28 December 2007

Australian Recovery Centre facilities in Beijing

Fitness First for Olympic Team@AOC

The Fitness First Recovery Centre facilities in Beijing include:

- 25 metre pool for standard pool recovery, rehabilitation, water running, swimming, and water polo drills.
- Cold water immersion area
- Strength and Conditioning / stretching area
- Massage
- Nutrition Bar
- Relaxation / Video / Music / Media area
- State-of-art exercise machines / equipment / fully equipped gym facilities.

AOC preparation for Beijing Olympics

Looking for an Edge in Beijing@AOC

An illustrious panel of medical and sports science specialists gathered in Sydney in November to share their knowledge on heat & humidity, air quality, health and hygiene with representatives from all Olympic sports to assist Australian athletes have an edge in August 2008.

August temperatures in Beijing are generally above thirty degrees Celsius with humidity around 50 percent.

Matt Brearly from the Northern Territory Institute of Sport NTIS spoke on acclimitisation and monitoring athletes’ core body temperatures.

Brearly traveled to Beijing with the Australian Hockey teams in August this year for their test events. The athletes took capsules to record their core body temperature. The use of baths, cooling jackets and other procedures were all tested.

Brearly stressed the importance of using the Australian summer to test procedures in the lead up to the Games. He also explained that a minimum of seven days was required to physiologically acclimatise to conditions but mentally it could take longer depending on the individual athletes.

As well as acclimatisation plans the testing of sweat levels, hydration requirements and exercise induced asthma were all discussed.

Training in the morning would also be beneficial in Beijing.

Singapore talent ID and development programme

4 new sports academies to identify, develop talents from primary school@CNA

SINGAPORE : In a boost for sports in Singapore, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said it will start identifying and developing talented athletes at an early stage - at primary 5 and 6 levels.

Those selected will then be trained in four new Junior Sports Academies which will be set up by next year.

The MOE said the move is essential for long-term success. However, it acknowledged that such talent-spotting should not be limiting, especially when young ones are concerned.

The Minister of State for Education, Lui Tuck Yew, said: "We will identify two groups of athletes, with the first group comprising athletes who are already excelling in their respective sports and the second group are those who may not necessarily play the sport, but are deemed to have the potential to do well in it.

"A multi-pronged approach based on competition results, scouting, nomination by schools and NAPFA Test results will be used to identify the athletes for the selection trials."

These students will then be trained at four centralised Junior Sports Academies, housed in selected schools islandwide.

For a start, there will be four such academies per zone - the academies for netball, swimming, table-tennis, track & field at the Singapore Sports School in the north, a table-tennis academy at the Singapore Table-Tennis Association in the south, a wushu academy at Chung Cheng High Main in the eastern part of Singapore and a badminton academy at Henry Park Primary School in the west.

280 students will attend these academies next year. Of these, the first selection for the wushu and badminton academies has already been made.

"They will have the privilege of receiving expertise from professional coaches... Primary school students from various parts of Singapore will be able to receive quality training," said Ng Teng Joo, principal of Henry Park Primary School.

There will be two to four training sessions each week at the Junior Sports Academies outside of school hours, depending on the sport chosen. Each training session will last about two hours.

To prevent any sort of conflict, a sports manager will be appointed to ensure that there's a fine balance between the sporting and academic development of these selected students.

This pilot scheme comes under a new Talent Development Framework. If the pilot scheme works, more academies catering to more sports could eventually be set up.

The MOE said it is looking at as many as 16 academies for an estimated 1,000 athletes in primary 5 and 6.

2 major sporting events for Singapore in 2008

2008 to be a busy year for sports in Singapore@CNA

The Singapore F1 Grand Prix will be the world's first night street race and work has already begun on all fronts – from track layout to ticketing and hospitality.

Another widely-anticipated event in 2008 is the announcement of the winning bid for the new sports hub, which will replace the National Stadium.

30 November 2007

Britain's plan for Beijing Olympics: Macau holding camp


In the lead up to Beijing next year, there will be a multisport holding camp in Macau with most of Britain’s Olympic sports including Hockey, Judo, Archery and Athletics based there. However some sports have different training requirements, so we arrange slightly different bases for them.

For example, Equestrian only move their horses once, so they will go straight to Hong Kong, where their competition is taking place and be with their horses for the whole duration. Triathlon will be based in JeJu Island, in South Korea so they can get the right cycle training facilities, as well as the swimming and running. Rowing and Canoe Slalom will actually be doing their final preparation training on the Olympic Competition Venues, so they will have their Holding Camp based around those sites.

Flying the athletes to the holding camps at least 7 days before the Games will help give them enough time to recover from the travel. For athletes based in Macau, the flight to Beijing is only 3hours and in the afternoon, so should have very little impact.

26 November 2007

NZ high performance funding

SPARC Announces $4.9 Million Investment In High Performance Sport@SPARC

SPARC (Sport & Recreation New Zealand) today announced that it will invest $4.9 million in the high performance projects of 15 different sports in 2008 and beyond.

SPARC invests an additional $11 million in the high performance programmes of nine targeted sports. Those sports include cycling, rowing, swimming and athletics, among others.

14 November 2007

European training centre for Australian athletes

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has signed a formal agreement with the Varese Provincial Government to finalise a contract for the construction of a European Training Centre (ETC) for Australian athletes@sports vine

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has signed a formal agreement with the Varese Provincial Government to finalise a contract for the construction of a European Training Centre (ETC) for Australian athletes.

The Centre will be used by Australian athletes and teams in preparing for elite competition like the 2012 London Olympics.

The Australian Government, through the Australian Sports Commission, has committed $11million towards the establishment and operation of the European Training Centre at Gavirate, on the shores of Lake Varese in northern Italy.

This will provide AIS and Australian athletes with access to the same world's best Australian sports science and sports medicine advice and services that they currently enjoy in Australia.

10 November 2007

physical exercise or brain exercise?

Exercise on the Brain@NYT

One form of training has been shown to maintain and improve brain health — physical exercise. In humans, exercise improves what scientists call “executive function,” the set of abilities that allows you to select behavior that’s appropriate to the situation, inhibit inappropriate behavior and focus on the job at hand in spite of distractions. Executive function includes basic functions like processing speed, response speed and working memory, the type used to remember a house number while walking from the car to a party.

31 October 2007

World Cup Swimming @ Singapore

Over the last weekend, I was supporting Singapore national swimmers for FINA/ARENA World Cup Swimming held in our school. We did post-race lactate recovery testing for the swimmers to find out whether their cool down was sufficient for them to prepare for next events.

22 October 2007

16 October 2007

Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 website

Singapore's Youth Olympic Games Committee launches logo, website@CNA

Singapore is cranking up the publicity for its bid to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

With less than ten days left before the official bid document is submitted on 26 October, a website and logo were unveiled on Tuesday to rally the whole nation to support the bid.

One of the ways to reach out to Singaporeans at home and abroad is through a video, which showcases Singapore's vibrancy and diversity, on popular website YouTube.

official website

10 October 2007

we will have a new principal at Singapore Sports School

RGS principal appointed as new head of Singapore Sports School@CNA

Raffles Girls' Secondary School principal Mrs Deborah Tan has been appointed the new head of the Singapore Sports School, effective January 1 next year.

The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports said the 48-year-old is a keen sportswoman, who represented Raffles Girls' combined schools and the National University of Singapore in softball during her school days.

The current Sports School principal Mr Moo Soon Chong will remain as consultant until his retirement next April.

from youth development to high performance at Singapore Sports School

SBA to move headquarters to Singapore Sports School@CNA

The Singapore Sports School's Badminton Academy ensures a higher level of coaching and development, and offers the best shuttlers a smooth transition into the national youth and senior squads. Sports School students will also benefit by training with the national players.

Dr Balakrishnan added the SBA is developing plans to place more emphasis on youth development by training a select team to prepare for the inaugural Youth Olympics Games in 2010.

08 October 2007

Australia will bring over 70 medical staff in Beijing Olympics

Medical team to give Australia the 'edge'@AOC

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) will take over 70 medical specialists to next year’s Olympics in Beijing. Their intention…. to provide the best possible health care for the Australia’s athletes and give our Team the edge over the opposition.

Particular emphasis will be placed on providing the best methods to cope with heat stress and respiratory problems during competition.

To compliment the medical strategy the AOC has also leased a Beijing school where they will establish a recovery centre with swimming pools, ice baths, massage and full gym facilities.

04 October 2007

UK Sport podcast

Olympic legend stars in first UK Sport podcast

Double Olympic champion Edwin Moses, British taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson and Chelsea Warr, architect of the Sporting Giants Talent Identification Scheme, all feature in the first UK Sport Podcast which is published today. The Podcast is the latest exciting development in UK Sport’s web-based communications strategy.

28 September 2007

BASES position stand on genetic research and testing

Scientists Highlight Benefits Of Genetic Research In Sport, But Warn Of Ethical Concerns, UK@medical news today

Genetic research into athletic ability should be encouraged for its potential benefits in both sport and public health, a leading group of scientists meeting at the University of Bath said recently.

They highlight two dangers of genetic performance tests. Firstly, genetic performance tests might later be linked to disease. For example, a muscle growth gene may later be linked to cancer growth.

Secondly, genetic performance tests can be performed even before birth and this may lead to the selection of foetuses or to abortions based on athletic potential.

The report recommends that genetic testing should be used for anti-doping testing as long as the genetic samples are destroyed after testing.

Click here to read the executive summary or the whole position stand

technology development for coaches

Advanced Technologies Aim to Transform the Coaching of Top Athletes@EPSRC

The SESAME (Sensing for Sport and Managed Exercise) project is developing innovative video and body sensor technologies designed to aid the training of both novice and elite athletes. The aim is to combine these technologies into a unique, integrated computer system that substantially increases the quantity and variety of data available to coaches during training sessions.

The system will produce simultaneous shots from multiple video cameras located in different positions that can autonomously track a moving athlete and then transmit pictures to the coach for near-instant, slow motion replay.

In addition, the project is developing on-body sensors that will use small, low-power electronics which exploit recent advances in wireless communications to collect data about arm angle, knee lift, body lean etc.

The 4-year SESAME initiative is due to run until 2010 and received EPSRC funding of £2,910,272.

15 September 2007

Singapore Coaches Day

Singapore Sports Council celebrates first Coaches Day@CNA

As coaches are integral to the success of athletes, Singapore has decided to celebrate these individuals on the second Friday of every September.

29 August 2007

link between exercise and intelligence

Lobes of Steel@New York Times

* Now an expanding body of research shows that exercise can improve the performance of the brain by boosting memory and cognitive processing speed. Exercise can, in fact, create a stronger, faster brain.

* This spring, neuroscientists at Columbia University in New York City published a study in which a group of men and women, ranging in age from 21 to 45, began working out for one hour four times a week. After 12 weeks, the test subjects, predictably, became more fit. Their VO2 max, the standard measure of how much oxygen a person takes in while exercising, rose significantly.

But something else happened as a result of all those workouts: blood flowed at a much higher volume to a part of the brain responsible for neurogenesis. Functional M.R.I.’s showed that a portion of each person’s hippocampus received almost twice the blood volume as it did before. Scientists suspect that the blood pumping into that part of the brain was helping to produce fresh neurons.

The Columbia study suggests that shrinkage to parts of the hippocampus can be slowed via exercise. The subjects showed significant improvements in memory, as measured by a word-recall test. Those with the biggest increases in VO2 max had the best scores of all.

* Other recent studies support this theory. At the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, a group of elderly sedentary people were assigned to either an aerobic exercise program or a regimen of stretching. (The aerobic group walked for at least one hour three times a week.) After six months, their brains were scanned using an M.R.I. Those who had been doing aerobic exercise showed significant growth in several areas of the brain. These results raise the hope that the human brain has the capacity not only to produce new cells but also to add new blood vessels and strengthen neural connections, allowing young neurons to integrate themselves into the wider neural network. “The current findings are the first, to our knowledge, to confirm the benefits of exercise training on brain volume in aging humans,” the authors concluded.

* Other University of Illinois scientists have studied school-age children and found that those who have a higher level of aerobic fitness processed information more efficiently; they were quicker on a battery of computerized flashcard tests. The researchers also found that higher levels of aerobic fitness corresponded to better standardized test scores among a set of Illinois public school students. The scientists next plan to study how students’ scores change as their fitness improves.

16 August 2007

New physical exercise guidelines

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have updated physical activity guidelines. These guidelines outline exercise recommendations for healthy adults and older adults and are an update from the 1995 guidelines. Choose your category below, and find recommendations, research and tips from ACSM and AHA. Together, we are proud to serve as a public resource to help people live healthier, more active lives.


extreme cold for recovery

Ice-cold And In Great Shape: A Cold Kick To Jolt Athletes Into Action Despite The Heat@medical news today

For a few moments, scientists from Dortmund and Münster universities put more than 50 hobby and top athletes into a cryochamber with a temperature of minus 120 degrees. The first result: icy cold temperatures does lead test athletes to stay in optimal shape. The scientists will investigate how the application can be further improved by using other cooling methods such as cooling vests, cold air appliances, crushed ice or cold showers.

For this purpose, the test athletes stay in a polarium at minus 120 degree celsius for two and a half minutes, then do a endurance run at 90% of their maximum capacity. After only six months, the scientists noticed that the subjects' performance had considerably improved due to optimal blood circulation and better oxygen supply.

13 August 2007

new doping test of autologous transfusion

New weapon in the fight against blood doping@play the game

Together with Australian colleagues, Jakob Mørkeberg, a doctoral student at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, is in the midst of developing a precise test to detect whether athletes have illegally doped themselves with their own blood.

In developing a test that can detect autologous transfusion, the researchers are working on four different test methods examining: blood parameters, total haemoglobin, gene-expression and membrane proteins.

"We’re on to something,” he said. “But I expect it will still require some work to reach our goal. We’ll know a lot more in three months when we report our results to WADA.”

10 August 2007

Singapore to bid for Youth Olympics Games 2010

Singapore to bid for inaugural Youth Olympics Games 2010@CNA

This will be a golden opportunity for Singapore to host talented young athletes from all over the world to celebrate diversity, friendship and hope for a better future through the promotion of the Olympic ideals. We believe our young, small, multicultural nation will be an ideal site to fulfil the objectives of the Youth Olympic Games as conceptualised by the IOC

03 August 2007

SPEEDO new swim suit

New Suit Makes Splash in Debut@Washington Post

Speedo began creating the suit two years ago, when it asked a small Italian fabric shop to experiment with weaving a combination of spandex and nylon yarn. The weave that resulted felt almost like a windbreaker when dry, and its performance during early testing stunned Speedo executives. The fabric, patented and dubbed LZR Pulse, weighed 70 percent less than other swimsuits but showed 15 percent better compression. It retained almost no water. Speedo's previous suit, the Fastskin, took 16 hours to dry after one hour in the water; the FS-Pro only needed 45 minutes.

02 August 2007

Malaysia talent ID programme

Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar schools urged to improve results@the star online

Malaysia’s two sports schools in Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar have been urged to improve their achievements and gain worldwide recognition as a model for academic and sporting excellence.

The Minister yesterday launched the School High Performance Sports Programme, which will target at identifying talented schoolchildren in the lower age groups and groom them into champions.

The programme is divided into three categories. The first involves strengthening the fabrics of the existing two sports schools and ensuring the three new schools to be built will also have good programmes in place, initiating exchange programmes with sports schools from other countries and finally a programme for schools at the grassroots level throughout Malaysia.

Hishammuddin said that for the moment eight sports would be selected to be the core sports under the programme.

They are artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, diving, hockey, athletics, sepaktakraw, badminton and football.

24 July 2007

SNS for sports scientists

iStadiais a social networking service (SNS) for sport and exercise professionals, businesses, participants, and enthusiasts.

My iStadia profile

08 July 2007

ITF lanches tennis icoach website

The International Tennis Federation today launched a new coaching
website called tennis icoach. The comprehensive Web site
is designed to deliver the very best tennis coaching and playing
information to tennis coaches, players and enthusiasts around the

The tennis icoach website features many hours of exclusive video
footage taken of leading tennis coaches and experts presenting at ITF
Coaching seminars and workshops conducted around the world.

It includes a search engine that allows coaches to access hundreds of
articles produced by experts covering every aspect of teaching and
playing tennis. This includes tactics, biomechanics, psychology,
technique, conditioning, coach development, strokes, teaching
methodology and much more. Also included are 30+ specially designed
audio eLearning Modules with world renowned authorities.

06 July 2007

IOC Youth Olympic Games in 2010

IOC Session: A “go” for Youth Olympic Games@IOC

The Youth Olympic Games aim :

- to bring together talented athletes from around the world to participate in high-level competitions;
- to run, alongside the sports element of the event, education programmes on; Olympic values, on the benefits of sport for a healthy lifestyle, the social values sport can deliver and on the dangers of doping and of training to excess and/or of inactivity.
- to use the latest communications channels to promote Olympic values and the spirit and essence embodied in the Youth Olympic Games.

Around 3,200 athletes for Summer Games and 1,000 athletes for Winter Games
The Youth Olympic Games – age group 14 to 18 - will bring together approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials for the Summer Games and 1,000 athletes and 580 officials for the Winter Games. The sports programme will encompass all sports on the programme of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the 2012 Summer Games with a limited number of disciplines and events. Proposals from Sports Federations to integrate youth-driven disciplines that are not part of the Olympic Games may be accepted.

26 June 2007

physical demands on F1 drivers

Brains and brawn perfect formula for fastest men@The Australian

To control a Renault, Ferrari or Toyota at speeds in excess of 300kph around Albert Park, a driver needs four physical attributes.

The first is an aerobic capacity that enables him to perform for one hour and 40 minutes while his heart is pounding at about 180 beats per minute. David Coulthard, the oldest man on the Albert Park grid, has a resting rate of about 40 beats per minute, a figure normally associated with endurance cyclists and runners.

The second is neck strength, to withstand up to 25kg of sideways force, on every corner, through a 58-lap race. The third is sufficient strength through the arms and chest to control the wheel. The fourth is the leg power to provide 80kg downward pressure each time you brake.

Beyond this, however, a driver needs something else.

"It is not only the physical stress but the brain stress," Ceccarelli explained. "A driver's brain has to run faster than his car, which is more than 300kmh, with no rest. That makes this sport very difficult."

21 June 2007

extra sleep for performance enhancement

Athletes' Performance Improved By Extra Sleep@Medical News Today

Athletes who get an extra amount of sleep are more likely to improve their performance in a game, according to a research abstract presented at SLEEP 2007, the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).

The study, authored by Cheri Mah of Stanford University, was conducted on six healthy students on the Stanford men's basketball team, who maintained their typical sleep-wake patterns for a two-week baseline followed by an extended sleep period in which they obtained as much extra sleep as possible. To assess improvements in athletic performance, the students were judged based on their sprint time and shooting percentages.

Significant improvements in athletic performance were observed, including faster sprint time and increased free-throws. Athletes also reported increased energy and improved mood during practices and games, as well as a decreased level of fatigue.

"Although much research has established the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive function, mood and performance, relatively little research has investigated the effects of extra sleep over multiple nights on these variables, and even less on the specific relationship between extra sleep and athletic performance. This study illuminated this latter relationship and showed that obtaining extra sleep was associated with improvements in indicators of athletic performance and mood among members of the men's basketball team."

The amount of sleep a person gets affects his or her physical health, emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity and performance. Recent studies associate lack of sleep with serious health problems such as an increased risk of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Experts recommend that adults get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night to maintain good health and optimum performance.

Persons who think they might be suffering from a sleep disorder are encouraged to consult with their primary care physician, who will refer them to a sleep specialist.

20 June 2007

British National Tennis Centre

The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, south west London, opened in March 2007 after setting the Blueprint for British tennis in 2004.

The aim of the NTC is to provide a one-site national focus for the sport in Great Britain and offer players the best opportunity to realise their potential by offering world-class facilities and back-up.

The NTC has 22 courts, including six indoors, high performance training facilities, a Sports Medicine and Science Centre, player accommodation and facilities, and a cafeteria.

31 May 2007

Scotland plan from 2007 to 2011

Our plan 2007-2011@Sport Scotland

This is our corporate plan for 2007 to 2011. Agreed by Scottish Ministers, Our plan summarises our role in delivering "Reaching Higher" the Scottish Executive's National Strategy for Sport, and includes our plans for investing Scottish Executive and National Lottery funds.

USOC Hosting Training Design Symposium For Elite Coaches

USOC Hosting Training Design Symposium For Elite Coaches@USOC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- More than 85 elite and emerging elite coaches have gathered at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the 2007 Training Design Symposium. The symposium, which runs through Friday, April 6, is being hosted by the USOC's Performance Services Division.

The coaches are receiving training insights on such topics as preparation, pre-competition training, recovery, over-training, strength training, psychological training and nutrition.

"This symposium allows top summer and winters sports coaches to gain a better understanding of those training design elements that are critical to athlete success," said Doug Ingram, USOC Managing Director of Performance Services. "By engaging in this program, we hope that the coaches will walk away with the insight needed to further their own training methods and advance their coaching knowledge."

The three-day seminar includes some of the leading coaches and experts in their respective fields. The lineup includes the University of Illinois', Gary Winckler, now in his 22nd year guiding the women's track and field program, who will be discussing the preparation phase of elite-athlete training. Winkler is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year selection who has coached six different athletes to 11 individual honors and was the 1997 head coach for USA Track & Field's World Championship team.

Other guest speakers include: Sue Enquist, the recently retired UCLA softball coach who guided the program to 11 NCAA titles; Dr. Inigo Mujika, a renowned endurance coach who helped train five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Endurain; Cliff English, national coach of USA Triathlon; and Dr. Gloria Balague, who directs the Sports Psychology Services offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago Sports Medicine Center & Human Performance Lab.

USOC speakers include biomechanist and Athlete Recovery Center leader Dr. Bill Sands, physiologists Dr. Randy Wilber and Michael Shannon, sports dietician Bob Seebohar, and strength coach Mike Favre.

17 May 2007

accompany our swim team in altitude training camp

From this Saturday, I will be going to follow our swimming team for a altitude training camp at Kunming, China. Kunming (1,850m) is a well-known altitude training place for disrance runners. As a sports physiologist, I will be collecting saliva samples to see how the swimmers are responding to this mild altitude in terms ofimmunological status.

Kunming is known as "spring city" because of its year-round warm temperate. The swimmers and thier coach went there last year, but for me this is the first time. I look forward to be there and will be coming back to Singapore on 31th.

13 May 2007

IOC's postgraduate research grant 08

2008 Edition of the Researchers’ Grant Programme@IOC

The IOC’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has just launched the 2008 edition of the grant programme aimed at young researchers engaged in scholarly research on the Olympic Movement, its history and values, and the impact of the Olympic Games on the various aspects of contemporary society and culture.

Three precise objectives
The objectives of this programme are as follows:

* Encourage young researchers to undertake research with a humanities or social sciences perspective on the Olympic phenomenon. The main fields of research include:
- Universality of Olympic values and multiculturalism
- From the first-class athlete to the balanced human being. The issues for the high-level athlete to successfully integrate into society.
- The various aspects of the Olympic Games Legacy: a long journey from the birth of the project to the post-Games period.
- Sport and political organisations– future challenges.
- Youth, perception of and relations with Olympism.
* Promote consultation of the IOC’s written and audiovisual patrimony
* Encourage exchanges of information and networking of young researchers

Who can apply?
The programme is open to all current postgraduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates), as well as university professors who have completed their doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in the last five years and currently hold an academic appointment.

Selection Committee
The Selection Committee for the programme is composed of experts who are world-renowned for the quality of their research linked to Olympism, and members of the OSC.

Submitting applications
Application files must be sent to the OSC by e-mail (studies_centre@olympic.org) or by post no later than 26 September 2007.

11 May 2007

UK sports scientist professional development

Interns required for Fast-track Practitioner Programme@UK Sport

Each intern will be based at one of the Home Country Sports Institute sites, receiving an overall package worth over £20,000, inclusive of salary and personal development allowance, professional development workshops and mentoring support. Successful interns will undertake a sustained learning experience under the guidance of an experienced mentor, and will receive on the job training and undertake exchange visits. They are challenged to develop their specialist skills as quickly as possible so that they have the essential toolkit for working in high-performance sport.



British sport’s progress towards its Olympic and Paralympic ambitions for 2012 will be more effectively monitored and evaluated than ever before thanks to a major new project announced today by UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency.

‘Mission 2012’ has been developed to help each Summer Olympic and Paralympic sport understand how it is progressing against certain key criteria and identify anything that might stand in the way of success in 2012. The information will be published quarterly on a sport by sport basis.

The new system monitors the essential three core areas of investment and activity:
• Athlete success and development
• The Performance system and structures
• Governance and leadership

UK Sport also outlined its proposals for recognising a network of ‘Elite Training Centres’ around the UK. The concept reflects the conclusion that the UK’s athletes need to have a clearer sense of location for their world class ambitions than is often currently the case. Such Centres must offer an environment in which athletes can experience a seamless integration of world-class coaching and training in appropriate facilities together with scientific and medical support, all backed-up with lifestyle and educational support systems that ensure their wider development.

06 May 2007


Originally uploaded by Tai Kinu.
I went to Korea Institute of Sport Science (KISS) and Japan Institute of Sports Sciences (JISS) in March-April to understand what they are doing in terms of sprorts information database.

It was a good experience to meet new people and look facilities.

British talent ID

The 2012 X Factor@BBC

Back in February, British Olympic legend Sir Steven Redgrave launched an appeal for tall, sporty types with a hankering for Olympic glory in 2012.

It was not an open-ended appeal - the glory on offer was in handball, rowing and volleyball, and you had to be between 16 and 25 years old, 6ft 3in or taller for a man and 5ft 11in or taller for a woman.

13 April 2007

'Quiet Eye' helps elite athletes

'Quiet Eye' helps elite athletes@CNN

The technique is a measure of visual focus, recorded with a variety of technologies, which, according to Vickers, gives an athlete insight into their actions.

The "Quiet Eye" is based on key elements of data:
1. the optimal location of the eyes' focus in space

2. when the eyes begin to focus

3. when the players' gaze leaves the "optimal location"

4. the duration of the quiet eye's period

09 April 2007

new AIS hub

Fact sheet: new AIS services hub for sports science and medicine@ASC

• The $17 million Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Hub is a major part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the AIS redevelopment project (announced in the May Federal Budget of 2002) to ensure the future success of Australian sport.

• The AIS Hub provides new improved facilities for the testing and development of Australia’s elite athletes.

• It is designed to integrate a range of sports science and sports medicine specialists and coach and athlete services under one roof. Staff will be located in a three-storey extension to the existing Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) building.

• This includes physiology, performance psychology, skills acquisition, biomechanics and performance analysis. There is also provision for national coach and athlete career and education services. Sports medicine, physical therapies and nutrition will remain located in the current SSSM building.

• Improvements in this facility include new physiology laboratories, an enhanced strength and conditioning gymnasium and an indoor 110-metre running track (with jumping pit) and new altitude house complex.

• The AIS is a world leader in key areas of Sports Science and Sports Medicine. The AIS is renowned for conducting innovative and cutting-edge sports science and medicine, research and technology development. This includes conducting groundbreaking research and innovation in micro-technology applications for athlete monitoring and performance.

• Coaches and sports scientists will be equipped with powerful tools to observe, analyse, fine tune and perfect the technique, actions and performance of Australian athletes and teams.

• Over 26 years, the AIS has evolved into the nation’s premier sports training institution, making a major contribution to Australia’s sporting success by identifying, developing and producing champions.

• AIS staff expertise contributes to the success of Australian athletes and teams at the Olympics Games in roles as scientists, doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, massage therapists and a range of other important support services.

• The new facility will play an integral part in preparing Australian athletes and teams for competition in the lead-up to World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

• Other key improvements include the AIS Recovery and Swimming Centre (which boasts a new high-tech 10-lane, 50-metre pool) and new athlete residences which will boost the capacity of the Institute to service and support the training needs of Australian athletes and teams.

• New athlete residences will accommodate up to 144 AIS scholarship holders and support staff which includes a new improved dining room and study hall expected to be completed later this year.

25 March 2007

Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute

Loughborough University to open Sports Technology Institute@pocket-lint

Industrial collaborators include adidas, Callaway Golf, Canterbury of New Zealand, Head, New Balance, Nike, Reebok, Sports World International (Dunlop Slazenger) and Umbro. Recent high profile projects include partnering adidas in the development and validation of their revolutionary 2006 World Cup football; development of personalised football boots for premiership players, using state of the art rapid manufacturing technologies; and work with Nike and Umbro on next generation garments for England’s rugby and football teams.

16 March 2007

Director of Sports Science Appointed at Irish Institute of Sport

Director of Sports Science Appointed at Irish Institute of Sport@Irish Sports Council

Sean Kelly, Executive Chairman of the Irish Institute of Sport, announced today (February 1, 2007) that Professor Greg Whyte has been appointed Director of Sports Science at the Institute.

Professor Whyte, one of four key appointments to be made at the Irish Institute of Sport, will be responsible for coordinating delivery of sports science services to Ireland’s elite athletes. This includes nutrition, psychology, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, biomechanics and exercise physiology. He will be responsible for identifying the needs of individual athletes, in cooperation with their Performance Director, and ensure each athlete is supported by a team of experts working together to maximize the performance of that athlete.

10 March 2007

Singapore launches sports scholarships for undergraduates

SSC launches country's first sports scholarships for undergraduates@CNA

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) says two local and two overseas scholarships will be awarded each year, in the areas of Sports Science, Sports Management/Marketing, and Sports Media and Broadcasting.

More information on the scholarships can be found on the SSC website www.ssc.gov.sg/scholarship

01 March 2007

Singapore funding for targeted sports

More Sports Associations see higher funding from Sports Council@CNA

SINGAPORE: $31.9m will be disbursed to National Sports Associations (NSAs) this year - that is about $800,000 more than last year's budget.

Sailing once again will take the lion's share, receiving more than $3m, while badminton will receive between $2m and $3m.

Bowling, football, shooting, swimming and table tennis will each receive between $1.5m and $2m.

23 February 2007

UK started talent trasfer programme

Talent Transfer in Full Swing@UK Sport

The Talent Transfer Programme aims to recruit athletes already retired, or nearing retirement, and provide them with a ‘second chance’ opportunity to switch sports and directly contribute to Team GB success in 2012.

To kick-start the transfer process, over the next few days 150 athletes previously funded on the World Class Programme will receive a letter, inviting them to pursue their Olympic dream – by switching sports. This group were chosen from 1,200 who have been through the lottery funded programmes since 1997. If they get through the initial screening exercise and are identified as potential medal-winners, they will be put on fast-track programmes for their new sport.

21 February 2007

Australian targets for the talent ID programme

ASC looks to next generation of talented athletes@ASC

A total of 17 sports are involved in the project, funded by the Australian Government to the tune of $20 million dollars over the next four years.

A major part of the initial four year project is the identification and development of indigenous athletes in the sports of boxing, track and field, hockey, basketball and field hockey.

Money will also be invested in developing Australian talent in sports that are popular and successful in Asia, including judo, badminton and short-track skating.

At a function at the AIS in Canberra today the ASC’s NTID program demonstrated some of these talent search initiatives in shooting, indigenous boxing, tae kwon do and badminton.

20 February 2007

brain monitoring?

The brain scan that can read people's intentions@Guardian

A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person's brain and read their intentions before they act.

The research breaks controversial new ground in scientists' ability to probe people's minds and eavesdrop on their thoughts, and raises serious ethical issues over how brain-reading technology may be used in the future.

The team used high-resolution brain scans to identify patterns of activity before translating them into meaningful thoughts, revealing what a person planned to do in the near future. It is the first time scientists have succeeded in reading intentions in this way.

19 February 2007

vaccinations for Austlaian athletes before Beijing Olympics

Immunisation program for 2008 Australian Olympic Team@AOC

one thousand potential team members will be offered vaccinations for Hepatitis, Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Diphtheria, Measles-Mumps-Rubella and Influenza to avoid any infection that might have an adverse effect of their performance.

17 February 2007

WADA new coaches tool kit

WADA Launches Its New Coaches Tool Kit@WADA

The WADA Coaches' Tool Kit is designed to assist World Anti-Doping Code signatories meet their responsibility to educate athletes, coaches and other athlete support staff about the dangers and consequences of doping in sport. The Coaches Tool Kit is available in English, French and Spanish.

USOC training centre in China


The US Olympic Committee has confirmed it is to spend $500,000 on establishing a training centre in China ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

USOC chiefs confirmed the high-performance centre at the Beijing Normal University which will accommodate 400 athletes.

10 February 2007

monitor readiness to perform with software

Fitness becomes a matter of computing@The Australian

While the Sydney Swans were reaping the benefits of their Italian job, St Kilda was developing software of its own in partnership with Athletic Logic, a Sydney based IT company.

The Saints' software is purpose designed to keep more players on the field for more of the season.

The difference with the Sydney system - or the reams of information collected and analysed by Adelaide Crows coach Neil Craig and his sports science team - is that the players enter the data themselves, after every training session, via a touch-pad screen on one of four computer tablets.

Whenever a St Kilda player finishes a training session, he must tell the computer how he is feeling, how well he is sleeping, and answer other questions about his general well-being.

This subjective information is then collated with more objective measures of weight loss, training loads, distances run and heart-rate fluctuations to give an overall picture of how each footballer's body is standing up to the demands of training.

01 February 2007

Australian funding for Beijing Olympics

AOC funding increased@AOC

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) costs for the 2008 Beijing Olympics have climbed to almost $33 million as a result of a larger team and higher preparation costs

29 January 2007

UK Sport goes global on anti-doping

UK Sport goes global on anti-doping@UK sport

The Drug Information Database has been an overwhelming success since its launch in 2002, and we’re delighted that the Olympic Council of Asia have joined Canada in adopting it for their own athletes. The provision of this information is vital in minimising the number of competitors who fall foul of the rules by inadvertently taking a prohibited substance contained in a prescribed or off-the-shelf medicine.

22 January 2007

use of IT for monitoring training

NICTA and the ASC to use technology to improve athletes' performance@ASC

NICTA's core capabilities in data clustering, optimisation, visual pattern recognition, planning and scheduling under uncertainty and wireless signal processing will be used to assist in the enhancement and development of training methodologies and equipment."

The collaboration between the two organisations is planned to include work on projects with the rowing and swimming teams.

In the rowing project, AIS scientists will work together with researchers from NICTA’s Wireless Signal Processing Program to improve the capability of the devices for the transmission of wireless information from a small device on the rower’s boat to a device the coach can use to interpret the information.

The wireless transmission of this information is inherently difficult because the signal needs to be transmitted in real-time, close to the water surface and for a considerable distance or range. The research teams will work together to improve the data transmission rate and range of these devices.

The swimming project combines the expertise of researchers from the AIS’s Aquatic Testing, Training and Research Unit and NICTA’s Wireless Signal Processing and Systems Engineering and Complex Systems Programs.

The project also involves the transmission of data, from a swimmer to a device at the side of the pool to provide important information on the effect of hand movement on the swimmer’s performance.