26 December 2008

review of Singapore sports scenes in 2008

S'pore makes global impact in sports in 2008@CNA

SINGAPORE: 2008 was a great year for Singapore sports. From the Formula One trackside to the Olympic arena, it was a year of historic achievements.

24 December 2008

Tokyo 2016 supports Olympic Education

Tokyo 2016 Continues to Support Youth Olympic Education@sportcal.com

Tokyo, 22 December 2008 – Tokyo 2016 reaffirmed its commitment to the development of young Olympians yesterday by participating in a Japan Olympic Academy (JOA) special ‘Youth and the Olympic Games’ session, held at the Japan Institute of Sports and Sciences (JISS).

The session, made possible through the support of bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Olympic Academy (IOA), Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Japan’s Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, facilitated frank and fruitful analyses of the future of Olympic education for young people.

The event saw two notable milestones in Olympic education celebrated; Hiroji Koide’s ‘One School One Country’ Program, and the 30th anniversary of the Japan Olympic Academy launch.

17 December 2008

NZ budget for 2009

SPARC invests in future Kiwi sporting success@SPARC

SPARC is investing $4.8 million in 18 sports in 2009 aimed at having more New Zealand athletes and teams winning on the world stage.

The contestable investment package will be followed by a further investment announcement in February next year for the nine ‘targeted’ sports (athletics, bike, netball, cricket, rowing, rugby, sailing, swimming and triathlon.)

11 December 2008

UK budget for London Olympics

UK SPORT SETS “TOP FOUR” MEDAL AMBITION FOR 2012 OLYMPICS@UK sport

total of £292 million of confirmed investment has today been allocated by UK Sport to British Olympic and Paralympic sports ahead of the London Games in 2012. This funding, building on the £265 million invested for Beijing, has enabled UK Sport to agree a target of a “Top Four” finish in London, aiming to win more medals in more sports than in Beijing and thereby ensure the most successful Olympic performance by a British team for 100 years. The Paralympic target is to retain second place in the Medal Table behind China, again winning more medals in more sports than in Beijing.

A total of £247 million has been invested in Olympic sport for the London cycle. The funded sports are: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Taekwondo and Triathlon.

UK Sport allocates funding for 2012@sport business

Athletics, the showcase sport of the Olympics, received a funding cut before the London Games yesterday as sports chiefs rewarded the UK's most successful sports in Beijing.

According to UK press reports, the drop in funding from £26.5 million to £25.1 million — the biggest of any sport — was announced despite the overwhelming focus of public attention during the Games falling on the Olympic stadium. Athletics was one of only two sports — the other was badminton — to be dealt weaker financial resources compared with Beijing.

By contrast, the biggest investment in any sport is in rowing, in which six medals were won in Beijing, helping to earn it a 5.5 per cent increase to £27.4 million over the next four years.

Cycling, which was Britain’s most successful sport in Beijing, with 14 medals, received a 22 per cent increase in funding to £26.9 million.

Basketball and Hockey were under threat before a last-minute injection of cash from the Treasury on Tuesday night. They received a 137 per cent increase and a 43 per cent increase respectively.

YOG update

Sports competitions programme and qualification systems for the 1st YOG in 2010@IOC

Some 3,594 athletes will compete in Singapore in 26 sports comprising 201 events. The number of sports in the programme is identical to the London 2012 programme. Each event has its own age group* competing, either 15-16 (27 events), 16-17 (111 events) or 17-18 (63 events).

The events differ significantly in order to match the age groups and interests of the young athletes. Basketball will for example be played according to the FIBA 33 formula, with teams of three playing against each other on one half-court. The most important particularity of the YOG is however the numerous mixed–gender or National Olympic Committees (NOCs) – team events in archery, athletics (medley relay), cycling (combined BMX-mountain bike-road event), equestrian, fencing, judo, modern pentathlon (relay), swimming (relay), table tennis, tennis and triathlon (relay).

The qualification system for each sport and discipline, which was prepared in close collaboration with each International Federation (IF), strives to guarantee participation of the best athletes in their age category and to respect the principle of universality by allowing NOCs to benefit from the “Universality Places”.

For all disciplines, competitions such as Junior World Championships, Continental Championships or official junior ranking lists will allow athletes to attempt to qualify for the YOG.

The four team sport** tournaments (football, handball, hockey and volleyball) will consist of one national team per continent as well as a sixth team which will either represent the NOC of the host country or be proposed by the IFs for IOC approval. An NOC will be allowed to have no more than one boys’ and one girls’ team competing for all four team sports.

Besides the sports competitions programme, the YOG will feature an extensive Cultural and Educational Programme (CEP), which aims to introduce, in a fun and festive spirit, the young athletes to Olympism and the Olympic values, and to raise awareness on important issues such as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the fight against doping and their role as sports ambassadors in their communities. As a result of close collaboration between the IOC and the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC), an innovative and attractive CEP has been developed, with SYOGOC looking to finalise it shortly and start implementation at the beginning of next year.

Mixed teams set for YOG@straits times

the real innovation of the Games - the brainchild of IOC President Jacques Rogge - is the mixing up of genders in the team competitions, with boys and girls from different countries representing their respective continents.

Certain other sports such as archery, athletics, cycling (with one event a combined one of road race and BMX), fencing, judo, modern pentathlon, swimming, tennis, table tennis and triathlon will also be modelled on that format.

Others will be tried out under another model, such as basketball which will feature teams of just three on half the usual size court.

AYG update

SINGAPORE SPORTS COUNCIL AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TO CO-ORGANISE THE INAUGURAL ASIAN YOUTH GAMES SINGAPORE 2009@SSC

Singapore, 14 November 2008 - In about 32 weeks (227 days), Singapore will play host to young athletes and officials from 45 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) member nations at the first-ever Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Singapore in 2009. The multi-sport event will take place from 29 June to 7 July 2009, and will be jointly organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Singapore Sports Council (SSC).

official website 2009 Asian Youth Games

27 November 2008

AOC budget for London Olympics

AOC announces $30 million spend on London Olympic Team@AOC

The AOC has budgeted $16.7m to prepare the 2012 Australian Olympic Team and $13.4m to send the Team to London.

The AOC has budgeted $647,000 towards sending a Team to the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) staged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Singapore in 2010.

21 November 2008

YOG update

YOG venues to be upgraded@Straits Times

Under the initial plans, about US$6.87million (S$10.5 million) of the total US$75 million budget was to be allocated for upgrading works at the 18 existing venues. The figure is set to increase.

Australian got additional funding for high performance sport

ASC welcomes $12.6 million boost for high performance sport@ASC

Included within the $12.6 million funding is $8.1 million for currently funded national sporting organisations to further support their work developing Australia’s elite athletes.

The balance of the funding ($4.5 million) is for Australian Government Sport Training Grants which provide funds directly to targeted elite athletes, selected on the basis of medal potential, to assist with their preparations for international competition.

EIS recovery research

RESEARCHING RECOVERY@EIS

common practice of recovery: water immersion, contrast bathing and compression garments

EIS will focus upon how intermittent sporting activity affects various ‘biomarkers’ of both muscle damage and training adaptation and ascertain how different recovery strategies may influence/manipulate them

15 November 2008

Asian Youth Games 2009 update

AYG not just a test for YOG@straits times

The AYG will be held from June 29 to July 7 next year, with Downtown East set to be the Games Village to both athletes and officials.

It will see 1,000 athletes aged between 14 and 17 from 45 countries competing in over 80 events in nine sports - aquatics (diving and swimming), athletics, bowling, beach volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, football, sailing, shooting and table tennis.

The learning process will include observing how the Games Village is run and gaining hands-on experience during the event. Other key areas that will come under scrutiny include logistics, transport, security, medical services and anti-doping measures.

01 November 2008

Youth Olympic Games Learning Centre@Singapore

Singapore 2010 opens Youth Olympic Games Learning Centre@IOC

Discover the spirit of Olympism and trace Singapore’s journey as host of the first Youth Olympic Games: this is what thousands of young Olympic fans will experience in a special Learning Centre, which opened yesterday in Singapore. “The opening of the YOG Learning Centre is a milestone in our journey. Its setting up attests to our commitment to promote Olympic education,” said Mr Ng Ser Miang, IOC member and Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC).

30 October 2008

Sports Sci J@Sep-Oct08

Sep-Oct 08


Coaching

Meeting the Global Demand of Sports Safety: The Intersection of Science and Policy in Sports Safety. SM


The performance environment of the England youth soccer teams: A quantitative investigation. JSS


Volume vs. Intensity in the Training of Competitive Swimmers. IJSM


An elite endurance athlete's recovery from underperformance aided by a multidisciplinary sport science support team. EJSS


Strength & Conditioning

Influence of Closed Skill and Open Skill Warm-ups on the Performance of Speed, Change of Direction Speed, Vertical Jump, and Reactive Agility in Team Sport Athletes. JSCR


Relationships Between Repeated Sprint Testing, Speed, and Endurance. JSCR


Improving Agility Techniques. PTJ


The Importance of Sensory-Motor Control in Providing Core Stability: Implications for Measurement and Training. SM


Physiology

Is heart rate a convenient tool to monitor over-reaching? A systematic review of the literature. BJSM


Validity of a Repeated-Sprint Test for Football. IJSM


Validity of the Running Repeated Sprint Ability Test Among Playing Positions and Level of Competitiveness in Trained Soccer Players. IJSM


Anthropometric and Physiological Differences Between First Team and Reserve Soccer Players Aged 10-14 Years at the Beginning and End of the Season. JSCR


The effect of recovery strategies on physical performance and cumulative fatigue in competitive basketball. JSS


Muscle damage, inflammation, and recovery interventions during a 3-day basketball tournament. EJSS


Physiological Responses to Cold Water Immersion Following Cycling in the Heat. IJSPP


Practical precooling: Effect on cycling time trial performance in warm conditions. JSS


Influence of recovery intensity on time spent at maximal oxygen uptake during an intermittent session in young, endurance-trained athletes. JSS


Swimming Performance After Passive and Active Recovery of Various Durations. IJSPP


The effect of participation in Ramadan on substrate selection during submaximal cycling exercise. JSMS


Nutrition

Development of Individual Hydration Strategies for Athletes. IJSNEM


Drinking policies and exercise-associated hyponatraemia: is anyone still promoting overdrinking? BJSM


Estimating changes in hydration status from changes in body mass: Considerations regarding metabolic water and glycogen storage. JSS


The use of body mass changes as a practical measure of dehydration in team sports. JSMS


Cold Drink Ingestion Improves Exercise Endurance Capacity in the Heat. MSSE


The importance of accurate site location for skinfold measurement. JSS


What Coaches Need to Know About the Nutrition of Female High School Athletes: A Dietitian's Perspective. SCJ


Biomechanics

The Role of Motion Analysis in Elite Soccer: Contemporary Performance Measurement Techniques and Work Rate Data. SM


Sports Medicine

Mass ECG screening of young athletes. BJSM


Clinical and Laboratory Evaluation of Upper Respiratory Symptoms in Elite Athletes. CJSM


SUITABILITY OF FIFA'S "THE 11" TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG FOOTBALL PLAYERS - IMPACT ON PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE. JSSM


Characterizing the Perception of the Placebo Effect in Sports Medicine. CJSM


Effectiveness of Foot Orthoses for Treatment and Prevention of Lower Limb Injuries: A Review. SM


Warm-Up and Stretching in the Prevention of Muscular Injury. SM


Psychology

Nil


Talent ID and development

Talent Identification and Development Programmes in Sport: Current Models and Future Directions. SM


The human genome and sport, including epigenetics and athleticogenomics: A brief look at a rapidly changing field. JSS


The relative age effect in young French basketball players: a study on the whole population. SJMSS

18 October 2008

effects of global financial crisis on Singapore sports funding

Local sports scene not to be affected by economic slowdown@CNA

The Singapore Government has committed S$800 million into developing sports here, investing S$500 million between 2001 and 2005, and the remaining S$300 million from 2005 to 2010.

The Government expects the local sports industry — worth S$796 million in 2005 — to contribute S$2 billion of the GDP and provide 20,000 jobs by 2015.

However, the global financial crisis has raised concerns that sports funding may be cut. Last week, it was reported that the completion date of the S$1.87 billion Sports Hub at Kallang is expected to be delayed to 2012 as a result of the crisis.

Funding to the 60 National Sports Associations (NSA) for the current fiscal year — S$32.4 million, up from S$31.9 million in 2007 — and national athletes is unlikely to be affected too.

11 October 2008

ultra-compact wireless wearable GPS+ sleep monitor

Fitbit Raises Healthy $2 Million From True Ventures And SoftTech VC@TechCrunch

The company is developing an ultra-compact wireless wearable sensor, called the Fitbit Tracker, that automatically tracks data about a person’s activities, such as calories burned, sleep quality, steps and distance.

All data gets automatically synchronized to your computer and then the web through a wireless base station, so you don’t even have to plug it in. Once synced, you can view your health reports online.

The device, set to go on sale in early 2009 for $99 a pop

02 October 2008

radio tracking system for athletes monitoring

High-tech tracking device for Olympic success@ASC

The latest weapon in Australian athletes’ training arsenal has just been added thanks to a new collaboration announced by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the CSIRO.

In a world first, a mobile radio transmitter attached to an athlete or equipment can track their every move. The information is instantaneously sent back to the coach via a wireless network, enabling monitoring of an athlete’s location, speed and position relative to other athletes.

For a cyclist training in a velodrome, a light, mobile phone-sized device can be attached to the bike and can monitor, in real time, the cyclist’s location, speed, split times and accelerations. As well, the device can marry this information with the athlete’s sensory data such as body temperature and various indicators of fatigue.

09 September 2008

Sports Sci J@Jul-Aug08

This is the latest sports science journal update.

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Jul-Aug 08

Coaching

Stressors in elite sport: A coach perspective. JSS

Sprint vs. Interval Training in Football. IJSM

Strength & Conditioning

Development and Reliability of Two Core Stability Field Tests. JSCR

Resistance Exercise Biology: Manipulation of Resistance Exercise Programme Variables Determines the Responses of Cellular and Molecular Signalling Pathways. SM

Program Development for the Multisport High School Athlete. SCJ

Physiology

Autonomic Control of Heart Rate during and after Exercise: Measurements and Implications for Monitoring Training Status. SM

Evaluation of the Reliability of Soccer-Specific Field Tests. JSCR

Predicting Lactate Threshold Using Ventilatory Threshold. IJSM

Recovery From Training: A Brief Review: Brief Review. JSCR

Effect of Hydrotherapy on Recovery from Fatigue. IJSM

The Effects of Contrast Bathing and Compression Therapy on Muscular Performance. MSSE

Recovery training in cyclists: ergometric, hormonal and psychometric findings. SJMSS

Effect of Recovery Mode on Repeated Sprint Ability in Young Basketball Players. JSCR

Precooling Improves Endurance Performance in the Heat. CJSM

Is it Time for Sports Performance Researchers to Adopt a Clinical-Type Research Framework? IJSM

Doping and Physiological Research – Hostile Brothers or Unwanted Twins? IJSM

Nutrition

Anaerobic performance when rehydrating with water or commercially available sports drinks during prolonged exercise in the heat. APNM

Putting to rest the myth of creatine supplementation leading to muscle cramps and dehydration. BJSM

Biomechanics

Nil

Sports Medicine

A Physiological and Psychological Basis for Anti-Pronation Taping from a Critical Review of the Literature. SM

Concurrent Validity of Four Clinical Tests Used to Measure Hamstring Flexibility. JSCR

Different Diagnostic Tools in Nonfunctional Overreaching. IJSM

Screening the athlete’s shoulder for impingement symptoms: a clinical reasoning algorithm for early detection of shoulder pathology. BJSM

Salivary IgA as a Risk Factor for Upper Respiratory Infections in Elite Professional Athletes. MSSE

Air Pollution and Sports Performance in Beijing. IJSM

Psychology

Functional impact of emotions on athletic performance: Comparing the IZOF model and the directional perception approach. JSS

Talent ID and development

Anthropometric and Physiological Differences Between First Team and Reserve Soccer Players Aged 10-14 Years at the Beginning and End of the Season. JSCR

Association of the ACTN3 R577X polymorphism with power athlete status in Russians. EJAP

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18 August 2008

SPEEDO effects

LZR-Racer Results@SPEEDO

It’s been an amazing 8 days of swimming, 23 out of 25 WR’s have been won by athletes wearing Speedo LZR RACER at the Beijing Games (92%).

94% of gold medals at the games have been won in Speedo LZR RACER.

89% of all medals were won in Speedo LZR RACER.

Every event in men’s swimming was won by an athlete wearing the Speedo LZR RACER.

13 August 2008

radio tracking system for indoor and outdoor sports

High-tech tracking device for Olympic success@AIS

The latest weapon in Australian athletes’ training arsenal has just been added thanks to a new collaboration announced today by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the CSIRO.

In a world first, a mobile radio transmitter attached to an athlete or equipment can track their every move. The information is instantaneously sent back to the coach via a wireless network, enabling monitoring of an athlete’s location, speed and position relative to other athletes.

For a cyclist training in a velodrome, a light, mobile phone-sized device can be attached to the bike and can monitor, in real time, the cyclist’s location, speed, split times and accelerations. As well, the device can marry this information with the athlete’s sensory data such as body temperature and various indicators of fatigue.

12 August 2008

sports technology used in Beijing Olympics

Gadgets Boost Olympic Performance — Legally@wired

Speedo LZR Suit

Lew Racing 8-Spoke Wheel and Disc Cranked Arrow

Respro Sportsta Face Mask

CAT-150 Hypoxic Portable Tent

Nike MaxSight contact lenses

Nike Flywire Zoom Victory Spikes and Adidas Lone Stars

Game Ready Cooling Vest and Nike PreCool Vest

Mizuno RB500/14.0 Bat

Nike Pidima

Robo-Pong 2040 Training Robot

Mikasa MVA200

VR Goggles

08 August 2008

EU athlete pathways

Study on the training of young sportsmen and sportswomen in Europe@ECS

the Commission awarded a contract for a study on the training of sportsmen and sportswomen in Europe to identify ways of improving the legal and political framework for preserving and developing high-quality training for top-level sportspersons, particularly young sportspersons, in Europe, and specifically to:

1. Describe the current situation regarding the training of top-level sportspersons in Europe;
2. Identify different approaches to the training of top-level sportspersons in Europe;
3. Identify examples of best practice in certain training systems;
4. Evaluate the training needs of top-level sportspersons and, where appropriate, methods to improve their training.

AIS online talent ID

Talent hunt for next generation of Olympians goes online@ASC

The system was the brainchild of the ASC’s successful National Talent Identification and Development program which seeks to identify and develop Australia’s future sporting talent. eTID is a simple to use, free, online program that allows anyone (aged 12-29) to assess their sporting potential.

It provides opportunities for aspiring or current athletes and even former elite athletes looking to start a new sport. The athletes’ information is processed and if identified as ‘above average’ by eTID they are then encouraged to visit a Talent Assessment Centre (TAC) to have their results verified.

05 August 2008

03 August 2008

cooling inside the body to cope with Beijing heat

Aussie secret weapon@AOC

Slush puppy, freezy, slurpee – call them what you like, but they are the fastest heat reducing product available. Scientifically proven by the Aussie team’s medical staff, the slurpees reduce the core body temperature faster than ice vests and cold towels.

Depending on the temperature of the day and athlete, the slurpees will be ingested before, during and after competition.

The athletes won’t taste the traditional raspberry and cola flavours, but rather those like berry ice and mountain blast of Powerade.

The key to brain freeze is putting your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

29 July 2008

renewed IOC website

International Olympic Committee Unveils the Ultimate Olympic Reference@IOC

On Monday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unveiled a dramatically improved web site, with new interactive games, Flash animation, videos of highlights and other features that make it a one-stop source for information on the Olympic Games.

23 July 2008

Singapore-based training camp before Beijing Olympics

32 teams from 22 countries to train in S'pore ahead of Beijing Olympics@CNA

It will be a mini-Olympics of sorts in Singapore ahead of the Beijing Games. That's because 32 teams from 22 countries will use the island as a training base for 10 sports in preparation for the Olympics.

Singapore was selected because of its good infrastructure, similar weather and time zone to the Chinese capital.

The New Zealand women's football team is just one of the squads to make Singapore its base for their final preparations before the big Games.

They will be joined by top teams, like the US swimmers, which last year sent their junior team to check out the scene here.

And some will also be here to compete, like the water polo teams from nine nations, playing in the Pre-Olympics Water Polo Invitational in early August.

16 July 2008

UK FA talent transfer programme

pitch2podium@UK Sport

Pitch2Podium is a new and exciting programme created by UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and our partners within the football authorities (Football Association, Professional Footballers’ Association, Premier League and Premier League Learning, The Football League, and League Football Education).

The aim of the programme is to provide young footballers who have been unsuccessful in securing a professional football contract, with a second chance opportunity to succeed in a new Olympic sport.

The assessment event, by design will be fun, competitive and will include the following:
- Anthropometrics (height, weight, arm span, sitting height)
- Dynamic Strength (dyno leg press / arm pull)
- Power (vertical jump, stationary sprint bike tests)
- Speed (5, 10 and 20m sprints)
- Endurance (multistage stage fitness test)
- Skill (sport specific motor coordination)

last stage of preparation for Beijing Olympics

Bright idea@Straits Times

Olympics-Singapore swimmer uses hi-tech method to dazzle@Reuters

09 July 2008

salivary IgA is the key of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI)

Saliva holds the key to reducing upper respiratory illness in athletes@Loughborough Uni

The study involved 38 athletes from the prestigious America’s Cup yacht race

The study was carried out over 50 weeks and subjects were from a top yacht crew preparing for the 32nd America’s Cup (2007). Athletes provided weekly saliva samples and rated their level of fatigue, while their sailing and training load and any respiratory illnesses and infections were also recorded.

Results showed that levels of the saliva protein declined in the weeks prior to infection, and as a group the lower the level of IgA the greater the risk of illness. When IgA levels dropped below 40% of the normal value, athletes had a one in two chance of infection. Low levels of IgA also corresponded with high levels of fatigue, identified by the athletes.

UK Centre for Coaching Excellence will be open

UK Centre for Coaching Excellence to open at Leeds Metropolitan University@UK Sport

The Centre will be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and will benefit up-and-coming coaches in a wide range of sports to help them reach the top and help drive a legacy of sporting success for British athletes.

The Centre will focus on four areas of development:
* High Performance: for coaches of athletes capable of achieving success at international level
* Performer Development: for coaches that will focus on talent identification and development of young athletes
* Participation: for coaches working in community sport, helping to increase sport participation
* Children’s coaches: for coaches that will work specifically with young people at each stage of their early development in sport.

24 June 2008

overview of Asian Youth Games 2009

Asian Youth Games: Singapore to host eight sports in 2009 Games@Yahoo

eight sports: track and field, bowling, beach volleyball, three-on-three basketball, sailing, shooting, swimming and diving, and table tennis

dates: 2-9 July 2009

Hosting the Asian Youth Games was part of Singapore's bid plan submitted to the International Olympic Committee when the Republic was bidding to stage the Youth Olympics.

16 June 2008

Sports Sci J@May-Jun 08

This is the latest sports science journal update@May-Jun 08:

Coaching

Travelling to China for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. BJSM

Maximal Strength Training Improves Running Economy in Distance Runners. MSSE

Effect of Fastskin Suits on Performance, Drag, and Energy Cost of Swimming. MSSE

Maximal Power and Performance during a Swim Taper. IJSM

Vibration Training in Elite Sport: Effective Training Solution or Just Another Fad? IJSPP

Sports Science: Where Are the Future Employment Prospects? IJSPP

Strength & Conditioning

Design and Implementation of a Specific Strength Program for Badminton. SCJ

Basic Statistics for the Strength and Conditioning Professional. SCJ

Relationship Between Sprint Times and the Strength/Power Outputs of a Machine Squat Jump. JSCR

Reliability of Measures Obtained During Single and Repeated Countermovement Jumps. IJSPP

Physiology

Validity, Reliability and Sensitivity of Measures of Sporting Performance. SM

Muscle Fatigue during Football Match-Play. SM

Challenging a Dogma of Exercise Physiology: Does an Incremental Exercise Test for Valid V-dotO2max Determination Really Need to Last Between 8 and 12 Minutes? SM

Analysis and Monitoring of Oxidative Stress in Exercise and Training by FTIR Spectrometry. IJSPP

The Use of Sprint Tests for Assessment of Speed Qualities of Elite Australian Rules Footballers. IJSPP

Performance and metabolism in repeated sprint exercise: effect of recovery intensity. EJAP

A heat acclimation protocol for team sports. BJSM

Fatigue mechanisms determining exercise performance: integrative physiology is systems biology. JAP

Nutrition

Sodium Bicarbonate Improves Swimming Performance. IJSM

Biomechanics

Arm Coordination Adaptations Assessment in Swimming. IJSM

Sports Medicine

Preventing sports injuries at the national level: time for other nations to follow New Zealand’s remarkable success. BJSM

Injury surveillance in multi-sport events: the International Olympic Committee approach. BJSM

The clinical utility of screening of biochemical parameters in elite athletes: analysis of 100 cases. BJSM

Scapular Positioning in Athlete's Shoulder: Particularities, Clinical Measurements and Implications. SM

Trend in Sports Injuries among Young People in Finland. IJSM

Prevention of Injuries Among Male Soccer Players: A Prospective, Randomized Intervention Study Targeting Players With Previous Injuries or Reduced Function. AJSM

Athletic induced iron deficiency: new insights into the role of inflammation, cytokines and hormones. EJAP

Screening for haematological and iron-related abnormalities in elite athletes—Analysis of 576 cases. JSMS

Psychology

Competitive experience and performance status: an investigation into multidimensional anxiety and coping. EJSS

Athletic Trainers’ and Physical Therapists’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Psychological Skills Within Sport Injury Rehabilitation Programs. JAT

Talent ID and development

Nil

10 June 2008

AOC communication tools at Beijing Olympics

AOC goes high-tech@AOC

Staff will work in virtual offices, accessing the AOC servers from Beijing. The experience will be seamless, provided by a permanent data connection between Beijing and the servers.

The equipment list includes 75 laptops with the latest software provided by Lenovo, 100 satellite mobile phones provided by Samsung, 50 Blackberries and a few hundred kilometres of extension cords.

In addition to mobile phones and Blackberries, the AOC will use Short Message Service (SMS) to communicate with staff and athletes during the Games.

30 May 2008

Sports Science and Bowling Conference in Singapore

Sports Science and Bowling Conference 2008

Date : Sunday, 1 June 2008
Time : 8am to 5:30pm
Venue : AVA Room, Singapore Sports School

Conference Overview

Today, athletes do not just need talent to do well in sports. They need a well-equipped programme encompassing a customized training programme that is unique for them. The programme is more than building up their fitness and physically capabilities to perform through physical exercise and training. It is about how other supporting disciplines like Sports Science can be applied to enhance their performance.

The Singapore Sports School’s Sports Science Academy will share with participants of the conference on the integrated approach to enhance the performance of Ten-pin bowlers at the youth level. Participants can expect the experts in the sports science industry to deliver a power-packed session that will equip them with the essentials to help them improve the sports performance of bowlers.

Applied physiology of ten-pin bowling slide

16 May 2008

IOC personal trainer videos

Olympic Legends Offer their Services as Personal Trainers!@IOC

You can select advice on a variety of topics from Olympic legends including Alexander Popov, Barbara Kendall, Rania Elwani, Hicham El Guerrouj, Charmaine Crooks, and Sergey Bubka.

Personal Trainer website

05 May 2008

Sports Science Journal@Mar-Apr08

Mar-Apr 08

This is bi-monthly sports science journal update.

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Coaching

IOC consensus statement: "training the elite child athlete". BJSM

Cluster Training: A Novel Method for Introducing Training Program Variation. SCJ

Approaching Physical Preparation for Youth Team-Sports Players. SCJ

The key to top-level endurance running performance: a unique example. BJSM

Do you get value for money when you buy an expensive pair of running shoes? BJSM

Soccer penalty takers' uniform colour and pre-penalty kick gaze affect the impressions formed of them by opposing goalkeepers. JSS

Effect of Match-Related Fatigue on Short-Passing Ability in Young Soccer Players. MSSE

Strength & Conditioning

Challenges Applying the Research on Periodization. SCJ

Multiple-Sprint Work: Methodological, Physiological, and Experimental Issues. IJSPP

Development and Reliability of Two Core Stability Field Tests. JSCR

Coordination Specificity in Strength and Power Training. IJSM

Do Sex or Race Differences Influence Strength Training Effects on Muscle or Fat? MSSE

Physiology

An Applied Research Model for the Sport Sciences. SM

Quantifying Training Load: A Comparison of Subjective and Objective Methods. IJSPP

Validity, Reliability and Sensitivity of Measures of Sporting Performance. SM

Similar Sensitivity of Time to Exhaustion and Time-Trial Time to Changes in Endurance. MSSE

Seasonal progression and variability of repeat-effort line-drill performance in elite junior basketball players. JSS

A model study of optimal training reduction during pre-event taper in elite swimmers. JSS

Use of an Audio-Paced Incremental Swimming Test in Young National-Level Swimmers. IJSPP

Effect of cold water immersion on repeat cycling performance and thermoregulation in the heat. JSS

Describing and Understanding Pacing Strategies during Athletic Competition. SM

Lipid Profiles of Judo Athletes during Ramadan. IJSM

Effect of training in the fasted state on metabolic responses during exercise with carbohydrate intake. JAP

The 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test: Accuracy for Individualizing Interval Training of Young Intermittent Sport Players. JSCR

The relative contributions of anaerobic and aerobic energy supply during track 100-, 400- and 800-m perform. JSMPF

Reliability of Postexercise Heart Rate Recovery. IJSM

Altitude, Heart Rate Variability and Aerobic Capacities. IJSM

Bright Light and Thermoregulatory Responses to Exercise. IJSM

Nutrition

Sport and exercise nutrition: from theory to practice. EJSM

What is the optimal composition of an athlete's diet? EJSM

Building muscle: nutrition to maximize bulk and strength adaptations to resistance exercise training EJSM

Carbohydrate feeding during exercise. EJSM

Nutrition, sleep and recovery. EJSM

The influence of serial feeding of drinks at different temperatures on thermoregulatory responses during cycling. JSS

Resistance Training and Bone Mineral Density during Growth. IJSM

Biomechanics

Arm coordination in elite backstroke swimmers. JSS

Reconstruction accuracy in underwater three-dimensional kinematic analysis. JSMS

A New Portable Device for Assessing Locomotor Performance. IJSM

Sports Medicine

The early management of muscle strains in the elite athlete: best practice in a world with a limited evidence basis. BJSM

Effect of Kinesio taping on muscle strength in athletes—A pilot study. JSMS

Prevention of Injuries Among Male Soccer Players: A Prospective, Randomized Intervention Study Targeting Players With Previous Injuries or Reduced Function. AJSM

Electrocardiograms in Athletes: Interpretation and Diagnostic Accuracy. MSSE

New strategies for doping control. JSS

Gene doping. SJMSS

The social-cognitive mechanisms regulating adolescents' use of doping substances. JSS

Sudden cardiac death in young athletes: time for a Nordic approach in screening? SJMSS

Automated external defibrillators in the Australian fitness industry. JSMS

Artificial playing surface increases the injury risk in pivoting indoor sports: a prospective one-season follow-up study in Finnish female floorball. BJSM

Psychology

Psychological Skills Training Improves Exercise Performance in the Heat. MSSE

A social cognitive approach to burnout in elite athletes. SJMSS

Talent ID and development

Changes in motor skill and fitness measures among children with high and low motor competence: A five-year longitudinal study. JSMS

Genomics and Sports: Building a Bridge Towards a Rational and Personalized Training Framework. IJSM

Is there an association between PPARGC1A genotypes and endurance capacity in Chinese men? SJMSS

The ACTN3 Gene in Elite Greek Track and Field Athletes. IJSM

05 April 2008

sports science support at 9th FINA World Championships (25m) Manchester 2008

I will be attending 16th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress on 7-8th to learn about latest updates on swimming science.From 9th to 13th, I will support Singapore swimmers at the 9th FINA World Championships (25m) Manchester 2008 for lactate and glucose monitoring and filming.

04 April 2008

IOC president to visit Singapore

IOC president to visit Singapore for update on 2010 YOG plans@CNA

Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, will start his three-day visit to Singapore on Friday.

Dr Rogge and his five-member delegation will be given a first-hand account of what has been done here, as Singapore prepares to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

The IOC chief will also have a dialogue session with students at Victoria Junior College on Saturday.

He will also visit Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Sports School.

Another highlight of his visit will be the signing of the Host City Contract at the Istana, which will be witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Dr Rogge's visit coincides with more good news for Singapore – the city-state has just been given provisional membership into the International Skating Union (ISU), which means Singapore can now participate in big events such as the Winter Olympic Games.

UK R&D strategy

UK sport recognises eight innovation partners@UK sport

The UK Sport Research and Innovation department works to deliver bespoke performance solutions for sports’ national governing bodies in collaboration with the best British expertise in the fields of engineering, technology and human sciences.

Projects can involve anything that affects athletes competing on the world stage, from developing measurement equipment for use in training to coming up with optimal hydration and recovery strategies. The primary focus of research is on sports with high potential to win medals at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The eight Innovation Partners are: BAE Systems, emp: technology group, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute, the Sport and Exercise Science Department at Portsmouth University, the Centre for Sport and Engineering Science at Sheffield Hallam University, TotalSim and the Wolfson Unit.

24 March 2008

Singapore sets up organising committee for first Youth Olympics

Singapore sets up organising committee for first Youth Olympics@CNA

SINGAPORE: Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday appointed Ng Ser Miang as the chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) Board.

Mr Ng is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member in Singapore.

The organising committee for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 is set up with its 22-member SYOGOC board, an inter-ministry committee and a panel of advisors.

11 March 2008

doping to enhance academic performance?

Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right?@NY times

In a recent commentary in the journal Nature, two Cambridge University researchers reported that about a dozen of their colleagues had admitted to regular use of prescription drugs like Adderall, a stimulant, and Provigil, which promotes wakefulness, to improve their academic performance. The former is approved to treat attention deficit disorder, the latter narcolepsy, and both are considered more effective, and more widely available, than the drugs circulating in dorms a generation ago.

NZ Coach Grants

SPARC invests $600,000 into NZ’s top coaches@SPARC

Many of the Coach Performance Enhancement Grants (CPEG) recipients were part time coaches with regular jobs who had to give up their personal time to coach athletes. Balancing both roles can be pretty challenging, so these grants allow us to purchase more of a coach’s time (off employers) which ultimately gives their athletes more chance of success.

24 February 2008

Singapore Sports School as a long term athlete development model

Sports school to expose young athletes to high-level competitions@CNA

Two years to go before the Youth Olympic Games, but the Singapore Sports School said it would not be increasing training sessions for its athletes.

Singapore Sports School will not be intensifying training sessions beyond the current six to ten times a week as the athletes are still very young.

Singapore Sports School website

17 February 2008

21 February 2008 announcement of 2010 YOG host city

21 February 2008: announcement ceremony of 2010 Youth Olympic Games@IOC

Moscow and Singapore finalists for 1st ever Summer Youth Olympic Games
Out of a list of nine candidates,* Moscow and Singapore have been chosen as the finalists for the election of the Host City of the 1st ever Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held in 2010. Their names, together with the evaluation report, have been be submitted to the IOC members for a postal vote. The winning city will be announced by IOC President Jacques Rogge in a live web cast on www.olympic.org on Thursday 21 February 2008 from the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

More information on
Moscow's candidature
Singapore's candidature

12 February 2008

new Speedo swim suit using NASA technology

Speedo launches 'space age' swim suit@AOC

Speedo has harnessed the expertise of the United States space agency NASA amongst a number of international research institutes to create the SPEEDO LZR RACER® - which independent testing has shown to be the world’s fastest swimsuit.

Made from an ultra lightweight, low drag, water repellent, fast drying fabric, unique to Speedo, called LZR PULSE, the LZR RACER is the world’s first fully bonded swimsuit that is ultrasonically welded and gives the effect of no seams at all.

Sports Science Journal@Jan-Feb08

This is this month's sports science journal update.

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Jan-Feb 08
Coaching
Effects of acute exercise on executive processing, short-term and long-term memory. JSS

Determinants of 800-m and 1500-m Running Performance Using Allometric Models. MSSE

Relationship of Training versus Echocardiographic Parameters to Competitive Results in Distance Running. IJSM

Role of muscle mass on sprint performance: gender differences? EJAP

Factors affecting peak performance in the swimming competition of the Athens Olympic Games. JSMPF

Specific inspiratory muscle warm-up enhances badminton footwork performance. APNM

Strength & Conditioning
Block periodization versus traditional training theory: a review. JSMPF

The use of various strength-power tests as predictors of sprint running performance. JSMPF

Chin-up strength tests: does stature matter? JSMPF

Physiology
History of developments in sport and exercise physiology: A. V. Hill, maximal oxygen uptake, and oxygen debt. JSS

Twenty-five years of sport performance research in the Journal of Sports Sciences. JSS

Perception of Fatigue during Simulated Competition. MSSE

Influence of Instructions on Perceptually-Based Ratings. IJSM

Training Induced Changes in Maximum Heart Rate. IJSM

Validity of the Polar S810 to Measure R-R Intervals in Children. IJSM

Effect of hydrotherapy on the signs and symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness . EJAP

Changes in the haemostatic system after thermoneutral and hyperthermic water immersion. EJAP

Validity of a Swimming Snorkel for Metabolic Testing. IJSM

Time Limit at V•O2max Velocity in Elite Crawl Swimmers. IJSM

Physiological Responses to Exercise at Altitude: An Update. SM

The effect of intermittent hypobaric hypoxic exposure and sea level training on submaximal economy in well-trained swimmers and runners. JAP

The Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test: A Useful Tool for Evaluation of Physical Performance in Intermittent Sports. SM

Contrasting Influences of Age and Sex on Muscle Fatigue. MSSE

Sympathetic cardiovascular control during orthostatic stress and isometric exercise in adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome. EJAP

Quadriceps Oxygenation during Isometric Exercise in Sailing. IJSM

Heat stress in sport—Fact and fiction. JSMS

A modern classification of the exercise-related heat illnesses. JSMS

Physiological limits to exercise performance in the heat. JSMS

The effect of the Ramadan fast on physical performance and dietary habits in adolescent soccer players. EJAP

Nutrition
Weight Control Strategies of Olympic Athletes Striving for Leanness: What Can be Done to Make Sport a Safer Environment? CJSM

Nutritional Supplementation and Anabolic Steroid Use in Adolescents. MSSE

Validation of a Personal Fluid Loss Monitor. IJSM

Biomechanics
Contributions of upper limb rotations to racket velocity in table tennis backhands against topspin and backspin. JSS

Sports Medicine
Kinematics of Ankle Taping after a Training Session. IJSM

Epidemiology of knee injuries among adolescents: a systematic review. BJSM

Physical examination tests of the shoulder: a systematic review with meta-analysis of individual tests. BJSM

Predicting Return to Sprinting after Acute Hamstring Strains. CJSM

Head and Neck Position Sense. SM

Psychology
Twenty-five years of psychology in the Journal of Sports Sciences: A historical overview. JSS

Evaluation on the effects of relaxing music on the recovery from aerobic exercise-induced fatigue. JSMPF

College athletes' perceptions of social support provided by their coach before injury and after it. JSMPF

On the temporal and behavioural consistency of pre-performance routines: An intra-individual analysis of elite basketball players' free throw shooting accuracy. JSS

Talent ID
ACTN3 genotype in professional soccer players. BJSM

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09 February 2008

The Age of Exhaustion in world records?

Stuck records@times online

According to a study conducted at France’s biomedical and epidemiological institute of sport (Irmes), which analysed 3,260 world records going back to the first modern Olympics in 1896, humans have reached their physiological limits, and after the year 2060, there will be no more world records.

Based on its analyses, Toussaint’s team predicts that in most of the quantifiable Olympic sports, the era of world records is drawing to a close. “We started our study in 1896, when we estimate people were operating at 75% of their physiological capacity. We are now at 99%. When we say there will be no more world records after 2060, it should not be forgotten that in about half of the events, there will be no world records after 2027.”

31 January 2008

Japan National Training Center (NTC) opens

New training center fuels dreams of gold@asahi

The NTC's total cost, including expenses to purchase the land site, was about 37.4 billion yen, according to the sports ministry.

The indoor training facility can be used by athletes in up to 10 sports, from gymnastics and judo to table tennis.

The judo facility is twice the size of the famed Kodokan, the headquarters of judo in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. The NTC facility has about 1,000 tatami mats.

Each practice facility has video cameras in place so athletes and coaches can later review their techniques.

The tennis courts use the same surfaces in stadiums hosting the U.S. and French Opens.

The outdoor training facility, featuring a 400-meter track, was completed in January 2007.

The JOC will operate an elite academy to foster young athletes into those capable of competing at the international level.

Table tennis and wrestling will join the academy project from April.

Six table tennis players and three wrestlers, all still in junior high school, will live and train at the NTC while attending a nearby school.

21 January 2008

plan for Singapore Sports Hub


Singapore Sports Hub Consortium, Led By Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd, Selected as Preferred Bidder For Sports Hub Project@SSC


Located on a 35ha site in Kallang, the Sports Hub will include the following facilities:
• A new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof;
• A 6,000-capacity indoor Aquatic Centre that meets world tournament standards;
• A 3,000-capacity multi-purpose arena which will be scalable and flexible in layout;
• 41,000 sq m of commercial space
• A Water Sports Centre
• The existing 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium; and
• Supporting leisure and commercial developments

With its world-class facilities, the Sports Hub will be the Centre for Singapore's elite athletes and high performance management as well as an ideal location for sports and entertainment events, sports administration, and sports and recreation businesses.

It will help to create a critical mass of international, regional and local sports federations and associations, sports medicine and sports science service providers, sports related training and education service providers, sports companies' sales and marketing headquarters, and retail outlets.

02 January 2008

Playing sports, Wii Sports or XBOX 360 for energy expenditure

Comparison of energy expenditure in adolescents when playing new generation and sedentary computer games: cross sectional study@pubmed

An interesting study of Liverpool John Moores University was conducted to compare the energy expenditure of adolescents when playing sedentary (XBOX 360) and new generation active computer games (Wii Sports).

Mean (standard deviation) predicted energy expenditure when playing Wii Sports bowling (190.6 (22.2) kJ/kg/min), tennis (202.5 (31.5) kJ/kg/min), and boxing (198.1 (33.9) kJ/kg/min) was significantly greater than when playing sedentary games XBOX 360 (125.5 (13.7) kJ/kg/min) (P<0.001).

However,
the energy used when playing active Wii Sports games was not of high enough intensity to contribute towards the recommended daily amount of exercise in children.