Applied Sports Science newsletter – August 31, 2018

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for August 31, 2018


Vikings’ Dalvin Cook happy to ‘get banged up a little’ in return from ACL tear

St. Paul Pioneer Press, Chris Tomasson from

It wasn’t much of a workout, but Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is back.

Cook started Friday night’s 21-20 preseason win over Seattle at U.S. Bank Stadium, his first action since suffering a torn left ACL on Oct. 1, 2017, against Detroit. He played only during the first series, carrying twice for 1 yard.

“I got in, got banged up a little bit, got that out of the way,” Cook said. “It’s just time for everybody to know I can play football. … I was excited. Nerves come with any football game.”


Tyler Adams Is America’s Next Soccer Star—Just Don’t Compare Him To Freddy Adu

Complex, Matt Welty from

It’s too humid of an August day to stand on the side of the road, next to a swamp, somewhere an hour outside of New York City in North Jersey. I’m waiting to get past the gated fence that surrounds the New York Red Bulls’ training facility in Whippany to spend time with Tyler Adams, the 19-year-old wunderkind who’s been at the center of European transfer rumors since he made the club’s first team in 2016. The midfielder’s made six caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team, played in this year’s MLS All-Star game, and has notched seven assists this season.

Besides being America’s next soccer phenom to potentially strike it big in Europe, Adams is a regular teenager who likes sneakers and hip-hop.

He might not be a household name just yet, but Adams is on the path to being recognized as one of the breakout stars in a soon-to-be golden generation of American footballers.


How Desiree Linden Made History At The 2018 Boston Marathon By Just “Showing Up”

Bustle magazine, Deena Kastor from

There are few things more rule-breaking than being the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Despite her successes, Desiree Linden isn’t slowing down — which is something you might expect from a long-distance runner. The two-time Olympian has taken her 2018 Boston marathon win in stride, and she’s already training for her next race.

In conversation with good friend, fellow Olympian, and American record-holder in the marathon Deena Kastor, Linden talks about her long, and sometimes difficult, journey to the podium — and how many rules she had to break to get there.


Maria Sharapova Answers 37 Questions About Travel

Conde Nast Traveler, Katherine Lagrave from

The tennis star shares her thoughts on TSA PreCheck, soup dumplings, beating jet lag, and much, much more.


Sacramento Kings announce personnel moves in Basketball Operations

SB Nation, Sactown Royalty blog, Greg Wissinger from

The Sacramento Kings announced several promotions and additions within the Basketball Operations department on Tuesday. The most notable additions are to the medical staff, with Teena Murray being named Senior Director of Athlete Health and Performance.


Phil Neville: England women’s boss has 30 instant message chats with players

BBC Sport from

England women’s boss Phil Neville has set up 30 WhatsApp chats for his players to “know every little thing that will make them tick”.

Neville, 41, started in the role in January and will attempt to ensure World Cup qualification when England face Wales in Newport on Friday.

He says the online messages help build relationships with his players, who he contacts on a daily basis.


The Final Myth Standing in the Way of Youth Hockey

The Coaches Site from

Throughout the summer Brad Hamacher has delivered an in-depth analysis on the state of the minor hockey system in North America. Today we welcome the third and final instalment as we all embark on another season.

The question to ask yourself is this: what are you going to do this season to create a positive experience on and off the ice?


Biological maturation, relative age and self-regulation in male professional academy soccer players: A test of the underdog hypothesis

Psychology of Sport and Exercise journal from

  • Results of the present study partially support the ‘Underdog Hypothesis’. Although an apparent selection bias towards relatively older players was found, the results indicated no association between relative age and self-regulation.
  • Consistent with the ‘underdog’ hypothesis, later maturing players are more likely to possess and/or develop more adaptive self-regulation skills, in particular self-evaluation and reflection.

    Israeli Soccer Club Maccabi Haifa Launches Sports-Tech Accelerator

    CTech (Israel), from

    The 16-week program operated by Tel Aviv-based company HYPE will focus on soccer-related technologies, including virtual and augmented reality, coaching, wearable devices, betting technologies, athlete health, and e-sports


    Hands-free device may track astronauts’ vital signs in space

    MedTech Dive, Susan Kelly from

    Astronauts now monitor their vital signs only intermittently for health experiments because to do so requires multiple medical devices that can be bulky and invasive. The Mayo Clinic device would track vital signs continuously and from a distance, leaving the astronauts hands-free and saving cargo space, according to the hospital.

    The camera analyzes pulsations in the blood vessels of a person’s face to track heart beats and respiration rates. The Mayo Clinic said research studies in the U.K. have demonstrated the accuracy of the technology in settings including acute and mental health hospitals, and a version of the device is being evaluated for marketing certification in Europe.


    Sportlogiq’s grand plan: ‘Soccer’s the perfect vehicle for us to become sports tech world leader’

    SportsPro Media, Tom Bassam from

    After testing the ground in the NHL, SportsPro spoke to Sportlogiq’s chief executive Craig Buntin about his ambition to change the data analytics game.


    Simple Baselines for Human Pose Estimation and Tracking

    arXiv, Computer Science > Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition; Bin Xiao, Haiping Wu, Yichen Wei from

    There has been significant progress on pose estimation and increasing interests on pose tracking in recent years. At the same time, the overall algorithm and system complexity increases as well, making the algorithm analysis and comparison more difficult. This work provides simple and effective baseline methods. They are helpful for inspiring and evaluating new ideas for the field. State-of-the-art results are achieved on challenging benchmarks. The code will be available at this https URL


    Gareth Southgate worries England players are being underused by clubs

    The Guardian, Stuart James from

    Gareth Southgate is deeply concerned English players are not getting enough opportunities in the Premier League and has called for a fresh “debate” to tackle a long-running problem after warning the country risks losing some of its brightest young talent unless there are more ways to break through at first-team level.

    Speaking on the day he announced his first squad since the World Cup finals, Southgate said England were “on a path of diminishing numbers” when it comes to players getting game time in the Premier League this season and described the situation at the established top-six clubs as a “real concern”.

    With statistics to back up his argument, Southgate cited the fact only 30% of the players who started in the Premier League last weekend were English, compared with an average of 33.2% across the whole of last season. The figures make for even bleaker reading at the top-six clubs where English players account for only 19.2% of those who have started in all three Premier League matches this season.


    NFL’s bad wheel: Hamstrings leave star players in quicksand

    ESPN NFL, Jeremy Fowler from

    Call it the Meadowlands rite of passage: Star New York Giants playmaker arrives for his first training camp, hurts a hamstring in a practice and wallows in self-doubt.

    Odell Beckham Jr., a pull-up artist from four years ago, used sarcasm to ease Saquon Barkley’s strain.

    “Feel for him? Yeah, I mean, I don’t know how you pull your hamstring as a rookie — that’s unreal,” Beckham said.

    Barkley leads a growing list of players falling victim to the NFL’s hamstring epidemic. He’s one of nearly 10 Giants to suffer a strain or a tweak or whatever arbitrary euphemism head coaches like to use for the injury.


    Baseball Positions Are Starting To Lose Their Meaning

    FiveThirtyEight, Travis Sawchik from

    On Aug. 3, shortly after being acquired by Milwaukee in a deadline deal from Baltimore, Jonathan Schoop found himself in an unusual position on the Miller Park infield. For just the third time in his six-year career, he was starting at shortstop. He wasn’t alone that day. His middle-infield teammate, Travis Shaw, was starting just his fourth game at second base — a position he had never played as a professional before this season.

    The Brewers had a surplus of corner bats entering the year, and they added even more at the trade deadline, bringing aboard third baseman Mike Moustakas from Kansas City. At this point, they have more starting-caliber infielders than positions available. This is all part of a grand Brewers experiment as they chase a playoff spot: Trade defense for offense and cram as much power into their infield as possible.

    In other major sports, positional labels have become less and less important, so why not baseball? In the NBA, centers and power forwards now routinely shoot threes, in part to increase their offensive efficiency. Defensive versatility, the ability to switch, is more and more valued. In the NFL, teams like the Patriots have valued positional versatility. And position labels are increasingly becoming irrelevant in professional baseball.


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