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Doctor insights on: Training Olympic Athletes In Swimming

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Is a fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling good?

Is a fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling good?

Yes: You are nicely combining three different forms of aerobic conditioning exercises. Rowing and cycling activities are heart friendly as well as joint friendly; good exercise for the cardiovascular system without beating up your joints. Of the three, the treadmill has more impact on your knees and ankles as you run. Would advise keep in the treadmill flat as opposed to inclined. Easier on the knees. ...Read more

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Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more


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Can circuit training count as cardio exercise?

Can circuit training count as cardio exercise?

Cardio Mix: Yes; the best way to lose weight is cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more

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Fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling, is this healthy?

Fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling, is this healthy?

All things in moder: all things in moderation. in general the american college of cardiology recommend 60 minutes of get-your-heart-rate-up exercise 5 days/wk if you're in shape - 90 minutes if you're not. that being said - "extreme" athleticism might be bad for you and shorten your life. (100 mile marathon runs, climbing mount everest) ...Read more

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Olympics question? How do the sprinters vs long distance runners train?

Interesting question: but it may be more appropriate for a site that focuses on athletics. ...Read more

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Is swimming a good cardio sport?

Is swimming a good cardio sport?

Yes: Excellent low impact cardio exercise. You can vary tempo to increase heart rate as needed. Enjoy. ...Read more

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How often do adductor tendinoses occur in running athletes?

How often do adductor tendinoses occur in running athletes?

No statistics: No clear statistics available for this injury, however, runners make up a large portion of my practice. Based on my personal experience i would say this is a relatively uncommon injury but when it does occur is very frustrating to treat because recovery usually takes several weeks to at times months for complete resolution. One of the biggest issues is trying to get a runner to stop running. ...Read more

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Can a P90X grad be fit enough to beat an olympic athlete in his particular sport?

Can a P90X grad be fit enough to beat an olympic athlete in his particular sport?

????: How can you honestly expect an answer to this. Try your best, practice and work hard. That is how you become a better athlete. If you are good enough, try out and you will have your answer. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I'm a competitive swimmer aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What are some medication/supplements to enhance endurance and testosterone? I train 10x/wk

I'm a competitive swimmer aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What are some medication/supplements to enhance endurance and testosterone? I train 10x/wk

Natural supplements: are the best way to attempt boosting your testosterone. Medications have side effects and are illegal for the Olympics! Zinc supplementation has been shown to be of some benefit in optimizing testosterone levels Vitamin D and whey protein may also be of some benefit. The most important thing to do is train and eat right. Best of luck! :) ...Read more

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Will using the gym's rowing machine make my upper-body look like olympic swimmer?

Will using the gym's rowing machine make my upper-body look like olympic swimmer?

Not quite: It can make you look more like a rower (as opposed to swimmer) http://www.Carlosdinares.Com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/aus-quad-2011-wc.Jpg. ...Read more

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What are some good resistance training/strength training workout?

What are some good resistance training/strength training workout?

Exercise: So many available. Ultimately what is good depends on your starting point and you eventual goal. Basic comprehensive program like "body for life" is a good starting point. ...Read more

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When beginning weight-lifting, should one do endurance training or strength training first?

Weight training: I think it is best to start with low weights and higher reps combined with flexibility program. Then progress up to strength training with higher weights. ...Read more

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Assume female atheletes more prone to sports injuries but not at olympics?

Assume female atheletes more prone to sports injuries but not at olympics?

Evidence?: I know of no level 1 evidence that would support this. There is a successful education program for female athlete for jumping and skiing, however that doesn't mean that they are not safer. Men tend to do more 'contact' sports that may be where you are coming from. But comparing apples to apples, track to track; swimming to swimming..Etc i don't know of any research supporting that comment. ...Read more

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Can a person undergoing Methadone Treatment Program be active in martial arts or calisthenics workouts?

Can a person undergoing Methadone Treatment  Program be active in  martial arts or calisthenics workouts?

Yes: Methadone does not prevent athletic activity.However, most men taking methadone have reduced serum testosterone levels as a result of that drug therapy.In addition to reducing sex drive and performance, which is bad enough, that also reduces muscle-building benefit of exercise.The hypogonadism is easily treated with testosterone supplementation, but it must first be diagnosed by simple blood test. ...Read more

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Is using gym treadmills similar to walking outside.?

Is using gym treadmills similar to walking outside.?

Similar...: ...although the surface of the treadmill upon which you run is more forgiving to the joints than the concrete roads and walkways, and is more predictable than the uneven surfaces of trails or under grass. And with a treadmill, you control the hills. ...Read more

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Can loose saggy skin on thighs worsen with cardio & strength training exercise in gym? Age 22 female.

Yes and no: Exercise can lead to weight loss, dramatic weight loss can lead to "saggy skin" as you put it. On the other hand, exercises can tend to tone muscles and enlarge muscles which can have the opposite affect. In general exercise is good, and if you have any concerns post exercise you might consider consulting a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Does carbonation in drinks affect aerobic performance in athletes?

Does carbonation in drinks affect aerobic performance in athletes?

Unlikely: Unless there is a large consumption and you have a large distension of the stomach . Remember that water is probably the best for rehydration. Sports drinks probably have a place for extreme performance. Things like marathons , ultra endurance races ...Read more

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My son (13 year old) is training very hard for swimming nationals 4 hrs a day. How can we supplement his diet. What should he eat?

My son (13 year old) is training very hard for swimming nationals 4 hrs a day. How can we supplement his diet. What should he eat?

Balance is important: Vitamins (esp Vitamin D), minerals, hydration, lean protein (not high quantity), simple carbs (pretzels, honey, fruits, sport drinks) directly before, during and directly after workouts, complex carbs (legumes, fruits, vegetables) outside of workouts, and a ratio of 3-4:1 carbs to protein. Best regards for good health and sports success! ...Read more

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I hav taken up swimming, basket ball & do stretching exs plus weight training. I wanna gain 2 inches. I'm 22 and 5'8''. Can i gain height now? Possibl

I hav taken up swimming, basket ball & do stretching exs plus weight training. I wanna gain 2 inches. I'm 22 and 5'8''. Can i gain height now? Possibl

Growth likely ended: A 22 year old cannot grow taller because his bone's growth plates have fused (stopped growing). To look taller, one can choose properly designed clothing & shoes, and have good posture. Being confident, having good social skills, and a strong speaking voice is good. Vitamins, supplements, "special" foods, exercise, etc... will not make a person living in the U.S. taller (height here is genetic). ...Read more

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Trainer confirms my daughter has compartment syndrome and advised she rest from training-can she still do other activities during this time swimming ?

Trainer confirms my daughter has compartment syndrome and advised she rest from training-can she still do other activities during this time swimming ?

Yes: Antonio, I assume we are talking about calf compartment syndrome from exercise? In that case, swimming would probably be OK, but she should definitely stop right away if she begins to experience pain from the area, as compartment syndrome can cut off blood circulation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What exercise should be avoided by people with RVH? I usually do weight training, cardio, yoga, swimming & muaythai. Is it safe? Im addicted to sports

What exercise should be avoided by people with RVH? I usually do weight training, cardio, yoga, swimming & muaythai. Is it safe? Im addicted to sports

EKG or Echo?: You obviously have some cardiac issues but apparently are on medications to control rate. Is the RVH a finding from an EKG only or is it from Echo cardiogram? If diagnosis is from Echo then I would be more considered. Regardless, talk to your cardiologist (or consult with one) about this. You should determine WHY you have RVH, and how severe, before deciding limitations. ...Read more

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When can i resume swimming, diving and other police training activities after a upper molar bone graft extraction?

When can i resume swimming, diving and other police training activities after a upper molar bone graft extraction?

S/p jaw graft: hello~ Laura, I am not a dentist or a maxillo-facial surgeon so I think you should direct this question to one of those specialists, but just from general principal of bone healing I would say about 6 - 8 weeks thanks ...Read more

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"why do I have knee pain when i exercise or walk and then swells up?" i was swimming breastroke the other day and my knee suddenly popped out of nowhere. It started to swell and hurt severely. I am a young teenage athlete that runs and swims and i also ha

"why do I have knee pain when i exercise or walk and then swells up?" i was swimming breastroke the other day and my knee suddenly popped out of nowhere. It started to swell and hurt severely. I am a young teenage athlete that runs and swims and i also ha

Need evaluation: Pain and swelling in the knee is not normal as you know. This is commonly caused by arthritis or a meniscus tear. You need an exam and and xray to start and probably an MRI to evaluate your meniscus and cartilage surfaces. See an orthopaedic surgeon for this. ...Read more

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Does the fungus that cause athlete`s foot transmit easily through water eg shared bath/swimming pool?

Does the fungus that cause athlete`s foot transmit easily through water eg shared bath/swimming pool?

Ideal environment: Fungus is a ground loving organism. It thrives in a warm moist dark environment, this is why antifungal powders can be so effective for controlling athletes foot infections. Control the moisture and usually you can control the fungal infections. Routine thorough cleaning of community areas is obviously also helpful. ...Read more

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Athletes foot from swimming pool. How fast does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work?

Athletes foot from swimming pool. How fast does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work?

Why desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream)?: There are much better antifungal products to use. Try lotrimin ultra or Lamisil cream. Either should clear it up a lot faster than desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (which is mostly zinc oxide). ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and fungal nail infections on 2 toes, I am 18. Can I go swimming? Will it spread to other areas if I go swimming?

I have athletes foot and fungal nail infections on 2 toes, I am 18. Can I go swimming? Will it spread to other areas if I go swimming?

You may go swimming: The pools should have chemicals in them plus the overall amount of fungus on you compared to the body of water is small. I do not feel others would become contaminated. But hats off to you for considering others... ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and fungus nail infection on 2 toes.. If I went swimming would i contaminate the water & spread the fungus to my hair, groin ect ?

I have athletes foot and fungus nail infection on 2 toes.. If I went swimming would i contaminate the water & spread the fungus to my hair, groin ect ?

Not likely: Athlete foot and nail fungus don't get transmitted to the same person just by swimming in water. At the same time, it is a difficult infection to get rid of and you may need strong prescription from a doctor ...Read more

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Can i loose wait from swimming?

Can i loose wait from swimming?

Fat to Muscle: You may loose some weight but you will primarily turn fat into muscle. This is a healthy thing to do and the number on the scale may be about the same but you will be in better health and that will radiate out to others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I go swimming when I catch cold?

Depends: Although you have a cold, it should not necessarily stop you from swimming. Are you real fatigued? That might be more of a problem than congestion etc. ...Read more

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Does swimming help a person get taller?

No: There is no exercise, yoga, diet or med that makes you taller than your genetic potential. Once your growth centers close (16-17 in women) you cannot grow taller. ...Read more

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Is swimming in a pool every day dangerous?

No: There is no convincing evidence to show that swimming every day is dangerous or hazardous to your health. ...Read more

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What are the five foods not to eat before swimming?

What are the five foods not to eat before swimming?

Subscience: Most advice about "what to eat and not to eat" is subscience. I'm a swimmer and looked around online for the origin of this tale -- it turned out to be warning not to be drunk or eat something that will make you pass a lot of intestinal gas or that adds a lot of weight just before a competitive swim meet. The tale about not eating before a recreational swim doesn't seem evidence-based. ...Read more

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Does swimming make you taller? how can i get taller?

Does swimming make you taller? how can i get taller?

NO: Swimming will not make you taller but exercise is very good for you and your heart. Your height is genetically programmed by your parents genes and your nutritional status. Wear taller shoes. ...Read more

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Is it ok i lose a fair amount of weight from swimming?

Is it ok i lose a fair amount of weight from swimming?

Yes: This site will let you figure out how much: http://www.Swimmingcalculator.Com/swim_calories_calculator.Php. ...Read more