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    RunSmart Interview - "The Authors"

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    RunSmart Interview - "The Authors" PDF Print E-mail
    Wednesday, 09 December 2009

    Prior to my book signing at Leeds County Books in Brockville, Canada in August, I was interviewed by Doreen Barnes for BrockNewsTV. They have recently posted the interview online:

     

     

    Many thanks to Dale and Doreen of BrockNews TV, and my hosts Jake and Pat Belanger and Russ Disotell of Leeds County Books for their support.

    "RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach To Injury-Free Running", is available at Lulu.com and Amazon.com, along with RunTex Riverside and South Congress Athletic Club in Austin, Texas and Leeds County Books in Brockville, Canada. There will also be a book signing and discussion at RunTex on Saturday, December 12 at 12:00 pm. Meet-and-greet starts at 11:30 am.


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    RunSmart Book Signing At RunTex 12/12/09 PDF Print E-mail
    Saturday, 05 December 2009

    Allan Besselink, Austin physical therapist and endurance sports coach, will be in-store at RunTex Riverside (422 W. Riverside, Austin) on December 12 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Besselink will be discussing his approach to both injury-free running and injury recovery, and signing copies of his book "RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach To Injury-Free Running".

    Further information on "RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach To Injury-Free Running" can be found here.

    Give the gift of injury-free running for Christmas!

    RunTex is the place to be on 12/12 at 12:00 - hope to see you there.


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    BlogTalkRadio 12/08/09: 2009 Health Review PDF Print E-mail
    Wednesday, 02 December 2009

    Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday December 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". The past year has seen a lot of news in the health and health care worlds. Tonight's episode, the last episode of 2009, will discuss many of the key health news issues for 2009.

    The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abesselink and also download this and previous episodes here as well.

    Join us for a great review of the year in health news - and our last episode for the year!

     
    Is Running Becoming A Health Risk? PDF Print E-mail
    Sunday, 29 November 2009

    2007 Dublin City Marathon (Ireland)I am starting to think that our currently held beliefs on running and, specifically, running a marathon, are creating a new type of health risk.

    The November 23 issue of the Austin American-Statesman has an article by Fit City writer Pamela LeBlanc entitled "Are slow runners ruining marathons?". In it she refers to a recent article in the NY Times on the same topic. Here is the original NY Times quote:

    "From 1980 to 2008, the number of marathon finishers in the United States increased to 425,000 from 143,000 . In 1980, the median finishing time for male runners in United States marathons was 3 hours 32 minutes 17 seconds, a pace of about eight minutes per mile. In 2008, the median finishing time was 4:16, a pace of 9:46. For women, that time in 1980 was 4:03:39. Last year, it was 4:43:32".

    She states that "making an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle is important, and having a goal like a marathon - whether you run it all or walk part of it - can help". She then states that "proper training is crucial to prevent injury".

    And therein lies the quantum leap. I would totally agree with LeBlanc as she makes note of two critical issues - fostering active lifestyles, and doing so safely by preventing running injuries. But is it possible that the increased levels of participation - and the slower overall pace of the runners - combined with a high rate of running injuries, could actually be creating a greater health risk?


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    BlogTalkRadio 11/24/09: Healthy Eating For The Holidays PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 19 November 2009

    Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday November 24, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". The holiday season is rapidly approaching. You've been active and maintaining a healthy diet, but how do you survive the holidays? Some simple nutritional concepts can help you not only survive the holiday season, but enjoy it along the way! This episode's guest is Marsha Beckermann, registered dietician and former Food Coach for the University of Texas athletics program.

     

    The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abesselink and also download this and previous episodes here as well.

     

    Join us for some healthy tips for healthy eating during the holidays!

     
    Principles Of Run Training: 800 meters to 100 miles PDF Print E-mail
    Wednesday, 18 November 2009

    800 meters to 100 miles!Principles define training. Principles can lead you to personal best performances, injury prevention, and health – if they are simply applied correctly.


    Historically, running has a social and coaching culture that would have you believe that very diverse methods are required to train for different events. For example, most would assume that training for the 800 meters on the track would be in complete opposition to training for a 100 mile trail run. One is 200 times longer than the other. Currently-held beliefs would tell us that these events utilize different “energy systems”, that one event is anaerobic while the other is aerobic, that one event is for those with lots of fast twitch muscle fibers while the other is only for those with a predominance of slow twitch fibers, that perhaps a specific periodization or structure of training is required, or even more commonly, that perhaps a certain number of miles of training are necessary.


    These traditional methods make some assumptions that, sadly, have not stood the test of time or science.


    Much of the traditional thinking assumes that the cardiovascular system is the primary limiter of performance – and thus the primary aspect to address in training. But as we’ve built a body of knowledge in the sports sciences, this has been found to not be the case. The central nervous system and neuromuscular system are the primary limiters of performance, and thus issues such as power output should define the training plan. The greater the power output (at any given distance), the faster you go.


    What does this mean from a practical application?


    I have coached runners of all skill levels and paces, and through a wide variety of event distances. And the one common element that links events like the 800 meters and a 100 mile run is that the training principles are the same. Yes, the same.

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    BlogTalkRadio 11/10/09: The Injured Runner PDF Print E-mail
    Sunday, 08 November 2009

    Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday November 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". If you're running a winter or spring marathon, you're probably well into your training by now. Unfortunately, this is also the time that the first big wave of running injuries appear. In this episode, I will discuss the injured runner - and an evidence-based approach to dealing with your running injury optimally.

     

    The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abesselink and also download this and previous episodes here as well.

     

    Join us for this important discussion on the issues facing the injured runner.

     
    The Rules Of Triathlon PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 29 October 2009

    Longorn Half IronmanThe rules of sport are put into place for a reason. They are usually implemented for safety, or to decrease the liability of the event director and sanctioning body. They may be instituted to create a level playing field for all competitors. Rules are generally not made to be broken. And yes, rules ARE made to be enforced.


    Perhaps this post should be entitled “An Open Letter to USA Triathlon” … or the World Triathlon Corporation, or to all of the triathletes out there that are doing events sanctioned by these bodies. Suffice it to say that in the races that I have either participated in or have viewed as a spectator, there have been plenty of instances of people “breaking the rules”. It’s not just the pros. And it’s not getting better with more and more participants in the sport – if anything, I think it’s getting worse.


    The basic premise of triathlon is simple – complete the course under your own power, and without any external assistance. It’s the thrill of the competition, and the challenge that we face within ourselves. Sadly, this can get lost in the mix.


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    BlogTalkRadio 10/27/09: Health Care Reform PDF Print E-mail
    Friday, 23 October 2009

    Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday October 27, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". Health care reform probably requires little introduction. We're in the midst of some challenging discussions regarding the cost of health care, the quality of ihealth care, and the ability of the patient to access health care. Should the government be involved? What  impact is reforming  going to have on the average person? We've been exposed to a lot of misinformation, and a lot of diatribe. In this episode, we will discuss some of the issues facing successful health care reform - from the perspective of the provider, and the patient.

     

    This episode has two special guests. The first is Dr. Quentin Lobb, an anaesthesiologist from Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Lobb graduated from Baylor University with a double major in biochemistry and molecular genetics, and then went on to do his medical degree at Oklahoma University. Dr. Lobb is also a runner and triathlete - having completed 15 marathons and 3 Ironman triathlons. Our second guest is Robin Warnken, a licensed massage therapist, and fitness professional for nearly 20 yrs who not only has her Masters of Science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion but is also an Ironman and marathon finisher (and previous guest of "Consumer's Guide To Health"). Robin will help to address the issues related to the patient from her own personal experiences.


    The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abesselink and also download this and previous episodes here as well.

     

    I hope you can join us for what should be a lively discussion!

     
    BlogTalkRadio 10/13/09: Diabetes PDF Print E-mail
    Wednesday, 07 October 2009

    Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday October 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". There are 23.6 million children and adults in the US, or approximately 7.8% of the population, that have diabetes. Type I diabetes (secondary to the body's failure to produce insulin) affects 5 - 10% of the population, with Type II (insulin resistance) being the more common. There are many risk factors for Type II diabetes including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, and smoking. The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2007 was estimated to be $174 billion. The 2007 per capita annual costs of health care for people with diabetes is $11,744 a year, of which $6,649 (57%) is attributed to diabetes. One out of every five health care dollars is spent caring for someone with diagnosed diabetes, while one in ten health care dollars is attributed to diabetes. Needless to say, diabetes has become a significant health issue in this country.

     

    This episode's special guest will be Allison Sullivan of Kerrville, Texas - triathlete and diabetic. Our discussion will focus on her personal experiences as a diabetic and how  to lead an active life with this condition.


    The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abesselink and also download this and previous episodes here as well.

     

    I hope you can join us for the discussion!

     
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