Athletics for Physical Culture

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J. S. Tait, 1894 - Athletics - 422 pages
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Page 187 - Then strip, lads, and to it, though sharp be the weather, And if, by mischance, you should happen to fall, There are worse things in life than a tumble on heather, And life is itself but a game at foot-ball. Then up with the Banner, &c.
Page 306 - I know not the day of my death : now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison ; and make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat ; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
Page 404 - ... a dozen young women consented this summer to run 540 yards in their loose gymnasium garments, and then to run the same distance with corsets on. The running time was two minutes and thirty seconds for each person at each trial, and in order that there should be no cardiac excitement or depression following the first test, the second trial was made the following day. Before beginning the running the average heart impulse was...
Page 405 - I should feel myself justified in advising an athlete not to enter a running or rowing race whose heart impulse was 160 beats per minute after a little exercise, even though there were not the slightest evidence of disease, one can form some idea of the wear and tear on this important organ, and the physiological loss entailed upon the system in women who force it to labor for over half their lives under such a disadvantage as the tight corset imposes.
Page 357 - The lesson is, that whether you want him for war or peace, there is no way in which you can get so much out of a man as by training, not in pieces, but the whole of him; and that the trained men, other things being equal, are pretty sure, in the long run, to be masters of the world.
Page 84 - seat" by a little practice, bear in mind the advice conveyed in the old rhyme — "Keep up your head and your heart," Your hands and your heels keep down. Press your knees close to your horse's sides. And your elbows close to your own.
Page 124 - ... hotel not specially prepared for his reception would probably cause more consternation than delight. The cyclist's hours are uncertain ; he is as likely as not to arrive in the middle of the night, or long before breakfast. Whatever the hour of his arrival, he is quite certain to be very tired, very hungry, and very hot. He will have very little luggage : and though he should arrive at midday, he will certainly want to go to bed ; not necessarily to sleep, but for the practical reason that bed...
Page 405 - The average lung capacity when corsets were worn was 134 cubic inches ; when the corsets were removed the test showed an average lung capacity of 167 cubic inches — a gain of 33 cubic inches. Who can estimate its value to the entire system ? Why preach the gospel of fresh air to women who deliberately throw away 20 per cent, of it by the use of tight stays and corsets ? But there are other evils arising indirectly from this interference with the action of the heart and lungs.
Page 123 - Consuls of the district through which his intended journey lies, and obtains every information respecting roads, hotels, best route to pursue, &c., besides being speeded on his way by the consuls of the towns through which he passes : for part of a consul's duty is to keep a watchful eye upon the comfort and interests of any touring members who may be temporarily sojourning in the hotel headquarters. These last are by no means the least important part of the organisation : the Club has either headquarters...
Page 125 - ... the good people at a CTC inn these vagaries are mere matters of routine ; equally a matter of course is the request of the guest to be called and have breakfast ready at an unearthly hour in the morning ; for a favourite plan of the younger spirits who go over the country at the rate of eighty or a hundred miles a day is to get over thirty or forty of them before breakfast. Great is the convenience to these young athletes of finding houses all over the country at which their requirements are...

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