Archive for August 23, 2010

Don’t Blame Creatine

Posted in Injuries, Media, Nutrition, Training, Uncategorized with tags , on August 23, 2010 by mboyle1959

The big story is that 19 players from McMinnville HS in Oregon were hospitalized with elevated levels of creatine kinase. The bigger story is that the folks in the media hear creatine and blame the supplement the players might have been taking.

No one blames the idiot Coach who had the players indoors in the wrestling room exercising in 115 degree heat. Must be the supplements. How about rhabdomyolysis? Guess what one of the primary symptoms is? Elevated levels of creatine kinase.

Maybe someone should ask the coach what went on in the wrestling room?

According to

“Rhabdomyolysis (RAB-DOE-MY-O-LIE-SIS) is the rapid destruction of skeletal muscle resulting in leakage into the urine of the muscle protein myoglobin.”

“Myoglobin is a protein component of the muscle cells that is released into the blood when the skeletal muscle is destroyed in rhabdomyolysis. Creatine kinase is an enzyme (a protein that facilitates chemical reactions in the body) also in the muscle cells. The level of each of these proteins can be measured in blood to monitor the degree of muscle injury from rhabdomyolysis.” Myoglobin can also be measured in samples of urine.”

It is amazing how quick we are to blame a supplement that actually has a pretty good track record for safety. Writers need to do a little research before “reporting”.


Previously on

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Seminars, Updates, Training on August 23, 2010 by mboyle1959

Usually I start this off by saying I’m beginning to catch up from the  weekend. Actually I am now officially a week behind. The three articles and the video listed below were actually published two weeks ago. I’ll get another update out in a day or two. Family vacation takes a toll on me. Below are the articles for August 9-16th

First was:Becoming a Great Strength Coach Part 2 This was the second part of Anthony Donskov’s article. I really liked this two part series. If you haven’t read part 1, go back and read it first.

Next up was:Talking in Color from site member Brett Bartholomew. Brett’s area of interest is motor learning and he takes a little different look at things.

Last up:  Perform Better — A Life Changing Experience from Justin Levine. This is another in a long line of great reviews/ recaps of the Perform Better Summit in Long Beach.

Video of the week :Video of the Week – Mobility Focused Movement Prep from Daniel Martinez. This is a great warm-up video with some excellent variations of some exercises that we use a lot.

If you haven’t been on the site this week, make sure you log on and check out another excellent group of articles.

Make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast Anthony interviewed Gray Cook  about his New Book in Episode 60 and interviews Charlie Weingroff in Episode 61.

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars Anthony has Sue Falsones T-Spine webinar up.

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