Exertional compartment syndrome can ruin a ski season if not a career. In this Wednesday Workout, physical therapist Dave Cieslowski presents two exercises designed to tame a compartment syndrome flare-up.
Athletes at all levels of the competition spectrum constantly seek the missing piece of their performance puzzle. For many years now, sport psychology has played an increasing role in solving that puzzle. From the World Cup to the junior ranks, FasterSkier explores how some skiers and coaches make use of sport psychology.
A few things are clear: athletes, in particular winter endurance and pool athletes, have a high incidence of airway hyper-responsiveness, much of which may be undiagnosed. This can be treated with inhalers, which are not banned by WADA and have been repeatedly shown not to be performance-enhancing. And - those athletes can win.
Shin pain is no joke -- shin splints, bony stress injuries and exertional compartment syndrome are becoming increasingly common among cross-country skiers. Here is some help in identifying and differentiating between the three causes of lower-leg pain.
Colds and flu are an inevitable part of winter. Athletes who limit their exposure, get vaccinated for seasonal flu and follow a physician-approved return to training plan can protect themselves from the dangerous consequences of getting sick and maximize their time out on the snow.
We're officially into September, but that doesn't mean we're necessarily there with fall weather. As your workouts intensify in anticipation of the winter ahead, keep in mind that it's important to stay hydrated -- and the days can still reach very warm and potentially dangerous temperatures.
A study of competitive female endurance athletes in Denmark showed surprising patterns in diet among those with low energy availability and skipped periods: too much fiber, and not enough carbohydrates. That enables better recommendations for athletes looking to get healthy while not gaining weight.
Optimizing performance is a tricky business for winter-endurance athletes. Climate variations, equipment choices and training methods are all factors in a successful performance, and frequently leave nutrition at the bottom of a long checklist. For many reasons, hydration is an overlooked aspect of winter-sports performance.
What does a World Cup racer do after, say, a mini tour for recovery? We asked Canada's Alex Harvey, who placed 10th overall in last weekend's Lillehammer triple. He opted for an hour-and-15-minute run on Monday in Davos, led by coach Tor-Arne Hetland, who lives in Davos.
Never fail, on Monday afternoon during a flight from Frankfurt to Denver, Noah Hoffman blogged. And not just any quick update, almost a whopping 2,000 words. The U.S. Ski Team’s top male distance skier got online to explain exactly what happened Sunday in Kuusamo, Finland, where he fell hard with slightly less than 2 kilometers to go in the first World Cup distance race of the season.
It's that time of year, and we've got a quick-and-easy recipe for the time-crunched athlete -- a spiced-up alternative to traditional oatmeal for those autumn mornings.
Beets, kale, apple crisp, maple syrup -- these are ingredients you could be using in your smoothie this morning, afternoon or evening -- before or after your workout. Check out some creative ideas from Runner's World.
The results are in for the Ultimate Refueling Contest! We had some pretty amazing submissions which made the task of choosing three winners incredibly tough. However, after much deliberation we have chosen the Katrina Howe and her "Energy Bombs" as our grand prize winner!
One More Day! Do you have an amazing pre or post-workout food? With a quick submission you can win the respect of the ski community in addition to some Rottefella swag! Submit a recipe and photo of your favorite training food by THIS Friday for your chance to win Rottefella bindings and more!
Cool off with a protein-packed, peaches-and-cream dessert that you can make in an afternoon and enjoy for the rest of the weekend.
Sometimes a complicated meal just isn’t going to happen. This postworkout meal, one-pot quinoa, chicken and veggies, is brimming with high-quality carbohydrates and protein without a lot of fuss. If you have leftovers, it also makes a great lunch.
'Tis the season and you're scrambling for gifts... but what could be better than something homemade? Like... granola! Buy a mason jar or two or three, whip up this easy recipe, and dole out like you're Saint Nick.
Nutrition expert Georgie Fear explains how to ward off illness when training volume is at its highest. "As the season approaches, athletes want to be strong, fast, and lean, and putting in the hours to train is essential," she says. "It’s also critical for good nutrition to be a part of your routine."
In the second half of our "ask a psychologist" segment, we talk to Dartmouth sports psychologist Dr. Mark Hiatt about the pressure and stress that comes with qualifying for big races, and what happens once you do. Hiatt expands on suggestions for how to manage expectations, relax, and get in a positive and productive mindset.
Coaches can't help with everything. We talked to Dr. Mark Hiatt, a sports psychologist at Dartmouth College, for how to deal with some common situations: what if your team is taking up too much time and eating into your life? How do you compete against your teammates? What if you hate your coach? His answers, which we hope will help you.