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Diabetes: How My Life Changed Forever as an International Athlete.

Diabetes: How My Life Changed Forever as an International Athlete.

My life literally changed, forever. Sir Steve Redgrave, Henry Slade and Muhammad Ali – what do they have in common? Yes, they are all international sporting superstars, but they are also type 1 diabetics, the condition that changed my life, forever. From the moment they told me I might not be able to do gymnastics…

Health, Fitness and Injuries: What Can It Do To An Athlete?

Health, Fitness and Injuries: What Can It Do To An Athlete?

Let me start by saying, not a single professional athlete on the planet is healthy. Is it healthy to put that much stress through your knee every time you jump onto a high jump bed? Or the amount of physical pain you endure training for an Olympic 10,000m? Or bending your arm into all sorts…

My Transplant and Me.

My Transplant and Me.

“Will I ever run again?” It was the first question I remember asking when I woke up from a week long coma. My name is Emma. I’m the athletics programme manager at Loughborough University and used to be a half decent sprinter. I made it to a few British Championships finals, picked up some medals…

The Honest Truth: My experience of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).

The Honest Truth: My experience of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).

What is RED-S? RED-S stands for ‘Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport’. RED-S is caused when an individual’s dietary energy intake is insufficient to support the energy expenditure required for everyday health and optimal function once the cost of exercise has been considered [1]. In simple terms, energy expenditure > energy intake to a point where…

The American Dream: A Bed Of Roses, Or A Mass Of Thorns.

The American Dream: A Bed Of Roses, Or A Mass Of Thorns.

Image from 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, Samoa by Deana Emerson. The NCAA experience is one that differs from person to person. You should never take one person’s time in America as gospel, as you can guarantee you’ll find something differs in your time there. It is all dependent on your school, your coach, your degree,…

Post-Viral Fatigue and Over-Training: How to Avoid, How to Cope, How to Recover.

Post-Viral Fatigue and Over-Training: How to Avoid, How to Cope, How to Recover.

Featured Image By: Bobby Gavin Post-viral fatigue syndrome is nothing new. Yet in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become a far more prevalent issue, with swathes of people struggling to make a full recovery from the initial infection. Dubbed “long Covid”, the drawn-out symptoms include severe fatigue, breathlessness, and anxiety. Below, I…

How I Got Into Running.

How I Got Into Running.

Featured Image by Ezra Shaw – Getty Images Right, let’s get straight into this one. So how did I get into running? Well for me it all started way back when I was little and in school. I was into a lot of sports, like basketball, football and running, but in that order. I watched…

My Case of Burnout as a Former Junior International.

My Case of Burnout as a Former Junior International.

Featured Image by Alicia Barrett If you know me, you will know I try to be a positive person – easier said than done in 2020! With all that life throws at us we humans have to figure out a way through. Sometimes we can manage this alone but often we could do with a…

Dealing with Loss as an Athlete

Dealing with Loss as an Athlete

Featured Image by Henrik Enemark For the sake of being concise, I’ll start my story in 2017. That year was the high. I’d gotten married, I’d won my second British Masters M35 title over 200m with a lifetime PB, and then gone on to the European Champs later that summer – where I’d picked up…

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