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While the world runs away with lightening fast progress in the fields of sports medicine, sports science and sports performance and recovery nutrition, this is the kind of lousy, unscientific advice (see picture below) that our cricketers dish out to their juniors. And, to think that the Indian cricket board is the richest board and some cricketers feature amongst the richest of athletes in the world.

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Imagine for a moment, that I came out with a book on how to win the world cup (of cricket)! I’d be a laughing stock in cricketing circles, wouldn’t I? However, the other way around is – most often than not – allowed. People in the fitness – sports world (athletes, fitness models and bodybuilders-strength athletes) are allowed to dispense unscientific and sometimes, even downright wrong advice on nutrition.

Keith Baar, PhD, a researcher of muscle physiology at the University of California, says, ‘everyone thinks that they are an expert in fitness if they are fit.’ Well, ain’t that the truth?! Interesting to note here that if you happen to don a visible set of six-pack abdominals, you are on your way to becoming a ‘guru’. Whatever you say, will be taken as gospel…

In effect, Dhoni says here that you can eat anything – provided it is during the first half of the day! According to him, ‘burning it off’ is all that matters! Whatever happened to the nutrients you need (as a sports person) to perform and to recover?! I feel sorry for gullible fans of his, who also happen to be budding cricketers and therefore, likely to slurp up every piece of (such!) advice that he dishes out…

If you were to argue that he is just talking about what he does, well, this quote of his is included in the THE OFFICIAL BCCI CRICKETER’S HANDBOOK, © 2017 GoSports Foundation. So, it is likely to be followed to the letter by his followers.

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wadaOn 29th of September this year, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) made pubic the list of prohibited substances and methods for the year 2018. The List, which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee on 24 September 2017, comes into force on 1 January 2018.

Feel free to download the list in PDF format (in English) HERE. To download in other languages, head over to this LINK.

The World Anti-doping Code can be downloaded HERE.

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We at Conditioning Clinic, fully support WADA and its efforts in ‘cleaning up’ sports. However, we believe that WADA’s Code is inherently flawed. Here’s a BLOG POST (written in 2013, mind you… so much of the information may be outdated!) where I go into much details, and makes me want to stick my neck out and say that WADA’s ‘war on drugs’ (we are not talking about the traditional War on Drugs here) has been a failure.

PS: We do not recommend, advice or condone the use of banned substances and methods for performance enhancement in sports. Also, see our DISCLAIMER.

 

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Comical Cricket!


This is why I think cricket is the funniest game there ever was, is and will be…

McCrory, in The Wonderful World of Cricket 1reckons this is how you’d explain cricket to an American or a Canadian:

‘You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. 

Sometimes, you get men still in and not out. 

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.

There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!’

This comical, traditional version explaining what cricket really is, is found on tea towels in most test cricket venues in England – especially Lords (the famous Lord’s ‘Cricket Explained’ tea towel).

Nothing comical about Lord’s Cricket Ground though – it is one of the most stunning sporting venues that you’ll ever come across!

..The Fitness Doc at Lord's Cricket Ground, 2012

Me..at Lord’s Cricket Ground, July 2009

Reference:

  1. McCrory, P. (2007). The wonderful world of cricket. Br.J Sports Med, 41, 467-468.

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