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CU Athletes Work Smarter to Build Athletic Success
Date:8/14/2013

AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) August 14, 2013

Student-athletes at University of Colorado Boulder are honing their athletic performance with help from the experts at CU’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC). Athletes from CU’s football team and men’s and women’s basketball teams are participating in leading-edge testing and monitoring allowing them to get the most of their training and perform to their best ability while avoiding injury.

All it takes is a combination of blood tests proven effective in improving the performance of top athletes from around the world. Interpreting the blood panels and formulating training plans is an evidence based process developed by scientists at the AHWC.

“We will monitor approximately 140 athletes, creating performance programs that work for each individual,” said Iñigo San Millán, PhD, director of the sports performance program at AHWC. “We can look at the cells in a blood sample and assess whether an athlete is fatigued or overtraining. The sample also tells us if there is muscle damage that may make an athlete more prone to injury.”

Exercise experts from AHWC are in Boulder twice a week to monitor progress as the athletes work with dietitians to make sure they are fueling and hydrating their bodies in ways that promote performance success.

“We as an athletic department and football team feel this is a great opportunity to better the health of our student-athletes,” CU head football coach Mike MacIntyre said. “No one person is the same. Our coaches will have a better understanding of recovery times and the ability to train these young people correctly to better enhance their performances. The other side of this is preventive; it should help limit muscle injuries and allow the proper time to recover.”

San Millán, a professor in family medicine at CU’s School of Medicine, says athletes also need to give themselves time to recover. “We need
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