Mary Ann Wallace 

It's my turn at the helm and before detailing the new items, a brief update on Tom Fahey's Encyclopedia of Sport Science. He reports that revision of articles is nearly complete and that articles are being forwarded to our webmasters for conversion and uploading. We hope to have at least some articles available for the Jan-Feb 98 issue.

Top story in Sportscience News is the surprising outcome of a survey by David Martin and colleagues on what top cyclists drink in competition. Always Coca-Cola? If not, at least it's the favorite. Don't miss Coca-Cola Preferred by Top Endurance Cyclists.

John Hawley is back with a super Train Gain column separating myths from facts on supplemental strength training programs. Louise Burke, our CompEater, investigates plausible reasons for differences in body fat between swimmers and other athletes.

Read up on the contributions of Edward Smith in another great History Maker column from Frank Katch. Smith was obsessed with the social condition of prisoners so he devised a face mask to measure carbon dioxide production and prove his point. His apparatus became the forerunner of many more experiments that used closed circuit spirometry to get at energy balance questions. A social reformer who used the tools of physiologists to make his points, Smith helped show that protein was not the main source of energy.

Ken Daley's done it again! A huge newsletter with a review on software for the kinesiologist/coach that enhances a person's ability to analyze discrete sports actions by viewing multiple sport videos at one time. Other bits and pieces including educator questions on computer use, Fitnessgram testing, top fitness sites; you'll never know what you might find of interest.

We don't yet have enough people on the team to support mounting the encyclopedia and a journal simultaneously. We hope to push development of the journal after the encyclopedia is operational.

In Research Resources, Will Hopkins adds something new to A New View of Statistics for each issue of Sportscience News. This time Will has devised a way to analyze multiple crossovers: experiments with two or more treatments in which subjects act as their own controls. His analyses adjust for learning effects to ensure you get acceptable confidence intervals for your outcomes with one quarter the number of subjects needed for a fully controlled design. You won't want to miss this! It's important for all researchers, not just the stats people. We've got to get our designs right!

We're still in progress on our next article for these pages. If you haven't had a chance to read the most recent review in training & technology on sodium bicarbonate buffering, check it out.

Still working on getting the search engine operating smoothly for Search this Site. Thought we almost had it but more problems appeared at the last minute.

We're delighted to have Michael Rennie join us as a biochemist on our advisory board. We also welcome Nick Gill as one of our webmasters. See how they fit in with the rest of the team on the Contact Us page. My special thanks to the webmasters, especially Jason Nugent, Giannis Giakas and Stephen Goodlass, for their responsiveness in moving this issue along. Couldn't have done it without them and the cooperation of our regular columnists, Louise Burke, Ken Daley, John Hawley, Frank Katch. Thanks to everyone on the team, and especially Will Hopkins for challenging all of us, relentlessly at times, to go the extra step that makes the difference between crossing the finish line or bringing home a medal. · · Homepage · Copyright ©1997