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  1. Linda says:

    Hi Dean,

    Glad your back.

    I recently watched my friend’s 13yr old daughter play hockey at a rink that had a pool. I commented that the kids would enjoy taking a dip and was told that it wouldn’t happen because the chlorine would make them tired and maybe mess with their lactic acid? Also, poutine was not to be eaten. Where’s the fun?
    Maybe you could write about parents and coaches that suck all the fun out of kids sports in this way?

    • Dean Holden says:

      Thanks Linda, Good to be back!

      Kids are like energizer bunnies and they recover quickly; plus they are KIDS and fun must be part of the equation! I don’t know the exact setting you are referring too (one-off game or tournament, etc.) so I can’t comment specifically, but I googled lactic acid and chlorine (“does chlorine intervene with lactic acid recovery”) and it showed a bunch of safe practices regarding poultry food handling. So I am not sure where that comment from the coach was going. From my exercise physiology background, I can’t see how potential lactic acid buildup from a hockey game (guessing it’s minimal; depending on intensity (at 13 years old), number of players, work to rest ratio, cool-down procedure, etc.) would be negatively and significantly impacted from playing in a pool. The best way to get rid of lactic acid is aerobic activity. Perhaps playing in a pool might actually promote recovery (so long as it remained aerobic.) Perhaps it is ‘old knowledge’ and perhaps ‘erroneous knowledge’ that the coach has? Again, I can’t judge intent as I don’t know the situation. Maybe they just didn’t want to have to supervise pool time?


      • Richard Bercuson says:

        It seems pretty obvious to me. What the coach means is that the kids should not swim with poutine. I agree. Since poutine is already somewhat water-based from the gravy, the pool would merely make a mess of a Quebec delicacy. Not to mention fries getting even soggier, which, to me, is sacrilege. Now if the coach had suggested they swim with, oh, carrots, I could buy it. Carrots are tough to eat when raw. Water, especially nice clean chlorinated water, might soften them a bit. I’ve been told though that chlorine helps with healthy hair. Not so poutine. So the coach sort of has the idea. He’s just using “alternative facts.”

  2. Linda says:

    Thanks for your reply.

    It was a two game day for 13-15 year old girls with time to kill between games.

    Maybe the concern was for them getting too tired to play the second game but I agree they have plenty of energy for both.

    I just enjoyed the video on explicit vs implicit learning and I believe old school coaches wouldn’t like it but I do! I’m very glad sport science is making such discoveries.

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