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Aug. 5, 2009
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Information on the Swim Suit Issue For Coaches To Pass on to Parents
from John Leonard, Executive Director, ASCA
A number of people have told me that we need a simple primer on why we consider the swimsuit issue (at all levels of American and World Swimming) to be important, and that needs to be addressed to parents of swimmers, who may well not have the background in our sport to understand the issue and be confused. The following article may be of help to you with your parents, and I encourage each of you to reproduce this in any way you wish IN WHOLE, and distribute it as you wish. (Please don't cut and clip and choose pieces of it.) I hope you find it helpful. Be confident that our ASCA staff and Board leadership have worked diligently for the past 18 months to get the world of swimming into the solution that has now been found and voted for by 168 nations, as part of our advocacy for our beloved sport. More    E-mail article

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NCAA Rule Changes Detailed
While suits dominated the discussion of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Rules Committee, it wasn't the only topic. The committee took on a range of issues including the breaststroke, daily measuring of race courses using a bulkhead, use of video in relay exchanges, and the definition of bona fide competition. More    E-mail article

Team USA Breaks World Record in 400 Medley Relay
from the SwimNetwork
The United States capped the 2009 FINA World Championships Sunday with a gold medal and world record in the men’s 400m medley relay, the team of Aaron Peirsol, Eric Shanteau, Michael Phelps and David Walters turning in a time of 3:27.28. More    E-mail article

Michael Phelps Owns the Moment
from the SwimNetwork
It is about the moment. It is all that you have at a particular point in time. Gone before you blink – sometimes, as we have learned, we have to go to the film to see what happened in the moment. The moment. It is a snapshot of a memory. A recording in the mind’s eye of something we have seen, that we cannot believe we have just seen. The week was starting to get away from Michael Phelps. He had been beaten, much to the joy of those who thought the Phelps’ pedestal was too high, that he had gotten so far off track that he must be reeled in, and that – are you ready for this? – he maybe was not as good as the world thought him to be. More    E-mail article

Why Anorexic Patients Cling to Their Eating Disorder
from Science Daily
Anorexic patients drastically reduce food intake and are often not capable of changing their behavior. This can lead to life-threatening weight loss. Using MRI technology, scientists at Heidelberg University Hospital have discovered for the first time processes in brain metabolism that explain this disturbed eating behavior. More    E-mail article

The Importance of Listening to Your Body During Exercise
from the Examiner
It is not uncommon for people to experience minor discomfort while exercising; it may be shortness of breath during the first 10 minutes of running, or that muscle burn completing the last set of bicep curls. The purpose of this article is to remind active people to tune in to their bodies while exercising, and to learn the difference between minor discomforts associated with physical exertion versus a more serious matter. More    E-mail article

After-school Programs Should Promote Activity, Healthy Nutrition, Researchers Urge
from Science Daily
Children's after-school activities often consist of sedentary behavior such as watching television, but after-school programs that offer physical activity and healthy snacks could be the best place for children's health. More    E-mail article

Eating to Prep for Exercise
from CBS News
What you eat and when are vital in preparation for exercise. Registered nurse and nutritionist explained this on "The Early Show" on CBS. She said, that the average person who's working out maybe three to four workouts a week, looking to lose weight, maintain weight loss, or improve overall health don't need to take in more calories - they just need to eat at the appropriate time.More    E-mail article

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