29 October 2009

use of virtual reality training for rugby players

Increased success a ‘virtual’ certainty for rugby players@alpha galileo

The players are fitted with a ‘backpack’ of sensors and don a helmet-like visor known as a head mounted display through which a series of 360 degree virtual scenarios are displayed.

EIS Athlete Career Development Programme


The English Institute of Sport (EIS), under the Performance Lifestyle Programme, has launched the Athlete Career Development Programme, which aims to provide World Class Programme Athletes with an introduction to organisations receptive to the exceptional skills athletes can bring to the work place.

WADA 2010 Prohibited List

WADA 2010 Prohibited List Now Published@WADA

The 2010 List reflects the latest scientific advances and offers a number of noteworthy changes compared to the 2009 List:

The status of salbutamol, a beta-2 agonist, will change. Therapeutic use of inhaled salbutamol will not be prohibited as of January 1, 2010. If the urinary concentration is above 1,000 nanograms per millilitre, there will be a presumption that the substance was not taken by inhalation and the athlete will have the burden to demonstrate through a controlled pharmacokinetic study that the level found in his urine was the result of therapeutic inhaled use.

T/E Ratio Follow-Up
No further collections or analyses will be required in cases where the testosterone to epitestosterone (T/E) ratio is greater than 4 and an isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) test or any other reliable analytical method has not revealed evidence of exogenous administration of a prohibited substance.

Pseudoephedrine will be reintroduced to the List and will be prohibited above 150 micrograms per millilitre.

28 October 2009

pre-YOG conference call for abstract

Please see below information for pre-YOG conference. I will be presenting also in one of symposiums.

Call for Abstracts

In celebration of the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, is organising the III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science (ICPESS 2010). The Organising Committee of the ICPESS 2010 cordially invites abstracts for oral or poster presentation.

Types of Presentation Desired

· Oral Presentation

For each accepted paper, 10 minutes will be allocated for oral presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

· Poster Presentation

Each accepted poster will be assigned to a poster session, and will be allocated a poster board space. Posters should be printed in the following size: Portrait: 0.92m (Breadth) x 1.22m (Length). Poster presentations in Chinese are acceptable.

Strands & Proposal Submission

· Physical Education
Information Technology
Olympic Education
Outdoor Education
Physical Activity
Play and Sport
Problem-Based Learning
Social and Pedagogical Issues

· Sport Science
Nutrition and Childhood Obesity
Motor Control
Physical Training
Talent Identification

Guidelines for submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentation

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at http://nieacis.servy.net/fmp/users/ICPESS/form.html

Abstracts will not be proofread prior to printing, so you are strongly advised to ensure that there are no typing errors before submission.

Please follow the submission guidelines closely:

· All abstracts must be written in English (UK).
· Abstracts can only be submitted online through http://nieacis.servy.net/fmp/users/ICPESS/form.html. Those submitted by fax, post or e-mail will not be considered.
· Authors should submit a non-structured abstract depending on the topic of research according to the strands given.
· The abstract text should not exceed 250 words.
· Use a 10-point Times New Roman.
· Authors’ name must be highlighted in bold, followed by their affiliations.
· It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact may result in the rejection of the abstract.
· Abstracts should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another conference or have been previously presented at any other national or international meeting, and submitted abstracts should not be of work published prior to 28 May, 2010.
· An author may submit only one abstract as a first author. The submitted abstract should be presented by the first author. First authors can appear as co-authors on other abstracts.
· If you have any question regarding your abstract submission, please contact the conference secretariat at icpess2010@nie.edu.sg.

· For further information regarding the conference, please visit the official conference website at http://www.nie.edu.sg/icpess2010/main.html

Submission Deadline

The deadline for abstract submission for the ICPESS 2010 is on 15 December 2009. Submission received after this date will not be accepted or reviewed.

Abstract Review Process

All submitted abstracts will go through a peer-review process carried out by a Scientific Reviewing Committee. Each abstract will be reviewed by no more than three reviewers. Referees will make recommendations as to the type of presentation (oral or poster presentations, or rejection). The author can state her/his preference for the type of presentation but the final decision is with the Scientific Committee.

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection to Corresponding Author

Notification of acceptance or rejection of an abstract will be sent to the submitting (corresponding) author by 15 January 2010. Please note that only the corresponding author will receive mail concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all co-authors of the status of the abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive instructions for the presentation of their abstract. A registration of the presenter (first author) should be made at least by 31 March 2010 to guarantee publication of the abstract in the Proceedings. Late registrations may lead to an exclusion of the abstract.

Michael Chia

Chairman – Organising Committee

ICPESS 2010 Conference
1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
DID: (65) 6790 3690/6790 3689 | Fax: (65) 6896 9260 | michael.chia@nie.edu.sg

Sent by:

Shirley Seet

Conference Secretariat | ICPESS2010 Conference


1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

Telephone: (65) 6316-5849 Fax: (65) 6896 9260 | icpess2010@nie.edu.sg

Website: http://www.nie.edu.sg/icpess2010

UK Sport R&D project


Scientists are developing a range of miniaturised wearable and track-side sensors, computer modelling tools and smart training devices to help British athletes improve their performance on the world stage, as part of a new £8.5 million project that will be officially launched tomorrow (28 October 2009).

- The sensors include wireless wearable nodes to measure biochemical information, heart rate, EEG, ECG, muscle activity, joint speed and contact forces

- Video camera sensors, called Vision Sensor Networks (VSNs), which coaches can use to monitor an athlete’s movements and assess their strategies while training.

27 October 2009

YOG update

Singapore discussing with US to send best athletes for 2010 YOG@CNA

Six sporting events (Boxing, Fencing, Handball, Judo, Taekwondo and Wrestling) for the Youth Olympic Games will be played out right in the heart of the city at the Suntec Convention Centre.

Furthermore, the Culture and Education Programme like the Arts & Culture and Discovery Activity, which will include an Olympic Gallery and interactive exhibits on healthy living, will also be held at Suntec.

24 October 2009

YOG not just "friendship games"

YOG not just "friendship games", says Teo Ser Luck@CNA

SINGAPORE: Learning about different cultures and promoting Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect may be a priority at next year's inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

But the event is also about serious top-level sports competition, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Teo Ser Luck.

22 October 2009

UK Sport Youtube channel, twitter, and facebook


The Vodcast is produced every two weeks and can be viewed, along with the other videos, via the UK Sport You Tube channel.

You can also keep up to date with all the latest news from UK Sport on Twitter, and follow our talent campaigns on Facebook.

19 October 2009

key questions on video recording

Useful tips on video recording sport@AIS

* What device will I capture it with?
* What format will I capture it in?
* What storage device will I capture it in?
* What quality will I use to capture it?
* What method will I use to transfer it to the coach?

16 October 2009

Biomechanist market in Canada

Canadian sport organizations must invest more in biomechanists@canada.com

Dr. Allan Wrigley of the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific believed to be the only biomechanist working full-time in the sport field in Canada, says there needs to be a greater awareness among sport administrators, coaches and university programmers of the value of specialized sport biomechanical analysis.

England has 10 full-time biomechanists on staff and at least 20 others involved in performance analysis. The Australian Institute of Sport has a 27-member biomechanics and performance analysis team, that includes five biomechanists.

DNA test for talent ID in China

In China, DNA tests on kids ID genetic gifts, careers@CNN

At the Chongqing Children's Palace, experts are hoping to revolutionize child-rearing with the help of science. About 30 children aged 3 to 12 years old and their parents are participating in a new program that uses DNA testing to identify genetic gifts and predict the future.

The test is conducted by the Shanghai Biochip Corporation. Scientists claim a simple saliva swab collects as many as 10,000 cells that enable them to isolate eleven different genes. By taking a closer look at the genetic codes, they say they can extract information about a child's IQ, emotional control, focus, memory, athletic ability and more.

For about $880, Chinese parents can sign their kids up for the test and five days of summer camp in Chongqing, where the children will be evaluated in various settings from sports to art. The scientific results, combined with observations by experts throughout the week, will be used to make recommendations to parents about what their child should pursue.

Future gymnasts, musicians, and basketball players are sent to rigorous training camps and specialized sports schools, and sometimes paid a government salary.

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06 October 2009

US swimmers, cyclists, and shooters not competing at YOG 2010

US swimmers, cyclists and shooters to give 2010 YOG a miss: Washington Post@CNA

The online version of the Washington Post said some US athletes will not turn up at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to be staged in Singapore next year.

The report said that the US swim team will not be competing in the August 2010 Games.

It quoted USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus who said the Youth Olympics was set up more as an educational programme than a high-level competition.

01 October 2009

YOG Culture and Education Programme

First-ever Culture and Education Programme Pictograms unveiled@Singapore 2010

7 Culture and Education Programme (CEP) pictograms for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games at Pulau Ubin, a venue for one of the CEP activities, the Island Adventure. CEP is a key and unique feature of the Youth Olympic Games:

1. Chat with Champions, 2. Discovery Activity, 3. World Culture Village, 4. Arts and Culture, 5. Community Project, 6. Exploration Journey and 7. Island Adventure.

The CEP is built around five themes:

- Olympism. This topic traces the origins, philosophy, structure and evolution of the modern Olympic Games to the present day.

- Skills Development. This topic considers various facets of a professional athlete's career, including personal development and managing transitional phases in life.

- Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyle. This topic covers the promotion of a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating and stress management, besides dealing with the issue of doping in sport.

- Social Responsibility. The issues of environment, sustainable development and community relations in the context of being a responsible global citizen will be discussed.

- Expression. Activities under this theme include learning and interaction opportunities via the digital media and evening festivals at the Youth Olympic Village.

For more info of CEP, click here.