In an important playoff game, the Oakland Athletics trail the New York Yankees, 1-0, but in the bottom of the seventh, the A's looked like they had all the momentum after a hit was launched to right field -- but then, it happened. It, of course, is n...
It's the final game of the World Series, bottom of the ninth. You step up to the plate with your team down by three runs and the bases loaded. This is where champions are made -- or at least that's how the old saying goes. But if you ask any pro, true champions are built in the offseason.
It wasn't that long ago that extensive static stretching -- where you hold a stretch without moving -- before a workout was considered a smart thing to do. It was the best way to avoid injury, so we thought. But recent studies have changed the way we prepare for workouts. Too much pre-workout static stretching has the same effect as continually stretching a rubber band. Your muscles lose the tension and snapback needed for twitchy, explosive movements like stealing a base or chasing a drive into the gap. What you gain in flexibility, you lose in power and response. And the most surprising findings from recent studies show that pre-workout static stretching doesn't necessarily help prevent injury.
Usain Bolt is indisputably the fastest man in the world, holding records in both the 100-meter and the 200-meter dash. And while his explosiveness has never been in doubt, Bolt isn't known for his long-distance prowess. Why is that? How can a runner be so fast but not have great endurance?