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Runner's Web Digest - August 1, 2003

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    Runner s Web Digest - August 1, 2003 The opinions expressed in the articles referenced by the Digest are the opinions of the writers and not the Runner s Web
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      Runner's Web Digest - August 1, 2003

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      We have a winner in our Monthly Pegasus Quiz.
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      This Issue's Article Index:

      1. Athletics: The US College Athletics Scholarship Experience - Part II
      2. Marine amputee is learning how to live again
      3. Prepping for Race Day
      4. An iron attitude against Ironman
      5. Armstrong's Clear Example for All People With Cancer
      6. Pain Gains
      7. New health food stores: Granola is out, pork is in
      8. Ways to Stay Hydrated
      9. From Runner's World
      10. Gene raises heart risk
      11. Cycling for Women
      12. Divine inspiration for working out
      13. Cycling: Don't relegate your indoor trainer to the attic over the summer
      14. Human growth hormone explained
      15. Jet Lag Drag
      16. For Antioxidants, Go Straight to the Source
      Eating foods high in these molecules better than popping pills, study finds.
      17. Sweet Victory
      As it turned out, father knew best...
      18. Supplementary Benefits?
      19. Reused water bottles carry dangerous bacteria: researchers
      20. Government mulls ban of ephedra
      21. Pedicab Operators Exercise and Get Paid
      22. What you can expect -- and strive for -- as an aging athlete
      23. Glory not worth risking life for:
      24. Froghoppers - Nature's New High-Jump Champion
      25. A spring in your step may lower the pain in your joints

      The latest training column by CTS Sports has been posted.
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      Combination of 2 - 4 55
      Total Votes: 117
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      Book of the Week: Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Health and Exercise.
      New book exposes some common myths about diet and fitness.
      Ever wonder, when you're on an elliptical machine at the gym, just what the "fat-burning zone" is and how somebody came up with it?
      Ever wonder just how well-trained your personal trainer is?
      Ever wonder if stretching before exercise really prevents injury?
      Gina Kolata wondered about those things, too.
      So, the New York Times science writer with a self-proclaimed exercise obsession decided to turn those questions into a book, Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth About Exercise and Health (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24).
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      The FiveStar Site of the Week: EmilieMondor.com.
      "Do It or Don't Do It, There Is No Try"
      From adidas press release:
      "ADIDAS signs upcoming world's best half-distance runner
      Phenom signs multi-year endorsement deal with international sports giant
      Netherlands - January 1st 2003 (CP)
      Star Canadian distance runner Emilie Mondor has signed a three-year contract with international sports equipment manufacturer ADIDAS.
      The 22 years old native from Mascouche, Quebec, ended up a brief and record-setting career with Simon Fraser University track team to become professional in her beloved sport; athletics.
      "It's impossible for me to give the exact amount of the deal but it will allowed me to have a good quality of life over the next couple of years, at least. That deal renders my athletics career my primary financial resources. This deal will make my life a little more comfortable as an athlete in Canada. I plan to use the money wisely to advance my athletics career," said Mondor."
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      This Weeks News:

      1. Athletics: The US College Athletics Scholarship Experience - Part II
      Tracy Montgomery, Mary Jane (MJ) Middelkoop, and Stephanie Duffy are currently members of the Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team, an Ottawa based women's running and triathlon club. All three attended university in the US on athletic scholarships. The Runner's Web asked them about their scholarship experience. This is part one of a three part series. This column interviews Stephanie Duffy.
      Name: Stephanie Duffy
      Hometown: Whitby, Ontario
      US University: Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
      Primary Events: 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m, 10,000m
      1. Runner's Web (RW): Could you describe the recruiting process and how you came to be offered an athletic scholarship - how the initial contact was made, whether a high school or club coach was involved, did you communicate with the university head coach or an assistant, etc.
      Stephanie Duffy (SD): I was contacted by a recruiting company called "College Prospects" after O.F.S.A.A. in grade 11. Their job was to introduce me to the U.S. schools and make me sound as "marketable" as possible. Once they sent my athletic resume to the schools, it was up to the coaches to contact me. It varied as to which coach I communicated with, about 50% were assistant coaches and 50% were head coaches. My high school and club coaches mainly offered me support throughout the process
      More...from the Runner's Web at:
      Next week we will conclude this three part series with an interview with Mary Jane Middelkoop.

      2. Marine amputee is learning how to live again:
      San Antonio man thrives after land mine incident
      SAN ANTONIO -- A cane in his hand, a computer in his titanium leg, Staff Sgt. Eric Alva is a Marine on the mend.
      Three months after losing his right leg to a land mine in Iraq, Alva is walking once again, thanks to rigorous physical therapy, a
      state-of-the-art prosthetic leg and an unstoppable spirit.
      His journey back to independence has had moments of disappointment, even doubt. But Alva, 32, is thriving.
      His days at a San Antonio rehabilitation center are dictated by intense therapy sessions, where he's learning to use his new leg and
      strengthening his right arm, which was badly damaged by shrapnel.
      A physical therapist stands close behind, holding onto a wide cloth belt around Alva's waist in case he loses his balance, while the
      Marine takes slow, calculated steps. His movements are jerky and awkward, but he slowly advances along a sidewalk.
      "It gets frustrating," said Alva, a former marathon runner. "You want your leg back."
      More...from the Austin American-Statesman at:
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      3. Prepping for Race Day
      By DAVID RASTATTER For the Colorado Daily
      The 24-hour period before a race is one of the most important preparation periods for the runner. Anything and everything you do can
      affect your performance. The twin keys of this time are rest and diet. Consistency must be maintained. Don't change anything or try
      anything new. That means new food, new drinks, or a new sleep schedule. The day before and the day of the Chicago Marathon I did a
      few things different from my routine. I look back and wish I hadn't. Here are some helpful tips.
      One of the most common mistakes made the day before the race is cramming your training. You figure, "If I get one more hard workout
      or long run in then I will be that much better than I was before." This couldn't be further from the truth. At most go do a couple
      of 100- to 20-meter (LIGHT) strides, or get on the exercise bike for 15-20 minutes - light and easy. This will keep the blood
      flowing in your legs and prevent your muscles from tightening. Another alternative is my favorite - be lazy and rest. After all of
      the training you have earned a solid day off. One of the biggest dangers of cramming is that you will over exhaust your muscles
      during the race because they are still in recovery from whatever you did the day before. Even professional athletes make this
      More...from the Colorado Daily at:

      4. An iron attitude against Ironman:
      Who would've guessed the reaction of some readers to the possibility of bringing an Ironman qualifying event to Williamsburg?
      A sampling of the rancor that has dotted the Last Word and letters to the editor over the last week:
      "We do not need the tacky Ironman race."
      "I would be rolling around on the floor laughing if I thought it was a joke."
      "I think something of this magnitude should be voted on by the people... The people should decide if they want to put up with the
      magnitude of something this destructive."
      Another caller, speculating that the event would spur interest in cycling or running on the same roads used for the race and, in
      turn, create danger, said "I prefer keeping our hospital beds empty instead of our hotel rooms full... express your concern and not
      allow one industry cause us to have a terrible tragedy."
      More...from the Virginia Gazette at:

      5. Armstrong's Clear Example for All People With Cancer:
      Lance Armstrong's story is well known. He is on the verge of climbing into cycling's elite class today with a fifth straight Tour de
      France championship. Miguel Indurain is the only man to win the Tour five times in a row, continuing in the tradition of Jacques
      Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, each of whom also won five times, though not consecutively.
      In one important way, Armstrong stands alone: he had to survive cancer before he could win the Tour. The cancer, which started in
      his testicles and spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain, was followed by months of intensive chemotherapy.
      Armstrong was an elite cyclist before the cancer was diagnosed. This is not to take anything away from his incredible feat - if
      anyone could make such a comeback, he could. In the 90's, when he was up and coming, someone once referred to him as the next Greg
      LeMond. He replied that he would be the next Lance Armstrong.
      But Armstrong credits his experience with cancer for his rise to the top. It tested his physical and emotional mettle, the
      cornerstone of a Tour de France champion. The question becomes: can others benefit from his inspiring accomplishments? In a
      practical sense, can people with cancer develop a recovery like his?
      More...from the NY Times at:
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      6. Pain Gains
      In the early mornings, when I head out to work, I often see the same middle-aged jogger go by, fussing with his stopwatch. Though
      his pace is rapid, it is also shuddering, like a cart with a wobbly wheel. I picture bone grinding on bone with no cartilage left to
      intervene. And yet it is not pain that shows on his face but pleasure. I speculate about this man even as I envy him. Exercise for
      him is its own reward. It is life affirming and it is his addiction.
      My addiction is tennis. In summer I may hobble around home and office, but on the court, once I hear the opening pop of a new can of
      balls, pain is forgotten, and I lunge and sprint with abandon. My game peaked 10 years ago and then came down to a steady club
      level. Since then, the biggest change is in the time it takes to recover from my on-court exertions. There was a week not long ago,
      for example, when I dreaded shaking hands because my elbow hurt, I limped from Achilles tendonitis, lying flat was preferable to
      sitting because my back ached and the Advil was taking its toll on my stomach. And yet, when my partner called to see if I would
      play, I couldn't get out the door fast enough. I felt comforted that even President Bush, a committed exerciser, had complained just
      that month of aching knees. Last month, it was revealed he had torn his calf muscle in April.
      More...from the NY Times Magazine at:

      7. New health food stores: Granola is out, pork is in.
      Atkins diet inspires Bay Area no-carb outlets.
      A new kind of health food store is sprouting up all over the Bay Area, and the hottest products on the shelves are the
      cinnamon-butter pork rinds.
      As proof that the Atkins diet craze is spreading like zero-carb syrup on a whey protein pancake, special shrines are being created
      for the exploding number of devoted carbohydrate-dodgers -- culinary safe havens where the snack chips are soy and the soda is
      sugar-free Diet Rite. Some vegetables are forbidden fruit.
      It's the latest trend within the latest trend: opportunistic retail stores that carry only products favored by the tens of millions
      of Americans who have tried to shed weight with high-protein plans pioneered by the late Dr. Robert Atkins.
      More...from the San Francisco Chronicle at:

      8. Ways to Stay Hydrated:
      If you're active during summer's heat and humidity, your usual daily intake of liquid may be insufficient.
      "Low levels of dehydration -- [liquid loss equal to] just 1 or 2 percent of body weight -- are associated with decreases in athletic
      and cognitive performance," says Larry Kenney, professor of physiology and kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University and
      president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
      Health risks such as heat exhaustion rise as dehydration levels reach 3 percent or 4 percent of body weight. "As we get dehydrated,
      all of our systems run less efficiently, and there's more stress on the heart," Kenney said. Symptoms of dehydration include dry
      mouth, thirst, headache and dizziness.
      More...from the Washington Post at:

      9. From Runner's World:
      Cool Advice: Summer running too hot for you? Plan your runs so they go past a firehouse, a cemetery or a local park - places where water pumps or water fountains are accessible. Midway through the run, take off your shirt (ladies - keep those sports bras on!) and soak it in the cold water. Put it back on and feel your body say "Ahhh!" -Natalie Gingerich, RW online summer intern

      Fatigue Buster: Feeling fatigue for the first mile of any run is normal. If the fatigue continues past that first mile, however, consider slowing your pace or cutting your planned distance. -Jane Hahn, RW senior editor

      Train Smart: Remember: it's not mega mileage that prepares you for fast times or long races; it's speed training and long runs. Apart from a speed session and a long run each week, it takes only two other 30-minute runs a week over the course of six months to prepare for the marathon. -Jeff Galloway

      Ankle Lessons: Follow a four-step sequence to relieve ankle turns: You can turn your ankle by stepping on an uneven surface, or just by not watching where you're going. If it's very sore and swelling, start the RICE routine: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Apply ice three or four times a day for 20 minutes at a time.

      Get Crabby: Studies have shown that people with asthma are often zinc-deficient. To make sure you get enough zinc in your diet, eat more crab, oysters, lean ground beef, lean ham, dark turkey, or chicken meat, lentils, legumes, or Ricotta cheese

      10. Gene raises heart risk
      An international team of researchers has identified a specific gene that plays a key role in causing heart attacks.
      People with a malfunctioning LOX-1 gene appear to be almost three times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest.
      "It would be wrong to say that LOX-1 is 'the' gene which, by itself, causes heart attacks," says Professor Jawahar Mehta, Director
      of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
      "Our research in various countries, with diverse racial groups, appears to show that we have found something that is a universal
      gene abnormality which increases the risk of heart attacks.
      "We are all very excited about it. It's a very serious advance."
      More...from the BBC at:

      11. Cycling for Women:
      Author: The Editors of Bicycling Magazine
      Paperback, 92 pages
      Published by Rodale Press
      Traditionally, women have shied away from serious cycling. The mechanics of the bike, the physical demands of the sport, and the uniqueness of the clothing combined to act as deterrents. But times are changing and more women are riding.
      When you think about it, the bicycle is a great equalizer. Every body type fits a bicycle and any person, regardless of age or sex, can excel on one. In fact, a smart woman can be competitive against a stronger man simply by using common sense and intuition. But being competitive doesn't necessarily mean wanting to win races.
      I remember a woman who attended the training camp my husband (7-Eleven team pro Davis Phinney) and I hold every summer at Colorado's Copper Mountain Resort. Her goal had nothing to do with real races - she wanted to beat her boyfriend on one of their favorite training rides. She was a talented cyclist and no doubt gave him a run for his money.
      More...from Yahoo at:

      12. Divine inspiration for working out:
      Health clubs and private trainers are incorporating religion as a motivational tool for those who want a healthier -- and more spiritual -- way of life.
      People find inspiration for getting fit in many places: a wedding, a vacation at a tropical resort or a health warning from their doctor. But Barbara Cleough says she found her motivation for a healthier lifestyle in a less likely place: the Bible.
      "I was reading the Bible and I made a commitment to follow the standards of Christ," said Cleough, 65, a member of the Heart Mind Soul and Strength Fitness Center in Anaheim. "It's made a huge difference in inspiring me to get into shape."
      More...from the LA Times at:
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      13. Cycling: Don't relegate your indoor trainer to the attic over the summer:
      You're probably basking, possibly even baking, in the heat of summer. Before you relegate your trainer or rollers to the attic, consider the benefits of a trainer-based workout:
      You're free of traffic, traffic lights and stop signs and can fully concentrate on your workout.
      You can train at any time of day, which can be useful when other life commitments would otherwise prevent you from riding.
      It provides instant access to perfectly flat terrain to facilitate governing power during interval workouts. You can simulate climbing by elevating the front wheel and rolling hills by shifting through the gears.
      It's ideal for an easy spin on recovery days.
      More...from Active.com at:

      14. Human growth hormone explained:
      What is human growth hormone?
      Growth hormone is a powerful anabolic hormone that occurs naturally in the human body. It is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and stimulates the growth of muscle, cartilage, and bone.
      It is made throughout a person's lifetime but is more plentiful during youth. It stimulates growth in children and plays an important role in adult metabolism.
      Scientists first isolated HGH in 1956. Three years later, NHS doctors began to use it in the treatment of children suffering from stunted growth.
      Before the advent of genetic engineering, the only source of HGH was human corpses. The pituitary glands were removed from cadavers, processed and the hormones made available in injectable form.
      More...from the BBC at:

      15. Jet Lag Drag:
      (HealthDayNews) -- Jet lag is an inevitable side effect of airplane travel, especially when crossing multiple time zones. According to the Aerospace Medical Association, adjusting your body clock is generally easier when travel is to the west.
      Here are some ways to diminish the effects of jet lag:
      Rest well before the flight.
      Eat lightly before and during the flight.
      Once the plane has taken off, reset your watch to the destination time.
      Drink water and fruit juices during the flight, and limit alcoholic beverages.
      Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
      Schedule outdoor activities on the first few days at the new destination.
      Take only a single nap of 30 to 40 minutes or less each day.

      16. For Antioxidants, Go Straight to the Source
      Eating foods high in these molecules better than popping pills, study finds.
      Popping a pill to increase antioxidants in your body apparently doesn't work as well as eating the fruits and vegetables that contain them naturally.
      And what works even better, researchers claim, is mixing the natural foods together.
      Dietary antioxidants are considered beneficial because they slow the chemical process of oxidation, which causes cholesterol deposits and narrowing of the arteries and can lead to various heart-related problems. A variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs contain antioxidants -- including onions, tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, grapes and pomegranates -- but antioxidant supplements also have been developed.
      More...from HealthScout at:

      17. Sweet Victory
      As it turned out, father knew best...
      When I trained at the track in secondary school, my dad considered it his duty to make sure I never trained or raced on an empty fuel tank. One of his favourite pre-race traditions was to have me gulp a tablespoon of honey minutes before the starting gun fired. And it worked well for me, even if my tongue was perpetually stuck to the roof of my mouth. Later, at university, my physiology textbooks suggested that eating a simple sugar like honey just before competition might actually have a negative impact on performance. So who's right? As it turns out, father knows best.
      After you eat a simple carbohydrate such as glucose (a sugar often found in sports drinks and gels), your blood-sugar level rises.
      This causes your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin's main function is to reduce your blood-sugar level by helping to transport glucose to your muscles. This is all good because we need glucose to fuel the muscle contractions involved in running. However, our working muscles need to continue to get energy from the glucose in our blood. So it's important to keep our blood-sugar level from dropping while we run.
      But how can you use the sugar in sports drinks and gels to help you perform your best? Like many things in life, it's all in the timing. As you get closer to race time, you need to pay more attention to your sugar intake
      More...from Runner's World UK at:

      18. Supplementary Benefits?
      "Boosts stamina, endurance and strength. Clinically proven to burn fat faster. Will speed up your metabolism. Can increase your muscles' energy-loading system and propensity for sustained power and performance."
      Sounds too good to be true?
      Unfortunately for athletes, scientific research into the effects of dietary supplements has thus far proven inconclusive, regardless of what their manufacturers want you to believe. Why, then, do ever-hopeful runners dash to their local chemist and health food store eager to spend their hard-earned cash on products whose unsubstantiated claims fail to guarantee to 'boost, improve or increase' anything, except the burgeoning profits of supplement companies? Perhaps to find the elusive key - yet to be discovered - to improved athletic performance, neatly packaged and easily taken in capsule or tablet form.
      In the mid-1990s, brilliant claims on supplement labels prompted scientists to study the promotional claims of several popular dietary supplements on the market which target athletes. Their results, which appeared in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, prove startling: no published scientific evidence supports the promotional claims of a large number of dietary supplements.
      More...from Runner's World UK at:

      19. Reused water bottles carry dangerous bacteria: researchers
      Reused water bottles can lead to serious stomach infections if they're not washed properly say Alberta health authorities.
      Dr. Gerry Predy, Edmonton's medical officer of health, has sent out a public warning to keep the bottles clean.
      "You do get germs from your mouth on it and there's bits of protein on saliva that organisms can thrive and grow on," says Predy.
      Predy is responding to a University of Calgary study. Researchers tested the water in children's reused bottles at an elementary school.
      Dangerous levels of bacteria were found in nearly three out of four samples.
      More...from the CBC at:

      20. Government mulls ban of ephedra:
      The government is considering banning ephedra, an herbal stimulant used in dietary supplements that has been linked to scores of deaths and myriad health problems, the head of the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
      Commissioner Mark McClellan's testimony before House subcommittees marked a departure for his agency, which had said it had been prevented from banning such products by a 1994 law that left dietary supplements largely unregulated.
      "A ban on ephedra use is in the range of options we are considering," he told the lawmakers.
      McClellan said the agency needs to make sure the evidence it is reviewing, such as studies on the herb and health complaints submitted to companies that use it in their products, could support a ban under the law. The 1994 statute requires the FDA to prove that a dietary supplement is harmful rather than having the manufacturer prove that it is safe, as with drugs.
      More...from CNN at:

      21. Pedicab Operators Exercise and Get Paid:
      Like Lance Armstrong, Jim Gregory makes bike riding pay. Gregory just doesn't make it pay as well.
      While Armstrong, the perennial Tour de France winner, racks up millions of dollars in endorsement contracts, Gregory hauls people and cargo around Ames, Iowa, in a pedicab. He gets paid in tips.
      "I'd love to have million-dollar endorsements, too, but no," Gregory joked. "I can't say anybody would pay for an endorsement based on what we do."
      Gregory and pedicab operators like him in other cities have found their own way to be pro cyclists. With bench seats on wheels at the front or back of their bikes, they get paid to exercise by carrying passengers or cargo. Gregory lets passengers decide what the ride is worth: "We don't suggest anything."
      More...from the Washington Post at:

      22. What you can expect -- and strive for -- as an aging athlete
      How fast can I expect to get as a middle-aged (or older) athlete? Everyone asks him/herself this question, and they ask it at every age.
      Everyone wants to know: "What is my theoretical top speed, if all my genetics are optimized through the most diligent training my body can take?"
      But let us say you're 43, or 52, or 66 years old. Maybe you're fortunate in that you have a bit more freedom in your schedule than during your younger years, allowing you to get closer to your athletic potential. What sort of peak performances were theoretically available to you in your prime? How have they been diminished by age? What is your potential today?
      There is a medical answer to this question, and then a much more practical answer. We'll tackle medicine first.
      The artificial boost
      Certain hormones largely responsible for building a physically strong body may not be present in the same amounts as you get older. Most notably, production of human growth hormone and testosterone tend to lessen with age.
      Of course you can take these hormones supplementally. I've heard of at least one traveling lecture -- conducted by a notable coach in the cycling community -- who preaches taking HgH and/or testosterone supplements.
      More...from Active.com at:

      23. Glory not worth risking life for:
      I LIKE sports. Most sports actually.
      In fact, if you ignore synchronised swimming (as I do), there isn't much I wouldn't watch on TV if there's nothing on, Ill watch lawn bowls. Look at Crackerjack. Great movie.
      Lately, though, I'm starting to wonder, just exactly how important sport is in the grand scheme of things?
      With Australian swimmer Elka Grahams recent health scare at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, the spotlight has again fallen on the pressures facing those at the top of world sport.
      As important, however, is the question of the pressures facing the doctors who must diagnose and treat high-profile athletes illnesses.
      More...from the Border Mail at:

      24. Froghoppers - Nature's New High-Jump Champions
      LONDON (Reuters) - Froghoppers, tiny insects found in gardens and grasslands around the world, have overtaken fleas to become nature's new high-jump champions.
      The six-millimeter (0.24 inch) insects also known as spittle bugs can jump to 700 millimeters, exerting a force 400 times their body weight and far surpassing fleas who exert 135 times and humans, who use a force two or three times their weight.
      "This little guy really can jump," said Professor Malcolm Burrows of the University of Cambridge in England.
      "It outperforms the previous recognized champions which have always been fleas," he told Reuters.
      More...from Reuters at:

      25. A spring in your step may lower the pain in your joints
      UBC researchers publish study on Kanga Boots, fitness industry's Next Big Thing.
      Kangoo Jumps look like the Next Big Thing in fitness trends after University of B.C. sports medicine researchers published the first study on them, citing advantages over exercise done while wearing normal sneakers.
      Research led by Dr. Jack Taunton, a University of British Columbia professor of medicine and director of the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, shows that springing around in the $330 boots reduces the demand on joints while increasing cardiovascular endurance.
      The boots have a cantilever spring system on the soles, as opposed to wheels. The spring system absorbs the shock, thereby reducing the impact on ankles, knees, hips and back during jogging or walking.
      More...from Canada.com at:

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