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Differences between low and high mileage runners

I am running more than I have in the past but I’m training for relatively short distances and I have too many other sports and activities to run everyday. As I looked around for training plans I noticed that most of them recommend a heck of a lot of running. This got me wondering if … Continue reading

Ever notice that kids have way more energy?

Kids have a lot of energy. Anyone who has worked or lived with one knows what it’s like when you’re full out exhausted and a kid or kids asks what’s next. In a recent study Birat et al. (2018) compared the fatigue and recovery rates of a group of boys around age 10 to a … Continue reading

Running with your arms

As I have dealt with the gong show that has been my wrist injury over the past 2.5+ years I have tried to stay active. One of the activities I have kept to some degree is running. But it has been amazing to me how much my running has been affected by my arm and … Continue reading

Storytelling and your brain

It has been a few weeks since I posted. My plan is to get back to once a week. Hopefully this is the start of that. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I participated in a webinar on disruptive storytelling. One of the scientists that they referred to in this webinar was Paul J. … Continue reading

Jumping in figure skates

Figure skates are not exactly the easiest things to jump in. They are stiff and restrict the motion of your foot and your ankle. Which makes me wonder how this affects the way the rest of your leg moves while jumping. Haguenauer, Legreneur, and Monteil (2006) examined national and international figure skaters jumps comparing their … Continue reading

Science for communicators and communication for scientists

This is a short post today because I can’t say anything better than Alan Alda can. As a teacher, teacher trainer, and someone who wants everyone to get excited about science, and get moving on climate change and other sustainability challenges, I was intrigued by Alda’s most recent book “If I understood you, would I … Continue reading

Jazz and classical musicians are different

I went to two concerts by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra this weekend. They both featured the symphony playing jazz music with professional jazz musicians. It was interesting to hear the symphony playing jazz style. No offence to any of the symphony musicians, who are all phenomenal, but it seemed like some of them struggled more … Continue reading

Normalizing obesity

It’s hard not to notice the number of individuals who are overweight these days. So with all the New Year Resolutions you have to wonder if there is an increasing dedication (however temporary) to losing weight. According to a study by Snook et al (2017) probably not. As increasing body weight becomes more and more … Continue reading

Hypertension and stopping research studies early

These two topics aren’t related except that while reading an opinion article published on The JAMA Network about the challenges and opportunities of implementing the most recent guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension I learned that some clinical studies are stopped early because the study is showing positive results. Hypertension first. The American … Continue reading

They just did what!?

I’m a long way from needing my hand amputated but I have certainly had some experiences over the past couple years that have made me realize how two handed and opposable thumb dependent out world is. From tying shoelaces to taking paper towels from the dispensers the world is built for two hands that function … Continue reading

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