Word of Warning – Half of Elite Level Athletes have Rotten Teeth

The Independent have today highlighted a study that is due to be published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology showing 49.1% of elite British athletes have tooth decay, with two thirds reporting their on-field performance is affected by it. The study looked at 350 sportsmen and women from nine GB Olympic teams, Team Sky, England…

Post Concussion Syndrome Rehabilitation

Picking up injuries when you’re mountain biking is inevitable and, despite the head protection, our brains are as equally at risk as any other part of our body. I posted a few weeks ago on concussion but if you’re struggling with post concussion syndrome the podcast below might be what you need. The issue is…

UK Coaching Week

Sunday 10th June 2018 has not only seen the Leogang Downhill World Cup come and go for another year but has also seen the end of Coaching Week in the UK. Health Education England state that ‘Coaching is the art of facilitating the development, learning and performance of another’ and coaches play a vital part…

Insights from Aaron Gwin on Line Choice

Aaron Gwin proved he was human in a couple of ways at Fort William. The most obvious example was when he came off during his race run. Another example came in Episode 2 of Tales of the Mob. Aaron’s renowned for his physical strength, which provides the foundation for his attacking, aggressive, all out style….

Powerful Interview with Aaron Gwin

Season 2 of RedBull’s series ‘Rob Warner Meets’ has been an interesting one so far but, for me, Aaron Gwin’s episode stands out. The reason I rate this episode so high is because of the degree of insight it gives us into Aaron’s mindset and general outlook on life. There’s an old piece of advice…

Eggs

While eggs have been a major part of the diets of body builders and other athletes for decades, there are sizeable portions of the general public who avoid them like the plague. The worlds media has been full of egg stories this week, however, after a 10 year long Chinese led study was published in…

The Indoor Generation – The Card Mountain Bikers Hold Over Gym Addicts

In the week that XC legend Julien Absalon retired from competition citing pollen allergies as a major factor in his decision; VELUX┬áreleased this powerful advertisement. A true understanding of the causes of allergies is a long way off yet, but the evidence for the benefits of living active lives with significant periods of time spent…

Concussion

Three weeks off posting and now I’m breaking myself back in gently after slamming my head so hard I bruised my forehead through a D3 helmet…..in view of the circumstances, concussion’s probably a good place to start. The week of the Losinj World Cup seemed to have a concussion theme as, in addition to my…

Aaron Gwin on how Caring Wins Races

Lululemon have released a third video in their Stepping Beyond series and this one focuses on Aaron Gwin. Aaron’s message in the video is a powerful one and provides another example of why he’s at the top of his game. In it he talks about how much his team support him and how he supports…

Aaron Gwin Talks Racing

An interesting interview was released yesterday by Bell Helmets in which Aaron Gwin talks about world cup racing. The interesting bits for me in this interview turn up in the first 55 seconds: What do you do to psych yourself up before a race? What are some of your 2018 racing goals? As you’d expect,…

What is the Stability/Mobility Continuum?

The Stability/Mobility Continuum is a concept used in human biomechanics/movement analysis/training etc to describe a requirement of different joints in the body to be more stable or more mobile. There are a couple of ways the term may be used but the most widely accepted use these days involves a joint-by-joint analysis of the body….

Is it the Bike or the Rider that Wins the Race?

Ibis Cycles have released the below video of Robin Wallner riding their new 29er enduro race machine – the Ripmo. The thing that caught my eye about this release wasn’t the video though, it was the description…. “Early this winter, the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team descended on Santa Cruz, California to visit Ibis HQ, meet…