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Yesterday we looked at the possible causes for the deaths of swimmers in Triathlon and other open water competition. Pre-existing cardiac conditions may be one plausible theory. One such pre-existing condition could be “Long QT syndrome.” This is an “inherited defect in heart rhythm that predisposes to syncope without warning (sudden fainting spells), dizziness, palpitations,

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Kickoffs and Returns under scrutiny by the NFL

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The National Football League is looking into kickoff modifications in order to help ‘deal with injury numbers’ according to news reports this week. Indicating that it was a matter of safety, along with possible suspensions for player who make illegal hits, the NFL is recommending that kickoffs be moved from the 30- to the 35-yard

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Swimmer dies during long distance swimming competition

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While competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup, a swimming race held near Dubai, 26-year-old Fran Crippen, died. According to news reports, Crippen was a medal-winning member of the U.S. national team who in July placed fourth in the 10K and third in the 5K at the 2010 world championships in Quebec. Temperatures

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Run Girls Run ! Girls on the Run Reston Race

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The wonderful Girls on the Run program is having its 2010 Reindeer Romp 5K race at Reston Town Center December 4th, 2010. Girls of all ages are encouraged to participate, no matter what speed, training level or pace. Race organizers suggest that athletes arrive by 6:30am, as the race begins at 7:30am. It will likely

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What to do if bitten by a snake

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Here is the photo showing where I saw the snake during the Reston century bike ride. Yesterday I posted a “close up” of this deadly W&OD Trail user. Because I want all cyclists to return home safely, I looked about for information on how best to protect yourself. Here are some tips from the “Bicycling

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Poisonous snakes and cyclists

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While riding in the Reston Century last Sunday, I almost ran over a snake. Not just any snake, but a poisonous copperhead that was sunning itself in the middle of the path ! Luckily, I avoided contact with the venomous reptile, but this is not the first time I have seen a large snake on

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