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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815040/the-organisation-and-needs-of-young-sections-belonging-to-ueg-national-societies-results-of-a-europe-wide-survey
#1
Gianluca Ianiro, Valeria Castro, Werner Dolak, Mădălina Ilie, Grainne Holleran, Maciej Salaga, Yasmijn van Herwaarden, Johan Burisch
One of the aims of the Young Talent Group (YTG) is to make United European Gastroenterology (UEG) more attractive for young fellows interested in gastroenterology, and to involve them actively in UEG activities, by collaborating with young GI sections (YGIS) across Europe. Therefore, the YTG launched a survey to collect up-to-date information on YGISs belonging to UEG National Societies. The Friends of YTG were chosen as the target population and received a web-based questionnaire concerning their personal information, the structure of YGIS in their respective country, the YGIS' support mechanisms for young trainees, and ideas on how to improve them...
August 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813349/advances-in-athlete-development-understanding-conditions-of-and-constraints-on-optimal-practice
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REVIEW
Joseph Baker, Bradley W Young, David Mann
The development of elite, high performance athletes reflects the complex interaction of biological and genetic factors with important environmental influences. Over the past two decades, discussions of athlete development have largely focused on the role of 'deliberate' practice, and more recently, researchers have begun exploring the means by which practice can be best used to maximize the rate of talent development across the different stages of athlete development. In this article, we summarize recent developments in understanding how athletes maximize practice including (a) antecedents of practice involvement, (b) environmental constraints of practice involvement, (c) the value of diversification for athlete development, (d) and methodological advancements in this area...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810345/-commentary-on-self-compiled-teaching-materialsby-singapore-chinese-physician-training-college
#3
S H Chen, H X Cai
The Singapore Chinese Physician Training College has been playing a role in the development of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the training of TCM talents in modern and contemporary Singapore not to be ignored. Due to the limitations of the objective condition, the College had to creatively compile by themselves 115 volumes of teaching materials with rather complete subjects, which did pay attention to applying theory to practice, ran through the thought of Chinese integrating with western medicine, and is of literature and cultural significance...
May 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806410/the-influence-of-speed-abilities-and-technical-skills-in-early-adolescence-on-adult-success-in-soccer-a-long-term-prospective-analysis-using-anova-and-sem-approaches
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Oliver Höner, Daniel Leyhr, Augustin Kelava
Several talent development programs in youth soccer have implemented motor diagnostics measuring performance factors. However, the predictive value of such tests for adult success is a controversial topic in talent research. This prospective cohort study evaluated the long-term predictive value of 1) motor tests and 2) players' speed abilities (SA) and technical skills (TS) in early adolescence. The sample consisted of 14,178 U12 players from the German talent development program. Five tests (sprint, agility, dribbling, ball control, shooting) were conducted and players' height, weight as well as relative age were assessed at nationwide diagnostics between 2004 and 2006...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799866/proprioception-and-flexibility-profiles-of-elite-synchronized-swimmers
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Nora M Y Cho, Hedda P Giorgi, Karen P Y Liu, Young-Hyeon Bae, Louisa M Y Chung, Kitchana Kaewkaen, Shirley S M Fong
This study compared the full-body flexibility and joint proprioception (on land and underwater) of (a) 20 elite female synchronized swimmers (mean age ± standard deviation = 18.5 ± 1.9 years) and (b) 20 college female swim team members with no training in synchronized swimming (control participants; mean age ± standard deviation = 20.6 ± 1.3 years). Flexibility of the trunk and upper and lower limbs was measured using plastic tape and a goniometer, respectively. Joint proprioception (joint position sense) of the upper and lower limbs on land and underwater was measured by an active joint angle repositioning test...
January 1, 2017: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761701/high-prevalence-of-self-reported-injuries-and-illnesses-in-talented-female-athletes
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A Richardson, B Clarsen, E A L M Verhagen, J H Stubbe
BACKGROUND: A thorough knowledge of the epidemiology and severity of injuries and illness in youth female elite sports is lacking due to the methodological challenges involved in recording them. In this study, the prevalence and incidence of injuries and illness are assessed among youth female elite athletes. Instead of solely focusing on time-loss injuries, our study included all substantial and non-substantial health problems (ie, injuries, mental problems and illnesses). METHODS: Sixty young elite Dutch female athletes (age: 16...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759890/maturity-status-influences-the-relative-age-effect-in-national-top-level-youth-alpine-ski-racing-and-soccer
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Lisa Müller, Christoph Gonaus, Christoph Perner, Erich Müller, Christian Raschner
Since the relative age effect (RAE) characterizes a problem in all age categories of alpine ski racing and soccer and the fact that, yet, to date the underlying factors have not been well investigated, the aim of the present study was to assess the influence of the biological maturity status on the RAE among youth alpine ski racers (YSR) and soccer players (SP). In total, 183 male and female YSR selected for national final races and 423 male SP selected for Elite Youth Development Centres were investigated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753402/intellectual-disability-policy-as-developed-expressed-and-evaluated-in-aaidd-the-arc-joint-statements-the-role-of-organization-position-statements
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Ruth Luckasson, Marty E Ford, Elise D McMillan, Frederick M Misilo, Margaret A Nygren
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and The Arc of the United States (The Arc) have a long history of joined efforts to develop, express, and evaluate disability policies. These efforts have resulted in a series of formal statements on critical issues such as education, healthcare, human rights, and criminal justice. Their joint efforts further important policy goals including providing clear strong communication about important policy values and directions, promulgating key principles of high quality supports and services, affirming best professional practices, and emphasizing personal outcomes...
July 2017: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744238/long-term-prognostic-validity-of-talent-selections-comparing-national-and-regional-coaches-laypersons-and-novices
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Jörg Schorer, Rebecca Rienhoff, Lennart Fischer, Joseph Baker
In most sports, the development of elite athletes is a long-term process of talent identification and support. Typically, talent selection systems administer a multi-faceted strategy including national coach observations and varying physical and psychological tests when deciding who is chosen for talent development. The aim of this exploratory study was to evaluate the prognostic validity of talent selections by varying groups 10 years after they had been conducted. This study used a unique, multi-phased approach...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690677/the-past-and-future-of-breast-cancer-treatment-from-the-papyrus-to-individualised-treatment-approaches
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REVIEW
Felipe Ades, Konstantinos Tryfonidis, Dimitrios Zardavas
Cancer is one of the oldest diseases ever described, since ancient Egypt there have always been attempts to treat and cure this illness. The growing body of knowledge about breast cancer biology and improvements in surgical and medical treatments has been built over time with contributions from many talented and enthusiastic physicians and researchers. Medical advances have changed the approach from a previously incurable condition, into a surgical disease. Further improvements in cancer biology have allowed the development of systemic treatments, hormonal therapies, and targeted drugs...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648240/eventual-sport-performance-level-what-about-the-role-of-type-of-sport-perception-of-critical-life-events-and-practice-quality
#11
Tynke Toering
The target article describes an interesting study, which provides some challenging findings regarding athletes' pathway to excellence. The suggested links between critical life events, need for success, personal characteristics, and eventual performance level make sense from a psychodynamic perspective. This commentary will discuss some critical points related to the application of the findings in talent identification and -development programs. These are (1) the possible effect of the selection of participants on the results (including the impact of dependence on others for team sport athletes and the opportunity for multiple medal attainment), (2) a lack of detail in the description of how the athletes approached the critical life events (the perception of an event may contribute more to development than the event itself), and (3) a lack of detail in the description of the practice process throughout development...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648239/great-british-medalists-a-commentary-based-on-a-developmental-systems-theory-perspective
#12
Martin I Jones, Mark R Wilson
In their target article, Hardy and colleagues outline some psychosocial factors that were proposed to underpin the development of serial sporting champions. In this commentary, we suggest that the psychodynamic compensatory mechanisms model described by Hardy et al. is limited by its failure to consider the role of the broader developmental systems in which an individual exists (including funding structure, community, culture, and historical niche). We suggest that any workable talent development model needs to consider the bidirectional relationships between individuals and their contexts, and as such, should be guided by a more dynamic, developmental systems theory approach...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648235/much-ado-about%C3%A2-a-response-to-hardy-et-al
#13
Dave Collins, Áine MacNamara
Our response to the Great British Medallist (GBM) study focuses on three concerns. First, we discuss the extent to which the findings presented are actually novel and offer practitioners genuine guidance and information about how to structure talent development pathways. Second, we suggest that a lack of critical consideration of the findings against the considerable body of knowledge that already exists in this domain is a significant limitation. Finally, and most pertinently from a practitioner perspective, we highlight our concerns about the extent to which the findings presented may be prematurely adopted by practitioners without a genuinely appropriate evidence base...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648232/embedding-the-psychosocial-biographies-of-olympic-medalists-in-a-meta-theoretical-model-of-dynamic-networks
#14
Ruud J R Den Hartigh, Nico W Van Yperen, Paul L C Van Geert
Based on in-depth interviews, Hardy et al. focused on the role of psychosocial factors in the development of elite and super-elite athletes. They reveal interesting differences and commonalities in the frequencies at which certain aspects related to life events, personality, contextual factors, etc. were reported. Here, we argue that insights in the development of (super-)elite athletes will advance if we go beyond explanations in the frequency-domain, and search for process explanations in the time-domain...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644113/the-importance-and-development-of-ball-control-and-self-reported-self-regulatory-skills-in-basketball-players-for-different-positions
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Sanne Cornelia Maria Te Wierike, Barbara Catharina Helena Huijgen, Laura Jonker, Marije Titia Elferink-Gemser, Chris Visscher
This study first investigated the importance of ball control and (self-reported) self-regulatory skills in achieving the elite level in basketball. The second aim was to gain insight into the development of, and association between ball control and (self-reported) self-regulatory skills that contribute to achieving the elite level, with taking into account positional differences. Talented male players (N = 73; age 16.56 ± 1.96) completed the STARtest to measure ball control and a questionnaire to measure (self-reported) self-regulation from 2008-2012...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630572/the-role-of-a-relative-age-effect-in-the-7-th-international-children-s-winter-games-2016-and-the-influence-of-biological-maturity-status-on-selection
#16
Lisa Müller, Carolin Hildebrandt, Christian Raschner
The aim of this study was to analyse the role of a relative age effect (RAE) and to investigate the influence of biological maturity status on the RAE at the 7(th) International Children`s Winter Games. The birth dates of all 572 participants (365 males, 207 females) were analysed, and the biological maturity status of 384 athletes (243 males, 141 females) was assessed by the age at peak height velocity (APHV) method. A RAE was present in the total sample (χ(2) = 67.81; p < 0.001), and among both male (χ(2) = 49...
June 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608256/development-and-examination-of-a-functional-reactive-agility-test-for-older-adults
#17
Eric J Sobolewski, Brennan J Thompson, Eric C Conchola, Eric D Ryan
BACKGROUND: Reactive agility tests have become popular in sport for talent identification; however, the ability of these tests to evaluate physical function and falls risk in clinical populations warrants future study. AIM: To examine the reliability and construct validity of a novel functional reactive agility test (FRAT) across the lifespan. METHODS: Forty-three young (24 ± 2 years), 32 middle-aged (50 ± 2 years), and 19 old (66 ± 4 years) men performed a FRAT that included a rapid lateral movement (1...
June 12, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605273/improving-the-prediction-of-maturity-from-anthropometric-variables-using-a-maturity-ratio
#18
Job Fransen, Stephen Bush, Stephen Woodcock, Andrew Novak, Dieter Deprez, Adam D G Baxter-Jones, Roel Vaeyens, Matthieu Lenoir
PURPOSE: This study aimed to improve the prediction accuracy of Age at Peak Height Velocity (APHV) from anthropometric assessment using non-linear models and a maturity ratio rather than a maturity offset. METHODS: The dataset used to develop the original prediction equations was used to test a new prediction model, utilising the maturity ratio and a polynomial prediction equation. This model was then applied to a sample of male youth academy soccer players (n = 1330) to validate the new model in youth athletes...
June 12, 2017: Pediatric Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605209/pacing-and-self-regulation-important-skills-for-talent-development-in-endurance-sports
#19
Marije T Elferink-Gemser, Florentina J Hettinga
Pacing has been characterized as a multi-faceted goal-directed process of decision-making in which athletes need to decide how and when to invest their energy during the race, a process essential for optimal performance. Both physiological as well as psychological characteristics associated with adequate pacing and performance are known to develop with age. Consequently, the multi-faceted skill of pacing might be under construction throughout adolescence as well. Therefore, we propose that the complex skill of pacing is a potential important performance characteristic for talented youth athletes, that needs to be developed throughout adolescence...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603507/making-champs-and-super-champs-current-views-contradictions-and-future-directions
#20
REVIEW
David J Collins, Aine Macnamara
In our 2016 paper (Collins et al., 2016a), we proposed that superchamps (athletes who have achieved the highest level in their sport) were differentiated from their less successful counterparts by their use of positive proactive coping and a "learn from it" approach to challenge. This skill-based focus to talent development (TD) is supported extensively in the literature (e.g., MacNamara et al., 2010a,b) and suggests that the differences between levels of adult achievement relate more to what performers bring to the challenges than what they experience (Collins et al...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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