29 June 2004

cooling down for tennis players

Performance Strategy Doesn’t End at Match Point@USTA

•cool-down exercises: non-weight bearing, active and passive stretching

combined with deep breathing exercises

15-20 minutes after intense play

•recovery and regeneration

re-hydrate, carbohydrates (50-60g/hr), massage, contrast baths

0.3 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight immediately after a practice or match
3-4 grams per pound of body weight within the following 24 hours

25 June 2004

RPE-based training load

Med Sci Sports Exerc 36: 1042-1047, 2004

Use of RPE-Based Training Load in Soccer [Abstract]

the HR-based training load and session-RPE were statistically significant (from r = 0.50 to 0.85, P < 0.01)

systems model and training

Med Sci Sports Exerc 36: 942-948, 2004

Applying a systems model of training to a patient with coronary artery disease [Abstract]

the fit between real and model exercise tolerances was significant

anabolic and catabolic processes for soccor players

J Strength Cond Res 18: 121-128, 2004

Changes in exercise performance and hormonal concentrations over a big ten soccer season in starters and nonstarters [Abstract]

players entering the season with low circulating concentrations of T and elevated levels of C can experience reductions in performance during a season, with performance decrements exacerbated in starters over nonstarters

overtraining and HRV

J Spors Med Phys Fitness 43: 506-512, 2003

Night heart rate variability during overtraining in male endurance athletes [Abstract]

HRV during sleep does not seem to be a valid marker of overtraining

psychol Q and hormones

Br J Sports Med 38: 260-263, 2004

Salivary testosterone and cortisol in rugby players: correlation with psychological overtraining items [Abstract]

Testosterone concentration is influenced by tiredness,
and is therefore a valid marker of tiredness

overtraining and serotonin

Int J Sports Med 25: 150-153, 2004

Abnormal serotonin reuptake in an overtrained, insomnic and depressed team athlete [Abstract]

the severe overtraining state could have been related to decreased serotonin reuptake in the brain and signs of major depression

22 June 2004

grass roots rugby

World Cup surplus directed to grass roots @Sports Vine

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has announced it will spend $18million over the next two years to boost grass roots rugby across Australia.

aim = to create new clubs, boost participation, improve the skills of our young players and help volunteers do their job

•TryRugby, EdRugby & volunteer support $4.7million
•Club Creation and Support Initiative $1.6million
•Strategic Funding for Member (state) Unions $5million
•Elite Player Development Program $4.5million
•Customer Relationship Management $2.7million
•Super 12 & Junior Development promotion $1.05million
•True Colours Tour & EdRugby 2003 $3million
•Capital Management Strategy $20million

full detail of Five Year Plan in ARU website

18 June 2004

AIS and environmental strategy

AIS takes up Greenhouse Challenge@ASC

goal = to cut emission of greenhouse gases by 490 tonnes a year

•using power-saving settings for personal computers
•fine-tuning air-conditioning
•using energy-efficient lighting
•minimising and recycling waste products such as paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, toner cartridges, oils etc
•using economical four-cylinder cars, where possible
•reducing lawn areas