27 August 2009

Sports Sci J@Apr-Aug09

This is the latest sports science journal update.


Apr - Aug 09


Game-based Training in Young Elite Handball Players. IJSM

Tactical skills of world-class youth soccer teams. JSS

Soccer Skill Development in Professionals. IJSM

Ball Impact Dynamics of Instep Soccer Kicking. MSSE

The development of skill and tactical competencies during a season of badminton. EJSS

Competitive Elite Golf: A Review of the Relationships between Playing Results, Technique and Physique. SM

An in-depth assessment of expert sprint coaches' technical knowledge. JSS

Endurance Athletes: What is the Optimal Training Strategy? IJSM

Analysis of lap times in international swimming competitions. JSS

Relationships between swim performance, maximal oxygen uptake and peak power output when wearing a wetsuit. JSMS

Fin Swimming Improves Respiratory Gas Exchange. IJSM

Assessment of an International Breaststroke Swimmer Using a Race Readiness Test. IJSPP

Strength & Conditioning


Aerobic Conditioning for Team Sport Athletes. SM

Rest Interval between Sets in Strength Training. SM

Forms of Variable Resistance Training. SCJ

Physiological Correlates of Golf Performance. JSCR

An Investigation Into the Relationship of Flexibility, Power, and Strength to Club Head Speed in Male Golfers. JSCR

Cardiac responses to swim bench exercise in age-group swimmers and non-athletic children. JSMS


The Quantification of Training Load, the Training Response and the Effect on Performance. SM

A mathematical model for quantifying training. EJAP

Load, stress, and recovery in adolescent rugby union players during a competitive season. JSS

Velocity-Specific Fatigue: Quantifying Fatigue during Variable Velocity Cycling. MSSE

Exercise and Fatigue. SM

Is it Time to Retire the `Central Governor'? SM

Lactate Threshold Concepts: How Valid are They? SM

Physiological Profile of Asian Elite Youth Soccer Players. JSCR

Relationship Between Anthropometric and Physiological Characteristics in Youth Soccer Players. JSCR

A Comparison of Post-Match Recovery Strategies in Youth Soccer Players. JSCR

Effects of cold-water immersion on physical performance between successive matches in high-performance junior male soccer players. JSS

Effect of cold-water immersion duration on body temperature and muscle function. JSS

Effect of water immersion methods on post-exercise recovery from simulated team sport exercise. JSMS

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

Effects of wearing compression garments on thermoregulation during simulated team sport activity in temperate environmental conditions. JSMS

The specificity of training prescription and physiological assessment: A review. JSS

Sports performance: is there evidence that the body clock plays a role? EJAP

Criterion-related validity of the 20-m shuttle run test in youths aged 13-19 years. JSS

Criterion-Related Validity of Sit-and-Reach and Modified Sit-and-Reach Test for Estimating Hamstring Flexibility in Children and Adolescents Aged 6-17 Years. IJSM

Improved Race Performance in Elite Middle-Distance Runners After Cumulative Altitude Exposure. IJSPP

Cycling Performance Following Adaptation to Two Protocols of Acutely Intermittent Hypoxia. IJSPP

Inspiratory Muscle Training and Endurance: A Central Metabolic Control Perspective. IJSPP


Catering for the Athletes Village at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games: The Role of Sports Dietitians. IJSNEM

Feeding the Beijing Olympics: An Interview With Jillian Wanik. IJSNEM

Athletic Performance and Vitamin D. MSSE

Caffeine and Taurine Enhance Endurance Performance. IJSM

Is Ginseng an Ergogenic Aid? IJSNEM

Body composition of English Premier League soccer players: Influence of playing position, international status, and ethnicity. JSS

A simple and valid method to determine thermoregulatory sweating threshold and sensitivity. JAP

Practical Sports Nutrition: Survival Nutrition. IJSNEM

Biomechanics and technology development

Validity and reliability of kick count and rate in freestyle using inertial sensor technology. JSS

Validity and Reliability of GPS Units to Monitor Cricket-Specific Movement Patterns. IJSPP

An Evaluation of the Physiological Demands of Elite Rugby Union Using Global Positioning System Tracking Software. JSCR

Active and passive drag: the role of trunk incline. EJAP

Sports Medicine

UEFA injury study—an injury audit of European Championships 2006 to 2008. BJSM

Development and Implementation of a Standardized Precompetition Medical Assessment of International Elite Football Players-2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. CJSM

The Professionalization of Youth Sports: It's Time to Act! CJSM

Psychology and motor control

Mental fatigue impairs physical performance in humans. JAP

Competition stress in sport performers: Stressors experienced in the competition environment. JSS

A motivational model of performance in the sport domain. EJSS

A multi-component assessment model for monitoring training distress among athletes. EJSS

Athlete burnout in elite sport: A self-determination perspective. JSS

Possible early signs of athlete burnout: A prospective study. JSMS

Psychophysiological Stress Response during Competition between Elite and Non-elite Korean Junior Golfers. IJSM

Motor Control and LearningConditions of Practice in Perceptual Skill Learning. RQES

The Effect of Biological Movement Variability on the Performance of the Golf Swing in High- and Low-Handicapped Players. RQES

Sports Vision: Vision Care for the Enhancement of Sports Performance. MSSE

The Placebo Effect in Sports Performance: A Brief Review. SM

Talent ID and development

Talent identification and deliberate programming in skeleton: Ice novice to Winter Olympian in 14 months. JSS

Annual Age-Grouping and Athlete Development: A Meta-Analytical Review of Relative Age Effects in Sport. SM

Is there an influence of relative age on participation in non-physical sports activities? The example of shooting sports. JSS

The Relative Age Effect in Elite Sport: The French Case. RQES

Biological maturity status, body size, and exercise behaviour in British youth: A pilot study. JSS

Genetic Testing and Sports Medicine Ethics. SM

Genotype Distributions in Top-level Soccer Players: A Role for ACE? IJSM

Unique among unique. Is it genetically determined? BJSM

Birth Size, Infant Weight Gain, and Motor Development Influence Adult Physical Performance. MSSE

Peak athletic performance and ageing: Evidence from baseball. JSS

14 August 2009

Singapore Sports School to offer 6-year IB programme from 2010

Singapore Sports School to offer 6-year IB programme from 2010@CNA

SINGAPORE: From next year, the Singapore Sports School will be offering a six-year International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme to its students.

The programme, which does away with O-level and A-level examinations, is seen as a move to aid the development of young athletes.

The Singapore Sports School was seen as a revolutionary idea when it opened in 2004. It had opted for a more conventional four-year secondary education system then to ease the concerns of parents – many of whom were worried that their children would suffer academically.

Now, parents are calling for more to be done to support the long-term sporting careers of their children. The IB programme is a move in that direction by providing the flexibility needed to match the training schedules of the student athletes.

For one, the twice-yearly IB exam schedule means that students who are unable to take an exam due to competition preparations can do so at another sitting. Furthermore, they will remain in the Singapore Sports School till their late teens.

Mrs Deborah Tan, principal of the Singapore Sports School, said: "Those are crucial years in terms of their biological development and that's where their sports development will probably be showing up in terms of their potential, in terms of eventual performance as well.

"These additional two to three years that we're offering beyond the secondary programme are extremely important for athletes in terms of their longevity in the sport, and the sports school is here to help them achieve that."

Students may choose from traditional subjects in the Arts and Sciences, and may also take up modules in Sports Science.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, said the widely recognised diploma programme will open more doors for young athletes.

"You take a child at age 13 doesn't mean it's all over in four years or six years for that matter. The key is to provide training that commensurate with his or her maturity, and keep as many options open as possible," he said.

The Singapore Sports School will take in its first batch of IB students next year, with a cohort of 20 to 30 students.

The programme will also take in students at any point during the six years, even those who are not from the sports school. These students, however, will need to demonstrate a sporting ability.

The IB programme is not the only through-train option available for students. The school currently has tie-ups with Republic Polytechnic and the Auckland University of Technology, where students can continue with a diploma programme after Secondary Four, without sitting for the O-levels.