Smart and athletic, Zyrees Oliver had a bright future washed away when widely accepted hydration advice ended up killing him. Andréa Maria Cecil investigates.
The words hung in the air: brain dead.
Only days earlier he was a strong, healthy, God-fearing 17-year-old who in little more than a year at his high school had become captain of the football team and boasted a 3.8 GPA. Zyrees Oliver planned to play college football… Continue Reading
Veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder find comfort through CrossFit.
Twenty-two veterans will kill themselves today, according to the nonprofit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
Officially added to the third edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a relatively new name for a condition that’s been around as long as war… Continue Reading
Thomas Moore loses a fight with a river but gets a rematch in rehab.
(Corrects to state Thomas Moore’s sister is named Melody.)
Thomas Moore couldn’t move. More importantly, he couldn’t breathe.
The rapids he had so deftly navigated just seconds before engulfed him with no warning, wedging his kayak between two boulders and trapping him nearly 4 feet beneath the surface of the San Joaquin River, deep within… Continue Reading
CrossFit saved Miranda Oldroyd’s life—literally.
In June 2012, the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member was involved in a terrible car accident. She remembers it vividly and wrote about it on her blog.
“I never lost consciousness,” she says, “but I was immediately in a ton of pain. I remember saying out loud, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK, you’re fine.’”
When she arrived at the emergency room, Oldroyd complained of significant neck pain.
“Several times I mentioned… Continue Reading
Years of being told to “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate” caused first-time Ironman athlete Dan Fontaine to overlook the dangers of overhydration.
He had been training for his first Ironman for 12 months. Dan Fontaine thought he had done everything right.
“The only problem was my plan had a big flaw,” 32-year-old Fontaine said almost five years later.
It never occurred to Fontaine that drinking too much during the race would dilute his blood-sodium levels to the… Continue Reading
Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield reveals how elite triathletes figured out widely held hydration guidelines are wrong.
When Simon Whitfield competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games—the first to include the sport of triathlon—the information he had about hydration was confusing at best.
“Lots of things were haphazard. Lots of different information contradicted each other,” Whitfield said.
When Whitfield first got involved in triathlons as a teenager in the early 1990s, he said North American… Continue Reading
Top scientists bust hydration myths at the 2015 CrossFit Conference on Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia.
In 1998, Dr. Dale Benjamin Speedy stood in front of Ironman competitors in Auckland, New Zealand, and prepared to make an announcement he knew was going to be unpopular: He told the athletes he was reducing the number of hydration stations throughout the race, which was made up of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run.
“People freaked… Continue Reading
What if almost everything you know about hydration and sports is wrong?
Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, a devoted marathon runner and sports-medicine podiatrist, was working in the medical tent at the 2000 Houston Marathon in Houston, Texas.
“It was hot that day,” Hew-Butler said, “and all these runners came (into the tent) and collapsed.”
Hew-Butler and her colleagues knew exactly what to do. Assuming dehydration, the medical aides started IVs for the collapsed runners. Then something strange… Continue Reading