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52 days to go

FIFA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:12am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. This one highlights the move to a 52-match event.

Roundup: Liverpool Closes In on Premier League Title; Messi’s Free Kick Lifts Barcelona

NYT Goal blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:45pm
The Reds are near their first English championship in 24 years, and they also ensured themselves a return to the Champions League with a victory over Norwich on Sunday.






Pumas, Tijuana maintain pressure with wins

FIFA - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 8:18pm

Unam Pumas moved up to third in the Clausura after edging a 1-0 home victory over Guadalajara, while Tijuana remain just a point behind after a 2-1 comeback win over Atlante.

Lokeren deny Zulte-Waregem top spot

FIFA - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:40pm

Zulte-Waregem suffered their first defeat of the Belgian play-offs as they went down 3-2 away to Lokeren, leaving Standard Liege holding down top spot.

Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Day 53

NYT Goal blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:37pm
The Barcelona star Neymar, who was injured last week, said he would be ready to play for Brazil in the World Cup.






Marathons Are Tough On The Heart, But Training Helps

Sports Are 80 Percent Mental - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:20pm
Now that it’s mid-April, thousands of amateur runners are realizing the time has come to get serious about their Spring marathon training plans.  The easier 4-6 mile weekday jogs increase quickly into 10-15 mile weekend long runs.  For those new to endurance distances, this jump in mileage can put a strain not only on the legs but also on the heart.  
In fact, there’s been some confusing research in the press lately with some claiming a marathon can do some coronary damage while others praising the health benefits of the cardiovascular training.

First, the encouraging news.  To understand the effects of marathon training on the heart, Jodi L. Zilinski, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, recruited 45 amateur runners who registered to run last year’s ill-fated Boston Marathon.  While that race day ended tragically, the research was completed prior to the start.  As part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fundraising team, the test group of men, ages 35-65, were asked to join an 18-week training program including a running calendar, nutrition tips and coaching.
Before they started on their journey, a baseline of health diagnostics were taken on each participant from cardiopulmonary stress testing to heart imaging studies to cholesterol screening.  Despite their eagerness to train, half of the group had at least one heart risk factor to monitor.
"We chose charity runners because we wanted to focus on the non-elite type of runner, just the average Joe who decides to get out there and train for a marathon," said Dr. Zilinski, who was the lead author of the study. "They turned out to be a healthier population than we expected with a lot of them already exercising on a pretty regular basis, but they were still nowhere near the levels of elite runners."
Her research was presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.
At the end of the 18 weeks, another round of medical testing showed some significant improvement:-  LDL (“bad”) cholesterol was reduced by 5%-  Total cholesterol went down by 4%-  Triglycerides decreased by 15%-  Peak oxygen consumption, a measure of the heart’s efficiency, increased by 4%
"Overall, participants experienced cardiac remodeling -- improvements in the size, shape, structure and function of the heart," said Dr. Zilinski. "Even with a relatively healthy population that was not exercise naïve, our study participants still had overall improvements in key indices of heart health."
Even with this level of training, running 26.2 miles still takes a toll on our cardio system. Earlier research sent out early warning signs against too much exercise and even risks of scarring the heart in serious endurance athletes.
In a study released last Fall, Dr. Eric Larose, of the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ), gathered 20 recreational distance runners between the ages of 18 and 60 who were signed up to run the Quebec City Marathon.  They underwent extensive cardiac testing, including blood testing and an MRI of the heart, weeks before the race, the day before the race and 48 hours after the race.
Comparing the before and after race data, he found some significant short-term damage in the heart, including a decrease in left and right ventricular function in half of the runners. The heart also showed swelling and reduced blood flow.
"We also found that heart muscle changes were more common and widespread in runners with lower fitness and less training,” said Dr. Larose. “Finally, we observed that these changes were transient."
Luckily, three months after the race, a third MRI showed that the damage had reversed itself.  The takeaway is that without the weeks of preparation, the story could be different.
"The changes are more widespread among those with lower fitness levels and less training," warned Larose. "Although no permanent injury was observed in this group of runners, the findings suggest that there may be a minimum fitness level needed beyond which the heart can bounce back from the strain of training and running a long race. Furthermore, these results emphasize the need for proper preparation before recreational distance runners engage in a marathon race.”
Properly preparing your entire body for a grueling athletic event like a marathon requires months of preparation starting with a full physical examination by your doctor.  Daily tracking of mileage, heartrate, nutrition, sleep and even your mood with an athlete monitoring system will provide a complete picture of your readiness for one of the most satisfying accomplishments of your life.
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Global Soccer: Chelsea Suffers Classic Bite From a Visiting Underdog

NYT Goal blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:34am
Sunderland, fighting for its life at the bottom of the Premier League standings, managed an upset win on the road against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.






53 days to go

FIFA - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 5:20am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. We continue with a look at one of Brazil's first superstars.

Wenger: Wilshere will be ready

FIFA - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 5:30pm

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told England manager Roy Hodgson that Jack Wilshere will be available for selection at this summer's FIFA World Cup as the midfielder has stepped up his rehabilitation from injury. 

The fairytale of Pago Pago

FIFA - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 3:50pm

American Samoa went from suffering a 31-0 loss to posting one of international football’s all-time biggest upsets in the space of ten years. Now their story has been turned into a film.

Roundup: Cardiff City and Fulham Stuck in Relegation Zone

NYT Goal blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 3:40pm
In the Premier League, Cardiff City and Fulham did nothing on Saturday to aid their chances of avoiding relegation.






Countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Day 54

NYT Goal blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
The last time the World Cup was held in Brazil, in 1950, India was poised to make its first appearance in the tournament.






England's game adopted by Brazil

FIFA - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 8:10am

FIFA.com traces the origins of the footballing relationship between England and Brazil, taking in Charles Miller, the first Seleção match, Mirandinha of Newcastle United and Juninho Paulista of Middlesbrough.

54 days to go

FIFA - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 4:45am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. This one profiles it becoming a televised event in 1954.

Neymar: I won't miss World Cup

FIFA - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:35am

Brazil star Neymar has said he will be fit enough to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in his home country, despite suffering an injury that could see him miss the rest of the club season with Barcelona.

Atletico Close on Title With Win Over Stubborn Elche

NYT Goal blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:51pm
Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when a Miranda header and Diego Costa’s late penalty secured an unconvincing 2-0 win.






World Cup tickets become a reality for fans

FIFA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:49pm
Friday marked the opening of the FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres in ten Host Cities, allowing the fans to get their hands on their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil tickets for the first time.

Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Day 55

NYT Goal blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:35pm
The United States men’s national team will set up training camp for the World Cup at Stanford University.






Uruguay Coach Touts Unity and Spirit, Restoring Glory in the Process

NYT Goal blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:25pm
Under Óscar Tabárez, the national soccer team for Uruguay has undergone a slow revolution, finishing third at the 2010 World Cup and winning the 2011 Copa América.






A guide to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil tickets

FIFA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:31am

Key information printed on the actual tickets for Brazil 2014 will help spectators from the moment they arrive at the stadium to help them find their seat and much more. Here we outline some of the useful information that will be provided on the ticket.

 

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