29 August 2005

off to Ireland

I will be attending the 2005 Global Coach Conference in Limerick, Ireland.

I was invited to present a study entitled
"A biological approch for junior athletes' strength & conditioning programmes".

I look forward to expand my network over there.

25 August 2005

one year anniversary @ Singapore

It has been a year since I arrived at Singapore.

It was a quick journey, but I am really enjoying staying here. Although the weather is very humid, people and food are very nice.

As a sports physiologist, my main job was to conduct sports specific physiological testing for various sports.

So far, I was involved in 5 research projects:
• The effects of Ramadhan (Muslim fasting month) on the physical, physiological, and psychological variables for junior soccer players
• Validation of a specific field test for junior badminton players
• Monitoring a conditioning programme for junior runners using a daily log
• Effects of heat stress on hydration levels and energy expenditure for junior badminton players
• A biological approach to junior athletes' strength and conditioning programmes.

Other than the projects, I had to set up a Sports Performance Lab in Sports Science Centre and gave physiology lessons to our students.

It was very hectic and challenging somethimes, but it was all invaluabe learning experiences,
I hope I can continue the good output in Singapore Sports School.

our webiste is up!

Please see below for what we are doing.

Sports Science Academy
Singapore Sports School

19 August 2005

high intensity ex = brain glucose decrease


Brain glucose uptake decreases parallel to exercise intensity. Therefore substrates other than glucose, most likely lactate, are utilised by brain in order to compensate the increased energy need to maintain neuronal activity during high intensity exercise.

16 August 2005

Healthy scepticism

Healthy scepticism@guardian

Medical research may make great headlines in the media, but new analysis shows too many studies later prove to be less than accurate, says John Allen Paulos.

One third of the medical studies were flatly contradicted or significantly weakened by later work.

13 August 2005

a weight room for your feet

Nike Makes Barefoot Breakthrough@wired

Nike researchers brought in 10 men and 10 women to run barefoot on grass to see exactly how the body reacts without shoes on. They were videotaped with high-speed cameras to capture their movements, they had reflective markers attached to their joints to allow easy calculation of joint angles during their stride, and they even had wafer-thin pressure sensors attached to the bottoms of their feet to measure their impact with the earth.

There was a very unique pressure pattern that came from running on grass....They were using the whole foot, very naturally.

We went in between completely barefoot and our highest-stability shoe.

Nike free

04 August 2005

science of Lance Armstrong

The Science of Lance Armstrong: Born, and Built, to Win@National Geographic

From 1992 to 1999, the year of his first Tour de France win, Armstrong was able to increase his muscle efficiency by 8 percent through hard and dedicated training.

Armstrong's muscles produce about half as much acid as the average person's muscles do when they get fatigued.

Powering Through the Tour@Wired

Armstrong can simply put out more power without crossing his lactate threshold than other riders.

02 August 2005

Elite Sports System around the world

1st International Council for Coach Education Asian Regional Coaching Conference Presentation

The above website has powerpoint presentations of the coaching conference.

We can always learn from others to develop an original sports system.

2005 pre-SEA Games scientific congress

2005 pre-SEA Games scientific congress

2005 Pre-SEA Games and Asia Pacific on Exercise and Sports Science Conference (APCESS 2005) to be held at the College of Human Kinetics, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines on 21-25 November 2005.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 August.