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Science Magazine and its online companion sites team up to review the science of sport, in a special collection of articles published beginning 30 July 2004 -- just in time for the start of the Summer Olympics in Athens. In a special section in Science, titled "Testing Human Limits," a series of News features explores the physiology, technology, and in some cases pharmacology that lie behind the kinds of athletic feats that will be on display in Athens during August. Articles in the Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment review the signaling properties underlying the activity of "designer" steroids and the biochemical regulators of muscle mass. The Science of Aging Knowledge Environment looks the hype and potential therapeutic benefits of growth hormone. And Science's Next Wave offers a month-long series on career opportunities in sports science.

In Science
Testing Human Limits



Designer Androgens in Sport -- When Too Much Is Never Enough
D. J. Handelsman
Does anyone know the signaling properties of "designer" steroids?


Molecular and Cellular Determinants of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy and Hypertrophy
V. Sartorelli and M. Fulco
IGF-1 is a crucial regulator of muscle mass.

In Science's SAGE KE


Growing Pains
R. J. Davenport
As researchers sort through the hype surrounding growth hormone, they hope to uncover the molecule's actual benefits.

In Science's Next Wave


Careers in Exercise and Sports Science -- From Athletic Performance to Disease Prevention
E. Pain
Next Wave's feature for August 2004 looks at career opportunities in sports science.

Sport Science -- A Booming Field[New this week]
P. Atherton
Philip Atherton describes why he became a sports scientist -- the love for what you do is the important factor.
Pushing the Boundaries of Elite Sport
T. Rooks
Tegwen Rooks has channeled his professional development into becoming a sport psychologist.
Funding Face-Off
McGill University professor David Pearsall offers young researchers advice on what it takes to start and stay in the corporate funding game.
Reach for Your Dreams
M. Arvinen-Barrow
While fulfilling her dream of becoming a sports psychologist, this scientist has found much more on the way.
Training at the American Sports Medicine Institute
R. Arnette
The Student Research Program at the ASMI in Birmingham, Alabama, trains both sports science physicians and researchers.
This Time, We Mean It
A. Kotok
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology helps distance runners and road race organizers keep more accurate performance times.

Getting Ice Time
A. Fazekas
A researcher working on improving safety on the ice offers valuable insights on current and future career prospects in Canadian sports science.
Clap Your Skates -- Innovation in the Ice and Inline World
T. Vrijenhoek
As an M.Sc., Diederik Hol got involved in the development of the clapskate, an invention that turned the ice speedskating world upside down.
Finding the Right Track After Your Sports Science Degree
T. Kumana
Many sports science graduates struggle to find challenging and stimulating work.
Diary of a Sports Medicine Intern
R. Nicholls
A former student of the American Sports Medicine Institute came all the way from Australia to learn about the biomechanics of baseball.
My Journey Out From Under the Stairs
S. Seiler
An American living in Norway allied sports and science with a Ph.D. in exercise physiology.
Talent Development in Science and Sports
N. Holt
Research in talent development has some parallels to science careers.
Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse -- Sports Science in Europe
E. Pain
Training and job opportunities in Europe, based on a report from the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education in Berlin.