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Early sport specialization doesn’t always lead to success

If at first you don’t succeed, try again — and then try something else. Tim Rees, lead author of The Great British Medallists Project, wasn’t worried that his adage-debunking study would prove controversial. Rather, he was concerned that another academic would beat him to the punch. Rees’s research was kept secret for two years so … Continued

PTSD therapy turns Canadian veteran into 2-sport Invictus Games athlete

Adam Cyr was on his final infantry patrol in Afghanistan when his unit sustained enemy artillery fire. “We were going home the next day,” the two-sport athlete recalled. “We got knocked around pretty good,” said Cyr, who is ready to compete for Canada in archery and rowing at the 2016 Invictus Games this week in Orlando. Three … Continued

Why Curt Harnett believes volunteering is key to success

When I asked the celebrated track cyclist what he planned to do after volunteering as chef de mission for the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games, his answer revealed what many pee-wee hockey coaches, board members and charity event organizers already know. “Protect my lifestyle!” he replied with a smile. He was noticeably exhausted, and he swore … Continued

Flexibility, mobility drive results for top athletes

  If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be an Olympic rower, try keeping up with Conlin McCabe on your gym’s Concept2 rowing machine. The pride of Brockville, Ont., holds the Canadian record for covering 2,000 metres on the Concept2, with his top time of 5:39.4. That’s 1:24.8 per 500-metre interval. It’ll only take you … Continued

Hangover prevention guide for sports fans

Sports and drinking often go hand in hand, whether it’s enjoying a few beers while watching a game, or celebrating a big win with your house league sports team at the local establishment. Social drinking is a part of life for many people and it’s helpful to have some tools to keep us in check. … Continued

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Ron MacLean’s secret to getting through the NHL season

Ron MacLean knows how to handle the stresses of constant travel and late nights (not to mention Don Cherry’s impulsive commentary). But give the host of Coach’s Corner a freaked-out five-year-old, and he falls apart. I took MacLean out rowing and crab fishing in some larger-than-average waves off the southern coast of Vancouver Island a few … Continued

Middle-Age Fitness Boosts Mind, Body

Countless studies trumpet the long-term health benefits of physical exercise. But David Ford provides all the proof that I need. Canada’s most successful slalom canoeist is about to turn 49, but he’s still actively competing at an international level. The 1999 slalom world champion and five-time Olympian has paddled for our country for a mind-blowing 32 … Continued

Adam and his Family Take On One Year Without Sugar

Beginning on November 1st, 2015, Adam and his family launched a project, “One Year Without”, living One Year without sugar and processed foods. The goal of their project is to raise awareness about how sugar impacts our health, and in particular the health of children; as well, Adam’s family hopes that the lessons they learn … Continued