Bulletin Board

By Staff

Training & Conditioning, 12.2, March 2002, http://www.momentummedia.com/articles/tc/tc1202/bulletinboard.htm

Online Access
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is conducting a pilot project that could eventually enable all Ohio student-athletes to fill out pre-participation physical exam (PPE) forms entirely on the Internet.

This move is designed to ease access to an updated PPE form that includes an expanded section on family medical history. The expanded family history section is designed to identify inherited medical risk factors in athletes before they begin the rigors of training and competition.

"Medical experts believe that a more detailed and thorough PPE form may assist in discovering previously undetected conditions in student-athletes," explains OHSAA Commissioner Clair Muscaro.

The pilot project is expected begin this academic year. Initially, about 25 Ohio secondary schools will participate in a six-month trial-and-evaluation period. If the results of the trial period are positive, the online PPE forms could become a permanent, state-wide system.

This project was initially recommended by an OHSAA subcommittee, the Ohio Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine. Subcommittee members include the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association, plus a liaison from the Ohio Department of Education.

"The Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine has suggested that these changes (to the PPE) be made since studies have shown that the majority of abnormalities that would place a student-athlete at risk for injury are detected through a complete (medical) history," Muscaro explains. For more information, visit www.ohsaa.org.

Sept. 11 Solidarity
The National Strength and Conditioning Association is teaming up with Columbia University and Supramaximal Strength Systems to offer a "U.S.A. Heroes" strength and conditioning clinic to aid families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The U.S.A. Heroes clinic will be held on Saturday, April 20, at the Columbia University campus in New York City. All proceeds raised at this event will assist the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Benefit Fund (NYPFWCBF). According to NSCA officials, this clinic will feature a "star line-up" of nationally recognized speakers, and has been approved for continuing education credits for the following organizations: NSCA, NATA, ACE, and ACSM. For more information, visit the Columbia University Athletics Web site at www.gocolumbialions.com and click on the "Intercollegiate Athletics" link for clinic information and registration instructions.

Mislabeled Labels
Reading labels on dietary supplements could be a waste of time, according to a recent study that found significant inaccuracies in the labeling of dietary supplements containing steroids.

Conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles, the study tested 12 brands of over-the-counter, anabolic-androgenic supplements using a technique called high-pressure liquid chromatography. The results were surprising.

"We found that 11 of 12 brands tested did not meet the labeling requirements set out in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act," the study’s authors wrote. "One brand contained 10 mg of testosterone, a controlled steroid, another contained 77 percent more than the label stated, and 11 of 12 contained less than the amount stated on the label.

"These mislabeling problems show that the labels of the dietary steroid supplements studied herein cannot be trusted for content and purity information. In addition, many sport organizations prohibit OTC (over-the-counter) steroids; thus, athletes who use them are at risk for positive urine test results," according to the study.

"Analysis of Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements," by Gary A. Green, MD; Don H. Catlin, MD; and Borislav Starcevic, MS, appears in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Vol. 11, pages 254-259. For more information about this study or the Journal, visit www.cjsportmed.com/.

Too Much Water
Overhydration, popular among some competitive swimmers, does not enhance competitive performance, according to researchers at the University of Connecticut. Actually, adequate hydration yields similar performance levels, according to the study, "Effect of Overhydration on Time-Trial Swim Performance," by Carl M. Maresh, et al.

The study was conducted to test a theory that overhydration reduces fluid loss during exercise, thus boosting athletic performance. Researchers examined five female and six male college swimmers in two 200-yard time trials spaced three days apart. In one trial, swimmers were overhydrated; in the other, they received only adequate hydration. There was no significant difference between the times the swimmers churned out, whether they were adequately hydrated or overhydrated.

"These data demonstrated that overhydration provided no performance advantage for this group during a 183-meter time-trial swim, but emphasized the importance of adequate hydration in swim performance," the authors note.

Interested in reading more? The study can be found in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: Vol. 15, No. 4, pages 514–518. Or, visit www.nsca-lift.org and click the link for "online journals."

In the December, 2001 issue of Training & Conditioning, NSCA President Richard Borden was incorrectly identified as a member of the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee.