Sports Science: For Athletes and Non-athletes Alike

I love the science of sports and performance.  Closely following the constantly-evolving body of literature on the topic is a vocational interest of mine, but I’ve been asked how pertinent this is to “the rest of us”.  For people like me, who are far from elite in our athletic pursuits, is this information worthwhile?  What about for the sedentary; should they be interested in the science of human performance when it comes to informing their health behaviors?  I would say, resoundingly, YES!  Let me tell you why.

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Kevin Sprouse
Daily Movement: Start the Day Off Right

Athletes are good at having a plan for their training.  Many will follow a coach’s prescription or plan their own training days ahead of time.  They will lay out their long days, their hill repeats, their lactate tolerance intervals.  Multisport athletes will try to balance their various sports, and many will work in 2-3 days of strength training as well.  But far fewer will address a daily movement routine.  Yet in my opinion, such a routine is a critical component of successful training and the crafting of a well-functioning, resilient body.

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Kevin Sprouse
Antibiotics and Athletes

This time of year, a large portion of our population ends up on antibiotics.  For those of us that are athletes or inclined to maintain a high level of activity, that can be detrimental.  Indeed, antibiotics can cause as many problems as they can cure.

Now, to be clear, antibiotics are one of the marvels that have come from modern medicine and science.

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Kevin Sprouse
King of the Ride Podcast

I got to sit down with Ted King at Blackberry Farm during the Pro-Am Classic last month for a recorded chat. It’s always good to catch up with Ted. If you’ve not yet heard his King of the Ride podcast, you should check it out! The episodes with Jason Gay, Lawson Craddock, and Bonnie Ford are great places to start. Highly recommended!

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Kevin Sprouse
Podium and Pedal for Alzheimers

At Podium, we’re proud to be supporting the Pedal for Alzheimers riders again this year! These athletes are riding from Knoxville, TN to Daytona Beach, FL (1098 miles!) to raise money to fight this terrible disease. Dr. Sprouse will be meeting them in Georgia for a leg of the trip. If you want to join, there are day rides along the route as well. In Knoxville, you can ride with the group on Sunday, October 7th.

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Kevin Sprouse