Applied Sports Science newsletter – July 1, 2021

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for July 1, 2021


Ceres teenager Cade Cowell gaining notice in Major League Soccer

Ceres Courier, Dale Butler from

Ceres native Cade Cowell is currently enjoying his best season to date with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Cowell, who turned 17 last October, has three goals and three assists in 11 Major League Soccer (MLS) appearances this year.

“To watch him grow and impact games, it’s fun,” Earthquakes’ teammate Tommy Thompson said during an interview with MLS contributor Tom Bogert on April 30. “He’s a special talent. I don’t want to put expectations or any type of limits—it’s important to let young players grow—but I’m excited to see what he can do.”

Matildas name ‘brave’ Tokyo Olympics squad: ‘We’re fast, we’re strong, we’re fit’

The Women's Game (Australia) from

… “It’s a team and a roster that is very attacking balanced, but also with a lot of versatility. There’s a lot of players in this roster that can play multiple positions with which is exactly what you need in an Olympic tournament.

On the pitch you are definitely going to see a brave team that’s going to take a step forward. It’s going to be an attacking mindset on the field. Off the field, this team is always going to represent in the best way possible. It’s an authentic team that is really true to who they are and very, very proud to represent their country.”

@ouraring is partnering with @usasurfteam and will provide the team with Oura Rings!

Twitter, Sport Innovation Society from

The rings collect a wide range of biometric data, including sleepy and activity metrics.

Let’s remember that @rissmoore10
, along with @Caroline_Marks3
became brand ambassadors.

The health dangers of losing sleep

Raconteur (UK), Peter Archer from

There is an inextricable link between sleeplessness and ill-health for everyone, but research indicates that teens and over-65s who don’t get enough shut-eye are particularly vulnerable to mental disorders

OU women’s basketball: Jennie Baranczyk creating Sooners’ new culture

Oklahoman, Justin Martinez from

It’s all smiles when the Oklahoma women’s basketball team steps onto the court.

In the midst of the shooting drills, the layup lines and the instructions from OU’s coaching staff, it’s not uncommon for a player to vibe out a bit as Drake plays over Lloyd Noble Center’s speakers.

Another player might share a laugh with a teammate before leading a three-man weave to perfection and capping it off with a made bucket down low.

As long as they’re putting in the work, that’s all fine with head coach Jennie Baranczyk.

There’s A Simple Way To Feel Happier, According To The New Science Of Emotion

NPR, Shots blog, Michaeleen Douclef from

… Over the past decade, neuroscientists have begun to shift how they think emotions arise. Rather than being inevitable, hard-coded experiences, researchers now think emotions are malleable, and people have more influence over them than previously thought.

Say for example, you’re walking in the woods, and you see a grizzly bear, says neuroscientist Anil Seth at the University of Sussex. “You recognize it’s a bear,” he says, “and then what happens?”

Previously researchers thought the emotion comes first. “You see a bear and then you feel afraid,” Seth says. “Because you’re afraid, your brain then jacks up your adrenaline levels.”

Hormone Intelligence for Female Dancers, Athletes and Exercisers

BJSM Blog, Nicky Keay from

Applying artificial intelligence techniques to modelling female hormones enables dancers and athletes to access hormone intelligence at her fingertips

Female hormone networks form the most complex aspect of the endocrine system. The menstrual cycle depends upon a delicate web of feedback mechanisms that trigger significant changes in hormone levels. This intricate physiological process generally operates reliably, but its timing and the hormone levels are affected by internal and external factors going on in a woman’s life. This is particularly relevant for female exercisers where there will be variability in terms of training load, competition/performance and nutritional intake which can all impact endocrine function. Furthermore, each woman’s endocrine response to these factors will be individual to her. This is why dynamic hormone monitoring can provide a sensitive, personalised training metric.

How to Work Hard

Paul Graham from

… It’s straightforward to work hard if you have clearly defined, externally imposed goals, as you do in school. There is some technique to it: you have to learn not to lie to yourself, not to procrastinate (which is a form of lying to yourself), not to get distracted, and not to give up when things go wrong. But this level of discipline seems to be within the reach of quite young children, if they want it.

What I’ve learned since I was a kid is how to work toward goals that are neither clearly defined nor externally imposed. You’ll probably have to learn both if you want to do really great things.

The most basic level of which is simply to feel you should be working without anyone telling you to. Now, when I’m not working hard, alarm bells go off. I can’t be sure I’m getting anywhere when I’m working hard, but I can be sure I’m getting nowhere when I’m not, and it feels awful.

Sweat-proof “smart skin” takes reliable vitals, even during workouts and spicy meals

MIT News from

MIT engineers and researchers in South Korea have developed a sweat-proof “electronic skin” — a conformable, sensor-embedded sticky patch that monitors a person’s health without malfunctioning or peeling away, even when a wearer is perspiring.

The patch is patterned with artificial sweat ducts, similar to pores in human skin, that the researchers etched through the material’s ultrathin layers. The pores perforate the patch in a kirigami-like pattern, similar to that of the Japanese paper-cutting art. The design ensures that sweat can escape through the patch, preventing skin irritation and damage to embedded sensors.

The kirigami design also helps the patch conform to human skin as it stretches and bends. This flexibility, paired with the material’s ability to withstand sweat, enables it to monitor a person’s health over long periods of time, which has not been possible with previous “e-skin” designs.

Intelligent carpet gives insight into human poses

MIT News, MIT CSAIL from

Tactical sensing carpet estimates 3D human poses without the use of cameras, and could improve health monitoring and smart homes.

Op-Ed: USA Football’s recommendations for youth play earn endorsements, reimagine the sport, Dr. Paul Roetert & Buddy Teevens from

On March 31, the AP reported that independent non-profit USA Football — the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee — announced eight recommendations for youth tackle football play. This bold, forward-thinking direction has already earned powerful endorsements from four leading sports medicine and health care associations: the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute, and the Sports Neuropsychology Society.

As volunteer members of the Football Development Model Council led by USA Football, we attest to the vast significance of these recommendations. They address practice-specific training by age-band, the prohibiting of select drills, use of the two-point stance, preseason and regular season practice contact guidelines, and other vitally important topics. All eight recommendations with corresponding rationale are accessible for youth leagues and volunteer coaches to adopt and implement this season at no cost.

Viewed through a sport science prism, every sport can embrace and harness the power of science, research and a reimagined vision to put athletes’ health and wellness first, especially the youngest. The USOPC opened these doors with its American Development Model and some of its member organizations, like USA Football, advance it for greater physical and mental health of children nationwide with potential benefits through adulthood.

The NFL’s most vulnerable spots: 16 teams that have depth issues behind their stars, including the Cowboys, Titans, Bucs

ESPN NFL, Bill Barnwell from

The ultimate examples of how the “next man up” can make or break an NFL team are two recent Super Bowls. Last season, we saw the Chiefs lose various starting offensive linemen throughout the season, but when Eric Fisher tore his Achilles in the AFC Championship Game, the dam broke. Andy Reid & Co. couldn’t protect Patrick Mahomes, who spent most of the day running for his life in a frustrating loss to the Bucs. No team may have been able to deal with as many injuries as the Chiefs did up front, but it’s clear that the combo of Mike Remmers and Andrew Wylie wasn’t the answer.

Go back a few years, though, and you get the opposite example. Carson Wentz’s near-MVP campaign carried the Eagles through most of the 2017 regular season and into the top seed in the NFC, but when Wentz tore his ACL, Nick Foles was there to pick up the slack. Foles was a mess in his final two starts of the regular season, but in three playoff games, he threw for 972 yards with six touchdowns. Having a viable option to replace Wentz helped save Philly’s season and win the Eagles a Super Bowl.

In the salary-cap era, just about every team has a hole in its starting lineup, let alone behind those starters. Let’s look at the most obvious points of vulnerability around the NFL and see what organizations would be forced to do if they lost their starter at a key position.

How SC Cambuur are using AI to bridge the gap in the Eredivisie

Training Ground Guru, Simon Austin from

Doing things the same way as everyone else has never really been an option for SC Cambuur, a small club with big ambitions in Holland’s Eredivisie.

Cambuur are less than 60-years-old, play in a stadium with a capacity of 10,000 and are about to play in the top flight for only the eighth time in their history.

Youth development and innovation are at the heart of their vision, as Youth Co-Ordinator Jelmer Hofstee told TGG.

Injuries Are Haunting the NBA Playoffs. How Teams Respond Will Decide Them.

The Ringer, Dan Devine from

Atlanta found a way to steal Game 4 without its superstar. Milwaukee may have to do the same in Game 5. It’s been an all-too-common theme this postseason, and one that isn’t likely to go away.

playoff injuries and absences have led teams to roll out 46 different starting lineups this postseason. thats tied for the second most in any postseason since 1984

Twitter, Owen Phillips from

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