“In the Zone” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article visit dailytrojan.com or email Trevor at [email protected] As I watched the NCAA championship game, I could only shake my head in disbelief.I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The entire Butler team could not put the ball in the basket, and, as hard as it is to believe, UConn wasn’t much better.But besides the lack of offensive efficiency both teams, there was something even more disconcerting.UConn was crowned the 2010-11 NCAA champions.I’m not saying I despise the Huskies, but it’s what happened leading up to the win that irritates me.In March 2009, Yahoo! Sports reported UConn violated NCAA rules in recruiting former guard Nate Miles.Former student manager-turned-sports agent Josh Nochimson provided the four-star recruit from Ohio with lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation.The NCAA found evidence of phone calls and text messages exchanged between Miles, Nochimson and a former UConn assistant coach.In October 2010, UConn acknowledged the violations that occurred when recruiting Miles, and imposed sanctions on its own men’s basketball program, including a reduction in scholarships in each of the next two seasons and a two-year probation.UConn coach Jim Calhoun was found guilty for failure to “keep an atmosphere of compliance.”Sounds familiar, right?It is eerily close to what happened with the USC men’s basketball program three years ago.Former guard O.J. Mayo was believed to have accepted improper benefits from Rodney Guillory.The NCAA, however, had no hard evidence to back up the allegations.But in January 2010, USC chose to self-impose sanctions, which included a reduction in scholarships, a forfeiture of victories during the 2007-08 season and a four-year probation.More damaging than the loss of scholarships, though, was a one-year ban on postseason play.To top it all off, the Trojans also lost five recruits during the NCAA’s investigation, most notably three players who starred in Arizona’s Elite Eight run this March: guard Lamont Jones, forward Solomon Hill and forward Derrick Williams.In USC’s case, the NCAA decided not to punish the Trojans any further. In UConn’s case, which was rendered in February 2011, the NCAA tacked on another year of probation, reduced the number of scholarships from 13 to 12 and the number of recruiting days for coaches by from 130-90. Calhoun must also miss the first three games of the 2011-12 season.The biggest difference: UConn was allowed to play in the postseason.The program didn’t ban itself from postseason play, and apparently, the NCAA thought UConn rightfully had served its punishment.Nobody cares about a loss of scholarships or a reduction in the coach’s recruiting days — all of that is irrelevant.Basketball programs can survive with 11 players on a roster, especially an elite program such as UConn’s.And players just want to play in the postseason; they want to play on the biggest stage known in college basketball known as March Madness.The NCAA could have banned UConn from the Big East and NCAA tournaments, but it didn’t.However the NCAA deems what punishments are fair or unfair, it should not provide cheaters with an opportunity to win so easily.UConn clearly broke the rules, yet now sits atop the collegiate basketball world.Cheaters should never win, and winners should never cheat.The pervasive nature of these cheating scandals in collegiate athletics has left a dark cloud over the sport.But I guess it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m used to this madness by now.
BY NEIL BARRETT: Some of you may be reading these articles relating to child & teen health and think “doesn’t that apply to all of us”?Well yes, in a way it does, however the importance of all this information is even more relevant to children & teens.Recent evidence relating to sustainable weight loss implies that once you reach a certain level of obesity, your body will always strive to reach that level again. Let’s put that into context. Once you reach certain body fat percentage that is considered to be outside that of a healthy normal range, willpower, motivation, planning & hard work may not be enough, your body could be sabotaging your efforts!Take this for example, if we were to take mono zygotic twin children (genetically identical) and give twin A a healthy diet & rigorous training regime for one year and we give twin B a sedentary lifestyle with poor eating habits for one year it is quite obvious that twin B will end up with a less than desirable body composition (excess body fat) and compromised health.If we then apply the healthier lifestyle to twin B in an attempt to reverse the damage we may or may not see the desired effect.Twin B will always have to work harder and eat healthier than twin A and that still might not be enough. During early development we form cells called adipose tissue, these are the cells that house fat; think of them like honeycomb & fat is the honey we fill them with.Develop too much of these (through sedentary behaviour and poor eating habits) we increase our potential of becoming obese. We are able to burn off the excess fat tissue housed in the adipose tissue, however, we are unable to get rid of adipose tissue once we develop it.This tissue secretes hormones that not only increase our suceptability to unhealthy foods but also interferes with normal fat storage and metabolism.You have these cells & tissue for life! So no matter what you try and do in adulthood, the implications of an unhealthy lifestyle in early stage development will hinder you efforts.So what to do for your teens and children now? Use the information, tables (Fig.1.) and tools enclosed to calculate what your child or teen needs to consume each day and plan around it.These are the difficult decisions that will make you less than popular with your children in the short term, but parenthood is not a popularity contest, it is a duty of care!Garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, fish & eggs, nuts & seeds, some fruit, a little starch, and no sugar.Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% (between.7g/kg body weight and 1.9g/kg of bodyweight depending on activity level) of your total calorie intake. Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycaemic – follow the link – and account for about 40% of your total calorie intake.Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.Glycaemic Index: (http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthy-eating/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods)Fat index: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/choosing-healthy-fats.htmYou must understand what a healthy eating plan is before your child can.Eliminate all the guess work, follow the simple instructions and help your family become healthy. It is easy, but time-consuming. Get a solid foundation in place and monitor the results. You don’t want your child to end up like twin B.Neil Barrett is a nutritionist and coach with Fit-Hub Letterkenny(Whether your teen is looking for a stand-alone strength and conditioning program, or additional training to supplement their sport specific training, Fit-Hub Teens is committed to helping them achieve their goals in a fun, judgement free environment surrounded by their peers & supervised by trained professionals) For more information contact Ruairi on:086 1970 325Email [email protected] BARRETT: BALANCING YOUR CHILD’S NUTRITION – THE WAR ON SUGAR PART 2 was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:childrenhealthy eatinglifestyleNeil Barrettnutritionistsugarteenagerswar on sugar