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HOW CYCLISTS CAN USE HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV) TO IMPROVE THEIR TRAINING

Technology such as heart rate monitors and power meters help us fine tune our training efforts on the bike. However, knowing how our bodies are doing off the bike is equally important. We have technology to measure this called HRV or Heart Rate Variability. Sleep, diet, and training load impact how we recover, and HRV helps us measure this. Interestingly, HRV derives from Chaos Theory and is very important in medicine; a low HRV is good a predictor of heart function following a heart attack. In sports, a low HRV can be a sign that the body is over...

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A new concussion study – Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football

Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlighted that CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy was diagnosed in nearly 9 of 10 people studied. They studied the brains of former professional and amateur American style football athletes. The results are on par with what everyone has been thinking about the effects of football and other similar sports do to the brain over a long period of time. What does this mean? Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive neurodegeneration associated with repetitive head trauma. In...

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The Brain is 60% Fat? What the FAT?

Where do they come up with the brain is 60% fat? Your brain has been called the most complex object in the universe – countless experiments have yet to uncover how and why it functions. Some random Facts about the brain: The weight of your brain is about 3 pounds. Your brain is made up of about 75 percent water and feels like Jello to the touch! Your brain consists of about 100 billion neurons. The brain has the most mitochondria of any organ ( esp. the frontal cortex). Pain receptors are absent in your brain, so your brain...

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