Monthly Archives: July 2011

Feeding active kids 3

Feeding Active Kids 3 - cereal

Our third and final article in the series Feeding Active Kids focuses on eating for competition days and multi-event competition. Article one and article two are also available. COMPETITION DAY The night before Ensure sufficient carbohydrate intake and appropriate fluid intake. Keep food simple and include carbohydrates, some protein foods and plenty of nourishing drinks. […]

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Nurturing self confidence in the young athlete

dreamstime_s_172693 - confidence

I can vividly remember that I was confidently the best tree climber in the world when I was about 7 years old. If I could not get up into a tree it was because it was not possible, not because I could not do it! I remember a massive tree that separated our yard from […]

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Secretly strengthening your child’s core: Fun with the Physio Ball

Ball Curl 1

As adults, most of us have heard of the ‘core’ or stabilising muscles of the trunk. They are vital to assist in trunk stability, and joint control. The muscles of this ‘abdominal canister’ co-contract to produce and control intra-abdominal pressure and assist in stability and load transfer across the lumbo-pelvic area. These muscles, or ‘core’, […]

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Dangers of Doping

Performance Enhancing Substances

Another week, another story about the use of performance enhancing substances ranging from steroids to supplements and everything in between. The statistics are frightening. Here’s just a sample: * In a survey conducted at 18 of South Africa’s top schools, 21 out of 130 pupils (approximately 1 in 6) tested positive for a variety of […]

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