Applied Sports Science newsletter – August 29, 2018

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for August 29, 2018


Don’t bet against another comeback from Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry

ESPN NFL, Adam Teicher from

… Berry’s rapid return to football from cancer — he participated in the first training camp practice in 2015, less than eight months after being diagnosed — was the mother of all comebacks. But it wasn’t his first comeback, nor his last, as Berry finds himself in the midst of another one this summer.

He has missed significant portions of a season in three of his eight years with the Chiefs. The lymphoma and a high ankle sprain caused him to miss all but six games in 2014. In 2011, Berry tore his ACL in the season opener and missed the rest of the season. Last season, he ruptured his Achilles in the season opener and missed the rest of the season.

He returned better than ever after the ACL tear and the cancer scare. But does he have another comeback in him?


Slugging Khris Davis is big reason A’s are chasing playoffs

Associated Press, Janie McCauley from

… “He just wants to play baseball,” A’s pitcher Edwin Jackson said. “You have a couple of those dudes sometimes that just want to go out, don’t really like the attention, but they get it because it comes with the job, but if they can go out and play and produce and do well without the attention I’m sure they would prefer it.

“It’s like a quiet storm, quiet storm. Oh, man, it’s fun watching him doing what he does — it’s pretty fun watching him put it all together, too. He’s a great person, a great teammate. I couldn’t be more happy for him, I wouldn’t wish it on a better person.”

What has been most impressive to many around him is how Davis continues to make himself better each year, working the count and driving in runs other ways.


Carter ready to be annoying – in a good way, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chris Viviamore from

… The Hawks agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.4 million contract with Vince Carter last month. On Friday, they officially signed the veteran who will enter is 21st season in the NBA. The 41-year old will take the last roster spot.

The Hawks wanted a veteran that its core of young players could watch, listen and learn. Carter is just fine with that job description.

“Let them see me and let them see how annoying I can be, but in a good way,” Carter said during an introductory press conference. “I’m going to stay in their ear. At least you know at any time throughout the year, whether it’s practice games, any situation, they will have me to fall back on. Or I’ll come up to them and help them out any way I can.”


Stejskal: How Alejandro Bedoya eventually became Philadelphia’s perfect fit, Sam Stejskal from

… “I’m settled down now,” Bedoya told on Monday. “I’ve got my role really defined, the team has their roles really defined and I think that has helped us a lot this season.”

Definition and clarity have been major themes for the Union and Bedoya. After struggling to maintain anything resembling consistency during an up-and-down 2017, the Union have built a solid foundation this year. The offseason arrival of attacking midfielder Borek Dockal has freed Bedoya to play in his preferred No. 8 spot for the duration of the season, just in front of deeper-lying center midfielder Haris Medunjanin. That trio has been huge for Philadelphia, giving them stability and talent in the center of the field and bringing some much-needed leadership to their large cohort of young contributors.


Madison Keys on Orangetheory Fitness

POPSUGAR Fitness, Christina Stiehl from

Madison Keys knows a thing or two about hard work. When she was just 21 years old, she made headlines for being ranked seventh in the world of professional tennis. Now, at 23, she’s gearing up for the US Open, where she’ll be putting all of her extensive training and practice on display. POPSUGAR spoke with Madison, who has partnered with ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses’ #SeeItThrough campaign, which celebrates the ambition and aspirations of teenagers. The tennis pro dished about how she trains, what she eats to fuel her workouts, and how she stays motivated. Read on for the full interview with Madison.


The Man Behind Kemba Walker’s Rise to Point Guard Royalty, NBA, Jake Fischer from

… [Jay] Hernandez’s training naturally manifested during the NBA pre-draft process. He himself had bounced around the periphery of professional basketball, fully grasping the challenges of putting food on the table based on that orange ball. He understood that hooping morphs into job interviews and players become a walking resume after departing college.

“It’s the first time it’s not a team sport. You’re out their making your money,” Hernandez says. “You’re literally going to a team workout as Kemba Walker, not representing your team or your coach, trying to claw your way to be a high lottery pick.” After working out players three times a day, Hernandez would often include Muay Thai sessions to instill a fighter’s mentality, while also incorporating footwork, cardio, diverse movements and reaction timing. “He’s pretty unorthodox sometimes,” Walker says.


Liverpool Hire Specialist Throw-in Coach as Jurgen Klopp Looks to Advance Marginal Gains

90min, Chris Deeley from

​Liverpool have employed the services of a specialist throw-ins coach, as they look to eke out any advantage possible over their Premier League rivals.

Thomas Gronnemark is currently working with the youngsters in the Reds’ academy, but will be pushed up to play a part in training the first team if Jurgen Klopp and co are impressed with the results.


Week 1-ready? Redskins offense is glaring question mark

Associated Press, Stephen Whyno from

Trent Williams and Paul Richardson are pretty sure.

Jay Gruden and Jordan Reed understand there’s no way to know.

After the Washington Redskins’ starting offense didn’t take one snap together as a complete group during the preseason, there’s reason for both apprehension and optimism going into their season opener Sept. 9 at the Arizona Cardinals.

On one hand, there’s zero evidence new quarterback Alex Smith and his full complement of options will gel in time, and yet there’s the thought of limitless potential when tight end Jordan Reed, third down back Chris Thompson and receiver Jamison Crowder are back in the mix.


There are three types of failure, but only one you should actually feel bad about

Quartz at Work, Leah Fessler from

Failing sucks. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time bombing a presentation, messing up a calculation, or bumbling through an interview, the sting of rejection never quite wears off. And while Silicon Valley gurus preach the importance of “failing fast” (failure, supposedly, being the key to success), it’s easy to take real-life, everyday failures personally. When we screw something up, most of us blame ourselves, feel terrible, then resort to deflection: “It’s not me, it’s them,” we think.

This cycle isn’t just exhausting, it’s useless. Failure presents invaluable learning and growth opportunities, which is why the tech world finds the concept so buzzworthy. But to extract such learnings, we need to analyze not only the failed result, but also the failure itself.

This is the step most people skip, according to Amy Edmondson, a leadership and management professor at Harvard Business School. The key to effectively analyzing our failures, she says, is realizing that not all failures are the same. Per her research, there are three distinct types of failure—some of which should rightly spark self-questioning or embarrassment, and some of which should not.


PRP: Miracle treatment or snake oil?

Training Ground Guru, Simon Austin from

As one orthopaedic surgeon who treats Premier League footballers put it, “it got to the point where PRP was being injected into everything”.

PRP – platelet rich plasma – has become a vogue treatment in the top flight, with players receiving injections for cartilage, tendon and ligament injuries.

Dr Ramon Cugat is described as the “Godfather of PRP” and players from Manchester City, as well as several other European teams, are regularly sent to him for treatment in Barcelona.

Dr Hans Muller-Wolfhart is the other famous proponent of the procedure and is well-known as the Head of Sports Medicine at Bayern Munich and the German national football team.

However, the science behind PRP remains unproven. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has concluded that it’s safe, but that the quality of available evidence about it is too poor to support any verdict on its effectiveness.


Liquid I.V. Secures $5M Series B Round

Bevnet, Martín Caballero from

Hydration powder mix brand Liquid I.V. today announced the close of a $5 million Series B round of fundraising led by San Francisco-based online investment platform CircleUp Growth Partners and includes powerhouse music manager Scooter Braun.

Based in Marina del Rey, Calif., Liquid I.V. produces a “hydration multiplier” powder, which is sold in single-serving packets for mixing with 16 oz. of water. The product is available in three flavors — lemon lime, acai berry and passion fruit — and is sold online and at over 20,000 locations including at retailers such as GNC, Costco and Whole Foods Market.

Liquid I.V. was identified by Helio, a proprietary machine learning system used by CircleUp to identify brands with high growth potential. Kiva Dickinson, a partner at CircleUp, explained that the data showed Liquid I.V. had doubled its revenues in consecutive quarters, while boasting strong “cross channel brand power” and social media presence.


FIFPro survey: Players’ view on match calendar

FIFPro from

Nearly half of national team footballers who play in 50 or more matches per season are being too stretched by their current schedule, according to FIFPro research published ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

In answering a FIFPro survey, 46% of those who said they took part in an average of 50 games or more the last two seasons considered they were playing in “too many” matches.

On average, national team players said they need five weeks of vacation between seasons (not including preseason training) to fully recover; 88% said they want a mid-season break, with an average preference of two weeks.


Examining baseball’s star player turnover

SB Nation, Beyond the Boxscore blog, Matt Provenzano from

If you were to rewind five years, almost all of the best players are no longer the best today.


2017-18 Answers: Plus-Minus Machines

Ben Falk, Cleaning the Glass blog from

Four players who excelled in plus-minus stats switched teams before last season. What did we learn from their performance?


NFL talent spotters start hunt for New Zealand athletes with skill, Brendon Egan from

Think you’ve got the brute strength, explosive speed, and gazelle-like agility to crack it professionally as an American Football player?

Kiwi sportsmen have the rare opportunity to take the first formative steps towards a possible career in the world’s richest sports league, the National Football League (NFL).

The NFL has partnered with Australian company, Pacific Sports Management, and for the first time combine testing will be staged outside the United States, in the Oceania region.

Testing sessions will be held in Samoa, Fiji, and Australia, with New Zealand featuring next week. The New Zealand testing days will be held in Auckland on Wednesday (at Unitec Institute of Technology) and Wellington next Sunday (Wellington College).


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