Academic News, Fitness News

How diet and lifestyle choices impact athletic performance and risk of infection

Professional football (Soccer) players are exposed to large amounts of physiological and psychological stress, which can increase infection risk and threaten availability for training and competition.

Most athletes do take their diets seriously, however, this isn’t always the case and with up to 50 competitive, high-pressure games in a nine month period as well as training almost every day, players who do not prioritise their diet put themselves at increased risk of infection.

International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism recently published a Case Study: Nutritional and Lifestyle Support to Reduce Infection Incidence in an InternationalStandard Premier League Soccer Player. 

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Academic News, Fitness News

Strength and conditioning training to improve your 5k run time

The 5k run is where endurance athletes can really pick up the pace as it is a relatively short distance race. It is one of the most common race distances and a good test for people fairly new to running. With the popularity of parkrun, 1,000’s of people run 5k every Saturday morning.

Would you like to know how you can improve your time? The latest research suggests you may want to move away from just running and bring some strength training into your programme.

The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance has published a study investigating the effects of a sport-specific maximal strength and conditioning programme on critical velocity (CV), anaerobic running distance (ARD) and 5k time trial performance (TT).

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Academic News, Webinars

Free webinar – Investigating and Preventing Sport-Related Ankle Sprain Injury

As we continue to work with The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) we are happy to announce our latest webinar of the series: Investigating and Preventing Sport-Related Ankle Sprain Injury.

Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017
Time: 3 pm BST
Dr Daniel Fong, PhD, FISBS, FHKASMSS

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Ankle sprain is common in sports and therefore it is worth investigating and preventing. The webinar will first cover a series of biomechanics studies on ankle inversion sprain mechanism. This involved a forensic motion analysis on video footages of real injury incidents. The second part will present a wearable anti-sprain system to prevent the injury by monitoring the injury hazard by motion sensors and preventing it by stimulating shank muscles for very quick corrective motion. Current attempts to modify the device for prehabilitation will also be presented. Continue reading

Fitness News

Post run recovery – Do you need protein?

The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism published by Human Kinetics has examined whether carbohydrate-protein ingestion influences muscle glycogen metabolism during short-term recovery from exhaustive treadmill running and subsequent exercise.

Six endurance-trained individuals underwent two trials in a randomised double-blind design, each involving an initial run-to-exhaustion at 70% VO2max (Run-1) followed by 4-hour recovery and subsequent run-to-exhaustion at 70% VO2max (Run-2).

Beverages were ingested at 30-min intervals during recovery, one group had a drink consuming carbohydrate-protein (0.8 g carbohydrate·kg body mass [BM-1]·h-1 plus 0.4 g protein·kg BM-1·h-1) this we will call CHO-P. The other had isocaloric carbohydrate (1.2 g carbohydrate·kg BM-1·h-1) which we will call CHO.

The results found that the addition of protein did not alter muscle glycogen utilisation or time to fatigue during repeated exhaustive running.

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Academic News

Journal of the Month – Journal of Sport Management


Our journal of the month for March is the Journal of Sport Management (JSM). The journal has been in existence since 1987 and has an impact factor of 0.684.

JSM published its 30th volume in 2016 and to celebrate, editor-in-chief David Shilbury compiled a list of some of the most important research published by the journal over the years. Dr. Shilbury selected these articles to capture the most cited papers over a range of years, while also capturing the range of papers published by the journal. He sought to include papers on economic impact, management, marketing and sport development.

For a limited time, we’ve made this research available to you as open access content, so that you may discover the range of research presented over the life of JSM.

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Books, Fitness News

Warm-up advice from Aurélien Broussal-Derval

We all know we should be doing warm ups before we begin to exercise. However, confusion often lies in the type of warm up we should be doing. At the gym, you will far too often see people get straight on with their exercises. Sometimes you’ll see people warming up for half an hour, you will also see a real variety of exercises performed during a warm-up from running and skipping to static stretching and ballistic stretching. Some people opt for a dynamic warm up and others will just warm up just the specific body part they intend on working during their gym session.

Aurélien Broussal-Derval, author of The Modern Art of High Intensity Training, due for print release in April has given us the facts on warm ups.
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Fitness News

Proposed new Golf rules

The R&A (Royal and Ancient) and United States Golf Association have announced proposals to make significant changes to the rules of golf, with the revisions set to come into effect from January 1, 2019.

The number of rules has been reduced from 34 to 24 in an effort to modernise and simplify the regulations which govern the sport. Continue reading

Academic News, Fitness News

Weather and jet lag implications for footballers

With all the recent news of elite football players moving to China and the controversial upcoming FIFA World Cups being hosted in Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) travel and weather is a ‘hot’ topic in elite level football.

Can these elite professionals be affected on the pitch by changing weather conditions and long commutes for away games?  Continue reading