SCIENCE REPORTER

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ISSN: 0036-8512 †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

VOLUME 47††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NUMBER†† 10 †††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††OCTOBER2010

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

HI-TECH SPORTS:

TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION IN SPORTS

N.S. ARUN KUMAR

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

SportS NUTRITION: MaximisING PerformanceS

JAIMINI SARKAR

 

19

Drugs in Sports

VIVEK SHARMA

 

26

Agony Behind the Ecstasy

SUKANYA DATTA

 

32

A World Without Antibiotics?

VINAY B. KAMBLE

 

44

ALTITUDE TRAINING IN SPORTS

DEEPAK DASS

53

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL†††††††

7

 

SPECTRUM†††††††

16

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

23

 

 

CARTOONS

38

 

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

40

BOOK REVIEW

42

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

LIVING FOSSILS†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

55

NATURAL HAZARDS

56

 

FUN QUIZ

58

WHATíS NEW

60

CROSSWORD††† †††††††††††††††

62

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 47, October 2010, pp 8-15

 

HI-TECH SPORTS

Technological Revolution In Sports

N.S. ARUN KUMAR

In an age where fractions of seconds decide winners in sporting events, science and technology are truly working overtime to equip sportspersons with that winning edge.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 47, October 2010, pp 19-22

 

SPORTS NUTRITION: MAXIMISING PERFORMANCES

JAIMINI SARKAR

Sportspersons need a carefully designed diet regimen. Athletes can hope to perform well only with adequate reserves of strength at their diposal. In fact, sports nutrition has emerged as an independent field in itself comprising the study and practice of nutrition and diet as it relates to athletic performance. It is concerned with the type and quantity of fluid and food taken by an athlete, and deals with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, supplements and organic substances such as carbohydrates andproteins.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 47, October 2010, pp 26-30

DRUGS IN SPORTS

VIVEK SHARMA

Not all athletes play by the rulebook. Many resort to drugs to enhance their performances. Apart from ethical implications of these substances there are serious potential negative health effects too. Taking drugs to enhance performances has always been considered a short cut to sporting glory. This is the reason these drugs are also called Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). The "win at all costs" mentality fuels athletes to seek performance-enhancing drugs to gain an advantage over their opponents.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 47, October 2010, pp 32-36

AGONY BEHIND THE ECSTASY

SUKANYA DATTA

It is through a disciplined regimen of exercise and by building up their bodies to stretch beyond limits and regular practice that sportspersons are able to make their presence felt at the highest level of sporting events. Yet, sports injuries are very much part of the game and could strike any sportsperson.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 47, October 2010, pp 44-48

A WORLD WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS?

VINAY B. KAMBLE

 

There have been heated debates ever since The Lancet published an article on the superbug NDM-1. But the challenge posed by antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria is real and cannot be brushed aside.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 47, October 2010, pp 53-54

ALTITUDE TRAINING IN SPORTS

DEEPAK DASS

Most contemporary elite athletes and coaches alike feel the need to integrate some form of training that will augment their ability to compete successfully at international level in such closely contested competitions.Altitude training is one such regimen being hotly tried out.