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Global Warming Risk and its Impact on Sport

Daytona International Speedway, in May 2009, saw a rainfall in the area so massive, the entire track was underwater for days. In less than 100 years, even on a sunny day, NASCAR’s most famous race might be better achieved with boats instead of cars. Due to rising sea levels, melting ice caps, and heating of the climate, global warming could see this racetrack and stadiums of all sports along coastal lines permanently flooded. Is the sporting industry at all responsible for the ongoing effects of global warming?

Global warming, the accelerated heating of the climate caused by the massive release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (gases which trap and send heat back to earth instead of into space), can dramatically affect sports in the future, but is also affecting how athletes and organizations are performing today.

No Love for Sexual Misconduct

Colby College just finished its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct committed by fifteen of its students. Although for privacy reasons Colby College has disclosed little information, according to The Colby Echo’s article on February 8th, it is believed that football players were spying through a window to watch their teammate receive oral sex from a female student. Although the act of voyeurism did not amount to any criminal charges, the college concluded that the school’s sexual misconduct policy was violated.

November 13, 2010: A Poppy Seed Bagel May Lead to a Positive Doping Test

I just read the headline, “Woman: Poppy Seeds, Not Drugs, Led to Losing Child”. The article went on to explain that the ACLU has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose baby was taken away from them, because the mother had tested positive for opiates in a urine test after eating a poppy-seed bagel. If it turns out that the facts are as the mother claims, it is certainly a tragic outcome. This is not the first time I’ve heard of drug test results being influenced by food intake of poppy-seeds. The negative ramification of poppy seed intake is significant for athletes. Apparently, testing has determined that “high-performance athletes could possibly test positive in doping control after consumption of products containing poppy seeds.”

October 30, 2010: Protecting Superstars from Negative Headlines: Athlete Risk Management

The Brett Favre investigation of his explicit text messages has garnered a lot of attention. The NFL is conducting an investigation into whether Favre broke league rules regarding workplace conduct. It wasn’t long ago that Tiger Woods’ antics created a news sensation, which also drew attention away from his golf talent and into his private, shall I say, bedroom affairs. These amazing athletes are just two of a constant string of alleged inappropriate behavior by our sports heroes that are brought to our attention on almost a daily basis.

September 24, 2010: Overtraining Symptoms and Prevention

Overtraining is a common problem with too many coaches and athletes failing to recognize symptoms of an overtrained athlete: fatigue, insomnia, incomplete workouts, illness, decline in performance, pain or soreness, decreased appetite and irritability. Rest from physiological and psychological demands of training is important to an athlete’s performance.

August 31, 2010: Withholding Water as Punishment

Just yesterday I was told a surprising story by a woman recalling a childhood experience with a former coach. Her coach tried an unusual tactic to motivate athletes: if an athlete failed to perform, the coach would dump some of the contents from an athlete's water bottle. Thus, as punishment, the coach took away water, a critical element for an athlete's health and overall performance.