Applied Sports Science newsletter – July 10, 2020

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for July 10, 2020


Elena Delle Donne, Tina Charles waiting to hear back from WNBA panel on medical exemptions

ESPN, Associated Press from

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league’s independent panel of doctors to see if she’ll be medically excused for the season, the Washington Mystics said Wednesday.

The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus.

The task for Liverpool’s youngsters is clear – become world class to break into this team

inews (UK), Sam Cunningham from

Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are all getting a chance at the end of this strange season but they face a daunting challenge

Coronavirus: MLS MVP Carlos Vela will sit out league’s return

Yahoo Sports, Doug McIntyre from

“I would like nothing more than to be with my teammates in Orlando,” Vela said in a statement released by LAFC. “However, it is in the best interest of the health of my family to stay home and be with my wife during what is a risky pregnancy.”

The decision makes the 31-year-old Mexican national team veteran the highest-profile player in the league to opt out so far.

Des Linden took a whole month off running, and so should you

Canadian Running Magazine, Madeleine Kelly from

The best runners in the world run a lot. But when you run a lot, you also have to take rest very seriously. It can be hard to reframe downtime as training (especially for those who really like exercising), but it turns out that that’s exactly what it is. When you take time away from the sport, you might actually come back better equipped to handle its rigours. At least, that’s Des Linden‘s theory.

Morgan leaving Arsenal to return to Liverpool

Training Ground Guru, Simon Austin from

Senior Physio Chris Morgan is leaving Arsenal after two years to return to Liverpool.

Morgan spent more than a decade with the Reds, latterly as Head Physio, and worked with Jurgen Klopp for nine months before leaving for Crystal Palace in June 2016.

NBA teams on the cusp of having real practices again

Associated Press, Tim Reynolds from

Practice facilities in the NBA have been open for a couple of months, with one major element missing from them.

No team has had an actual practice yet.

Most of the work that has gone on in those buildings during the NBA’s shutdown has been voluntary, and all of it has been of the individual variety — one player working at one basket with one ball. That changes starting Thursday, when the first handful of teams at the Disney complex will be permitted to have full-fledged practices again.

Boxing out coronavirus: How Bryce Wills and Maya Dodson are preparing for play

The Stanford Daily, Tom Mueller from

College athletics officials may not envy athletes’ summer workouts, yet they are entranced by their necessity. Predicated on compliance with local government restrictions, the NCAA and the Pac-12, among other conferences, released guidelines towards the end of May allowing member schools to resume voluntary on-campus workouts beginning June 1 and June 15, respectively; subsequent guidelines issued by the NCAA allow schools to begin mandatory summer workouts for men’s and women’s basketball beginning July 20.

For men’s basketball’s rising junior guard Bryce Wills and women’s basketball’s rising senior forward Maya Dodson, the lack of mandatory practice and the need to return home for Stanford’s spring quarter has prompted anything but a period of relaxation.

While the NCAA’s timeline progresses and dates given to return to practice activities have now passed or are looming benchmarks, players returning to campus must prepare to embrace the proverbial ‘new normal’ of in-person training. For Wills returning to campus would be preferable as soon as Maples Pavilion becomes accessible.

Researchers receive $3.6M grant to continuously monitor blood pressure during sleep

Texas A&M University, Engineering from

High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other health problems. The only way to know if you’re at risk is to have it checked often. While one in three American adults has high blood pressure, about 20% of people are unaware that they have it because it is largely symptomless. Researchers at Texas A&M University hope to help remedy this with a wrist-worn system that monitors blood pressure during sleep.

Dr. Roozbeh Jafari, a professor in the biomedical engineering, computer science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering departments, and his team were awarded $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on May 18 to create a system a user can wear all night while they sleep for constant readings.

Smart, soft contact lens for wireless immunosensing of cortisol

Science Advances; Minjae Ku1, Joohee Kim, Jong-Eun Won, Wonkyu Kang from

Despite various approaches to immunoassay and chromatography for monitoring cortisol concentrations, conventional methods require bulky external equipment, which limits their use as mobile health care systems. Here, we describe a human pilot trial of a soft, smart contact lens for real-time detection of the cortisol concentration in tears using a smartphone. A cortisol sensor formed using a graphene field-effect transistor can measure cortisol concentration with a detection limit of 10 pg/ml, which is low enough to detect the cortisol concentration in human tears. In addition, this soft contact lens only requires the integration of this cortisol sensor with transparent antennas and wireless communication circuits to make a smartphone the only device needed to operate the lens remotely without obstructing the wearer’s view. Furthermore, in vivo tests using live rabbits and the human pilot experiment confirmed the good biocompatibility and reliability of this lens as a noninvasive, mobile health care solution.

FC Dallas leaving MLS is Back Tournament the ‘right decision’ – Luchi Gonzalez

ESPN FC, Tom Marshall from

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez is sure that the decision to pull out of the MLS is Back tournament was the right one for the club, players and the league.

Major League Soccer announced on Monday that the club would not be taking part in the competition, which starts Wednesday, following 10 players and one member of staff testing positive for COVID-19 whilst in Orlando.

“It was a process, a delicate one,” Gonzalez told ESPN’s Stefano Fusaro on Tuesday. “It took a lot of people involved in communicating between the staff, the players, how they’re doing, their progress, their situation, the leadership of the club, ownership, and then the league and obviously the commissioner.

New era for sports integrity

Sports Integrity Australia from

The launch of Sport Integrity Australia today heralds a new era for sports integrity in Australia and the world, says Chief Executive Officer David Sharpe.

The opening of the new agency completes Stage 1, which draws together the existing Commonwealth Sports Integrity functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the National Integrity of Sport Unit from the Department of Health and the safeguarding functions of Sport Australia.

Stage 2 will see enhanced functions implemented, including an Australian Wagering Scheme and enhanced outreach and education.

Nutrient Intake, Meal Timing and Sleep in Elite Male Australian Football Players – PubMed

Journal of Science and Medicine for Sport from

To investigate the relationship between dietary intake, meal timing and sleep in elite male Australian football players.
Prospective cohort study.
Sleep and dietary intake were assessed in 36 elite male Australian Football League (AFL) players for 10 consecutive days in pre-season. Sleep was examined using wrist activity monitors and sleep diaries. Dietary intake was analysed using the smartphone application MealLogger and FoodWorks. Generalised linear mixed models examined the associations between diet [total daily and evening (>6 pm) energy, protein, carbohydrate, sugar and fat intake] and sleep [total sleep time (TST), sleep efficiency (SE), wake after sleep onset (WASO) and sleep onset latency (SOL)].
Total daily energy intake (MJ) was associated with a longer WASO [ β = 3, 95%CI: 0.2–5; p = 0.03] and SOL [ β = 5, 95%CI: 1−9; p = 0.01]. Total daily protein intake (g kg −1) was associated with longer WASO [ β = 4, 95%CI: 0.8−7; p = 0.01] and reduced SE [ β = −0.7 CI: −1.3 to −0.2; p = 0.006], while evening protein intake (g kg −1) was associated with shortened SOL [ β = −2, 95%CI: −4 to −0.4), p = 0.02]. Evening sugar intake (g kg −1) was associated with shorter TST [ β = −5, 95%CI: −10 to −0.6; p = 0.03] and WASO [ β = −1, 95%CI: −2 to −0.3; p = 0.005]. A longer period between the evening meal consumption and bedtime was associated with a shorter TST [ β = −8, 95%CI: −16 to −0.3; p = 0.04].
Evening dietary factors, including sugar and protein intake, had the greatest association with sleep in elite male AFL players. Future research manipulating these dietary variables to determine cause and effect relationships, could guide dietary recommendations to improve sleep in athletes.

With uncertainty in college sports, Learfield IMG asks several schools to take on more risk

USA Today Sports, Dan Wolken from

Learfield IMG College, the multimedia conglomerate that spent big over the last decade to buy up radio, marketing and sponsorship rights for top athletics programs, quietly approached several schools this spring amid the COVID-19 pandemic asking for 60-day delays to make scheduled payments before the last fiscal year ended on June 30 and to restructure deals in ways that would reduce or eliminate schools’ guaranteed rights fees, according to officials at nine schools that have partnerships with the company.

Learfield IMG, according to some of those officials who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, has even raised the prospect of drastic measures like activating force majeure clauses to get out of contracts if schools aren’t willing to renegotiate.

Understanding This Year’s Revised Roster Rules

FanGraphs Baseball, Jay Jaffe from

In the Before Times, when the 2020 season was planned at 162 games — on February 12, to be exact — Major League Baseball officially announced a handful of rule changes that had been in the works for awhile, many of which concern teams’ active rosters. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, the season has been drastically shortened, and between a hasty reboot of spring training, a suspended minor league season, and voluminous health- and safety-related protocols, the league has been forced to put some of those changes on hold and adopt a very different set of roster rules than was initially planned.

What follows here is my attempt to sort through those rules and explain some of the new entries in the transaction lexicon. Additionally, I’ll use a couple of teams as examples in order to illustrate some of the roster considerations that may be in play. We’ll start with the easy stuff…

Germany′s Ralf Rangnick, the ′football professor′

DW (Germany), Jonathan Harding from

The man reportedly set to take charge of Serie A club AC Milan has a long history in German soccer. The 62-year-old’s work across the Bundesliga and elsewhere has influenced a generation of German coaches.

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