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Adventure : Aug 2012

Sports Therapy: Ice Your Injury With Trigger Point's Cold Roller

Sitting for three or more hours a day can take years off of your life. When you're active, you won't lose years, but an occasional bump, bruise or sprain can keep you off your bike, out of your running shoes or off the slopes.

Trigger Point makes lots of sports therapy gear to help active people heal injuries faster and keep their muscles elastic, like the Grid, a hollow foam roller that rolls out lactic acid and other toxins in your muscles, and helps keep tendons and fascia, the sheath around the tendons, from getting hung up.

Trigger Point's latest sports therapy tool combines myofascial release with cold compression. The Cold Roller releases lactic acid and other toxins from your muscles, and helps restore tendons and fascia to health by icing them for recovery. The Roller simulates an ice bath without making you sit in a tub of freezing water or hold a dripping Ziplock of ice cubes on your sore spots.

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'Where the Trail Ends' Full Trailer

Red Bull and Freeride Entertainment have released the full trailer for the freeride mountain-biking movie Where the Trail Ends. In June, the production duo announced they would reveal the 4-minute and 26-second version of the trailer if a 90-second version received one million views. The movie features some of the world's best mountain bikers tackling new lines and performing tricks in countries including China, Nepal, Canada, and Argentina.

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BP Posts $1.4 Billion Loss

On Tuesday, British Petroleum reported an unexpected $1.4 billion loss for the second quarter and a $4.8 billion loss on the value of its assets. The oil company's stock price is still down about 30 percent from what it was at the time of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. A court case to determine how much BP will pay in damages from the spill has been postponed until 2013, but low natural gas prices in the U.S. and an Alaska project halted due to environmental concerns decreased earnings. Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, the world's two biggest oil companies, also reported lower earnings due to lower oil and gas prices.

Via New York Times

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Whale Found Dead in Sydney Pool

High tides and rough seas washed a dead 30-ton humpback whale measuring 33 feet in length into a seaside pool in Sydney on Wednesday, leaving authorities bewildered as to how to dispose of the carcass. Wildlife officials said the young humpback likely died just a few days ago from a respiratory infection. Before any plan could be put into action, high tide floated the carcass back over the barrier and out to sea. The National Parks and Wildlife Service had considered cutting the whale into chunks and then removing them by truck. However, they decided to give the tide a chance because the dismembering would likely attract sharks to the beach. Officials will wait until Thursday morning to attempt to locate the carcass and reassess any removal effort.

Via AAP

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5 Things to Know: August 1 at the Olympics

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The five things you should know if you were only going to know five things about yesterday at the Olympics.

1. Something obvious: Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian ever. He has six more golds than anyone and now has more total medals (19) too, after winning a pair yesterday. He lost the 200m butterfly by half of a tenth of a second because of what announcers called “a rookie mistake” in mistiming his strokes at the wall, but then he won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay only an hour later, swimming the anchor and notching the fastest split of all the Americans. There is nothing wrong with Michael Phelps, people. He’s getting older, and his competitors are getting better—as tends to happen with the passing of time in athletic competitions among human beings. And still: he’s amazing.

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