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RESPONSE TIME: Athletes’ Blogs, Tweets, and More (5/3/12)

The Tweets, Web Posts, blog entries, and sound bites from the world of sports and fitness for the week of May 3rd, 2012

REID ADVISES TO STEP BACK BEFORE LEAPING FORWARD


Darrell Reid

@DarrellReid Often we have to take a step back and evaluate the situation before we can take the next giant leap forward. ~ #Footzlosophy  –Darrell Reid (American football player) knows perspective is the right path to take. 

GALE FORCE

@ G_WeberGale Within every moment there is something to be happy about. If you're having trouble finding this take a different angle. –Garrett-Weber Gale (Professional swimmer) brings it back to the basics and is happy in the moment.

DEION BELIEVES IN HIMSELF

@DeionSanders U can make it,u can do this,u can get by get over get up get thru it all Only if u Believe. Ask yourself this question DO U BELIEVE? Truth!  –Deion Sanders (Professional football player) Digging deep and getting through the hard work with his belief this week.

MERRIMAN MOTIVATES

@ shawnemerriman Life is great when you find the perfect motivation to get up for what's you're motivation? –Shawne Merriman (Professional Football player) urges us all to work towards our goal, each and every day. 

PETITE TESTIFIES AGAINST FRIEND,ROGER CLEMENS ON HGH USE

Photo by: HGHarticles.com

“I wish I never would’ve . . . and if I hadn’t done it, I wouldn’t be here today.”  Andy Pettitte (former Yankee pitcher) testifying in federal court that he had participated in using HGH, and admitted that his close friend and teammate, Roger Clemens, also admitted to using the drug. Human Growth Hormone, used among an uncommon number of athletes, helps aid with recovery by speeding up the body’s metabolism, thus making it easier to repair wear and tear caused by a grueling workout schedule In a somber moment for the two former Yankees, Pettite admitted that he and his friend had both taken the drug to “help with recovery”, despite knowing the drugs illegality in the sport. The testimony does not come as a surprise, as Clemens’s charge of perjury has been made very public, but the admittance from Pettite could be the most damaging evidence, and the piece that could finally close the book on the Clemens’s case.   

BROOKLYN NETS: OLD SCHOOL DESIGN, NEW SCHOOL ATTITUDE

"At this time next year you guys will be in my press conference for the 2013 playoffs." –Avery Johnson (coach of the Brooklyn Nets) confident that the brand new franchise will be a contender in the coming year. Moving the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn has lit a spark of excitement in the New York area. Combined with the newly released logos that reflect an old-school design, a brand new arena and the star powered management of the team (rapper Jay-Z is part owner) the hype around the Nets is not limited to the players on the bench. But that certainly isn’t something to overlook. Star players Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams and MarShon Brooks have already signed on with the team and coach Johnson is hoping that the excitement surrounding the team will attract a number of free agents.

NORWEGIAN SWIMMER’S UNEXPECTED DEATH STUNS TEAMMATES

“Everything was done according to procedure, and everything was tried, so it’s infinitely sad that we were unable to revive him.” —Ola Ronson (Norway’s Olympic doctor) visibly shaken after trying to resuscitate 26 year old Norwegian swimmer, Dale Oen, after his teammates found him unconscious in the shower on Monday. Oen, Norway’s chance at winning gold at the Olympic Games in London this year, emerged as a star swimmer in 2008 at Beijing, where he won his country a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. The swimmer’s death comes as a serious shock to everyone in the swimming community, especially his teammates, who had no prior knowledge of any sort of heart condition that would precipitate cardiac arrest.

ON THE WEB

Photo by: fitsugar.com

Chocolate Milk. Beer. Powerade. Everyone has their own theory on the best recovery drink post-workout. While it certainly comes down to whatever your own body needs to recover, there is a “science” to the types of proteins, fats and carbs your body needs for every hour, or half hour after your workout. Check out the article and recipes on coreperformance.com to get a more in depth explanation and breakdown of the types of nutrients your body craves after your typical workout session.  

TIP OF THE WEEK

Rehab can be a long, grueling process that, depending on where your injury occurred, forces you to relearn simple movements like balance and basic rotation. Have you ever used an Anti-Gravity Treadmill to get back on the horse? While some critics say that sticking to basic rehab that incorporates strength training and agility work, many believe that the anti-gravity treadmill is a great way for your mind to embrace the process of running, or walking, again. Often after an injury, your body registers the pain you endured during the injury, making you more hesitant to try the same motions that caused the initial injury. This is really your mind getting in the way of your body, because more often than not, your body has recovered from the trauma. The benefit to the anti-gravity treadmill is that you feel like you’re just running again, but you’re not putting any weight on the injury. Your mind gets acclimated to the motions that were second nature before you got hurt. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." –Steve Prefontaine (Oregon University Track legend)

Steve Prefontaine, Photo by Flicker: The Happy Power's Photostream

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