Applied Sports Science newsletter – January 11, 2021

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for January 11, 2021


Juergen Klinsmann: Champions League challenges USMNT young stars and boosts World Cup hopes

ESPN FC, Jurgen Klinsmann from

… When you get a chance, take it! Reyna got his first Bundesliga minutes less than one year ago and has made himself a key player for Dortmund. Like Pulisic, he can play in different positions and that is a good thing because the chance increases to influence games; instead of being expected to score, there is opportunity to assist, pass well and create chances.

With young attacking players, change of pace is always an important characteristic. I saw it with Christian the first time I watched him when he was 15 or 16 and said this kid not only has very good technique, but he can ‘jump’ players in a split-second. Giovanni is very similar, though he is taller and has a different flow to his movement. Dest can also go by players in the first few yards.

That ability to create space is what a difference-maker needs to have in the opposing penalty area. To retain it, you must stay healthy and work hard on your body, stretch, get in the gym. Ensure your system is in a good shape because the moment a player loses his change of pace, he is at risk of becoming mediocre.

Is It Bad to Lift Weights Without a Mirror?

InsideHook, Tanner Garrity from

The workout-from-home era has us strength training on feel. That might not be such a bad thing.

Intermediate weight lifting: What to do when you outgrow beginner exercises

Inverse, Sam Reiss from

… It’s unclear exactly what the stage after beginner entails. We know that beginner lifters’ so-called lack of adaptation allows strength to develop quickly because of neural changes between muscles and the brain.

As lifters lift, motor patterns become set and lifters adapt. Their movements become more synchronized, they recruit more motor units, get stronger fairly quickly (assuming good health). Reaching a respectable strength milestone, like squatting 1.2 times your body weight, can signal adaptation. With progress no longer automatic and inevitable, the choices lifters make determine how far they will go.

There are two ways to get to the next level. Along with the right way, there are shortcuts. For many gym-goers, a 1.2 bodyweight squat is a top-level goal. Most people can’t do that.

Stanford men deal with impending program closure, COVID, no practices as season approaches

Volleyball Magazine, Ed Chan from

It’s hard enough coaching a men’s volleyball team through a pandemic, but for Stanford’s John Kosty, there’s an added layer of complexity.

That’s because Stanford is dropping the sport after the 2021 season.

“We’re trying not to have a finale,” Kosty said. “We’re working hard to try and change that, but as it stands right now, this is our final season, whatever we get out of it.”

Armed with a master’s degree, Watertown’s Rico Brogna set for second half of his baseball life – Hartford Courant

Hartford Courant, Dom Amore from

Managing a baseball team isn’t supposed to be rocket science. Or is it? Whether we like all of it or not, the game is changing, and to be a baseball lifer requires new layers of knowledge.

That’s why Watertown’s Rico Brogna, one of the great baseball players to come from Connecticut, got out for a bit to finish his thesis and earn a master’s degree in cyber security.

“An area I’ve always been fascinated with is the computer,” Brogna says. “The aeronautical, astronomy, rockets, all that kind of engineering. Even though I could work around a computer pretty well, I didn’t have the ‘deep within.’ I really had to learn how to do better research, intensify and focus my research abilities. That would help with baseball, and learning up-to-date, modernized communication systems, that’s relevant in baseball.”

Test Re-test Reliability of Single and Multijoint Strength Properties in Female Australian Footballers | SpringerLink

Sports Medicine journal from


To examine the test re-test reliability of isometric maximal voluntary contractions (MVC) of hip adduction (ADDISO), hip abduction (ABDISO), and multijoint leg extension (SQUATISO) in sub-elite female Australian footballers.

Data were collected from 24 sub-elite female Australian footballers (age 22.6 ± 4.5 years; height 169.4 ± 5.5 cm; body mass 66.6 ± 8.0 kg; 4.5 ± 4.4 years sport-specific training; 2.5 ± 2.0 years unstructured resistance training) from the same club on two non-consecutive days. Participants performed three isometric MVCs of ADDISO, ABDISO, and SQUATISO. The SQUATISO was performed at 140° knee flexion with a vertical trunk position and ADDISO and ABDISO measures were performed in a supine position at 60° of knee flexion and 60° hip flexion. Reliability was assessed using paired t tests and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) with 95% confidence intervals (CI), typical error (TE), and coefficient of variation (CV%) with 95% CI.

SQUATISO peak force (ICC .95; CV% 4.1), ABDISO for left, right, and sum (ICC .90–.92; CV% 5.0–5.7), and ADDISO for left, right, and sum (ICC .86–.91; CV% 6.2–6.9) were deemed acceptably reliable based on predetermined criteria (ICC ≥ .8 and CV% ≤ 10).

SQUATISO, ABDISO, and ADDISO tests demonstrated acceptable reliability for the assessment of peak force in sub-elite female Australian footballers, suggesting these assessments are suitable for muscle strength testing and monitoring adaptations to training. [full text]

Liverpool have hired Germany’s number one in Schlumberger – Klopp

Training Ground Guru from

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have hired the “number one in Germany” in new Head of Recovery and Performance Andreas Schlumberger.

The 54-year-old joined the club at the end of December from Schalke to lead on performance, medical and rehab. Klopp knows him well from their four years working together at Borussia Dortmund, where Schlumberger was fitness coach from 2011 to 2015.

49ers believe no simple answer to avoid rash of injuries next season

Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports Bay Area, Matt Maiocco from

Throughout an injury-plagued 2018 season, the 49ers discussed ways to take measures to limit the number of games lost due to injuries.

Immediately following that season, the club created a new position to oversee both the athletic training and strength and conditioning staffs.

Coach Kyle Shanahan initially referred to the new role as the “head coach of training.”

Ben Peterson was hired from his job as director of sports science with the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL to assume his new duties with the 49ers as head of player health and performance.

Two years, later the health of the team is again a topic.

‘Neural Body’ Reconstructs Dynamic Human Bodies From Sparse Camera Views

Synced from

In a new paper, a group of researchers from Zhejiang University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Cornell University propose an implicit neural representation method called Neural Body. The novel approach tackles dynamic 3D human-body synthesis from a sparse set of camera views, bettering existing methods on key metrics by significant margins.

Columbia University Model Learns Predictability From Unlabelled Video

Synced from

In a new paper, a trio of Columbia University researchers propose a novel framework and hierarchical predictive model that learns to identify what is predictable from unlabelled video.

Whether kicking a ball or driving in traffic, humans are constantly making predictions about our environments. We do this guided by a variety of factors, and, as we all know, some things are much easier to predict than others.

As rosters thin, NBA has no plans to pause season

ESPN NBA, Adrian Wojnarowski from

As coronavirus-infected players, contact tracing quarantines and ancillary injuries thin rosters of available players, the NBA has no plans to pause the season, a league spokesman told ESPN.

“We anticipated that there would be game postponements this season and planned the schedule accordingly,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN in a statement. “There are no plans to pause the season, and we will continue to be guided by our medical experts and health and safety protocols.”

IOC seeks Covid vaccines for athletes in second wave so Olympics can go ahead

The Guardian, Sean Ingle from

The International Olympic Committee is working on ways to get athletes the coronavirus jab in the second or third wave so that the Tokyo Games can go ahead safely in July, the Guardian has been told.

While insisting that we “do not want to queue jump”, IOC sources are hoping athletes from around the globe will be high up on the vaccination list, once key workers and the vulnerable are given the jab.

Several sources in the Olympic movement have also indicated that they remain confident the Games will take place in some form this summer. However the rise of several new coronavirus variants and the steep jump in cases in Japan – which reported a record 5,307 daily cases on Wednesday – has led to a growing desire to get athletes vaccinated in the coming weeks and months.

New Research Provides Data on Women’s Headgear Use

US Lacrosse Magazine, Paul Ohanian from

Findings from a new research study measuring the effects of headgear in high school girls lacrosse indicate that headgear is associated with a reduction in the magnitude of overall impacts but not a change in the rate of impacts, how they occur, or how penalties were administered for impacts sustained during competition.

The findings were recently published in an article in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

Football and Brexit: a guide to the new rules and their impact on clubs

The Guardian, Paul MacInnes from

“Taking back control” is not something most football clubs have had on their to-do list in recent years, at least not outside of possession statistics. The domestic game has thrived on the back of European immigration. A cosmopolitan system where German managers work with Portuguese fitness coaches to develop Spanish talent on English pitches has been central to the growth of the domestic game. Now Brexit is about to change all that.

From 1 January English football will change. European citizens will need a visa to work in the country. The criteria determining who qualifies have been the subject of lengthy negotiations between the Football Association, Premier League and EFL. They were finally agreed at the beginning of December, which means clubs have had just a month to get to know the new rules and fully implement them. Which is more than many industries can say.

The Browns’ Harvard Analytics Intern is the Team’s Secret Weapon

Sportico, Randall Williams from

Without head coach Kevin Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns’ playoff success rides on the arm of Baker Mayfield, the legs of running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and the strength of defensive end Myles Garrett. But off the field, the team has been relying in part on the mind of Harvard University senior Ella Papanek, a research and strategy intern who is assisting with the team’s analytical preparation for its AFC wild card game on Sunday night.

The Browns are not without Harvard ties- most notably General Manager Andrew Berry and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta are alums. But the team’s renewed focus on analytics in a data-hungry league has created opportunities for current students like Papanek.

Her primary task this season is working on a player projection model, using analytics to anticipate every NFL player’s career production. Papanek’s other duties include a weekly game review, where Cleveland’s analytics team divides into different roles and focuses on specific aspects of the game, like clock management.

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