Applied Sports Science newsletter – July 15, 2021

Applied Sports Science news articles, blog posts and research papers for July 15, 2021


Sporting Kansas City’s Gianluca Busio aiming to chart his own path amid interest from Europe

ESPN FC, Dan Hadjucky from

… “I had this plan for him [coming in],” Vermes says. “Preseason with us, training with us, two or three weeks with our second team.

“By the time preseason was done, I had to tear up the plan. He was [already] more than good enough to be around the first team.”

Most aren’t the second-youngest American to make a Gold Cup roster in United States men’s national team history.

Former Seton Hall star Myles Powell sues Kevin Willard, school

New York Post, Mark Fischer from

… Willard told reporters the night of the injury, against Stony Brook, it was a “serious” ankle sprain and might lead to a “prolonged absence.” Powell, however, played the next game, scoring a game-high 37 points against Michigan State.

The injury turned out to be a torn meniscus that should have kept him sidelined, one of the school’s most decorated players in recent years said. The lawsuit says Powell continued to play, on the advice of Willard and Testa, but felt pain in his knee.

“Whenever he would ask Dr. Testa about the pain, the doctor would advise it was just a bone bruise and that playing on it would not exacerbate the injury,” the lawsuit reads, calling Testa as a physician, when according to the Seton Hall website, he does not have a medical degree.

Swimming-Games could become just another meet for swimmers: Biondi

Reuters, Sports, Adam Baldwin from

… “We see the money that’s on the table at the Olympics, we see the role that swimmers play in the entertainment value and excitement value at the Olympics, especially in the first week,” said the American.

“We’ve heard estimates of how anywhere between 10-15% of the Olympic fans put swimming number one. So prior to the pandemic you’ve got an over $7 billion industry and swimmers can account for at least 10% so that’s $700 million.

Learnard Returns as Staffer Specializing in Pitching Analytics, Operations

Purdue University, Sports from

Two-time All-American and the Boilermakers’ single-season saves record holder Ross Learnard is returning to the program as Purdue baseball’s newest staff member specializing in pitching analytics and team operations, head coach Greg Goff has announced.

“Is it fun and does it enhance my performance?” – Key implementation considerations for injury prevention programs in youth handball

Twitter, Dr Sheree Bakker from

We wanted to understand the use of injury prevention exercises and programs in Danish youth handball, and investigate coach and player experiences, beliefs and attitudes of injury and its prevention

Although a large proportion of the coaches reported performing weekly injury prevention exercises for the shoulder, knee and, ankle, only few players (4%) and coaches (1%) reported performing established injury prevention programs systematically

Bradley women’s basketball: Inside Gabi Haack’s decision to return

Peoria Journal Star, Dave Eminian from

… Gorski says a lot of D-I schools questioned whether Haack was quick enough to defend. The BU coach believed, and she saw a player capable of broadening her game.

“She has evolved,” Gorski said. “She’s taken to the weight room.”

Thanks to help from Bradley associate director of sport performance Matt Friend, Haack bench presses 200 pounds. She dead lifts 400 and squats 325.

Those are rare numbers for a player in the women’s game, especially a guard. Her post-BU career goal is to be a strength/conditioning coach at the college level, and she’s interning this summer in the University of Florida’s program.

Head women’s World Cup tech coach Magnus Andersson shares his guiding principles

Ski Racing, Peter Lange from

… “Our local skiing reality encouraged me to participate in other sports, and because of that, I developed as a complete athlete. It would have been better for me to have more access to skiing, but the effort I put into physically developing was beneficial.”

Even with his limited time skiing, Andersson was fast, and his speed created opportunities. “When I was fifteen, the regional team named me to the program, and it was there I experienced the first coaching that helped me understand how to ski faster. I made a lot of progress, and from that time forward, ski racing has been my life’s work.”

Victoria University partners with Barca Innovation Hub

Victoria University (Australia), Media Releases from

Victoria University is excited to announce a new partnership with the Barça Innovation Hub (external link), in an initiative that signals the organisation’s first formal foray into the Australasian region.

This dynamic partnership brings together two leading sporting organisations to develop and offer more than 30 online short courses and micro credentials across a range of areas including: Sports Science, Psychology, Facility Management & Fan Engagement. The partnership will also explore joint events and undertake collaborative research addressing some of football’s biggest current challenges.

Healing wounds and regrowing bones: Duke faculty develop futuristic biomaterial implants

Duke University, The Chronicle from

Imagine a metal, scaffold-shaped implant that could support the regrowth of a shattered bone. All that would be needed would be an initial CT scan, a virtual construction of the implant and a metal printer to produce the final product. Devastating outcomes like amputation or loss of the ability to walk could be prevented.

While this type of innovation may seem outside the realm of modern technology, several Duke professors have made such futuristic biomaterial implants a reality, including Ken Gall, professor in the department of mechanical engineering and materials science; Shyni Varghese, professor of orthopaedic surgery and Matthew Becker, Hugo L. Blomquist distinguished professor of chemistry.

Gall’s research focuses on the use of 3D printed metals and polymers, including the aforementioned metal scaffold, using synthetic hydrogels for cartilage replacement and other related explorations. He also has initiated a new project investigating the types of structures that can be printed and is looking into utilizing machine learning or other algorithms to predict how these structures will behave.

An accurate wearable calorie burn counter

Stanford University, Stanford News from

A system made with two inexpensive sensors proves to be more accurate than smartwatches for measuring calories burned during activity – and the instructions for making the system yourself are available for free online.

“We built a compact system that we evaluated with a diverse group of participants to represent the U.S. population and found that it does very well, with about one third the error of smartwatches,” said Patrick Slade, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Stanford who is lead author of a paper about this work, published July 13 in Nature Communications.

Electrodes that flow to fit the body

Harvard University, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from

Arrays of metal electrodes are often used in medical procedures that require monitoring or delivering electrical impulses in the body, such as brain surgery and epilepsy mapping. However, the metal and plastic materials that comprise them are stiff and inflexible while the body’s tissues are soft and malleable. This mismatch limits the places in which electrode arrays can be successfully used, and also requires the application of a large amount of electrical current in order to “jump” the gap between an electrode and its target.

Inspired by the unique physical properties of living human tissues, a team of scientists from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard’s Wyss Institute has created flexible, metal-free electrode arrays that snugly conform to the body’s myriad shapes, from the deep creases of the brain to the fibrous nerves of the heart. This close embrace allows electrical impulses to be recorded and stimulated with lower required voltages, enables their use in hard-to-reach areas of the body, and minimizes the risk of damage to delicate organs.

Can the wrong food ruin an Olympic athlete’s performance?

Futurity, University of Copenhagen from

“Combining the right diet with training is critical for success at the Olympic Games. Without enough food, and thereby energy, an athlete’s performance will be far from optimal, regardless of how much they’ve trained,” explains professor Lars Nybo of the University of Copenhagen’s department of nutrition, exercise, and sports.

In the long run, the best diet for athletes isn’t as simple as pounding protein drinks and chomping energy bars. What foods, how much, and when they should eat depends entirely upon their sporting discipline.

“We all need the right amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, salt, and fatty acids for optimal performance. But in some disciplines, it is essential to load up on carbohydrates during the final 48 hours prior to an event, whereas athletes in other disciplines can get away with eating junk food for breakfast,” he explains.

The penalty shootout in football is the essence of performing under pressure.

Twitter, Geir Jordet from

I spent 5 years of my life studying the Psychology of this event. Here’s what I learned, which can also help understanding it in the current Euros/Copa America. Thread based on 10 of our studies. (1/13)

top 10 progressors at #EURO2020

Twitter, Joe Gallagher from

[OC] Comparison Between National And International Players For Each Of The Top 5 European Football Leagues : dataisbeautiful

reddit/r/dataisbeautiful from

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