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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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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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Human Kinetics Ancillaries and how to access them

Did you know most of our textbooks come with ancillaries? These instructor resources are free to course adopters and granted by your sales representative. You can create a well-organised syllabus using the tools from our ancillaries and test your students understanding by building quizzes from test packages using sample exercises.

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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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Can exercise improve children’s learning?

The natural order of classrooms has always been for children to sit. Whether it involves talking, discussion, working in groups or just listening to teachers, most of the time children do this from the comfort of a chair.

On average, most primary school children spend 70% of their classroom time sitting down. Outside the classroom the number of children walking to school has decreased and, at the same time, many more children are now spending longer staring at screens. A 2015 study found that children aged 5 to 16 now spend an average of six and half hours a day in front of a screen. This is compared with around three hours in 1995.

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Dance and Creative Wellness Forum

Dance and Creative Wellness Forum
Berlin Staatsballett
31st March & 1st April 2017

We are pleased to announce we will once again be supporting The Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation’s ‘think tank’ day of professionals and ‘movers and shakers’ from across the arts hosted at StaatsBallett Berlin.

31st March sees professional representatives from Staatsballett Berlin, Rambert Ballet, Konzert Theater Bern, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Ballet Preljocaj and Mark Morris Dance Company, New York amongst others, interface and brainstorm with representatives of innovation in health and wellness. 

1st April will be a day of ‘free’ Dance & Creative Wellness Professional Development, hosted by The Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation and Tamed with guest teaching artists and practitioners from Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland.

There are a limited number of places available. For more information or to attend e-mail: clare@danceandcreativewellness.com

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Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching Event 2017

ou_cmyk_masterlogo_19mmContemporary Issues in Sport Coaching
Wednesday 22nd March 10am-5pm

Jennie Lee Building Nexus Area, Ground Floor, The Open University, Milton Keynes

 

 

The event has been organised by The Open University and hopes to bring together academics and practitioners to explore some of the contemporary issues in sports coaching.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Richard Bailey, The International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
  • Dr Sophia Jowett,  author of  Social Psychology in Sport (Human Kinetics, 2007)
  • Dr Leanne Norman, Leeds Beckett University
  • Marieanne Spacey MBE, England Women’s Senior Football Team Assistant Coach

Registration and tickets are available from The Open University website.

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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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