100-meter starter pistol was followed just 9.69 seconds later by his streak across the finish line and the first of his three gold medals. In a highly illustrated celebration of his influences, background, and career trajectory, he shares his story of growing up playing cricket and soccer, and discovering that he could run fast—very fast. He shares stories of his family, friends, and the laid-back Jamaican culture, and reveals what makes him tick, where he gets his motivation, and where he takes his inspiration. He tells of the dedication and sacrifices required to get to the top, and also discusses fast food, partying, dancehall music, fast cars, and that signature lightning bolt pose.

Usain Bolt won gold in the 100-meter, the 200-meter, and the 4×100-meter relay at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, becoming the first man to set world records in all three events at a single Olympics. At the 2009 Berlin World Championships he claimed the sprinting double, becoming the first man to hold the 100-meter and 200-meter World and Olympic titles at the same time, and breaking the world records for both the 100-meter (9.58 seconds) and the 200-meter (19.19 seconds).

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Sprint Training the Jamaican Way

August 6th, 2011 Comments off

Learn to train for sprint events the Jamaican way with with Maurice Wilson Jamaican National Track & Field Team Assistant Coach (Sprints) at the 2008 and 2004 Olympic Games and in four World Championships; Head Coach to the 2002 and 2001 Jamaican World Junior Teams; Head Girls Track Coach at Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester (JA) where his squads have taken seven consecutive girls National Championships Coach Wilson shares the training philosophies and protocol that are at the heart of the Jamaican sprint success. Part 1:Warm up. Enjoy injury free workouts using Wilson’s 9-drill dynamic warm up. Part 2: Running Drills. Features a 9-drill sequence that shows you how to incorporate proper running technique into the execution of the training drills. Part 3: Strength Philosophies. Wilson details the Jamaican philosophy for strength development for sprinters. Part 4: Strength Work. Learn three variations of Wilson’s strength program: circuit training, hip strength and stability strength. Part 5: Contrast Training. Create power and endurance in your athletes! Wilson demonstrates five examples of contrast training. Part 6: Training Program Breakdown. Wilson details both macrocycle and microcycle breakdowns of the training phases that include General Preparatory Phase, Specific Phase and Competitive Phase. Part 7: Meet Preparation. Learn to prepare your athletes for the meets that matter most. Wilson shares a detailed plan for competition-day preparation and tapering. Part 8: Competition Day Preparation. Uncover how to warm up an athlete at a meet and ensure they’re in the proper state of mind to compete. Use specific strategies in regards to rest, diet and mental planning that will allow your athletes to put all of their focus into the race. Part 9: Race Strategies. Give your athletes an edge on race day with proven race strategies for the 100 and 200. Part 10: Injury prevention. Wilson shares the “Jamaican Way” on training philosophies designed to serve the best interest of the athlete. 61 minutes. 2010

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