As 2009 comes to a close, ASCA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ASCA E-Newsletter, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication January 6, 2010.
USA Swimming's 2009-2010 National Team roster announced
from The Examiner
USA Swimming released its 2009-2010 National Team roster on August 26, 2009. This list is made up of 110 swimmers; the top six swimmers in each Olympic event swum in 2009. Qualifying meets included the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, the U.S. Open, World University Games and FINA World Championships. More
Legendary college swim coach Richard Quick dies
from The Dallas Morning News
Richard Quick, an icon in the swimming world who grew up in Dallas and became the most successful coach in collegiate swimming, died late Wednesday in Austin after a six-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 66. A Highland Park graduate, Quick helped start the SMU women's swimming program and captured 12 NCAA titles as the head coach at Texas and Stanford. He also led the Auburn men's program to an NCAA title last year. More
Cal swimmers embrace unusual training methods
From the San Francisco Chronicle
Three years ago, none of the four swimmers was anywhere near California. One was at the University of Florida, another at Rutgers, another in high school in Hong Kong and another in Baton Rouge while her home town of New Orleans was still reeling from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. How they all wound up making history together is a testament to the appeal of Cal and its imaginative women's coach, Teri McKeever.
Mental fatigue can affect physical endurance
from Science Daily
When participants performed a mentally fatiguing task prior to a difficult exercise test, they reached exhaustion more quickly than when they did the same exercise when mentally rested, a new study finds.
Which exercises burn the most calories?
from the Los Angeles Times
Though some activities have a higher calorie-burn rate, like running over walking, consider how long the exercise will take and aim to mix up the routine.
Excessive cola consumption can lead to super-sized muscle problems, warn doctors
from Science Daily
Doctors have issued a warning about excessive cola consumption after noticing an increase in the number of patients suffering from muscle problems, according to the June issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice.
Get fit, faster, with short-burst training
Short-burst interval training—often with 15-, 30- or 60-second bouts of all-out activity followed by a brief recovery period—has long been a part of the regimen for elite athletes. And now, fitness professionals say, it’s gaining popularity with recreational exercisers who are tired of their usual, monotonous endurance workouts and looking for ways to save time. More
Energy food: How Olympic swimmer Dara Torres fuels up
Dara Torres, who has a new book called Age Is Just a Number, turned 42 in April and swam in the Beijing Olympics last year when she was 41. But you probably already know her age thanks to the intense media coverage of such an "ancient athlete" making a comeback. So let's talk about some other numbers that apply to Torres: She holds three world records; she's won 12 Olympic medals, including four golds, as well as the three silvers she got in Beijing; and she is the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympics. And according to the Dara Torres Facebook page, just a few weeks ago she broke the American record in the 50 meter butterfly. More
Eight pains you mustn't ignore when working out
from Fox News
When it comes to muscle soreness, there is pain that is tolerable and that you can work through, and then there is pain that you need to sit up and listen to. Not recognizing the differences between these two situations is extremely problematic because there are some injuries that, if continually aggravated, could prove to require an extended recovery time.
Learning the difference, and especially knowing which more common pains you need to be on guard for, will help to ensure that you can maintain your workouts and stay injury free.
Balance your blades: Three corrective shoulder exercises
Any good orthopedist or physical therapist knows pain in one part of the body is often caused by dysfunction in another part of the body. The most common area of pain in swimmers is the shoulder rotator cuff.