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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445232/organised-chaos-in-late-specialisation-team-sports-weekly-training-loads-of-elite-adolescent-rugby-union-players
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Padraic J Phibbs, Ben Jones, Gregory Roe, Dale Read, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Jonathon Weakley, Andrew Rock, Kevin Till
The aim of this study was to quantify the mean weekly training load (TL) of elite adolescent rugby union players participating in multiple teams, and examine the differences between playing positions. Twenty elite male adolescent rugby union players (17.4 ± 0.7 years) were recruited from a regional academy and categorised by playing position; forwards (n=10) and backs (n=10). Global positioning system and accelerometer microtechnology was used to quantify external TL, and session-rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) was used to quantify internal TL during all sessions throughout a 10-week in-season period...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442275/wellbeing-perception-and-the-impact-on-external-training-output-among-elite-soccer-players
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Shane Malone, Adam Owen, Matt Newton, Bruno Mendes, Leo Tiernan, Brian Hughes, Kieran Collins
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the investigation was to observe the impact of player wellbeing on the training output of elite soccer players. DESIGN: Prospective cohort design. METHODS: Forty-eight soccer players (age: 25.3±3.1years; height: 183±7cm; mass: 72±7kg) were involved in this single season observational study across two teams. Each morning, pre-training, players completed customised perceived wellbeing questionnaires. Global positioning technology devices were used to measure external load (total distance, total high-speed running distance, high speed running, player load, player load slow, maximal velocity, maximal velocity exposures)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438635/testosterone-and-cortisol-responses-in-male-soccer-players-the-effect-of-home-and-away-venues
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Melissa Fothergill, Sandy Wolfson, Nick Neave
The present studies examined the influence of playing venue on psychobiological responses in male soccer players. Many studies have demonstrated the existence of a home advantage, wherein teams perform better at home than away. A recent focus has attempted to explain this advantage from a psychobiological perspective, with studies showing hormonal differences with regard to venue, game outcome, dominance and perceived stress. Two studies investigated testosterone and cortisol responses in relation to home and away venues...
April 21, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433808/comparisons-of-hip-strength-and-countermovement-jump-height-in-elite-tennis-players-with-and-without-acute-history-of-groin-injuries
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V Moreno-Pérez, A Lopez-Valenciano, D Barbado, J Moreside, J L L Elvira, F J Vera-Garcia
BACKGROUND: Despite the high groin-injury (GI) prevalence in tennis, no studies have assessed the extent to which intrinsic groin injury risk factors, such as hip muscle strength, have recovered in elite tennis players with a history of previous GI. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether elite tennis players with a history of GI show differences in hip strength and jump height between injured and uninjured limbs and compared with dominant limb in tennis players without history of acute groin-injuries (NGI)...
April 13, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423991/changes-in-body-mass-stature-and-bmi-in-south-african-elite-u18-rugby-players-from-different-racial-groups-from-2002-2012
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Justin Durandt, Mervin Green, Herman Masimla, Mike Lambert
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there are differences between racial groups for body mass, stature and body mass index (BMI) in South African elite U18 rugby players and whether there were significant changes in these measurements between 2002 and 2012. Self-reported body mass and stature were obtained from U18 players (n = 4007) who attended the national tournament during this period. BMI was calculated for each player.White players were 9.8 kg heavier than black players, who were 2.3 kg heavier than coloured players (P < 0...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422770/technical-alterations-during-an-incremental-field-test-in-elite-male-tennis-players
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Cyril Brechbuhl, Olivier Girard, Grégoire P Millet, Laurent Schmitt
PURPOSE: We investigated technical and physiological responses along with their relationships during an incremental field test to exhaustion specific to tennis (TEST) in elite players. METHODS: Twenty male elite tennis players completed TEST, which consisted of hitting alternatively forehand and backhand strokes at increasing ball frequency (ball machine) every minute. Ball accuracy (BA), ball velocity (BV) and tennis performance index (TP = BA x BV) were determined by radar and video analysis for each stroke, in addition to cardiorespiratory responses and blood lactate concentrations...
April 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422583/game-simulation-drill-design-alters-the-speed-profiles-of-wheelchair-rugby-players
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James M Rhodes, Barry S Mason, Thomas A W Paulson, Victoria L Goosey-Tolfrey
PURPOSE: This study examined the speed profiles of elite wheelchair rugby (WCR) players during game-simulation training drills of differing player number and shot-clock regulations. A secondary aim was to determine whether the profiles were further influenced by players classification. METHODS: Eight elite WCR players (low-point n = 3; high-point n = 5) were monitored using a radio-frequency based, indoor tracking system during training sessions over a 5-month period...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422546/competition-sleep-is-not-compromised-compared-to-habitual-in-elite-australian-footballers
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Benita J Lalor, Shona L Halson, Jacquie Tran, Justin G Kemp, Stuart J Cormack
PURPOSE: To assess the impact of match start time and days relative to match compared to the habitual sleep characteristics of elite Australian Football (AF) players. METHODS: 45 elite male AF players were assessed during the pre-season (habitual) and across four home matches during the season. Players wore an activity monitor the night before (-1), night of (0), one night after (+1), and two nights (+2) after each match and completed a self-reported rating of sleep quality...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421914/seeing-the-forest-but-not-the-trees-heterogeneity-in-community-size-effects-in-canadian-ice-hockey-players
#9
N Wattie, J Schorer, J Baker
The community size effect (or birthplace effect) suggests that high-performance athletes are less likely to emerge from regions with population sizes that are very small or very large. However, previous research on elite Canadian ice hockey players has not considered the influence of intra-national regional variation of population distributions with respect to community size effects. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to test the heterogeneity of the community size effect between Canadian National Hockey League draftees (2000-2014: n = 1505), from 7 provincial regions within Canada (i...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417687/does-a-perceptuomotor-skills-assessment-have-added-value-to-detect-talent-for-table-tennis-in-primary-school-children
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Irene R Faber, Johan Pion, Goran Munivrana, Niels R Faber, Maria W G Nijhuis-Van der Sanden
Talent detection intends to support lifelong sports participation, reduce dropouts and stimulate sports at the elite level. For this purpose it is important to reveal the specific profile which directs children to the sports that connect to their strengths and preferences. This study evaluated a perceptuomotor skills assessment as part of talent detection for table tennis, a sport in which perceptuomotor skills are considered essential to cope with the difficult technical aspects. Primary school children (n = 121) and gifted young table tennis players (n = 146) were assessed using the Dutch perceptuomotor skills assessment measuring "ball control" and "gross motor function"...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416354/unilateral-jumps-in-different-directions-a-novel-assessment-of-soccer-associated-power
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Conall F Murtagh, Jos Vanrenterghem, Andrew O'Boyle, Ryland Morgans, Barry Drust, Robert M Erskine
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine whether countermovement jumps (CMJs; unilateral and bilateral) performed in different directions assessed independent lower-limb power qualities, and if unilateral CMJs would better differentiate between elite and non-elite soccer players than the bilateral vertical (BV) CMJ. DESIGN: Elite (n=23; age, 18.1±1.0years) and non-elite (n=20; age, 22.3±2.7years) soccer players performed three BV, unilateral vertical (UV), unilateral horizontal-forward (UH) and unilateral medial (UM) CMJs...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415899/specific-muscle-synergies-in-national-elite-female-ice-hockey-players-in-response-to-unexpected-external-perturbation
#12
Minhee Kim, Yushin Kim, Hyeyoung Kim, BumChul Yoon
This study aimed to investigate specific muscle synergies in elite ice hockey players indicating highly developed postural control strategies used to restore balance against unexpected external perturbations. Seven elite athletes (EA) on the women's national ice hockey team and 7 non-athletes (NA) participated in this study. Based on trajectories of centre of mass (COM), analysis periods were divided into an initial phase (a balance disturbance after perturbation onset) and a reversal phase (a balance recovery response), respectively...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406356/the-association-between-fundamental-athletic-movements-and-physical-fitness-in-elite-junior-australian-footballers
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Carl T Woods, Ian McKeown, Justin Keogh, Sam Robertson
This study investigated the associations between fundamental athletic movement and physical fitness in junior Australian football (AF). Forty-four under 18 players performed a fundamental athletic movement assessment consisting of an overhead squat, double lunge, single leg Romanian deadlift and a push up. Movements were scored on three assessment criterions using a three-point scale. Additionally, participants performed five physical fitness tests commonly used for talent identification in AF. A Spearman's nonparametric correlation matrix was built, with correlation coefficients being visualised using a circularly rendered correlogram...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387652/pediatric-ependymoma-a-proteomics-perspective
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George Th Tsangaris, Chrissa Papathanasiou, Panagiotis G Adamopoulos, Andreas Scorilas, Constantinos E Vorgias, Neofytos Prodromou, Foteini Tzortzatou Stathopoulou, Dimitrios J Stravopodis, Athanasios K Anagnostopoulos
BACKGROUND/AIM: Proteomics based on high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS) is the tool of choice for the analysis of protein presence, modifications and interactions, with increasing emphasis on the examination of tumor tissues. Application of MS-based proteomics offers a detailed picture of tumor tissue characteristics, facilitating the appreciation of different tumor entities, whilst providing reliable and fast results for therapeutic marker targeting and prognostic factor assessment...
March 2017: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378431/left-ventricular-biomechanics-in-professional-football-players
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Thomas G von Lueder, Anders Hodt, Gard F Gjerdalen, Kjetil Steine
Chronic exercise induces adaptive changes of left ventricular (LV) ejection and filling capacities which may be detected by novel speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)-based techniques. 103 consecutive male elite Norwegian soccer players and 46 age-matched healthy controls underwent echocardiography at rest. STE was used to assess LV torsional mechanics and LV systolic longitudinal strain (LS). Diastolic function was evaluated by trans-mitral blood flow, mitral annular velocities by TDI, and LV inflow propagation velocity by colour M-mode...
April 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363689/medication-and-supplement-use-in-disability-football-world-championships
#16
Daniel Broman, Osman Hassan Ahmed, Philippe M Tscholl, Richard Weiler
BACKGROUND: Individuals with an impairment make up over 15% of the world's population, many of whom can benefit greatly from participation in sport. The provision of medical services in disability sport is a challenging area with a lack of scientific evidence. Given the positive impact that sport can have on the people with an impairment, it is vital that measures are taken to better understand the medical issues posed by disability sport. It is well established that medications and supplements are over-used in sport, particularly within professional football, but there is no current evidence on medication or supplement use in elite disability football...
March 28, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361355/redox-status-alterations-during-the-competitive-season-in-%C3%A3-lite-soccer-players-focus-on-peripheral-leukocyte-derived-ros
#17
Matteo Becatti, Amanda Mannucci, Victoria Barygina, Gabriele Mascherini, Giacomo Emmi, Elena Silvestri, Daniel Wright, Niccolò Taddei, Giorgio Galanti, Claudia Fiorillo
It is well known that exercise training can deeply affect redox homeostasis by enhancing antioxidant defenses. However, exhaustive exercise can induce excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, leading to oxidative stress-related tissue injury and impaired muscle contractility. Hence, ROS represent important signaling molecules whose level has to be maintained to preserve normal cellular function, but which can also accumulate in response to repetitive muscle contraction. In fact, low levels of oxidants have been suggested to be essential for muscle contraction...
March 30, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359608/changes-in-ventilatory-response-to-exercise-in-trained-athletes-respiratory-physiological-benefits-beyond-cardiovascular-performance
#18
Adriano di Paco, Bruno-Pierre Dubé, Pierantonio Laveneziana
INTRODUCTION: The beneficial impact of an 8-month competitive season on the ventilatory profile response to exercise in soccer players has never been evaluated. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ventilatory profile (evaluated by determining individual tidal volume [VT] relative to minute ventilation [VE] inflection points during exercise) and metabolic responses to incremental exercise were evaluated in 2 professional soccer teams before and after an 8-month competitive season...
March 27, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355083/systematic-review-of-outcomes-reporting-in-professional-baseball-a-call-for-increased-validation-and-consistency
#19
Jelle P van der List, Christopher L Camp, Alec L Sinatro, Joshua S Dines, Andrew D Pearle
BACKGROUND: Historically, treatment efficacy of professional baseball injuries has been determined by assessing the return-to-play (RTP) rate or using patient-reported functional outcomes scores; however, these methods may not be sensitive and specific enough for elite athletes. As a consequence, performance-based statistics are increasingly being reported in the medical literature. PURPOSE: To (1) assess how treatment efficacy is currently reported in professional baseball players; (2) examine the variability in the reporting of these measures in terms of frequency, length of time followed, and units of measure; and (3) identify any attempts to validate these performance-based statistics...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349727/six-weeks-of-%C3%AE-alanine-supplementation-did-not-enhance-repeated-sprint-ability-or-technical-performances-in-young-elite-basketball-players
#20
Fabio Milioni, Paulo E Redkva, Fabio A Barbieri, Alessandro M Zagatto
Supplementation with β-alanine plays an important role as a precursor of carnosine, the most effective intramuscular buffer, and has been seen as a potential ergogenic aid, especially for high-intensity modalities such as basketball. Thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of 6 weeks of β-alanine supplementation on repeated sprint ability (RSA) and technical performances in young elite Brazilian basketball players. In total, 27 young basketball players (17±1 years) were randomized into a β-alanine group (Gβ - 6...
January 1, 2017: Nutrition and Health
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