The Yohan Blake and Daniel Bailey Rivalry

Never has men’s track and field ever been so invigorating to watch as when two of the world’s fastest athletes are competing.Training together has no bearing at all with the competitive spirits of Daniel Bailey and Yohan Blake who are both wonderful charismatic sprinters.

The men’s track and field European circuit has been buzzing over the ongoing “silent duel” between the two men. With the race last June at the Alma Athlé Tour in Strasbourg, France, both finished at a dead heat with just a fraction of a second difference. Bailey won that race finishing at a gasping 9.97 seconds over Blake’s 9.98 seconds. Third place went to British sprinter and world’s 60 meter indoor champion, Dwain Chambers at 10.04 seconds. Blake’s poor start with a .19 second reaction time and sudden burst of speed got him so close to winning. His feat does leave a lot to the imagination of fans and experts with the usual “What if” question.

In a previous race in Montreuil, France, it was Blake with the huge finish with a 9.96 finish as against Bailey’s 10.0 second run landing him in third place. Currently, fans are in high gear because of the close 6-5  duel with Bailey winning one game more than Blake.

For those who are just learning about these two sprinters, Yohan Blake, born in 1989 is the World Champion and Olympic gold medalist for 100 meter. He is also the gold medalist for the 200 meter dash in the 2008 and 2009 Olympics. He trains with Glen Mills as coach and partners, Usain Bolt and Daniel Bailey.

Daniel Everton Bailey was born in 1986 and originally from Antigua and Barbuda. He was a semi-finalist for the 100 meter dash at the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. His best record in the 100 meter is 9.91 which is Antigua’s national record. He is a consistent finalist in different events for the 100 meter and won the bronze at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships for the 60 meter dash.

Both sprinters have been training hard in Jamaica for the recently concluded World Championships that was held in South Korea in September of this year.

Athletics Associations, At the Core of Athletes

Almost every serious field that brings people of different colors, race and tribe but who share a common interest has a common pool through which it expresses its solidarity. One such field is athletics. Being among the earliest games, athletics has come to one of the prestigious games category. Such being the case, the need to govern how athletics are conducted and as well as protection of the rights of athletes, various groups of people saw the need to bring athletes, coaches and interested persons who are of necessity to athletics to form associations.

These initiatives have seen so much improvements and changes in how athletics are conducted in different parts of the world. Associations have also le to emergence of different categories of athletics through certain rules that are formulated by these associations. For example, it is recent that athletics for the lame and handicapped was recognized at the Olympics all because of the pressure mounting from different athletic associations throughout the world.

The international Athletics Association Federation
The international Athletics Association Federation which was found in 1912 is one such body that acts as the overall associations for all athletes at least those who have participate in international games. Among its mandates include:

• Making amendments to the athletic rules and regulations,
• Receiving names for athletes from different countries who represent their countries in the Olympics and other international games.
• Disciplining athletes through disqualification, fines and bans
• Conducting admissibility tests for athletes, this includes drug test
• Recognizing athletes through awards

The association, through its executive council saw it necessary to have oversees effect or an “international root.” With this vision, it went ahead to appoint members of what can be called continental associations which work under it. Also, athletes in each category are divided according to their age as junior, senior and youth.

Associations Under The Internationsl Athletic Association Federation

Like any other gaming category, athletics has bodies that govern its operations, these operations being those of the welfare of the athletes as well as those of organizing tournaments. Through the international Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF), athletics has been able to be governed at a more regionalized approach. This has made it easier for fresh blood and new talent to be fetched and nurtured, a thing that would otherwise be very difficult especially for young and talented athletes with no one to guide them.

For the latter and other related reasons, (IAAF) has several branches working under it. These are names according to the continent or geographical area that they serve. They include:

• Asian Athletic Association
• Gaelic Athletic Association
• Colonial Athletic association
• European Athletic Association
Each of these associations has some internal organization and leadership reporting to the IAAF.

Asian Athletic Association

Headed by Suresh Kalmadi of India, this association is responsible for all the continental athletics taking place in Asia. It is the governing body of athletics events and games in this continent. Some of the major games it governs include: Asian Championships, Asian Indoor Athletic Championship, Asian Junior Championship and Asian Cross Country Championships. Its headquarters are in Singapore.

Gaelic Athletic association

This is an association that is founded on the Irish Culture. Unlike others, it does not only promote athletic activities but also cultural aspects and dance of the Irish culture. Rounders, Gaelic football and hurling are some of the athletic activities promoted by this association.

Colonial Athletic association

The association handles groups of universities in the East Coast States in the U.S. Its headquarters is in Richmond. Although it was initially associated with basketball, it changed its face when it incorporated other games and championships.

Dealing with Muscle Cramp Nightmare

It is heartbreaking and painful to see all the effort, hard work and time spent in training by an athlete go down the drain because they had a serious attack of muscle cramp at the finish line. Muscle cramps are painful attacks of the muscles particularly the lower leg that is associated with fatigue. It would be good to discuss this issue that is a career threat to many athletes.

What is the cause of muscle cramp? I will try to make this article less technical as possible because most body descriptions are scientific and technical terms are used.
As I have already mentioned, muscle cramps are basically caused by fatigue which is as a result of overuse of muscles. Your body needs some chemicals to keep it running. These important dissolved minerals like sodium, iron and zinc are found in food like vegetables and protein. In this case, these minerals are called electrolytes. You need a lot of water to supplement the functioning of these electrolytes as an athlete. Therefore dehydration and overuse of your muscles will make your muscles fatigue leading to muscle cramp. Other causes of muscle cramping include:

Excessive Training

This deprives the body a chance to relax and depletes the minerals in the body.

Inadequate Aeration

Muscles work best with enough aeration. Conditions under which one trains can improve or reduce the chances of an athlete having muscle cramps.

How to treat Muscle Cramps

Remedy for muscle cramp should be handled with care. You should first know the cause of your muscle cramp especially if you have a history of muscle cramp. Here is some general ways of going around it:

Drink enough water

Adapt right stretching methods with assistance from a
professional trainer

Ice and massage your muscles regularly

Contract your muscles.