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The Sport Digest - ISSN: 1558-6448

volume 13 number 4

Can Sports Management Stop Steroid Use?

In the months prior to this fall, no one could browse through a newspaper sports section; tune a television set to ESPN; or listen to a sports talk radio station without being aware of facts, speculations and opinions regarding the recent revelations about the use of steroids in Major League Baseball.

A Coaches Perspective on Coaching Style and Philosophy

I describe my coaching style as personal. I feel as a coach the performance, execution, character, and motivation of my team is my responsibility. The quality of these defined areas is a reflection of who I am, what I teach, and what I believe. Being a coach with this defined style, I am continually looking for ways to improve my program. I look for feedback from my players through their performance on the field, their execution of the skills taught, their display of character on the field and in the classroom, and their enthusiasm toward their responsibilities on and off the field.

The Hormonal Response of Women During Sub-maximal and Maximal Exercise

There are successions of physiological responses that occur due to exercise, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and autonomic nervous system activation. The stimulation of the HPA axis and the sympathetic nervous system secretes hormones that maintain the demands of muscles during exercise (Galliven 1997, Singh 1998). Activation of the HPA axis is demonstrated by the increase in elevated plasma levels of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) and cortisol (Singh, 1999).

Coaches Need to Create a Personal Learning Environment

As a golf professional, I am constantly updating my teaching philosophy to match my own values and thoughts on the game. While my knowledge base expands and my opinions are changed and enhanced, so does my teaching philosophy. Once I began coaching college golf four years ago, it was equally important to establish a coaching philosophy and style.

Can Low Dose Creatine Supplementation be Effective?

Creatine supplementation has gained popularity amongst athletes for the reported results it yields: athletes supplementing with creatine report increases in body mass, increases in strength, and improvements in endurance. Creatine has gained a reputation for making the athlete perform better, faster, and longer. But can one reap these results from low dose creatine supplementation?

The Tomato Effect

In the “Dark Age”, the popular belief was that the world was flat. There was even a well known woodcut sketch of a man with his head peering through the boundary of a flat earth into the atmosphere to see how the earth was made. Mythology was circulating at that time that Christopher Columbus’s sailors were afraid to venture out because they thought that they would fall off the edge of the world. This was all proven to be false as explorers such as Ferdinand Magellan and Francis Drake circled the earth and came back with stories of other cultures. However the belief that the earth was flat prevailed into the 19th and 20th centuries even after evidence had been presented that proved the opposite.