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Fewer Gains, Possible Injury from Four Popular Meds

Are you an athlete? Do you train athletes? Then pay attention to this little article on popular medications (one even OTC, not prescribed) and the potential for either muscle damage, tendon damage, or even rupture. One may also have a negative effect on your body's ability to synthesize protein for muscle growth. What you don’t know, might hurt you. But armed with this little bit of information, you may be able to prevent injury, or at least avoid shorting your gains. And these are things that all performance-oriented minds want to know.

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Think Before You Drink: Five Reasons Athletes Should Avoid Overindulgence in Alcohol

Everyone has reasons to celebrate, and indulging in adult beverages is a common way to do so. However, if your body is your machine, it deserves to be treated with utmost care and quality nutrition to optimize performance, especially pre- or mid-season. As an athlete, there are metabolic, recovery, and performance-related reasons for NOT overindulging in acute, or chronic alcohol consumption. No matter what season you're in, it's your season to be wise. Here are some details why alcohol may inhibit your performance:

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Popular Meds and Fitness - What's The Word?

Lengthy but informative article on the common types of medications taken by each gender, and the potential side effects as well as the possible hindrances to your fitness and wellness goals. Well worth reading!


Dips in Performance: Could Your Athlete Suffer from Leaky Gut?

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Could one of your athletes suffer from a gut permeability issue? What exactly does this mean and how can it occur? Athletes (translate: all) who participate in multiple bouts of intense exercise (both endurance and strength/power exercise sessions) can be susceptible to changing the quality/spacing of the tight junctions in the intestines and altering the gut microbiome  (called dysbiosis) (Vanuytsel et al, 2014). These junctions (along with gut flora) are responsible for regulating the size of the molecules escaping our digestive system and entering the blood stream. Called leaky gut syndrome, it’s when larger-than-normal molecules are permitted to be released from the gut, and problems can manifest in any number of performance-inhibiting ways. Therefore, an athlete’s regular training regimen, and especially overtraining, can likely be bad for the gut, and in turn, bad for the athlete’s body if left unmanaged. Add the compounding factor of academic or psychological stress associated with student athletes, and this, too, can change the balance in gut flora and permeability, putting athletes at risk for performance limiting problems and may increase vulnerability to injury because of potential inflammation.

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