Sample Resources for Sports Nutrition & Training

Anxiety in Golf
Golf anxiety is a thing. It is not just some mumbo-jumbo thought up by sports psychologists just so they could have something to talk about in their consultation sessions with their golfer clients. In this article, sport and exercise psychology student Michael Cheesbrough makes a review of various studies made on anxiety caused by the game. One of the points of the article is that anxiety, or the worry that one will not reach the goals he has set for himself, during a game can become too much. I the performer does not have a coping strategy for this anxiety, his performance will be greatly affected.

A Holistic Approach to Strength Training
Training for strength involves making the muscles strong by lifting, but according to alignment expert Pete Egoscue, strength training also involves having a properly aligned body. A body in alignment is described as having the shoulders, the hips, the knees and the ankles vertically aligned. It also means that the shoulders, the hips, and the knees are parallel, or aligned horizontally. While everyone is born with a properly aligned body, the joints can move out of position due to lack of activity. Misalignment of joints leads to weakness and pain that can affect different body parts. In order to properly train for strength, one must first have proper alignment.

Gatorade: The Idea that Launched an Industry
This article on the University of Florida website discusses the history of Gatorade, the origins of which go back to 1965 when assistant University of Florida Gator football coach Dwayne Dougle asked UF kidney disease specialist Robert Cade about why players lost so much weight during pracdtices and games but uninated so little. Cade and his assistants setarting researching the effects of heat on the human body. They speculated thatw the electrolytes (sodium and potassium) the plyers were losing in their sweat were upsetting the body's chemical balance. After much testing of players and research, Cade and his team came upo with a solution to give the players water, but with salt and sugar (but not so much as to upset the stomach)in it as well. To create something that didn't taste bad, they use lemons for flavoring. And this was beginning of Gatorade. Using the liquid, the Gators went on to an 8-2 record in the 1966 season, earning a reputation as a "second-half team," where they outperformed opponents because of their better endurance.

Sport Psychology Articles and Videos
How does one succeed in sports? This question is answered through sport psychology, the science behind the relationship between mental strength and athletic performance. This collection of sport psychology articles and videos offer information and insights on how to achieve athletic success. Some of the most notable article topics include choking or panicking in sport, tips on improving athletic resilience, different athletic learning styles, and a study on leadership abuse in athletics. Video presentations on the list include topics such as learning mental toughness from the U.S. Navy Seals, the importance of mental skills in sport performance, and resiliency in sport.

How Bicyclists Avoid Bonking
Bonking is a common cycling term for a variety of symptoms caused by low blood sugar. It can cause extreme exhaustion, mental confusions, hallucinations, feeling uneasy and passing out. A cyclist can experience any or all of these symptoms during the course of a bonk. The brain runs entirely on sugar. The blood stream has sugar for the brain, but only enough to last a few minutes while biking. The sugar supplied to brain comes from the liver's production of sugar. When the liver is deprived of the energy required to make or convert sugar for the brain, bonking is the result.



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