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The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable C...
by Jeff Passan

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

April 05, 2016

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<p>Yahoo’s lead baseball columnist offers an in-depth look at the most valuable commodity in sports—the pitching arm—and how its vulnerability to injury is hurting players and the game, from Little League to the majors.</p><p>Every year, Major League Baseball spends more than $1.5 billion on pitchers—five times more than the salary of every NFL quarterback combined. Pitchers are the game’s lifeblood. Their import is exceeded only by their fragility. One tiny band of tissue in the elbow, the ulnar collateral ligament, is snapping at unprecedented rates, leaving current big league players vulnerable and the coming generation of baseball-playing children dreading the three scariest words in the sport: Tommy John surgery.</p><p>Jeff Passan traveled the world for three years to explore in-depth the past, present, and future of the arm, and how its evolution left baseball struggling to wrangle its Tommy John surgery epidemic. He examined what compelled the Chicago Cubs to spend $155 million on one arm. He snagged a rare interview with Sandy Koufax, whose career was cut short by injury at thirty, and visited Japan to understand how another baseball-mad country treats its prized arms. And he followed two major league pitchers, Daniel Hudson and Todd Coffey, throughout their returns from Tommy John surgery. He exposes how the baseball establishment long ignored the rise in arm injuries and reveals how misplaced incentives across the sport stifle potential changes.</p><p>Injuries to the UCL start as early as Little League. Without a drastic cultural shift, baseball will continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually to damaged pitchers, and another generation of children will suffer the same problems that vex current players. Informative and hard-hitting, <em>The Arm</em> is essential reading for everyone who loves the game, wants to keep their children healthy, or relishes a look into how a large, complex institution can fail so spectacularly.</p>
The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Fr...
by , Kurt Brungardt

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

September 30, 2014

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<b>From a two-time Olympic coach and creator of the Pose Method who has trained the running elite, an essential guide for all runners seeking to go faster and farther without injury</b><br /><br /> Christopher McDougall’s <i>Born to Run</i>—and the wildly popular natural running trend it sparked—changed the way we think about running, but it has also prompted many questions: Have we been running the wrong way? And, have we been running in the wrong kind of shoe? What is the safest type of foot strike? How many types are there? And what is a foot strike anyway? No existing guide has clearly addressed these concerns—until now. <i>The Running Revolutio</i>n provides both beginning and experienced runners with everything they need to know in order to safely and efficiently transition to and master a safer and more biomechanically efficient way of running that is guaranteed to improve performance and minimize wear and tear on the body.  <br /><br /> More than a one-size-fits-all guide, <i>The Running Revolutio</i>n provides readers with clear instructions, complete with helpful illustrations, that they can easily integrate into their unique running histories in order to run safely, intelligently, and efficiently for many years to come.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Low-Carb Athlete: The Official Low-Carbohydrate Nutrition Gui...
by Ben Greenfield

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English

Pages

109

Publication Date

September 19, 2015

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<h2>No More Carb-Loading!</h2><br />So you’re gearing up for a killer exercise session, or a big event like a marathon or a triathlon, and you want to avoid all the carbo-loading that’s so prevalent amongst endurance athletes. You’re interested in fueling your body for the combination of ideal health and performance, and you’re ready for weight loss, longevity, health, and breaking your sugar addiction. But is that even possible? Can you really escape the pasta binges and gastrointestinal distress that often accompanies an over-reliance on sugar? Can you really be a low-carb endurance athlete?<br /><br /><h2>Enhanced Performance Without Expensive Supplements</h2><br />Maybe you know it’s possible, but did you also know that there are certain supplements no low carb athlete should be training without? You’re probably worried that you’ll need to shell out big bucks for obscure supplements, right? Pine pollen? Ant protein? Thankfully, you just need some tried and true favorites that have proved the test of time. The number one supplement for low-carb athletes? It’s likely to be sitting on your kitchen table right now. And there’s another one that 70% of the population is deficient in…don’t let that be you, especially when deficiency can lead to fatigue and muscle cramps.<br /><br /><h2>Edge Out the Competition with Superior Nutrition</h2><br />As an Ironman triathlete who eats low-carb, author Ben Greenfield walks his talk. He’s developed a detailed system that will put you nutritionally ahead of 99% of your competitors. From training days, to race week, to the day of the race itself, you’ll learn exactly what you need to be eating and when for best performance and best health. <i>The Low-Carb Athlete</i> is the go-to resource for low carb athletes and those wishing to switch up their diet protocol from the old school carb-based diets of yesterday. <br />
Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete
by Jill Castle

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

July 08, 2015

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Kids have their own nutritional needs-especially athletic kids. Yet most young athletes aren't eating properly to compete. Even if they're on a "healthy" diet, it's often supplemented by convenient but empty calories that are actually slowing them down. Fortunately, with the right nutrition, young athletes can increase their energy, bolster their motivation, gain muscle mass, overcome fatigue, and improve their performance. Eat Like a Champion will help their parents: Tailor diets for training, competition, and even off-season * Find the best food options, whether at home or on the go * Address counterproductive or unhealthy eating patterns * Understand where supplements, sports drinks, and performance-enhancing substances do-and don't-fit in * And more It took a registered dietitian who specializes in child and adolescent nutrition to write a book as focused and informative as this-complete with charts, recipes, and practical meal and snack ideas that can help athletic youngsters eat to win. It's a must-read for every parent of active kids ages eight through eighteen.
Surviving The Death Grid: An Insider’s Guide to Bicycling Safel...
by Brian Stamile

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English

Pages

70

Publication Date

April 07, 2018

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This book is an absolute must-have for anyone who cycles or plans to cycle in New York City.<br /><br />Brian Stamile has cycled in NYC for close to a decade without a single incident resulting in injury to himself or others. He bike commutes to work year-round and has worked as a bicycle courier in the city for three years. During this time he has accumulated countless tips and tricks on how the average person can stay safe while bicycling on New York City streets, and now he’s sharing these tips with YOU! <br /><br />This book covers four key areas: Strategy and Mindset, Techniques and Skills, Equipment, and Bonus Tips. Each one arms you with the knowledge and skills you need to get home safely each and every day. After reading this book you will know everything you need to know to confidently ride anywhere in New York City and avoid danger while enjoying this healthy and fun activity.<br />
Concussion
by Jeanne Marie Laskas

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English

Pages

297

Publication Date

November 24, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • The riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who first identified CTE in professional football players, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL</b><br />  <br /> <b>Now a major motion picture starring Will Smith</b><br /><b> </b><br />Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while reporting a story for <i>GQ</i> that would go on to inspire the movie <i>Concussion</i>. Omalu told her about a day in September 2002, when, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he’d never intended. Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest ever to play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. <i>How did this happen?,</i> Omalu asked himself. <i>How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this?</i> The search for answers would change Omalu’s life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident but a disease caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore.<br />  <br /> Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, <i>Concussion</i> is the stirring story of one unlikely man’s decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to tell the world the truth.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Concussion</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br />“A gripping medical mystery and a dazzling portrait of the young scientist no one wanted to listen to . . . a fabulous, essential read.”<b>—Rebecca Skloot, author of <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><br /><br />“The story of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s battle against the NFL is classic David and Goliath stuff, and Jeanne Marie Laskas—one of my favorite writers on earth—makes it as exciting as any great courtroom or gridiron drama. A riveting, powerful human tale—and a master class on how to tell a story.”<b>—Charles Duhigg, author of <i>The Power of Habit</i></b><br />  <br /> “Bennet Omalu forced football to reckon with head trauma. The NFL doesn’t want you to hear his story, but Jeanne Marie Laskas makes it unforgettable. This book is gripping, eye-opening, and full of heart.”<b>—Emily Bazelon, author of <i>Sticks and Stones</i></b>
Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong: The Sports Doctor's Complete G...
by , Claire Kowalchik

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

March 31, 2015

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<p>Step into my office if you want to run faster, stronger, and pain-free. Whether you're a new runner training for your first race or an experienced marathoner, this cutting-edge book will keep you on the road and running faster.</p><p>With comprehensive, illustrated information on running health and injury prevention, this book also includes access to videos addressing such issues as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and runner's knee. Not only will runners be able to read about how they can treat and prevent hundreds of medical and nutritional issues, they'll be able to walk into a top-level video consultation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, from anywhere in the world!</p>
The Low Carb Myth: Free Yourself from Carb Myths, and Discover th...
by , Dr. Wade Smith

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English

Pages

365

Publication Date

September 07, 2015

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<h2>Do Carbs Make You Fat, Hungry, and Lazy?</h2><br /><br />The answer may surprise you, but the science says no! The truth is that people can be healthy and lean eating a huge variety of diets. This should tell you that the answer to better health and fat loss isn’t found in cutting one specific macronutrient from your diet, like many low-carb gurus would have you believe. So then why have low-carb diets gotten so much attention lately? Surely some of the claims about carbs, sugar, and insulin must be true, right? <br /><br /><h2>Does being a “Fat Burner” Give you Incredible Energy and Melt Off Bodyfat?</h2><br /><br />Low-carbers would have you believe that all of our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate low-carb diets and that being a “fat burner” (instead of a “sugar burner”) leads to all sorts of magical effects like, boundless energy, superhuman athletic performance, better health--all while it melts off your bodyfat almost overnight. Yet, there’s simply no evidence that low-carb diets were standard fare for our hunter-gatherer ancestors--there are countless tribes who ate huge amounts of carbohydrates and were perfectly lean and healthy. The studies are clear that in general, athletes on low-carb diets perform worse, not better. And there is a huge difference between being a “fat burner” and actually burning off your bodyfat. (They aren’t the same thing, so don’t get confused and be scammed out of your money by falling for this gimmick!). In reality, the science shows all of these claims about the amazing benefits of being a “fat burner” to be nothing more than a bunch of pseudoscientific myths. <br /><br /><h2>Move Beyond the Battle of the Macronutrients…</h2><br /><br />…and into the new era of health and fat loss! In The Low Carb Myth by Ari Whitten and Dr. Wade Smith, MD, you’ll learn the truth about low-carb diets and what you really need to be doing to lose weight, look great, and be healthy. You’ll learn… <br />• The <b>secret that’s really driving the obesity epidemic</b> (it’s not carbs OR fat) <br />• What’s really driving the diabetes epidemic (no, it’s not carbs!) <br />• How to break free of carb myths and pseudoscience, and eat carbs again without fear or guilt! <br />• How to finally have better health and <b>a leaner body</b> (without the crazy and unsustainable diets!) <br />• The <b>secret factors that really control your fat loss destiny</b> (No, it's not the carb to fat ratio of your diet) <br /><br />Most importantly, they will show you how to put carbs back on your plate while still slashing body fat. <br /><br />Available on Kindle and Paperback.
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth
by , Steve Fainaru

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

October 08, 2013

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<b>“PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO NOT SUSTAIN FREQUENT REPETITIVE BLOWS TO THE BRAIN ON A REGULAR BASIS.”</b><br />So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America’s most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players -- including some of the all-time greats -- to madness.<br /><i>League of Denial</i> reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage.<br />Comprehensively, and for the first time, award-winning ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru tell the story of a public health crisis that emerged from the playing fields of our 21st century pastime. Everyone knew that football is violent and dangerous. But what the players who built the NFL into a $10 billion industry didn’t know – and what the league sought to shield from them – is that no amount of padding could protect the human brain from the force generated by modern football; that the very essence of the game could be exposing these players to brain damage.<br />In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, <i>League of Denial</i> examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research -- a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer. It chronicles the tragic fates of players like Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, who was so disturbed at the time of his death he fantasized about shooting NFL executives; and former Chargers great Junior Seau, whose diseased brain became the target of an unseemly scientific battle between researchers and the NFL. Based on exclusive interviews, previously undisclosed documents and private emails, this is the story of what the NFL knew and when it knew it – questions at the heart of crisis that threatens football, from the highest levels all the way down to Pop Warner.
Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age
by Jeff Bercovici

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<DIV><B>A lively, deeply reported tour of the science and strategies helping athletes like Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Carli Lloyd, and LeBron James redefine the notion of “peak age.”</B><BR /><BR /> Season after season, today’s sports superstars seem to defy the limits of physical aging that inevitably sideline their competitors. How much of the difference is genetic destiny and how much can be attributed to better training, medicine and technology? Is athletic longevity a skill that can be taught, or a mental discipline that can be mastered? Can career-ending injuries be predicted and avoided?<BR />  <BR /> Journalist Jeff Bercovici spent extensive time with professional and Olympic athletes, coaches and doctors to find the answers to these questions. His quest led him to training camps, tournaments, hospitals, anti-aging clinics and Silicon Valley startups, where he tried out cutting-edge treatments and technologies firsthand and investigated the realities behind health fads like alkaline diets, high-intensity interval training, and cryotherapy. Through fascinating profiles and first-person anecdotes, Bercovici illuminates the science and strategies extending the careers of elite older athletes, uncovers the latest advances in fields from nutrition to brain science to virtual reality, and offers empowering insights about how the rest of us can find peak performance at any age.</DIV>

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