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Back in 2014, Paul Anderson and his colleague, Ralph Bovard, set out to study the health habits of cross-country skiers by surveying those who participated in the American Birkebeiner (“the Birkie”), a cross-country ski marathon in Wisconsin. “We wanted to understand and characterize the role of social support for exercise among Birkie skiers,” Anderson explained in an email this month. “Dr. Bovard and myself are both Birkie skiers and we have both experienced how the...

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When I heard that there was a new book coming out about heart arrhythmias in endurance athletes, I was interested. Several years ago, I read some of the research papers that the book’s authors refer to. One was a cohort study on participants in the Vasaloppet, the 90-kilometer ski marathon in Sweden. Those researchers found that skiers who competed in more Vasaloppets had more heart arrhythmias – as did those who finished the race the...

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After graduating from college with a math degree, I was stuck in a call-center job that I hated and struggling with a family history of anxiety and heart disease. Then a few good mentors got me cross-country skiing. I've since enrolled in grad school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and joined their ski team. Almost every aspect of my life changed for the better.

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Vibeke Skofterud, an Olympic gold medalist and Vasaloppet champ, is opening up about eating disorders which have plagued her career. Thirteen percent of athletes will have disordered eating at some point in their career, but Skofterud asks them to think bigger: "Do not forget why you're doing what you're doing... What is it that really makes you happy?”

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FasterSkier is starting a new, once-a-month series looking at new research in the field of sports science. Periodically, we’ll flip through some of the world’s best peer-reviewed medical journals and summarize, in plain English, studies that we think will be of interest to skiers. Here’s our first installment – enjoy! * Those dopers who claim that their blood measurements were funny because they just did a really hard workout might actually have a point. A...

The Department of Health & Human Development (HHD) at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, MT, is actively seeking applications for graduate study in applied exercise physiology (Masters degree only; Fall 2011). Dr Dan Heil (http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=9158 We also have lots of lab testing photos on the Facebook page for the Movement Science / Human Performance Lab (MSL): http://www.montana.edu/hhd/facultyandstaff/dheil.htm More information about our graduate program is here: http://www.montana.edu/wwwdg/apply.html To talk with the HHD Graduate Coordinator, contact...

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Been out of the game for the past few weeks with an illness that kept me from trying out and eating tasty recipes but here it is. We’re back with a delish recipe involving, rice, cheese and spinach… my favourite! Risotto with Mushrooms, Red Peppers, and Spinach Ingredients: – 1 cup Arborio rice – 3 cups chicken stock – 1/2 onion or three shallots, chopped – 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely – 1/2 a red...

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The summer is in full swing. For athletes, that means building up your training base with long workouts, intensity sessions, and time in running shoes and on rollerskis. While the training is what will keep you fast for those race weekends in January and February, during July and August, the season can seem a long way off. The temptation to have a barbeque with your friends, knock back a few of your favorite adult drinks,...

Ski news is all well and good and satisfies the ski nerd in us all but since food tends to eventually take up an unbelievable amount of any conversation athlete have, why not incorporate that into the site? So, starting now is a new series with a new recipe every week. You can try them, adapt them, review them, whatever. We’re also going to run nutritional stats with whatever we cook up so that you...