Methods Available, But Rarely Used, to See Doping Prevalence; Current Estimates Alarming

Anti-doping scientists used "data triangulation" to gather many different types of evidence about doping, and concluded that between 14 and 39 percent of elite athletes dope. The number is impressive - in part because estimates of doping are rarely published. But, the authors note, "tools to evaluate the prevalence of doping use in sports are readily available; they only need to be used more often." So why are we only talking about it?

This Month in Journals: Detecting Xenon Gas, A New Banned Substance – and Why You’d Want To

Regardless of whether breathing xenon gas was a prohibited method before WADA bothered to expressly ban it this spring, it would be hard to ban anyone for using it without direct evidence or a positive test. One group of German scientists has been working on developing just such a test, and says that their initial trials indicate that it may be a good match for anti-doping efforts.

This Month in Journals: How We Suffer

Did you know that “competitive suffering” is a thing, a real phenomenon with a definition and scientists studying it? That’s right, when you’re failing and get discouraged in the middle of a race (perhaps, like Alex Harvey at the Olympics, because your skis don't work), someone wants to ask you how you feel about it. This is what they've found out.

This Winter in Journals, Part One: Climate Change Adaptation and the Ski Industry

This winter, three teams of researchers investigated attitudes towards climate change within the ski industry. They found huge cultural differences between how Austrians, Finns, and New Zealanders perceived the threat - with the Austrian industry having no adaptation strategy, while New Zealand is ramping up snowmaking - as well as between CEO's and the skiers themselves.

Idaho Masters Skiers, Montana State University’s Movement Science Lab is looking for Nordic skiers to participate in a research project this fall and winter. We are looking for Masters-level cross country skiers who fit the following criteria: 40-69 years old, male or female. Competitive cross-country skiers who plan on participating in the 2014 Boulder Mountain Tour. Interested in being part of a ground-breaking study on this unique population of athletes. The purpose of the project...

USSA has posted the article “Biomechanical Analysis of Double Poling in Elite Cross-Country Skiers” by Hans-Christer Holmberg, Stefan Lindinger, Thomas Stoggl, Erich Eitzlmair, and Erich Muller.  Holmberg is part of the  Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and the Åstrand Laboratory, Stockholm University College of Physical Education and Sports, Stockholm, Sweden.  The other authors work with Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, University of Salzburg, Austria and  the Christian Doppler Laboratory Salzburg, Austria. From...