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COVID-19 Vaccine & Endurance Athletes

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 10/9/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
COVID-19 Vaccine & Endurance Athletes
Endurance training confers a number of benefits, such as a stronger immune response, that could potentially decrease the severity of COVID-19. Sometime in 2021, probably in the second or third quarter, a COVID-19 vaccine should be available. A logical question for serious endurance athletes is whether they should take the vaccine. Will their training be negatively impacted? How will their body respond?

Caffeine & Sports Performance

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 9/29/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Caffeine & Sports Performance

For many athletes, especially those who exercise in the morning, workout begins with a cup of coffee. For athletes and non-athletes alike, coffee jump starts their day. This caffeinated boost wakes us up and makes us more alert. With the proliferation of coffee shops on every corner and caffeinated products sold in grocery and convenience stores, we have become a caffeinated nation…


Can Exercise Reduce The Severity Of COVID-19?

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 9/25/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Can Exercise Reduce The Severity Of COVID-19?
Regular exercise strengthens immune health and good immune health may decrease the severity of symptoms associated with COVID-19. The most dangerous symptom of COVID-19, acute respiratory distress, is the primary cause of death. A recent article authored by a well-known scientist from University of Virginia, suggests that...

What Is The Best Protein Source?

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 9/16/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
What Is The Best Protein Source?

At one time the protein category was much less confusing. The dominant protein source was whey. Today whey and other animal proteins are criticized as "unhealthy". What is the reality? 


Surprising Brain/Muscle Connection

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 9/2/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Surprising Brain/Muscle Connection
Your brain and muscles communicate especially during exercise. During intense exercise, your muscles release markers of muscle damage which travel to the brain. The brain then releases specific signals that increase your feelings of fatigue. This interchange between brain and muscle serves as a protective function so you don't severely damage your muscles. A recent study found that...

Exercise & Heat: The Body’s Early Warning System

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 8/28/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Exercise & Heat: The Body’s Early Warning System
Most of the country is experiencing stifling temperatures, some areas in excess of 100 degrees. The impact of heat on exercise performance is well documented. Heat causes a reduction in muscle force and sustained contraction. Logically, it would seem that the precipitating event in reducing...

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