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THE WORST TIME POSSIBLE TO HAVE ILLNESS PROBLEMS

IT’S A CASE of the worst timing imaginable, but research reveals that up to 17% of athletes at major championships fall prey to an illness during the competition. Reporting on the website mysportscience.com, Mike Gleeson, emeritus professor at Loughborough University, revealed that the most common illnesses affecting athletes at the g athletes at the summer Olympics are those involving the respiratory tract, accounting for around 40% of all health complaints. Other illness affecting athletes at championships affect the digestive system (10-20%) and the skin or underlying tissues (10-15%). Gleeson says that championship “illness appears to be consistently more common in female athletes compared with their male counterparts, which is the opposite of what is found for the general adult population”.

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RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES 16 PICTURE SPECIAL Sixteen pages of images looking back the track and field in Rio 2016 ACTION 48 EA U17/U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS Dominic Ogbechie sets two championship bests as the country’s top youngsters are in action in Bedford 54 LAUSANNE DIAMOND LEAGUE Elaine Thompson and Genzebe Dibaba in form as the athletes return to the circuit 56 PARIS DIAMOND LEAGUE Laura Muir and Ruth Jebet set British and world records respectively NEWS 6 Laura Muir to run mile at CityGames 8 The recent world record-setting in perspective 10 Weir in positive mood for Rio 12 World Under-18 Champs to be pulled TALKING POINT 34 British athletics could learn from Team GB’s cycling success, says Steve Smythe PERFORMANCE 42 Sports science news 44 Tom McNab casts a coach’s eye over Rio 46 Kelly Holmes’ killer sessions 47 Healthy fast food for athletes RESULTS & FIXTURES 58 Results round-up, including world record for hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk 68 The stars to watch out for at the Paralympics 75 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 36 YOUR SAY 78 DIP FINISH
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