Sports Science: Week in Review, May 22-May 28

Intelligence is distributed unevenly, among people and among sports organizations. Some aspects of intelligence that can be improved with mental development. And there are other aspects that lend themselves to collaboration and aggregation in the form of organizational intelligence. It often happens in sports — gains made by individuals are important building blocks for the gains made by groups.

Mental development and the age-old question of nature versus nurture, is a useful starting point.

  • Why Executive Function Skills Take So Long To Fully Develop (KQED, MindShift, Jon Hamilton)
  • Children’s Brain Images Show How Cognitive Control Increases with Age (Psych Central News, Traci Pedersen)
  • Think you’re self-aware? Think again (The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman)
  • Organizations’ decisions are mostly covered in terms of the “what” and not the “how” or “why.” Still it’s sometimes possible to tease out details related to decision-making process: creative ideas, support for risk-taking, consensus-building, follow-through.

  • Healers? Texas Rangers have used medical staff to recruit players (CSN New England, Evan Drellich)
  • Value(s) of Australian sport: the National Sports Plan (The Conversation, Daryl Adair)
  • UMaine using NCAA money to add mental-health program for athletes (Portland Press Herald, Mike Lowe)
  • Twins emphasizing nutrition throughout their organization (, Mike Berardino)
  • Staying healthy, laying foundation top priorities for 49ers in OTAs (ESPN NFL, Nick Wagoner)
  • Minnesota football: PJ Fleck begins work selling Row the Boat mantra | (, Pete Thamel)
  • The Warriors and Spurs are fighting for the soul of the game (ESPN NBA, Kevin Arnovitz)
  • Bob Myers’ care for people goes long way as Warriors GM (NBC Sports, ProBasketballTalk, AP)
  • U.S. coach Bruce Arena calls up European-heavy roster for World Cup qualifiers (Los Angeles Times, Kevin Baxter)
  • Cognitive development is (or should be) a core part of talent development.

  • Counting down the 5 best academies in Major League Soccer (FourFourTwo, Scott French)
  • double pass – FC Dallas (double pass)
  • Ajax recipe for success sets up UEFA Europa League final vs Manchester United – ESPN FC (ESPN FC, Simon Kuper)
  • The Baseball Factory Churning Out the Next MLB Stars (OZY, The Huddle, Matt Foley)
  • Ten years into Major League Soccer’s push, room for improvement defines the league’s development project. (FourFourTwo, Paul Tenorio)
  • Habits are often where cognitive development reach high-performance. If decisions for healthy, productive habits need only engage the subconscious, you’ve freed up useful mental bandwidth to tackle something else.

  • Athletes Are Embracing The Science of Sleep. Here’s How. | HuffPost (Huffington Post, Khalil Jones)
  • Building Mental Toughness Off the Field (University of Miami)
  • Gut Science Is the Future of Hydration (Bicycling, Selene Yeager)
  • Even with massive brainpower innovation is still rare, valuable and difficult to implement.

  • Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer (The Verge, Walter Mossberg)
  • Medical tents for players will be on NFL sidelines in ’17 (, Conor Orr)
  • MIT’s ‘living cell’ shirt reacts to sweat to help cool you down (Digital Trends, Dyllan Furness)
  • Human Pose Detection (Medium, samim)
  • More things that I read and liked last week:

  • US soccer gets a boost from blossoming second-tier squads in the USL (May 28, CNBC, James Justice)
  • Penguins, Predators overcame big injuries to reach Cup Final (May 28, Associated Press, Stephen Whyno)
  • Fitness trackers accurately measure heart rate but not calories burned (May 24, Stanford Medicine, News Center)
  • Premier League 2016-17 review: what we learned tactically from the season (May 23, The Guardian, Michael Cox)
  • Football: A deep dive into the tech and data behind the best players in the world (May 24, Ars Technica UK, Sebastian Anthony)
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