It’s Fall and that means one of my favourite time periods in the sporting year is underway: the baseball playoffs. There are very few moments in sport that completely capture my attention like the precision and excellence on display when an elite pitcher and clutch hitter square off with a game on the line.
A couple of years ago I had the bad luck to catch a virus that my two year old daughter picked up at her daycare. Thankfully she only got a mild cold. I got viral myocarditis – basically the virus went into my heart and caused loads of very painful inflammation.
Until that point I was doing reasonably well with sticking to an exercise routine. But after the illness I could barely walk up a flight of stairs. And if I did make it up the stairs I’d have to rest for a few minutes to recover. Suddenly I was in the worst shape of my life.
So as an exercise physiologist I decided to use myself as a test subject and experiment. I went back to my research and explored what was needed to get back into good physical condition as fast as I could, and to lose as much body fat as possible. I wanted to get fit and get lean.
By: Kerry Gillespie Sports reporter, Published on Fri Apr 04 2014
Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has been injured so often that the question wasn’t whether it would happen again this season but when, and which body part would give out.
This time, though, he hit the disabled list with tightness in his left hamstring after just one at-bat. That makes it easy to think of Reyes as fragile.
His real problem, though, could be something quite different. He might be too fast and too tough for his own good.
His most frequent injuries have been hamstring strains and tears, common among sprinters. By his own admission before last Monday’s season opener in Tampa, his hamstring didn’t feel great but “felt OK to play.”
“You’ve got a guy like Jose Reyes who is one of the most talented guys in baseball — crazy explosive, very, very fast — but when you are doing these explosive movements it puts an enormous amount of strain on the human body,” says Toronto exercise physiologist Greg Wells. “Although we may think of him as being fragile, the fact that he can do it at all is incredible, and the fact that he can play so much without getting injured is incredible.”