Concerns for the Female Athlete by Dominique Stasulli

[Dominique Stasulli is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

Female athletes are notoriously susceptible to more exercise-induced health consequences in relation to their male counterparts, simply by virtue of their genetic anatomy and physiology. The three most common and worrisome disorders include iron deficiency anemia, amenorrhea, and stress fractures, each of which will be covered in depth below. Extra precautions need to be taken when undergoing a heavy training load in order to avoid these potentially debilitating disorders.

Iron Deficiency

Anemia is defined as an insufficient amount of healthy red blood cells in circulation, and it is frequently associated with iron-deficiency (1). A potential source of the anemia may be blood loss from the gastrointestinal and urinary tract after intense exercise, a result of transient ischemia from the vasoconstriction of splanchnic (GI) and renal vessels during exercise (2).The maximum amount of oxygen that can be carried in the blood is determined by the amount of the oxygen-carrying protein, hemoglobin, present in the blood. Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, and so an iron deficiency places a greater demand on the cardiovascular system as a result of the reduced oxygen carrying capacity. Athletes are more at risk for iron-deficiency than the general population, with female endurance athletes being in the greatest danger (3). Common symptoms include fatigue, irritability, moodiness, headaches, and impaired concentration, potentially worsening to lightheadedness upon standing, pica (non-food cravings, such as ice), brittle nails, sore tongue, and shortness of breath (1). Iron-supplementation with ferrous sulfate is highly recommended for female endurance athletes and correction of this deficiency can lead to enhanced performance and health status.

Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea is a disorder of absent menstruation in females, characterized by three or more consecutive missed cycles (4). High-risk lifestyle […]

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By |October 24th, 2014|Nutrition Info, Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab partners with Par4Success

Athletic Lab is proud to announce a partnership with Par4Success. Par4Success is a team of golf performance training professionals whose groundbreaking training methods will ensure you will be the best, most explosive golf athlete possible. Par4Success will have their own private studio within Athletic Lab that features the latest in golf swing technology including Titelist K-Vest and FlightScope. They will also have access to our World Class training center for golf-specific fitness training by TPI certified professionals.

Juniors, Adults and Professionals chose Par4Success because they have the most credentialed staff and see real results.  Their Junior Golf Fitness Academy, is the only one of its kind in the state and is home to most of the state’s top Juniors who are training to excel in college and on Tour. If you are looking for industry leading golf fitness training, service, facilities and guaranteed results, Par4Success has you covered!

Par4Success will have an open house on November 8th from 2pm to 6pm and is offering 2 discounts to Athletic Lab members.

 

 

 

 

 

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 23rd, 2014|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab expansion and up-fit

Athletic Lab is excited to announce that we have expanded our training facility from 10,000 sqft to 15,600 sqft. The additional space will be used for much needed staff offices and to allow us to bring mutually beneficial partnerships under one roof. In addition to the expansion, the original Athletic Lab training hall has also undergone significant changes in the  past couple months. Highlighting these changes are the up-fit of our lobby and reception desk area, the installation of 3,500 sqft of turf grass, the addition of a new weight room complete with a 24 foot wall-mounted pullup rig, building a ‘mega’ storage unit, and upgrading our 7 Olympic weightlifting platforms with larger steel rimmed versions.

 

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 21st, 2014|News|0 Comments

Next week is “Bring a Friend Week”

Starting this coming Monday (October 20th, 2014) members are encouraged to share their membership Athletic Lab with their friends and families. For the week of Monday October 20th through Saturday October 26th, Athletic Lab is extending an invite to all members to bring a friend for free. Members are welcome to bring as many friends as they’d like as often as they’d like to come for the entire week. There’s no commitment on their part and all they’ll need to do is sign our waiver the first time they’re in. This offer is good for ALL Athletic Lab program (Scholastic, Performance Fitness and even Private Training!). For Private training sessions the guest MUST train at the same time as the member. If your friend signs up for a non-punchcard membership our standard $50 referral bonus will apply.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Classes Cancelled on October 25th for NC State Weightlifting Championships

All classes will be cancelled on Saturday October 25th for the North Carolina Weightlifting Championships. Athletic Lab is hosting the state championships for the 2nd straight year and many of our members are lifting. We encourage you to come out and support your fellow Athletic Lab athletes. If you are interested in volunteering at the meet please contact John Grace.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 17th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Should Youth Strength Train? by Dominique Stasulli

[Dominique Stasulli is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

Should your child be weight training to supplement their traditional sporting practices? There has been much controversy in recent years on whether or not strength training (also known as resistance training) in youth population is safe or effective. Many parents voice their concerns for their child’s health, based on the belief that resistance training may damage growth plates, stunt growth, lead to injury, build muscle prematurely, and hinder pubertal progression. These concerns are reasonable but not valid or supported by the research. This article serves to be an informative piece to clear up the parental concerns regarding any negative effects of strength training in youth populations.

Does strength training damage my child’s bone growth or tendons?
In a growing child, growth cartilage can be found at the following three locations: the ends of long bones, the lining of joint surfaces, and where tendons attach to the bones (1). The potential for injury to this type of vulnerable tissue is actually less in preadolescent (prepubescent) children because cartilage is actually more pliable and resistant to sheering forces at this age (1). The evidence suggests that strength training in youth, actually increases the strength of ligaments, tendons, and bone (2), much like other weight bearing exercise. Childhood and adolescence is an opportune time for the process of bone remodeling, in which the body recycles structural bone cells in order to then build stronger bones (by increasing the bone mineral density); the body does this in response to tensile or compressive forces, such as those experienced with resistance training or any other weight bearing activity. In the most recent statement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), it is stated […]

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By |October 14th, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments

Classes Cancelled Saturday, October 25th

All classes will be cancelled Saturday, October 25th. Athletic Lab is hosting the 2014 North Carolina Weightlifting State Championship. Come by and watch some weightlifting and support our weightlifting team.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

October Bring a Friend Week

Athletic Lab is hosting another “Bring a Friend” week in October. For the week of Monday October 20th through Saturday October 26th, Athletic Lab is extending an invite to all members to bring a friend for free. Members are welcome to bring as many friends as they’d like as often as they’d like to come for the entire week. There’s no commitment on their part and all they’ll need to do is sign our waiver the first time they’re in. This offer is good for ALL Athletic Lab program (Scholastic, Performance Fitness and even Private Training!). For Private training sessions the guest MUST train at the same time as the member. If your friend signs up for a non-punchcard membership our standard $50 referral bonus will apply.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments

September Performance Fitness Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the top 3 winners for both men and women in the first Athletic Lab Performance Fitness Challenge!

For each CrossFit class attended, points were awarded to the top five male and female competitors.

1st place: 10 pts
2nd place: 8 pts
3rd place: 6 pts
4th place: 4 pts
5th place: 2 pts

At the end of the week, points were added up for each individual. Prizes are to be awarded to the final top 3 men and women with the most points.

For the men our top 3 competitors are:

Frank L, Keith P, and Ryan W.

For our women, we had a lot of equal competition and at the end of the week we ended up with a five-way tie! After awarding 1 point for every endurance class that was attended that week, it was concluded that our top 3 women are:

Devon J, Nina F, and Mallory B.

The Athletic Lab Performance Fitness Challenge will be held during the last week of each month.

Congratulations to the top 3 male and female competitors.

 

 

 

 

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments

The Compression Garment Movement by Dominique Stasulli

[Dominique Stasulli is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

In the past ten years, compression gear has been slowly taking over the market of athletic gear. Long gone are the days when loose running shorts to stay cool and sweats for warmth dominated. The compression movement has spread across all sports and athletes of all ages over a short period of time. There is a use for it in every facet of the game: compression for the heat, compression for the cold, compression for performance enhancement, and even compression as a restoration tool. Here, the use and effectiveness of wearing this type of gear post-workout with the intention to speed recovery will be examined in the research.

A 2010 study by Sear et al., examined the effects of full-body compression on a metabolically taxing workout regime with interspersed bursts of high-intensity intervals and bouts of rest, specifically in team sports (1). They found that the compression produced a slight enhancement in tissue oxygenation and thus exercise performance (1). It was proposed that compression garments improve the availability of oxygen after high-intensity interval bursts, speeding reoxygenation of peripheral muscles and metabolic recovery between intervals (1). This can be traced back to the therapeutic use of compression in hospital patients, especially diabetics, to increase circulation and prevent blood from clotting. Some studies have found that compression garments decrease muscle oscillation during contraction and prevents venous blood pooling, leading to increases stroke volume (the amount your hear pumps with each cycle) and cardiac output (1).

The most well-known claim is that compression of the muscles can help speed post workout recovery, by virtue of its effects on the circulatory system. A study measuring the effects of compression garments worn in […]

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 7th, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments