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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918240/circadian-rhythm-effect-on-physical-tennis-performance-in-trained-male-players
#1
Álvaro López-Samanes, Diego Moreno-Pérez, José L Maté-Muñoz, Raúl Domínguez, Jesús G Pallarés, Ricardo Mora-Rodriguez, Juan F Ortega
To determine the effect of circadian rhythm on neuromuscular responses and kinematics related to physical tennis performance, after a standardised warm-up, 13 highly competitive male tennis players were tested twice for serve velocity/accuracy (SVA), countermovement vertical jump (CMJ), isometric handgrip strength (IS), agility T-test (AGIL) and a 10-m sprint (10-m RUN). In a randomised, counter-balance order, tennis players underwent the test battery twice, either in the morning (i.e., AM; 9:00 h) and in the afternoon (i...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905867/effects-of-lawn-tennis-association-mini-tennis-as-task-constraints-on-children-s-match-play-characteristics
#2
Anna Fitzpatrick, Keith Davids, Joseph Antony Stone
The Lawn Tennis Association's mini tennis (MT) is a modified version of tennis consisting of progressive stages; however, there have been few attempts to evaluate how MT might shape performance behaviours. Here, we examine effects of playing MT on the emergence of children's match-play behaviours in 48 junior tennis players. Performance in 1010 match-play points were filmed and coded across 4 tennis stages (MT Red, MT Orange, MT Green and Full Ball), using a notational analysis system. Recorded performance variables included rally length, first serve percentage and shot type, for the purpose of analysing inter-stage comparisons...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905864/determining-friction-and-effective-loading-for-sled-sprinting
#3
Matt R Cross, Farhan Tinwala, Seth Lenetsky, Pierre Samozino, Matt Brughelli, Jean-Benoit Morin
Understanding the impact of friction in sled sprinting allows the quantification of kinetic outputs and the effective loading experienced by the athlete. This study assessed changes in the coefficient of friction (µk) of a sled sprint-training device with changing mass and speed to provide a means of quantifying effective loading for athletes. A common sled equipped with a load cell was towed across an athletics track using a motorised winch under variable sled mass (33.1-99.6 kg) with constant speeds (0...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900880/associations-of-nicotinamide-n-methyltransferase-gene-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-with-sport-performance-and-relative-maximal-oxygen-uptake
#4
Jiang-Hua Li, Wei Chen, Xiao-Juan Zhu, Ya-Jun Lin, Li-Qiang Qiu, Can-Xin Cai, Ya-Hui Wang, Qun Xiong, Fei Chen, Li-Hui Chen
To observe the associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) gene and sport performance and to analyse genotype associations of the associated SNPs with sport performance and relative maximal oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]). Participants were selected from 685 Chinese Han male college students. The completion times of a 1000-m run and a 50-m run were used to reflect sport performance, respectively. Nineteen tagSNPs were genotyped with Polymerase chain reaction-ligase detection reaction...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894209/the-prevalence-and-risk-indicators-of-symptoms-of-common-mental-disorders-among-current-and-former-dutch-elite-athletes
#5
Vincent Gouttebarge, Ruud Jonkers, Maarten Moen, Evert Verhagen, Paul Wylleman, Gino Kerkhoffs
The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and comorbidity of symptoms of common mental disorders (distress, anxiety/depression, sleep disturbance, eating disorders, adverse alcohol use) among current and former Dutch elite athletes, and to explore the inference between potential risk indicators (severe injury, surgery, life events, sport career dissatisfaction, social support) and the outcomes measures under investigation. Cross-sectional analyses were conducted on baseline questionnaires from an ongoing prospective cohort study among 203 current and 282 former elite Dutch athletes (response rate: 28% among current athletes and 95% among former athletes)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892823/changes-in-joint-range-of-motion-and-muscle-tendon-unit-stiffness-after-varying-amounts-of-dynamic-stretching
#6
Takamasa Mizuno
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of varying amounts of dynamic stretching (DS) on joint range of motion (ROM) and stiffness of the muscle-tendon unit (MTU). Fifteen healthy participants participated in four randomly ordered experimental trials, which involved one (DS1), four (DS4) and seven (DS7) sets of DS, or control conditions/seated at rest (CON). Each DS set consisted of 15 repetitions of an ankle dorsiflexion-plantarflexion movement. The displacement of the muscle-tendon junction (MTJ) was measured using ultrasonography while the ankle was passively dorsiflexed at 0...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892780/associations-between-prolonged-sedentary-time-and-breaks-in-sedentary-time-with-cardiometabolic-risk-in-10-14-year-old-children-the-happy-study
#7
Daniel P Bailey, Sarah J Charman, Thomas Ploetz, Louise A Savory, Catherine J Kerr
This study examines the association between prolonged sedentary time and breaks in sedentary time with cardiometabolic risk in 10-14-year-old children. This cross-sectional design study analysed accelerometry-determined sedentary behaviour and physical activity collected over 7 days from 111 (66 girls) UK schoolchildren. Objective outcome measures included waist circumference, fasting lipids, fasting glucose, blood pressure, and cardiorespiratory fitness. Logistic regression was used for the main data analysis...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885895/validity-and-reliability-of-the-very-short-form-of-the-physical-self-inventory-among-turkish-adolescents
#8
F Hülya Aşçi, Christophe Maïano, Alexandre J S Morin, Emine Çağlar, Naile Bilgili
The study aimed to test the validity and reliability of the Very Short form of the Physical Self-Inventory (PSI-VS) among a sample of 635 Turkish adolescents. These adolescents have completed the 12 original items of the PSI-VS, plus a positively worded reformulation of the single reverse-keyed item of the physical attractiveness subscale. A series of confirmatory factor analyses was used to examine the psychometric properties of the original and modified versions of the PSI-VS. Findings revealed superior psychometric properties with the modified version than with the original set of items...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882825/validity-and-reliability-of-a-low-cost-digital-dynamometer-for-measuring-isometric-strength-of-lower-limb
#9
Natalia Romero-Franco, Pedro Jiménez-Reyes, Juan A Montaño-Munuera
Lower limb isometric strength is a key parameter to monitor the training process or recognise muscle weakness and injury risk. However, valid and reliable methods to evaluate it often require high-cost tools. The aim of this study was to analyse the concurrent validity and reliability of a low-cost digital dynamometer for measuring isometric strength in lower limb. Eleven physically active and healthy participants performed maximal isometric strength for: flexion and extension of ankle, flexion and extension of knee, flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, internal and external rotation of hip...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879175/identifying-talented-track-and-field-athletes-the-impact-of-relative-age-effect-on-selection-to-the-spanish-national-athletics-federation-training-camps
#10
Javier Brazo-Sayavera, María Asunción Martínez-Valencia, Lisa Müller, Georgios Andronikos, Russell J J Martindale
This study examined the impact of relative age effect (RAE) on selection to the Spanish National Athletics Federation (RFEA) training camps (TC) between 2006 and 2013. Overall, 1,334 selected athletes at U15 years (cadet) and U17 years (juvenile) were compared against 27,711 licensed but unselected athletes for the same age groups. The results highlighted the influential role of the RAE on selection to national level track and field training camp opportunities. Interestingly, this effect was mediated by age and gender, where effects were stronger for both males and younger athletes (U15), with no evidence of RAE for older (U17) female athletes...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879169/goal-orientation-and-well-being-in-college-athletes-the-importance-of-athletic-social-connectedness
#11
Heidi A Wayment, Andrew Schrack Walters
The present study examined the ability of an interpersonal construct called athletic connectedness to mediate the relationship between task and ego goal orientations and well-being. We operationalised athletic social connectedness as a sense of social belonging and sense of connection with teammates. We hypothesised that athletic social connectedness would be positively associated with task goals, negatively associated with ego goals, and would at least partially mediate the relationship between achievement goals and well-being...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879168/situation-criticality-and-basketball-officials-stress-levels
#12
Jason Ritchie, Itay Basevitch, Ryan Rodenberg, Gershon Tenenbaum
Officials are expected to perform impeccably despite the wide range of stressors they experience. A stressor that officials frequently report is situation criticality. Situation criticality is comprised of score differential (i.e., more pressure in close games) and time remaining in a game (i.e., more pressure as time expires), which affects athletes' stress levels. The present study explored the effect of situation criticality on officials' stress levels. High school basketball officials (n = 108) with an average of 18...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876445/a-review-of-the-use-of-a-systematic-observation-method-in-coaching-research-between-1997-and-2016
#13
Ed Cope, Mark Partington, Stephen Harvey
A systematic observation method has been one of the most popularly employed methods in coaching research. Kahan's review of this method conducted between 1975 and 1997 highlighted the key trends in this research, and offered methodological guidance for researchers wishing to use this method in their research. The purpose of this review was to provide an update of the use of a systematic observation method in coaching research and assess the extent to which the calls made by Kahan have been addressed. While in some respect this field of study has progressed (i...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869529/low-fundamental-movement-skill-proficiency-is-associated-with-high-bmi-and-body-fatness-in-girls-but-not-boys-aged-6-11-years-old
#14
Michael J Duncan, Elizabeth Bryant, David Stodden
This study examined differences in children's body mass index (BMI) and body fatness (BF%) as a function of gender and fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency. Following ethics approval and parental consent, 248, 6-11 year-old children (112 boys, 136 girls) underwent assessment of 7 FMS: sprint run, side gallop, hop, kick, catch, throw and vertical jump. FMS tertiles ("high", "medium" or "low" FMS) were created based on the summed components of the FMS. Skinfold measures were used to calculate BF%. Physical activity (PA) was assessed using pedometry and maturation predicted using anthropometry...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869527/impact-of-touring-performance-schedule-and-definitions-on-1-year-injury-rates-in-a-modern-dance-company
#15
Shaw Bronner, Lily Wood
There is ongoing debate about how to define injury in dance: the most encompassing one or a time-loss definition. We examined the relationship between touring, performance schedule and injury definition on injury rates in a professional modern dance company over one-year. In-house healthcare management tracked 35 dancers for work-related musculoskeletal injuries (WMSI), time-loss injuries (TLinj), complaints, and exposure. The year was divided into 6 segments to allow comparison of effects of performance, rehearsal, and touring...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868480/revealing-the-decision-making-of-dribbling-in-the-sport-of-futsal
#16
Umberto Cesar Corrêa, Silvia Teixeira de Pinho, Silvia Letícia da Silva, Fabian Alberto Romero Clavijo, Thiago de Oliveira Souza, Go Tani
This study aimed to investigate why futsal players decide to dribble. For this purpose, we analysed 396 trials comprising the dribbles (n = 132), passes (n = 131) or shots (n = 133), performed by 70 male futsal players. Passing and shooting angles, and interpersonal distance, including their rates of change (velocity and variability), were regarded as measures of interpersonal coordination tendency and a comparison was made among dribbling, passing and shooting situations. In addition, the variables identified as constraints on deciding to dribble were analysed in relation to age categories, dribbling outcomes and futsal court zone...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868475/collision-count-in-rugby-union-a-comparison-of-micro-technology-and-video-analysis-methods
#17
Cillian Reardon, Daniel P Tobin, Peter Tierney, Eamonn Delahunt
The aim of our study was to determine if there is a role for manipulation of g force thresholds acquired via micro-technology for accurately detecting collisions in rugby union. In total, 36 players were recruited from an elite Guinness Pro12 rugby union team. Player movement profiles and collisions were acquired via individual global positioning system (GPS) micro-technology units. Players were assigned to a sub-category of positions in order to determine positional collision demands. The coding of collisions by micro-technology at g force thresholds between 2 and 5...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858577/long-term-endurance-training-increases-serum-cathepsin-s-and-decreases-il-6-and-hscrp-levels
#18
Michael Sponder, Ioana-Alexandra Campean, Michael Emich, Monika Fritzer-Szekeres, Brigitte Litschauer, Jutta Bergler-Klein, Senta Graf, Jeanette Strametz-Juranek
Cathepsin S (CS) was shown to play a key role in cancer progression, atherosclerosis, heart valve disease, insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus. The present prospective study aimed to investigate the influence of sports on CS, interleukin-6 (Il-6) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) levels. Ninety-eight of 109 participants completed the study. Ergometries were performed at baseline and after 8 months to evaluate/quantify the performance gain. Blood samples were taken at baseline and every 2 months...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855546/injuries-in-australian-school-level-rugby-union
#19
Felix T Leung, Melinda M Franettovich Smith, Julie A Hides
There is a high incidence of injuries in rugby union due to the physical nature of the game. In youth rugby union, there are large variations in injury rates reported. Our study investigated the rates of injuries in school-level rugby union players in Australia using the consensus statement for rugby union injuries. Injury surveillance was conducted on 480 rugby players from 1 school in Queensland, Australia. Injury data were collected using paper-based injury recording forms during the 8-week rugby season using a "medical-attention" injury definition...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855536/comparison-of-estimates-of-achilles-tendon-loading-from-inverse-dynamics-and-inverse-dynamics-based-static-optimisation-during-running
#20
Thomas Kernozek, Naghmeh Gheidi, Robert Ragan
Tendon stress may be one of the important risk factors for running-related tendon injury. Several methods have been used to estimate Achilles tendon (AT) loading during a human performance such as inverse dynamics (ID) and inverse dynamics-based static optimisation (IDSO). Our purpose was to examine differences between ID and IDSO estimates of AT loading during running. Kinematic data were captured simultaneously with kinetic data. Imaging of the AT cross-sectional area was performed with ultrasound for 17 healthy runners (height: 170...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
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