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Dec. 3, 2008
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Senior Coaches Clinic to be Held at Ohio State University
from AFP
ASCA will conduct a FINIS sponsored Coaches Clinic at Ohio State University on January 30-February 1. Watch a men's quad meet between Penn State, Michigan, Ohio, and Northwestern; and a dual meet between Ohio and Penn State and then attend clinic presentations by the college coaching staffs. An ASCA Certification School will be offered on Sunday. For further information, please contact Matt Hooper or call 1-800-356-2722.

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Stay Healthy and Happy Throughout the Holiday Season
from The Daily Times
The holidays are upon us! This is a joyous time of year, meant for celebrating family, friends and faith. However, it can also be extremely stressful and tiring. To maintain wellness through the next several weeks, it is important to maintain your cornerstones of health. This includes keeping control over a healthy diet, finding the time to exercise and getting adequate sleep, while keeping stress to a minimum. With a little extra planning, you will be able to keep a healthy balance between celebrating and overindulging. More

Phelps Named SI’s Sportsman of the Year
from Baltimore Sun
Rodgers Forge, Md., native Michael Phelps was named the 2008 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, becoming the first Olympian to earn the honor since speedskaters Bonnie Blair (United States) and Johann Olav Koss (Norway) shared it in 1994. The last Maryland athlete named Sportsman of the Year was former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated has annually presented the Sportsman of the Year award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." More

Push-Ups: “It’s Horizontal Jogging”
from The Earth Times
Question. What would happen if we could clone running with a strength and muscle-building exercise? The fitness world would certainly never be the same. 1. Gyms with their high membership fees would have to close. 2. Phony exercise infomercials and their gurus would be non-existent. 3. We would never have to spend another dime on our fitness goals. The fitness industry's take-home pay is now estimated at 35 billion dollars annually, yet they can't come up with a single and effective exercise that is free and truly benefits millions of Americans. More

Exercise Injuries: No Rhyme nor Reason
from Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Exercise scientists say they have a few answers that can help with some common injuries. But all too often injuries remain a mystery, and people may have to figure out how much exercise is too much for them and what sort of routines tend to hurt them. “We don’t have enough definitive evidence to say, ‘This causes an injury and even if you don’t have an injury you should change it,” said Stephen Messier, who directs the biomechanics lab at Wake Forest University. Much of the research available focuses on running injuries. But the same principles apply to swimming, tennis, bicycling or basketball. More

U.S. Swimmer Breaks Short Course 400m IM Record
from AFP
Julia Smit of the United States broke the short course world record in the women's 400m individual medley on Friday with a time of 4 min. 25.87 sec. at the Canada Cup swimming meeting. More

Ban on Fast Food TV Advertising Would Reverse Childhood Obesity Trends, Study Shows
from Science Daily
A ban on fast food advertisements in the United States could reduce the number of overweight children by as much as 18 percent, according to a new study being published this month in the Journal of Law and Economics. The study also reports that eliminating the tax deductibility associated with television advertising would result in a reduction of childhood obesity, though in smaller numbers. More

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