October 4, 2010
“PVAC, PVAC, PVAC, PVAC”
What a great way to start off the new short course season, we have had great attendance at workouts ranging from 20-35 swimmers per training group. This is exactly what we are looking for during practice. The more frogs in the water the faster we all swim.
Congratulations to all of our team racers at the South Gate Meet. You guys were dropping time like a hot tamale keep up the great work your achievements can only be gained through dedication, discipline, and determination. There is not short cut to success, so stay on course and ride the waves of success. We had some great swims along with Sectional cuts made, JO times and PB drops.
Wet and Wild Weather Storms
As the seasons change and the sun takes a back seat to thunderous clouds and rain we must all start to dress for the weather. Parkas, sweats, beanies, etc are a must. Although we may get a little sunshine the hill is still brisk when you jump out of the water. So please bring warm clothes so we can all stay healthy and refrain from getting sick. Swimmer and parents don’t forget we still train in the rain were swimmers we are already wet and the pool is heated. Its such a fun feeling having the water beat down on your back and it’s very refreshing when your training hard.
SPEEDO TIP OF THE WEEK: AVOID THE FLU
You have completed the dreaded intensive training of the holiday
season and have two to four more months until your championship
meet. Everything has been taken into account – your event
schedule, your training and the best part – taper.
Is there anything that could mess all this up? YOU BET! One to two weeks off with five pounds of muscle loss could surely derail this train. That is exactly what could happen with a bout of influenza, more commonly known as the Flu.
OPEN THE WINDOW…AND IN FLEW ENZA
The flu is a viral infection that is spread through the air. Each
year, the influenza virus mutates slightly so your immunity from
the prior year will not completely protect you. The virus is a
respiratory infection that can result in a debilitating viral
pneumonia. It is very dangerous for those who have a weakened
immune system, such as the elderly or someone with a disease that
affects their immune system like diabetes.
However, if you are training doubles with long hours for studying for exams, your immune system could also be at risk. Since the air from a human sneeze has been clocked at hundreds of miles per hour, one sneeze from the wrong person at the wrong time will expose you quickly. You could be in trouble.
PREVENTION IS KEY
So, what can you do to prevent the flu? The best prevention is to
boost your immune system against this virus by getting a flu shot.
This shot is ideally given one or two months before the virus
reaches your part of the country. The shot will not offer you 100%
immunity, but it decreases your likelihood of getting sick. If you
do end up catching the virus, the course would be greatly
abbreviated if you received the shot.
Still, there is a problem here. It is January and parts of the country are already reporting cases of the flu. Does a shot help now? That is a great question to which experts will disagree. But, if your area has not had cases yet, even a flu shot given two weeks in advance should give you some partial protection. And don’t wait so long next year!
C YOUR WAY THROUGH THE FLU
In addition to the shot, there are other steps you can take to avoid getting sick. In addition to proper hydration, nutrition and sleep, some experts believe that increased Vitamin C intake may enhance your immune system against viral infections. It is suggested you take between 1,000 and 3,000 IU of extra Vitamin C per day, unless you are on a medication that interacts with Vitamin C. As always, consult your doctor before you begin taking any supplements.
BACK TO BASICS
When it comes to the flu, there are some basic steps you can take to help prevent getting and spreading the virus. Wash your hands routinely and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing – and of course wash your hands when you do if you did not make it to a tissue. The antibiotic gels that do not require water work just fine.
TAKE IT FOR THE TEAM
If you feel that you are coming down with a nasty respiratory
infection whether it involves your lungs or not, get to your
medical practitioner quickly. There are antiviral medications that
make a big difference, if you start them quickly. Your medical
expert also has a rapid test, which will help to determine whether
this is influenza or not while you wait. By taking care of it
quickly, you get better faster and your team and coaches will be
more likely to stay healthy, too. You do not want to take out
your whole relay team with you!
What’s Next for PVAC
October 4th 2010
Team entries due for UCLA Meet
October 15th 2010
PVAC PeP Rally for UCLA Meet Show your Team Sprit
“Its Gonna be a Blast”
See ya on the pool Deck
GO Frogs !!!