28 July 2010

EIS sports science and medicine staff to make a difference in London Olympics


It’s estimated that in the two years leading up to the London 2012 Games, the EIS will have delivered approximately 409,208 hours of sport science and medical support services to Olympic and Paralympic athletes at EIS High Performance Centres across England.

26 July 2010

YOG online media workroom launched

Online media workroom for YOG launched@CNA

SINGAPORE: An online media workroom was launched Friday to give media around the world access to information about the inaugural Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Singapore from August 14 to 26.

The YOG organising committee says the workroom will enable accredited media to access Games information on-the-go.

As a one-stop-shop, it will also facilitate coverage by reporters and photographers who are unable to attend the Games.

The Online Media Workroom is accessible via the Singapore 2010 website at www.singapore2010.sg/mediaworkroom and will provide editorial and photo content to the international media for editorial use.

These include competition schedules, real-time results, as well as information by the Youth Olympic News Service (YONS) and images by the Youth Olympics Photo Service (YOPS).

Singapore Education Ministry (MOE) to set up more Youth Sports Academies

MOE to set up more Youth Sports Academies@CNA

SINGAPORE : The Education Ministry will set up more Youth Sports Academies to cater to a wider range of sports, says Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Masagos Zulkifli.

Speaking at the launch of the MOE Youth Sports Academies 2010 on Friday, he said that in time to come, Singapore could see up to 10 academies catering to an estimated 1,000 athletes at the secondary and pre-university levels.

Mr Masagos added that MOE has completed the first selection of students for three sports - badminton, wushu and table tennis.

Forty-nine Secondary One students from 20 schools have enrolled in the three youth sports academies. - CNA/ms

22 July 2010

Singapore to prepare athletes to participate at the Winter Olympics

Olympics: Sunny Singapore heading for the snow slopes@CNA

SINGAPORE: Tropical Singapore is on track to join the ranks of Winter Olympic nations as efforts to form a sporting authority here charge full steam ahead.

Slated to head the national sports association (NSA) is veteran sports administrator Low Teo Ping, who recently stepped down as president of SingaporeSailing.

Although there are already ice hockey and skating bodies here, the Singapore Sports Council said the proposed NSA will oversee only two sports - snowboarding and downhill skiing - with the aim of competing in future Winter Olympics.

The multi-sport event in temperate climate is held every four years, with the last one in Vancouver earlier this year.

In February, Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), revealed that a high-performance team from the SSC were studying the possibility of sending athletes to the Winter Olympics, as early as the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

18 July 2010

Technogym to supply fitness equipment in London 2012

London 2012 signs Technogym as fitness equipment supplier@London2012

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today confirmed that Technogym has become the latest Tier Three supplier to London 2012. Technogym will supply and install fitness equipment for athletes in the Athletes’ Village and other training venues, becoming Official Fitness Equipment Supplier.

The main gym facility will be located at the Athletes’ Village and will provide thousands of competing athletes with top of the range fitness equipment for their event preparation. Alongside the facility at the Athletes Village, Technogym will equip several gyms within the other competition and training venues by installing a total of over 750 pieces. Technogym will also be responsible for the design and layout of the facilities, as well providing staff and ongoing maintenance.

17 July 2010

popular YOG social media platforms

Some popular YOG social media platforms@Straits Times

WhyOhGee community site

13,000 registered members
Launched June 22, this social networking site for the planet's youth allows users to share photographs, videos, tweets and blog posts without hassle.
WhyOhGee micro site

Produced by youth, for youth. A wealth of multimedia content connects young people all over the globe through digital media.

2,900 followers and counting
Keep up-to-date with the latest YOG events and behind-the-scenes preparations.
Million Deeds Challenge

Always wanted to make a difference in the lives of those closest to you? Now you can. About 69,000 good deeds have been submitted from all over the world so far.
Every deed posted brings the virtual Youth Olympics flame closer to Singapore.
Singapore 2010 Odyssey

200,000 registered users since October last year
Promoting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, this online game gives kids the chance to take part in a vibrant multi-player online world styled with a futuristic theme.

09 July 2010

WADA launches an online Anti-Doping learning tool

WADA Launches CoachTrue - New Anti-Doping Learning Tool@WADA

This new resource, available at no cost to stakeholders, covers a wide range of anti-doping activities and topics in order to cater to the various learning styles and demanding schedules of coaches.

CoachTrue contains separate platforms for coaches of elite-level athletes and coaches of young or recreational-level athletes.
An evolution of the Coach’s Tool Kit, which assists stakeholders in the facilitation of a face-to-face workshop for coaches, CoachTrue is intended to assist anti-doping organizations, coaching associations and universities in providing anti-doping education to coaches.

07 July 2010

YOG costs $387 million

Youth Olympic Games to cost $387 million@red sports

It will cost Singapore $387 million to host the upcoming Youth Olympic Games, three times the original estimate of $122 million.
The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) said that money was spent to upgrade existing venues to allow international broadcasting. Also, the number of volunteers have gone from the 7,000 to 20,000.
Local companies were awarded $260 million worth of contracts as a result of the YOG. The companies include CityNeon Holdings and Pico Global Service (both for events and exhibition services), Comfort-Delgro (transport), Singapore Food Industries, Select Group (catering), CISCO (auxiliary police), NCS (software system, data centres management) and Purechem Veolia (cleaning).
The government expects an estimated 40,000 foreign visitors and tourism receipts of about $57 million.

Sports Sci J@Jun-Jul10

This is the latest sports science journal update.



Long term athlete development

Comparison of Technical and Physiological Characteristics of Prepubescent Soccer Players of Different Ages. JSCR

Development of dribbling in talented youth soccer players aged 12-19 years: A longitudinal study. JSS

Assessing Muscular Strength in Youth: Usefulness of Standing Long Jump as a General Index of Muscular Fitness. JSCR

Vertical jumping and leg power normative data for English school children aged 10-15 years. JSS

Improving Acceleration and Repeated Sprint Ability in Well-Trained Adolescent Handball Players: Speed Versus Sprint Interval Training. IJSPP

The International Olympic Committee Consensus Statement on age determination in high-level young athletes. BJSM

The Science of Sex Verification and Athletic Performance. IJSPP

Relative age effect in youth soccer: analysis of the FIFA U17 World Cup competition. SJMSS

Relative age effect in female sport: a diachronic examination of soccer players. SJMSS

Relative age and dropout in French male soccer. JSS

Differences in self-regulatory skills among talented athletes: The significance of competitive level and type of sport. JSS

Growth, maturation, functional capacities and sport-specific skills in 12-13 year-old- basketball players. JSMPF

Genetics-based performance talent research: polymorphisms as predictors of endurance performance. JAP

Does your (genetic) alphabet soup spell "runner"? JAP

Are calcineurin genes associated with endurance phenotype traits? EJAP

Physical Activity Questionnaires for Youth: A Systematic Review of Measurement Properties. SM

Mortality and longevity of elite athlete. JSMS

Performance enhancement

Coping with stressors in elite sport: A coach perspective. EJSS

Nullius in Verba: A Call for the Incorporation of Evidence-Based Practice into the Discipline of Exercise Science. SM

The biomechanics of kicking in soccer: A review. JSS

`Combining Hypoxic Methods for Peak Performance': a Biomedical Engineering Perspective. SM

Beneficial Effects of Ice Ingestion as a Precooling Strategy on 40-km Cycling Time-Trial Performance. IJSPP

The effect of pre-cooling intensity on cooling efficiency and exercise performance. JSS

The Effects of Whole-Body Compression Garments on Prolonged High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise. JSCR

Heart rate recovery as a guide to monitor fatigue and predict changes in performance parameters. SJMSS

Role of [beta]-Alanine Supplementation on Muscle Carnosine and Exercise Performance. MSSE

Physiological Measures Tracking Seasonal Changes in Peak Running Speed. IJSPP

Prolonged Repeated-Sprint Ability Is Related to Arterial O2 Desaturation in Men. IJSPP

Injury prevention and management

ECSS Position Statement 2009: Prevention of acute sports injuries. EJSS

Massage Impairs Postexercise Muscle Blood Flow and "Lactic Acid" Removal. MSSE

Diagnosing overtraining in athletes using the two-bout exercise protocol. BJSM

The effectiveness of a neuromuscular prevention strategy to reduce injuries in youth soccer: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. BJSM

Core Training: Evidence Translating to Better Performance and Injury Prevention. SCJ

More data needed on injury risk among young elite athletes. BJSM

Sports injuries and illnesses in the 2009 FINA World Championships (Aquatics). BJSM

The influenza A (H1N1-2009) experience at the inaugural Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009: mass gathering during a developing pandemic. BJSM

Whole-Body Cryotherapy in Athletes. SM

Technology development

World Records: How Much Athlete? How Much Technology? IJSPP


06 July 2010

Community projects for YOG athletes

Community projects for YOG athletes@CNA

Athletes taking part in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games will have the opportunity to be involved in community projects when they participate in the Culture and Education Programme.

The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee is working with the National Youth Council and six community partners to deliver the Community Project activities.

The six activities are clog painting, community drumming, circus arts, balloon sculpting, origami folding, and ceramic tile-making.

Athletes taking part in the Community Project activities will also interact with local community participants such as students from the Movement For The Intellectually Disabled Of Singapore.