Applied Sports Science newsletter – July 2, 2020

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for July 2, 2020


Pacers ‘Have a Plan’ for Victor Oladipo to Play in NBA Restart After Injury

Bleacher Report, Joseph Zucker from

… “I feel a whole lot better,” he said. “I know there’s risk going into it with the unique situation that I’m in—being off so long and trying to ramp it up that fast. I’ve just got to be smart, that’s all.”

The Pacers guard returned to the court in January and made 13 appearances prior to the NBA suspending the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six years after scoring last USMNT World Cup goal, Julian Green eyes return to international stage

Yahoo Sports, Doug McIntyre from

Wednesday marks six years since the United States men’s national team’s last game at a World Cup, a loss to Belgium in the round of 16 in Brazil, and six years since its last World Cup goal, scored in extra time of that match by a 19-year-old Julian Green.

If you haven’t thought much about Green lately, you’re not alone. The former Bayern Munich attacking prospect, who then-U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann picked to his 23-man roster ahead of Landon Donovan in 2014, has been toiling away in the relative obscurity of the German second tier for the last three seasons. He’s reinvented himself as a box-to-box central midfielder. And he’s desperate to return to the USMNT, for which he hasn’t played in the almost two years since Gregg Berhalter took over the beleaguered program.

“I’m a better player than I was six years ago in the World Cup,” Green, who turned 25 last month, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview. “I hope I get my chance to show the coach what I can do, that I can help the team. That’s my biggest goal.”

Breanna Stewart, Dawn Harper, Ali Krieger and More on Future of Women’s Sports | The Tea Part 2

YouTube, The Players' Tribune from

Female athletes across all sports are fighting for equitable treatment now. But what’s next for women in sports? Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, Breanna Stewart, Dawn Harper Nelson, and Nneka Ogwumike discuss. [video, 59:03]

How to improve motivational teaching and coaching with the help of video?

Ghent University, Victoris from

Every Physical Education teacher wants to encourage their students to do enough exercise and have fun with it. But what’s the right way of creating that effect? It’s a delicate and important task/skill of the modern physical education teacher to influence young children to strive for a physically active and healthy lifestyle. So how could we do this in a more effective way?

Research derived from Self-Determination Theory (SDT) shows that students who are more autonomously motivated, are also more physically active in their leisure time. Physical Education teachers thus face the challenge to foster autonomous motivation in their students through the adoption of a motivating style.

P3 uses tech to help athletes operate at peak performance

Yahoo Sports, Katie Mather from

P3 stands for Peak Performance Project and is one of the first facilities to use technology and sports science to access and train athletes. Director of Operations Adam Hewitt was kind enough to show In The Know around and explain what separates P3 from other training gyms.

“We started borrowing technology that primarily only existed in a laboratory or research setting and we brought it into this applied setting where athletes are training and working hard on a daily basis,” Hewitt told In The Know.

The goal is to combine physics and technology to develop smarter plans for athletes to perform at their absolute best. P3 works exclusively with elite athletes to make them even better.

“The assessment process is very detailed,” P3 member and Indiana Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon said. Brogdon works out at P3 at least three days a week.

Inside the Rays’ detailed plans for spring training 2.0

Tampa Bay Times, Mark Topkin from

Players will work out in small groups, be split into different clubhouses, and be asked to use common sense and not linger.

NEW CHALLENGE: Galanis named NJ Youth Soccer director of operations

Front Row Soccer from

NJ Youth Soccer announced Wednesday that James Galanis has been appointed the director of technical operations.

Galanis has worked as technical director for the New Jersey Olympic Development Program since 2017 as he has transitioned into a new role that will support all areas of soccer competition and education.

EXCLUSIVE: Bunce steps down as US Soccer’s Director of Performance

Training Ground Guru, Simon Austin from

… [James] Bunce told TGG he was not leaving because he had a new job, but rather because of an illness in his family and as “it feels like the right time to take the things I’ve learned and apply them somewhere new.”

His remit as Director of High Performance had been to create a high-performance sports science and medicine plan for the Federation.

Remembering the “Father of the 10,000-hours rule”…(p.s. he hated that title)

David Epstein, The Range Report newsletter from

On March 25th, psychologist Anders Ericsson and I were both supposed to attend Angela Duckworth’s class at Penn, where she would start the day by discussing her famous grit research.

I critiqued certain extrapolations of grit research in chapter six of Range, and the idea was that Anders and I would share thoughts on the relative importance of things like grit, deliberate practice, early specialization, and talent. And by “share,” I mean probably debate. Anders did not believe in talent and was a proponent of the idea that a head start in narrowly focused practice was the ultimate advantage; I have argued for the importance of sampling, exploring different talents, and not specializing too early. When the pandemic intensified, we had to cancel our trips to Penn.

It didn’t seem like a big deal. Anders and I had had feisty exchanges before, and I figured we had more to come. So the news of his passing last month came as a total shock. I was crestfallen, which might seem strange given that our relationship was based on public disagreement.

A data treasure for gait analysis

EurekAlert! Science News, St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences from

The database comprises information on the so-called “ground reaction force” (GRF) which is the force between the foot and the ground that is generated during movement. It is an important standard parameter used in clinical practice and in research. The figures form the basis for diagnosis and for the assessment of therapeutic success.

“Gait analysis provides a huge amount of data. Their interpretation is challenging and there is a great deal of interest in supporting medical decision-making processes with machine learning methods. The more data we have, the better the results”, explains Brian Horsak, head of the research focus Motor Rehabilitation at the St. Pölten UAS.

Garmin acquires analytics company behind its smartwatches’ fitness, health tracking features

MobiHealthNews, Dave Muoio from

Firstbeat Analytics provides software that helps monitor stress, sleep, respiration rate and more for Garmin and other consumer smartwatch makers.

Treatment After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Panther Symposium ACL Treatment Consensus Group

Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine from

Treatment strategies for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries continue to evolve. Evidence supporting best-practice guidelines for the management of ACL injury is to a large extent based on studies with low-level evidence. An international consensus group of experts was convened to collaboratively advance toward consensus opinions regarding the best available evidence on operative versus nonoperative treatment for ACL injury. The purpose of this study was to report the consensus statements on operative versus nonoperative treatment of ACL injuries developed at the ACL Consensus Meeting Panther Symposium 2019. There were 66 international experts on the management of ACL injuries, representing 18 countries, who were convened and participated in a process based on the Delphi method of achieving consensus. Proposed consensus statements were drafted by the scientific organizing committee and session chairs for the 3 working groups. Panel participants reviewed preliminary statements before the meeting and provided initial agreement and comments on the statement via online survey. During the meeting, discussion and debate occurred for each statement, after which a final vote was then held. Ultimately, 80% agreement was defined a priori as consensus. A total of 11 of 13 statements on operative versus nonoperative treatment of ACL injury reached consensus during the symposium. Overall, 9 statements achieved unanimous support, 2 reached strong consensus, 1 did not achieve consensus, and 1 was removed because of redundancy in the information provided. In highly active patients engaged in jumping, cutting, and pivoting sports, early anatomic ACL reconstruction is recommended because of the high risk of secondary meniscal and cartilage injuries with delayed surgery, although a period of progressive rehabilitation to resolve impairments and improve neuromuscular function is recommended. For patients who seek to return to straight-plane activities, nonoperative treatment with structured, progressive rehabilitation is an acceptable treatment option. However, with persistent functional instability, or when episodes of giving way occur, anatomic ACL reconstruction is indicated. The consensus statements derived from international leaders in the field will assist clinicians in deciding between operative and nonoperative treatment with patients after an ACL injury.

Chiampas: We need to continue playing football in a responsible way, Medical from

COVID-19 continues to pose very specific challenges for both the international community and the sporting world. U.S. Soccer has now published guidelines for continuing to play football in a responsible way with the help of George Chiampas, Chief Medical Officer of the USA men’s national team since 2015.

For our podcast, Chiampas sat down with Andrew Massey, Director of FIFA’s Medical Department, to discuss both these guidelines and the wide-ranging interests of the American doctor who, in addition to his role within football, also works for Northwestern University, the medical team of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and as the medical director of the Chicago Marathon. [link to audio, 16:57]

Inside the rise of MLB’s Ivy League culture: Stunning numbers and a question of what’s next

ESPN MLB, Joon Lee from

… MLB’s analytics revolution has brought sweeping changes to the game on the field, from the proliferation of launch-angle data, which has led to players swinging more for the fences, to the implementation of defensive shifts against batters, something that was an anomaly not much longer than a decade ago. And it has fundamentally altered how teams approach roster construction, with a heavier emphasis on young, cheaper stars.

But the rise of analytics also has resulted in another massive shift: an influx of white, male graduates of Ivy League schools and other prestigious universities into teams’ front offices. In a data analysis conducted by ESPN, the percentage of Ivy League graduates holding an organization’s top baseball operations decision-making position — which, depending on the club, could be its president, vice president or general manager — has risen from just 3% in 2001 to 43% today; while the percentage of graduates from U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 25 colleges — both universities and liberal arts schools — holding the same positions has risen from 24% to 67%.

Groundbreaking report reveals racial bias in English football commentary

The Guardian, Sachin Nakrani from

Racial bias is a clear and significant problem in English football commentary, according to a groundbreaking study that found players with lighter skin are regularly and overwhelmingly praised for intelligence, work ethic and quality compared with those with darker skin, who are reduced to physical and athletic attributes.

The study has been carried out by RunRepeat, a Danish research firm, and is the first aimed at understanding whether the football media talks differently about players depending on their skin tone. More than 2,000 statements from commentary on 80 games across the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 were analysed.

RunRepeat ratio-adjusted its numbers to account for the fact there were 1,361 comments about lighter-skinned players and 713 about darker-skinned players and found the former group more widely praised for intelligence (62.60%), hard work (60.40%) and quality (62.79%). Commentators are also 6.59 times more likely to talk about the power of a player if he has darker skin and 3.38 times more likely to reference his pace.

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