Applied Sports Science newsletter – July 2, 2021

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for July 2, 2021


Andy Murray faces true test of his fitness against Denis Shapovalov

The Guardian, Simon Cambers from

In the 16 years since Andy Murray made his debut at Wimbledon, the Scot has experienced almost every emotion imaginable at the All England Club: from devastation and tears when he was beaten in the final by Roger Federer in 2012, to jubilation the following year when he won the title, more elation when he did so again in 2016 and sheer agony in 2017 when his sore hip finally began to give way.

The effort of getting to the top of the game, with three grand slam titles, two Olympic gold medals, Davis Cup glory and the No 1 ranking finally took its toll on his body. Hip surgery in 2018 did not do the job he had hoped and when he emerged from a second operation in early 2019 with a metal right hip which sets off the alarms at airport security, it looked like his career was over.

But resilience, perhaps the trait that has helped Murray most of all, saw him fight on. His return to the circuit amid all sorts of niggles and injury setbacks has been well documented but should never be forgotten. Just being out here, back on court in singles at Wimbledon, is a near-miracle.

Jadon Sancho: ‘A talented trailblazer and hybrid of the modern age’

BBC Sport, Simon Stone from

… A lot has happened to Sancho since he went to the Bundesliga.

The decision to move there was triggered by a series of performances during the 2017 European Under-17 Championship, where he was player of the tournament as England reached the final.

Sancho’s camp felt the teenager was capable of more than was being offered by the new contract presented to him by Manchester City. A £30,000 weekly salary was evidence of City’s hopes for Sancho but, as proved to be the case with Phil Foden, manager Pep Guardiola felt gradual exposure to the first team was the best way forward.

Sancho didn’t want to wait. And Dortmund offered him an opportunity.

FIFA confirms roster changes for Olympic soccer

Associated Press, Rob Harris and Anne M. Peterson from

FIFA has confirmed that Olympic soccer rosters can include 22 players, but only 18 can be available for individual matches.

Traditionally, Olympic rosters are 18 players and four alternates. The alternates can only be used in case of injury, and once replaced, a player cannot return.

The change means that all 22 players are available to the participating teams. It was implemented because of the challenges the coronavirus has posed to teams worldwide.

“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made official a more flexible approach towards the participation of the alternate athletes in the Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020. As a result, the Participating Member Associations will be entitled to reconstitute their teams ahead of every match,” FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Meet the team helping US gymnasts recover at the Olympic team trials in St. Louis

FOX 2 News (St. Louis), Mikala McGhee from

… “You know aches and pains happen, but can they functionally do the activities that they’re here to do, right?” said SSM Health Sports Medicine Outreach Manager Katie Smith.

Katie Smith and her team at SSM Health have one job, to make sure these US Gymnasts stay healthy so they can perform at their best. They’ve been working hands-on with the athletes through the Olympic trials on their recovery.

“It kind of depends on what type of ailments the athlete is dealing with, but this is a lot of manual therapy. Also, a lot of just maintenance because that’s really what these athletes are dealing with. They’re going to have wear and tear type of injuries, but it’s really about maintaining those to be really functional most importantly, said Smith.

“Futsal is an artistic team game for scrupulously conformist and quick-thinking mavericks” – author Jamie Fahey celebrates the coming revolution of the indoor sport

FourFourTwo, Ryan Dabbs from

Known in Portugal as “the rebel game”, futsal has played a huge role in the football tradition of major nations within the sport. Now a new book argues it could do the same for England

The frequency of intense accelerations and decelerations have increased AND are likely to further increase in the future?? Therefore players likely to be exposed to frequency + magnitude of forces!

Twitter, Damian Harper from

Go as hard as you can until I tell you to stop: the physiology of all-out exercise – YouTube

YouTube, All-Out Physiology from

In this video, we describe the physiology that underpins all-out exercise testing, focusing on cycling and isometric contractions. [video, 18:10]

Combining interests to create unique research

University of Minnesota, News and Events from

In his final semester at the School of Kinesiology, honors student Brian Neff was awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to help fund his honors thesis research.

“I was first introduced to research working in Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal’s Sports Medicine Psychology Lab,” Neff says. “I worked closely with a graduate student and helped with her project. I really enjoyed it. After that experience I knew I wanted to do my own research.”

Inspired by his interest in the book The Body Electric and his passion for snow sports, he came up with his thesis idea: understanding how chromotherapy (or “light therapy”) might improve performance for alpine skiers. He developed a test to measure lower-extremity strength and balance performance for skiers while they are wearing a variety of different colored lenses.

The future of NFL computerized player tracking and data collection: Its rapid evolution and what comes next, Jonathan Jones from

Tags are already in the football, shoulder pads, pylons and more; here’s where player tracking is headed

Wearable Health Monitoring for Footballers from JOGO

AZO Sensors, Joan Nugent from

AZoSensors speaks with Laura Du Ry from JOGO. JOGO’s state-of-the-art data collection – driven by AI, machine vision and learning, as well as sensor tech makes it possible to track physique, technique and cognitive abilities. Clubs and trainers can follow the progress of their players, while players can measure their own growth – all in real-time.

Rocket science propelled Mark Kendall into a wearables revolution

The Australian, Jill Rowbotham from

Mark Kendall is a mechanical engineer who set out to be a rocket scientist. Instead he became a biomedical entrepreneur who first adapted propulsion technology to deliver vaccines, then created Nanopatches, and now is part of the push for wearable monitors and treatments in the precision medicine revolution.

Along the way WearOptimo’s founder and chief executive has ticked every box on the innovation checklist: inventive ideas, excellent science, translational research, patenting, company creation, capital raising and elite interdisciplinary team-building.

Now Kendall, who is also the vice-chancellor’s entrepreneurial professor at the Australian National University, can look back and see a clear career progression.

Infineon powers biometric bracelet with gesture recognition, no screen

Biometric Update, Alessandro Mascellino from

Several companies focusing on the development of biometric wearable devices have recently announced new products, partnerships, or investments.

Infineon technology is integrated into a biometric bracelet with gesture detection and an innovative call-answering feature. Soma has unveiled a new smartwatch device designed to improve first responder safety, and PhysIQ has joined efforts in a DeCODe study aimed at developing an artificial intelligence (AI)-based COVID-19 digital biomarker.

Perch Weight Room Technology Added to More NFL, College Football Facilities

EIN Presswire, Overtime PR from

The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Ole Miss Rebels, Georgia Bulldogs, Maryland Terps and Stanford Cardinal are the latest professional and college football teams to equip their facilities with an MIT-developed technology intended to improve overall performance in the weight room and on the field. They join the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and LSU Tigers as users of the game-changing technology.

Biochemical Sensor Researcher Makes MIT Technology Review’s List of Top Young Innovators

North Carolina State University, News from

… [Amay] Bandodkar works at the interface of electronics, materials science, and biology to create next-generation wearable sensors with biomedical applications such as disease monitoring.

“My ultimate goal would be to develop technology that allows us to assess a person’s health status by merely scanning a reader – just like the tricorder from Star Trek,” Bandodkar says.

Bandodkar joined NC State in January 2021, and is part of the university’s National Science Foundation-funded ASSIST Center. The ASSIST Center’s mission is to create self-powered, wearable health monitoring technologies.

“We Knew What We Were Getting Into”: The NBA’s War of Attrition Wages on

Action Network, Matt Moore from

… it’s difficult not to wonder about the impact of the season’s condensed schedule on the mayhem we’ve seen. Going into the season, several NBA executives point blank said they were worried about “soft tissue” injuries.

“Our training staffs have told us those risks, which are always high, are even bigger under the strain of this schedule,” a general manager told me back in December.

For all the freak and contact injuries that have unfolded, there are also those soft tissue injuries that can be attributed to the duress from the schedule. Leonard’s sprained ACL, Murray’s torn ACL, and Joel Embiid’s torn meniscus are just a few.

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