30 October 2010

MOU between Singapore Sports School and Shi Chai Hai Sports School

It's all about training smart, says China sports official@Straits Times

IT MAY come as a surprise to some, but China's star hurdler Liu Xiang only trains up to two hours a day.

Contrary to popular belief, long training does not equate to good results, a top Chinese sports official said yesterday.

'High quantity of training isn't the important thing. What's important is applying science to training, and having very focused training,' said Shi Chai Hai Sports School principal Li Guicheng in Mandarin.

The former track athlete and coach, a close friend of Liu's coach Sun Haiping, was speaking at the Sino-Singapore Sports Symposium at Raffles City Convention Centre.

It was held in conjunction with celebrations to mark 20 years of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore.

Addressing representatives from national sports associations and Singapore Sports Council senior management, including deputy chairman Cheah Kim Teck, Liu stressed that most elite Olympic-level athletes at Beijing's Shi Chai Hai Sports School do not train for more than two hours daily. For most junior athletes who are starting out, training is capped at three hours daily.

'It's very tiring on the brain if you train too long,' said the 56-year-old, who is also president of the Beijing Boxing Association and secretary-general of the city's Taekwondo Association.

'We found this out about 10 years ago, when many athletes got injured.'

His school is one of more than 200 government-funded elite sports schools across China. But it is among the best, having produced 33 world champions including Olympic and world champion table tennis star Zhang Yining.

Olympic gymnast He Kexin, Hollywood star and wushu national champion Jet Li, and Singapore paddler Li Jiawei are other notable alumni.

Singapore officials welcomed Li's comments, with SSC chief executive officer Oon Jin Teik calling his own thinking 'outdated' at times.

'We talk about full-time training, but now he's talked about productivity and focused training,' the former Olympic swimmer said.

Speaking directly to officials from several sports bodies, Oon added: 'What you have heard today is the thinking of the powerhouse of sports. Please take it back to homebase.'

Singapore Athletic Association vice-president (training and selection) C. Kunalan said most of his elite athletes are already training two hours a day.

'But something's lacking - the application of sports science that's available.

'We need to change the mindsets of coaches and athletes to include this,' said the former 100m national record-holder and Olympian.

Singapore Sports School director of sports Irwin Seet felt the two-hour principle could not be applied across all sports.

Li also signed a memorandum of understanding with SSP principal Deborah Tan.

There will be student and teacher exchanges between the two institutions with immediate effect.

24 October 2010

YOG doping cases

Two YOG athletes disqualified for doping@CNA

SINGAPORE: Two athletes who took part in the Youth Olympics Games in Singapore have been disqualified for doping.

The wrestlers, 17 year-olds Nurbek Hakkulov from Uzbekistan and Johnny Pilay from Ecuador, were found with a prohibited substance in their urine samples.

Laboratory analyses detected the presence of Furosemide - a banned diuretic, used to allegedly mask other drugs in the body.

Hakkulov had won a silver medal is the Men's Greco-Roman 50-kilogramme event and will have his medal, diploma and participation certificate withdrawn.

Pilay was fifth in the Men's Freestyle 63-kilogramme event.

Sports Sci J@Aug-Oct10

This is the latest sports science journal update.

Aug-Oct 10

Long term athlete development
Development of the Talent Development Environment Questionnaire for Sport. JSS

Successful talent development in track and field: considering the role of environment. SJMSS

Fundamental movement skills among Australian preschool children. JSMS

Criterion-related validity of field-based fitness tests in youth: a systematic review. BJSM

Secular trends in aerobic fitness performance in 13–18-year-old adolescents from 1976 to 2001. BJSM

The effects of heavy continuous versus long and short intermittent aerobic exercise protocols on oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate responses in adolescents. EJAP

Neuromuscular differences between prepubescents boys and adult men during drop jump. EJAP

Repeated-Sprint Sequences During Youth Soccer Matches. IJSM

Effects of Balance Training on Postural Sway, Leg Extensor Strength, and Jumping Height in Adolescents. RQES

Kinematic analysis of netball goal shooting: A comparison of junior and senior players. JSS

Assessment of individual anaerobic threshold and stroking parameters in swimmers aged 10-11 years. EJSS

Three-dimensional kinematics and ground reaction forces during the instep and outstep soccer kicks in pubertal players. JSS

Compliance with a comprehensive warm-up programme to prevent injuries in youth football. BJSM

Monitoring stress and recovery: new insights for the prevention of injuries and illnesses in elite youth soccer players. BJSM

Young elite athletes and social support: coping with competitive and organizational stress in “Olympic” competition. SJMSS

Longitudinal Sex Differences during Landing in Knee Abduction in Young Athletes. MSSE

Relationship Between Changes in Upon-Waking Urinary Indices of Hydration Status and Body Mass in Adolescent Singaporean Athletes. IJSNEM

Group- and individual-level coincidence of the ‘Fatmax’ and lactate accumulation in adolescents. EJAP

A lifespan perspective on the career of talented and elite athletes: Perspectives on high-intensity sports. SJMSS

Predictors of the Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances by Young Athletes. CJSM

Exercise genes? And no, not Levi's 501s! JAP

Speed and endurance: you can have it all. JAP

The hybrid algorithm (Hbmr) to fight against blood doping in sports. SJMSS

Performance enhancement
Sport Science in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. IJSPP

Game, Set and Match? Substantive Issues and Future Directions in Performance Analysis. SM

Performance analysis research: Meeting the challenge. JSS

New Horizons for the Methodology and Physiology of Training Periodization: Block Periodization: New Horizon or a False Dawn? SM

Intense training: the key to optimal performance before and during the taper. SJMSS

Training for intense exercise performance: high-intensity or high-volume training? SJMSS

Speed endurance training is a powerful stimulus for physiological adaptations and performance improvements of athletes. SJMSS

Fueling strategies to optimize performance: training high or training low? SJMSS

Measuring Training Load in Sports. IJSPP

The effects of training on performance and performance-related states in individual elite athletes: A dynamic approach. JSS

What is Best Practice for Training Intensity and Duration Distribution in Endurance Athletes? IJSPP

Monitoring Acute Effects on Athletic Performance with Mixed Linear Modeling. MSSE

Effectiveness of intermittent training in hypoxia combined with live high/train low. EJAP

Heat acclimation improves exercise performance. JAP

Development of hydration strategies to optimize performance for athletes in high-intensity sports and in sports with repeated intense efforts. SJMSS

Dehydration and rehydration in competative sport. SJMSS

The Role of Physiology in the Development of Golf Performance. SM

Effect of Functional Overreaching on Executive Functions. IJSM

Does plyometric training improve strength performance? A meta-analysis. JSMS

Psychological skills training as a way to enhance an athlete's performance in high-intensity sports. SJMSS

Preventing overtraining in athletes in high-intensity sports and stress/recovery monitoring. SJMSS

Exercise, music, and the brain: Is there a central pattern generator? JSS

Emotional contagion in soccer penalty shootouts: Celebration of individual success is associated with ultimate team success. JSS

Effect of Caffeine Ingestion on Muscular Strength and Endurance: A Meta-Analysis. MSSE

Injury prevention and management
Sports injuries and illnesses during the Winter Olympic Games 2010. BJSM

Behaviour, the Key Factor for Sports Injury Prevention. SM

The Effect of Playing Surface on Injury Rate: A Review of the Current Literature. SM

Technology development
Validity and reliability of GPS for measuring distance travelled in field-based team sports. JSS

The Validity and Reliability of GPS Units for Measuring Distance in Team Sport Specific Running Patterns. IJSPP


11 October 2010

PhD position in exercise physiology in Switzerland

There is a PhD position opening in exercise physiology in Lausanne, Switzerland under Prof Gregoire Millet. If you are interested, please let me know so that I can send you more details.