Altitude training 15 years on

Because this is the 100th anniversary issue I thought long and hard about a suitable topic in sports medicine that has remained controversial over this whole period. Altitude training has been around since the 60’s and remains on the edge of sports medicine for athletes. Questions like ‘does it work?’, ‘is it fair?’, ‘is it …Read the full article

Sport and Civilisation

Sport is central to Western societies, famously tracing it’s roots to the original Olympics in pre-christian Greek society. In other cultures, sport – often in the form of training for combat – also has a long history. However the idea of mass participation sport for pleasure is a relatively new one and really a product of …Read the full article

ACC and the Athlete

New Zealand is unique in having the ACC Act (Accident Compensation Corporation), which means all New Zealanders have no fault cover for personal injury by accident, including the costs for treatment, rehabilitation, income protection and compensation for permanent loss. Having this “no fault” cover means individuals waive the right to pursue individuals or organizations for …Read the full article

How to live a long time AND DIE FAST

Published in NZ Triathlon and Multisport Magazine, October 2013 Sadly we all have to die but most of us seem keen to defer that for as long as possible. However no one especially seems keen on getting old, decrepit and dependent which presumably goes along with living a long time. The best plan then would …Read the full article

Sports Injuries

As well as being painful, sports injuries disrupt your normal exercise routine, pressing the pause button on all the health benefits you get from being involved in regular sports activities. Fitness is important for our mental and physical well-being. However, it is important to look after your safety. No one wants a sports injury to …Read the full article

Cycling Cyborgs – What type of cyclist are you?

Cycling is becoming a sport for cyborgs; half human, half machine. Apart from the technology of the bike itself, the cyclist now has power-meters that integrate with their GPS, and from this – altitude, climb rate, speed, gear selection, cadence & heart rate can all be added to the equation to advise the cyclist on the …Read the full article

Being skinny in a fat world

Multisporters are nearly always slim and often bordering on underweight as they become more competitive and energy expenditure rises with training. Many struggle to eat enough to maintain their exercise levels and this is a common cause of under-performance. Also they usually wish to shed any excess fat especially in the disciplines of running and …Read the full article

Jet lag and the athlete

Published in NZ Triathlon and Multisport, January 2013 International athletic competitions have evolved at a commensurate rate with the access and sophistication of international air travel. While many of the competitors taking part in such events may be classed as international elite athletes this is not always the case. Many committed athletes who may never …Read the full article

Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism – Why should you care?

Sounds boring but it’s vital to understand the difference the two mechanisms muscles have to make Adenosine Tri Phosphate (ATP), the energy unit that allows muscles to contract and work. ATP can be created by the aerobic (oxygen using) metabolism of glucose. This is the normal way muscles work and can continue indefinitely to produce a …Read the full article

Why some joints wear out

In theory our hips knees and ankles should last a full and active life without wearing out, but it is common for these joints to wear then fail prematurely. It is worth looking at why this happens in some and not others and if you can reduce the chance of it happening to you. It …Read the full article