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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Posted by Kara Gilbert on 19 February 2016
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Recent conversations I've had around cultural sensitivity and clinical practice have inspired me to revisit this fabulous piece of literature first published in 1997. The story of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy in the United States, is a tragic account of how cultural misunderstandings can be so very detrimental to a patient's well being. Both Lia's family and her treating Western doctors wanted only the best for Lia. However, their different pers...
Posted in: Book Reviews  

Age-Group Athletes: Have you been drug-tested yet?

Posted by Kara Gilbert on 12 February 2016
Age-Group Athletes: Have you been drug-tested yet?
You might not be an elite athlete but you probably count yourself as a fairly competitive age-grouper. Did you know that Triathlon is breaking new ground in the war on drugs in sport? The world governing bodies in Triathlon are now targeting age-group competitors for drug testing, not simply elite athletes. Regardless of your status as an elite or age-group athlete, if you are a member of a national governing body (e.g., Triathlon Australia), and/or compete in a World Anti-Doping Agency (W...
Posted in: Sport health  

Do you know how your medications work? Athletes and beta blockers

Posted by Kara Gilbert on 6 January 2016
Do you know how your medications work? Athletes and beta blockers
This article is motivated by some incidental conversations I've had with fellow athletes in recent times regarding dissatisfaction with their own medication regimes. The use of beta-blockers, in particular, for managing hypertension (high blood pressure) or arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) in athletes has cropped up a few times.  Here, I give an overview of beta blockers and set out some of the salient issues for athletes who are on beta-blockers. If this topic bears some rel...
Posted in: Sport health  

Running in Summer: Heat is Hard on the Heart

Posted by Kara Gilbert on 18 December 2015
Running in Summer: Heat is Hard on the Heart
We're experiencing a heat wave in Melbourne! How does training in hot weather affect your heart? On a hot day, blood flow is rerouted so more of it goes to your skin surface to help your body let off your internal heat (and you break a sweat). The redirection of blood flow to the skin makes less oxygen available to your muscles and hence your heart beats faster and pumps harder to compensate for the loss of oxygen going to your muscles. This results in a higher heart rate for your usu...
Posted in: Sport health  

Gender equality in sport: There's still some distance to go in cross-country running

Posted by Kara Gilbert on 27 November 2015
Gender equality in sport: There's still some distance to go in cross-country running
If you are not familiar with the local athletics circuit, you will no doubt be gobsmacked to hear that, in this day and age, women don't get to run the same distances as men in cross-country running races sanctioned by the sport's governing bodies, here in Australia and overseas. This is an issue very close to my heart ... Read more here in an article I wrote for Athletics Exclusive, It's Time Males and Females Run the Same Distances   ...
Posted in: Sport health  
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