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dietary fat and injuries (Read 169 times)

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    Two good studies out this month relating diet to running injuries. One specifically showing low fat diets can increase risk of injury (JISSN Jan 08). The other showing restricted diets (overall intake) reduce bone density (AJCN Jan 08), an associated risk for injury. The information is not new, or surprising, but the problem is not many people hear about this kind of research because of the myth that fat is "bad." Most injuries in endurance athletes are related to the red, aerobic muscle, 'slow' twitch fibers, which burn fat for energy. When these are not developed well, injury risk increases. Dietary fat helps these muscles develop given proper training (i.e., aerobic base training).