Participation, development, and gold medals

I wrote about this article once already, but I continue to see members of the USOC retweet and praise the article. The article essentially argued that the U.S. is failing in the Olympics, on a per capita basis, because of a lack of sports science and top-down control. Now, it would make sense that sports scientists and administrators within the USOC would retweet and support this argument, as it lends more credibility to their position, which may increase funding for their salaries and projects.

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The Underlying Importance of Sleep

Originally published in Los Angeles Sport & Fitness, December 2012.

In college, I set my alarm for 5A.M. so that I could wake up, grab a banana, and drive to the Marina Del Rey boathouse to be on the water with the crew team by 5:30 A.M. Rowing early in the morning was a matter of practicality, as the water was calm before the hubbub of the daily marina activities. Rowing early in the morning also was practical because our meets were in the morning; we trained in a similar state to our performance state in terms of our Circadian rhythms. […]