Fourteen months ago I posted an entry entitled From superfit to superfat, based on my September 2011 editorial for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. I have now written the editorial for the upcoming December 2012 issue of the Int. J. Sports Physiol. Perform., in which I deal with the issue of the age of Olympic athletes.
I just returned from the 8th International Conference on Strength Training, which was held in Oslo, under the auspices of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. The level of the conference has been quite high, with prestigious invited speakers from around the world sharing their knowledge both from a scientific prespective and a practical point of view. If you are interested in the topics that have been treated in the conference, you can access the book of abstracts containing all the materials presented in Oslo.
The summer is only endless in the legendary 1966 surfing film directed by Bruce Brown. My summer has come to an end now, and after several weeks of silence, I have had the time to reflect on it and get back to blogging. This time, however, I’ll let the images speak for themselves. Here is my pictorial summary of the summer of 2012.
Several months ago I had the great fortune of testing on the cycle ergometer someone who has been without a doubt one of the best cyclists of all times: Miguel Indurain. Just like he did at the top of his game, Miguel gave all he had, and when testing was over I kneeled down in praise. Once again, he showed his quiet mood and great humility, smiled and said: “I am too old for these things”. I didn’t think so! Just have a look at the summary of the article I wrote about the test:
One day before the Opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, everything in the world of sport turns around this major event that will gather more than 10,000 athletes from all over the world. For the first time in the history of the modern Olympic Games, women will be allowed to take part in all Olympic sports, and all participating countries will be represented by both male and female athletes. Almost half of the 10,490 Olympic athletes are females (4,850). A significant improvement that has taken over century, considering than less than 2% of the athletes were females in the London 1908 Games. Out of the 302 competitions in the London 2012 Olympic Program, 161 are for male athletes, 131 for female athletes and 10 are mixed. Only two sports, synchronized swimming and rythmic gymnastics are exclusively female sports.
There are certain areas of knowledge in which many laymen feel they can behave like experts, and this leads them to broadcast their views and opinions far and wide, attributing them a rank of absolute and unequivocal truth. Sport in general and association football in particular are areas in which laymen pretending to be experts abound.
Last weekend I lectured at a professional masters degree on high performance in team sports in Barcelona. In my lectures, I spoke about training, recovery and detraining. Many of the changes that take place in the body of athletes as a result of these processes occur at the skeletal muscle level. Indeed, skeletal muscle adapts to the training performed by athletes during periods of intensive work, and also adapts to the lack of training during periods of inactivity, whether voluntary or forced by injury or illness. But is that all skeletal muscle does, adapt to varying levels of physical and mechanical demands?