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Longhorn Power: The History of Strength Training at Texas
For the better part of the 20th century, strength training was not a part of an athlete’s training regimen. In fact, many believed strength training to have a negative effect on athletes, especially their health and performance, and therefore advised against it. The head coaches and trainers at the University of Texas also had reservations about strength training and did not fully invest in strength training until the late 1970s. The Longhorn Power online exhibit explores the history of strength training at the University of Texas and how it has developed into one of the most important aspects of sport for athletes today.
Click here to visit the exhibit: http://projects.starkcenter.org/exhibits/show/longhornpower
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An Evolution: Texas Women’s Basketball
This online exhibit tracks notable moments that laid the groundwork for UT Women’s Basketball today and documents the success of the program through the use of digital representations of original photographs and other archival materials.Visit this resource
Scholarly Sports Sites
Armed with remarkable foresight and extraordinary organizational skills, Gretchen Ghent, librarian at the University of Calgary, began to collect and compile a list of sport research-relevant web sites, long before most of us knew there were such sites. The result was the researcher-friendly Scholarly Sports Sites, a reference web site that Ms. Ghent maintained for 11 years. In 2010, the Stark Center was pleased to become the new home for the Scholarly Sports Sites. While we have adapted the site, we are indebted to Ms. Ghent and the University of Calgary for their years of work.Visit this resource
The Quest for Victory
Fifty or sixty years ago, weight rooms for varsity athletes on college campuses were a rarity and most athletes were either told not to lift or told to lift only light weights because heavy lifting would supposedly make them slow, stiff, clumsy. They were told—by almost all coaches and sports scientists that heavy lifting would make them musclebound. Musclebound! How did such a complete change happen in only half a century? How did a forbidden activity become a required activity? How did black become white? You’ll find the answer to that question and many others in The Quest for Victory Timeline.Visit this resource
Since Texas’ first game against the Dallas Foot Ball Club in 1893, the football program has been an integral part of life at the University of Texas. Originally designed to simply help fans understand the rules of the new game and identify the players, the Texas football program has grown over the past century into a beautifully-produced magazine, filled with skillfully-written articles, full-color photography, biographies and statistics for players and coaches, and dozens of advertisements. Now produced by Host Communications under the direction of Media Relations Director John Bianco, the modern program’s purpose is to say to the fans and visitors who fill the seats of Memorial Stadium-”We’re Texas. And we have a great football tradition.”Visit this resource
SBRNet is an online international sport marketing and business information provider focusing on sport participation, fan profiles, sports facilities, sport finance, sporting goods, sponsorship, marketing, media and directories. Access to SBRNet is restricted to UT faculty and students; you must be connected to an official UT network to use SBRNet.