Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sports Columns

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Would American 10 and 11-year-olds taking similar fitness tests fare much better? You would hope so, but if they bombed as badly as 300 Brits did in 2014, would you really be surprised?

Probably not, but either way, isn't it necessary to know for sure?

In 1998, researchers at the University of Essex in England administered a fitness test to a group of children aged 10 or 11. They repeated the test 10 years later with same-aged subjects. The second group was not only significantly heavier but also not nearly as fit as the first group.

Friday, July 3, 2015

One of the longest home runs I ever hit occurred when my team did not need me to hit a home run.

Ahead by two runs in the later innings of an important Legion playoff baseball game with runners on second and third and possessing pitchers not nearly as accomplished as our hitters, my team just needed me to make contact, hit the ball past the drawn-in infield, and tack on at least one insurance run. I thought I was right on a first-pitch fastball, but fouled it off. On the second pitch, I got fooled by a curve.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This column has espoused two beliefs for more than 20 years.

Belief #1: What works for me will work for you if and this is a big if you experiment with the practice, recognize how your goals and abilities are different from mine, and adjust the practice to suit your needs.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Every now and then when I'm reading research, a phrase just resonates, and I find myself more intrigued by the images and ideas it evokes than the results of the study overall. As a result, the article you're about to read features the former and not the latter.

The phrase: "an opportunity to re-make yourself."

The speaker: Chad Jensen, a psychologist at Brigham Young University.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Some call it frustrating, maddening, the reason why they don't pay more attention to the latest research in health and fitness. I call it something else.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

About 20 years ago, I began my school day by teaching a group of eighth graders that contained four girls who were close friends, sat close to my desk, and were not only impressively intelligent but also rather well-behaved. They approached eighth grade English like a grad course where an "A" equaled a pay raise, and I never had to worry about them talking or giggling or failing to pay attention.

Except on certain days after Christmas vacation. They changed. Really changed. They whispered. They giggled. Their minds seemed to stray.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Early one Thursday night, a man consumed an energy drink, an energy shot, and a diet pill. He did this on an empty stomach, so the fact that he stayed awake the entire night and did not fall asleep until 7 a.m. the next morning may not surprise you.

Until you discover the man's weight, his profession, and what he did for a good part of the night.

Terrence Cody weighs 349 pounds, plays nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, and banged heads, bodies, and god knows what else against the offensive linemen of the Cleveland Browns for four quarters of football.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On a typical school day, I work out before I eat breakfast, with the second event occurring around 7 a.m. as I finalize the day's lesson plans at school. I drink a protein shake at 9:20, eat lunch at 11:45, have an afternoon snack around 2:30, and then begin supper by 5:45.

You'd think my eating would end with a before-bed snack, but no. I usually wake up twice before midnight and eat two more times.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

In an early season basketball game against Holy Redeemer, Marian's Ashley Fannick was driving toward the basket for a left -handed layup when she fell awkwardly to the floor. After being helped off the court, she knew exactly what had happened to her right knee.

Tests confirmed that Fannick had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). She will not play the rest of her senior season. To make it worse, this was Fannick's second time tearing her ACL, the other happened to her left knee during her freshman year while also driving to the basket during an open practice.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Some facets of health and fitness such as understanding the inner workings of the body can be complex. It's my job as both a writer and a teacher to break down that complexity and create simplicity.