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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Big Train Fall In Championship


The Big Train hosted the Baltimore Redbirds Saturday afternoon, as both teams squared off in the CRCBL Championship for the sixth consecutive season.  

Brandon Rhodes (Florida Atlantic) took the mound and pitched five and two thirds innings, allowing five runs on nine Redbird hits.

The Redbirds scored one run in each of the 4th and 5th innings.  And in the 6th, they scored three more runs to take a 5-0 lead.

In the 8th, the Redbirds tacked on two more runs, taking a 7-0 lead, which ended up being enough to beat the Big Train.

The Big Train finishes the season with a combined 34-11 record, good for best in the CRCBL. The Big Train also walk away with some hardware, as they'll receive the Montgomery Cup for having the best record in match-ups against fellow Montgomery County opponents.
Another Incredible Season

The Bethesda Big Train would like to thank all of our great fans for all of their support all season long. Without the fans, the Bethesda Big Train would not be the great experience that we all know it to be.

We can't wait to see all of you back at Povich Field next summer for another season of great baseball, or even hopefully before that at any of our off season events such as:
  • BCC Baseball Camp (now through August 15th)
  • The Bethesda Baseball Holiday Auction (Nov 16th)
  • Our FanFest
  • The Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic
  • Any of our Community Events
  • Or Anything Else in Between...
Thanks again for all you continue to do to make the Big Train everything it is!
2014 CRCBL Standings 
 
TEAM
W
L
%
GB
BIG TRAIN 
31
9
.775
 -
Baltimore Redbirds
25
15
.625
6
Rockville Express
24
16
.600
7
Gaithersburg Giants
23
17
.575
8
Alexandria Aces
23
17
.575
8
Youse's Orioles
18
22
.450
13
Vienna River Dogs
18
22
.450
13
FCA Herndon Braves
17
23
.425
14
D.C. Grays
15
25
.375
16
Baltimore Dodgers
13
27
.325
18
SS-Takoma TBolts
13
27
.325
18

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Iron Supplementation In Athletes - Current Recommendations



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There is still debate in the literature on whether or not endurance athletes tend to have low iron stores. In this article, we propose that endurance athletes really are at risk of becoming iron deficient due to an imbalance between absorption of dietary iron and exercise- induced iron loss. The purpose of this article is to present a critical review of the literature on iron supplementation in sport. The effect of iron deficiency on performance, its diagnosis and suggestions for treatment are also discussed.
Studies of the nutritional status of athletes in various disciplines have shown that male, but not female, athletes clearly achieve the recommended dietary intake of iron (10 to 15 mg/day). This reflects the situation in the general population, with menstruating women beings the main risk group for mild iron deficiency, even in developed countries. Whereas the benefit of iron supplementation in athletes with iron deficiency anaemia is well established, this is apparently not true for non- anaemic athletes who have exhausted iron stores alone (prelatent iron deficiency); most of the studies in the literature show no significant changes due to supplementation in the physical capacity of athletes with prelatent iron deficiency. However, the treatment protocols used in some of these studies do not meet the general recommendations for the optimal clinical management of iron deficiency, that is, with respect to adequate daily dosage, mode of administration and treatment period. For future studies, we recommend a prolonged treatment period (greater than or equal to 3 months) with standardised conditions of administration (use of a pharmaceutical iron preparation with known high bioavailability and a dosage of ferrous (Fe++) iron 100 mg/day, taken on an empty stomach).
We believe that there are sufficient arguments to support controlled iron supplementation in all athletes with low serum ferritin levels. Firstly, the development of iron deficiency is prevented. Secondly, the nonspecific upregulation of intestinal metal ion absorption is reverted to normal, thus limiting the hyperabsorption of potentially toxic lead and cadmium even in individuals with mild iron deficiency.

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Big Train Face Redbirds in Championship Final at 5:00 from Povich Field!

   TODAY: Championship Final!              
After defeating the Baltimore Redbirds on Friday afternoon at Criswell Automotive Field in Gaithersburg, the Big Train force a final winner-take-all championship game to be played at Povich Field at 5:00 today! Due to a high chance of severe weather on Saturday night, the game has been pushed up to 5:00. 

We look forward to seeing everyone out at Povich today as the Big Train look to win the 2014 CRCBL Championship! Tickets for today's game can be purchased here. 

Stay up to date with the schedule for the CRCBL Playoffs by visiting www.calripkenleague.com and www.bigtrain.org
Big Train Advance to 
Winner Take All Battle

On Friday afternoon, the Bethesda Big Train traveled to Gaithersburg to face the home-standing Baltimore Redbirds.  If the Redbirds won, they would have been champions, but the Big Train pulled out victorious in an excellent 2-1 ball game.  Bo Logan (Florida Atlantic) pitched a complete game and Andrew Brown (San Diego State) recorded the only two RBI in the late inning thriller.  

Bo Logan toed the rubber to begin the game and stayed on the mound for all nine innings, allowing only one run on a slim three hits.  Logan was tremendous, consistantly hitting both sides of the plate for strikes.  While switching from off-speed to fastball with ease, he was keeping the Redbird hitters on their toes, dominating the game, tossing only 109 pitches.

The Redbirds scored one run on two hits in the 4th to take a 1-0 lead.

It was not until the 7th inning that the Big Train tallied their second and third hits of the day.  Andrew Brown knocked home Brandon Lowe(Maryland) on a single to tie the ballgame at 1-1.  As the Big Train crowd of around 100 cheered on the team, the momentum seemed to have shifted onto Big Train's side, heading into the bottom of the 7th.

In the top of the 9th, with the score still tied at one apiece, the Big Train finally reached into the Redbird bullpen.  On a 2-1 count, Chris Lewis(Sacramento State) lined a double down the third base line to put the Big Train in a great spot with no outs in the 9th.  Andrew Brown then singled up the middle, and a hustling Lewis slid in ahead of the tag, breaking the tie and giving the Big Train a 2-1 lead.

The big question going into the bottom of the 9th was whether a closer would come in the game or if Bo Logan was going to go the distance.  Logancame out and quickly retired the batters in order, ending the ballgame for a complete game, three-hitter.

The Big Train will face the Redbirds again on Saturday. 
2014 CRCBL Standings 
 
TEAM
W
L
%
GB
BIG TRAIN 
31
9
.775
 -
Baltimore Redbirds
25
15
.625
6
Rockville Express
24
16
.600
7
Gaithersburg Giants
23
17
.575
8
Alexandria Aces
23
17
.575
8
Youse's Orioles
18
22
.450
13
Vienna River Dogs
18
22
.450
13
FCA Herndon Braves
17
23
.425
14
D.C. Grays
15
25
.375
16
Baltimore Dodgers
13
27
.325
18
SS-Takoma TBolts
13
27
.325
18

Friday, August 1, 2014

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Flat vs. Incline Bench, Which Will Make You Stronger?


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Ahh yes, The age old question on an age old exercise. Let the debate begin once again!

Dan Wirth - Flat vs. Incline Bench, Which Will Make You Stronger?
This article was written in response to the following question: Dan, how do you feel about the Incline Bench compared to the Bench Press when it comes to developing great upper body strength?
Ah, the infamous Incline Bench Press. The great and almighty 45 degree sports specific force producer! Seriously, the Incline Bench is a great exercise, but, not one that should use a full periodization schedule. Meaning, it is not my "major stimulator" or Primary Strength Exercise (PSE) for the upper body.
PSE's are complex movements that utilize more than one muscle group. They are the exercises that will use a full periodization schedule working from higher volume and lower intensity phases into maximal strength and power phases. This would be in contrast to a Secondary Strength Exercise (SSE) like the Incline Bench, or an Assistive Strength Exercise (ASE) like a Dumbbell Curl that would not use a full periodization schedule and would not work into maximal strength and power phases!
By major stimulator, I am simply talking about exercises that you can inherently lift the most weight with therefore creating the highest neuromuscular or contraction activity in the muscle groups being used (notice the plural use of the word: groups, the Bench is not just a chest exercise, but more on that later!)
FLAT BENCH IS KING
The Bench Press is inherently set up so that you should be able to push more weight than you could with an Incline bench (barring any injuries or biomechanical problems). If you took one thousand athletes or fitness buffs and tested them on the Bench Press and the Incline Bench Press, about 97% of them, not all but most, would be able to Bench Press more than they could Incline Bench. This is especially true for the 35-45 degree Incline Bench Press which is pretty close to the optimal angle of release for a shot putter and a close representation of the pushing angle after the initial contact phase of a football lineman.
It is for this reason, and this reason only, that the Bench Press is my upper body Primary Strength Exercise. The angle of the Incline Bench is what makes it a great exercise but it is also what keeps it away from PSE status. PSE's for me are the Power Clean, Squat, and "Flat" Bench in athletic based programs. And, I substitute the Deadlift exercise for the Power Clean in programs for people who want to develop great strength.
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We could use the Power Clean and the Squat as further examples of Primary Strength Exercises. In most strength and conditioning programs, in sports where strength and power output are vitally important, the Squat exercise is the major stimulator as opposed to the Front Squat, or the Barbell Step Up. The same thing applies with the Power Clean versus the Power Snatch for example. This is not taking anything away from the Incline Bench, Power Snatch, and Front Squat exercises. Many times I emphasize these lifts in my strength and power programs, but, when I am focusing on absolute strength and power increases during certain training cycles it is the Power Clean, Squat and Bench that I use.
When I mentioned neuromuscular activity levels earlier, many research buffs would like to bring to my attention an occasionally found research example of the Decline Bench exercise having a higher neuromuscular activity than the Bench Press (found through EMG testing). I would say yes, this is true in some cases. However, the Decline Bench has some problems with it's limited range of motion. But, that's another story.
Now, this brings me to a very important point: The Bench Press is not just a chest oriented exercise. It is a Chest, Shoulder, and Triceps exercise. And, this is precisely the reason why most people can lift a heavier poundage with this exercise! The strength of those three muscle groups combined is ultimately stronger than a lift like the Decline Bench which is primarily only a chest developer or the Incline Bench which activates the shoulders even more than the chest.
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