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What are the effects of alcohol?
Dr Claire Rostron, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University, investigates why we drink alcohol and the reason it affects you like it does.
Introducing CIMSPA's work
An introduction to the work of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity
Dame Katherine Grainger
Katherine Grainger is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete. She won medals at 5 consecutive Olympic games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016), culminating in gold at our very own home games and a recording breaking fifth medal in Rio. To top off an incredible year, Dame Katherine Grainger was honoured in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for her services to rowing and charity. Soon after Katherine was appointed Chair of UK Sport. This interview features reflections upon Katherine’s rowing career and as ever, she is extremely humble, perceptive, honest, thoughtful, driven and resilient. We hope you enjoy the show!
3:17 - Reflecting on the moments before the Sydney Olympic final and the physical and mental preparation Katherine adopted on final’s day;
7:05 – Exploring Katherine’s transition into senior professional sport and senior training as a rower, an incredibly draining period both physically and emotionally. Also having to transition with professional coaching and sports science support with new lottery funding;
8:45 – As a youngster Katherine became a sponge when around others, trying to soak up as much experience and wisdom from anybody around her;
9:30 – Thrown into an unrelentingly physical training programme. Sink or swim moments.
12:30 – The goal to make the podium at the Sydney Olympic games. Any medal would have been deemed a huge success, but the silver might be nice;
15:28 - The benefits of learning from inspirational others such as Steve Redgrave and co. Surround yourself with others who share your dreams;
18:37 - Intimidating your opponent. Beating them before you get on the start line;
21:00 - 3 consecutive World Championship successes in the 4 year lead up to Beijing. Knowing what it takes to win. Losing to the Chinese and not achieving gold in Beijing was a huge disappointment;
27:40 – Responding to the big emotional lull after the disappointment in Beijing;
30:10 – Reflecting on the intensity of the battle, Katherine reflects on the hugely valuable ability to relax in chaos;
31:30 – London 2012. Gold medal winners. Katherine had an amazing partnership with Anna Watkins as a double;
35:05 – It was an immense privilege for Katherine to have taken part in front of a home games crowd, particularly at the peak of her career;
40:50 – Being a part of an amazing team at Team GB. Everyone matters, sharing experiences and the huge highs and lows of this level of involvement;
41:55 – Katherine reflects back on the important others that have played a part in her career and her love for being a part of a team;
44:35 – Katherine would tell her younger self to enjoy and persist with your own journey wherever that takes you. The lessons learned, and the experiences will be hugely valuable.
Debate on the relationship between sport, betting & data companies at LawInSport Annual Conference
This debate took place at LawInSport's 4th Annual Conference on the 14 September 2018. The topic of the debate was ‘The relationship between sport, betting & data'.
Sean Cottrell, CEO at LawInSport (Chair);
Susan Ahern, Barrister and former General Counsel of World Rugby;
Matt Drew, Executive Vice President Business Development and Former Director of Integrity & Security at Perform Group;
David Lampitt, Managing Director Group Operations at Sportradar AG;
Steven Burton Managing Director at Genius Sports;
Sport has always relied on analytics to improve performance on and off the pitch. However, the technology revolution has exponentially increased the ability of those working in sport to capture, analyse and monoitise this data.
At the same the sports betting industry has become an influential stakeholder in sport through offering wagering products for fans/consumers, sponsoring sports events, teams and athletes, as well as working in collaboration with law enforcement and integrity teams at international and national governing bodies to fight the opportunity an detect match-fixing and spot fixing.
However, questions have been raised about the role and extent to which sports betting, data companies and integrity services provides should operate within and work with sport.
Our expert panel will analyse and debate how they believe the sports industry should work with data & betting companies going forward, answering questions such as:
To what extent should sport organisation partner with betting and data companies?;
What conflicts of interest arise from the relationship between betting and data companies?;
What checks and balancing should be put in place to address any conflicts?
Are the betting and data companies the right organisations to provide integrity services to sports organisations?;
What impact does the different legal and regulatory approaches to sports betting in different countries around the world help or hinder a unified approach to sports betting and data?;
What impact will the opening up of the sports betting market in the USA have on globally sport?;
What is the best approach for regulatory the sports betting industry in the USA?;
For further information about next year's conference can be found here : https://www.lawinsport.com/annual-conference
You can follow updates from the conference on Twitter using #LISconf18 #LISconf19 #sportslaw #sportsbetting #integrity #matchfixing #data
LawInSport.com provides expert commentary and analysis on the latest issues and legal developments in the world of sport. LawInSport TV provides discussions, interviews and video blogs from key players in international sports law.
In episode 22 of his podcast, Steve Ingham discusses the fascinating concept of stress - adaptation with Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes. They explore what a stimulus is and does and the factors that determine the effectiveness of a stimulus. They discuss the experiences and environments that mitigate any adaptive responses, exploring the concepts of individualisation and group responses from a physical and cognitive performance perspective and then broaden that application to work and business and the very concept of progression, the achievement of mastery.
4:00 - An introduction to Hans Selye's seminal work on the systemic hormonal responses to stress and how the human body and mind responds under duress;
6:40 - Positive and negative stressors and responses. No pain no gain…pushing into an area of discomfort or pain to allow development and adaptation;
8:10 - Dr Mary Neville sprint adaptation and 12 leg biopsies!;
12:30 - Stress adaptations are complex to interpret. Adaptations occur as a result of a variety of interacting dynamics across our individual experiences;
14:30 - Do we adapt and improve without some form of stressor?;
16:00 - Fight or flight response, Walter Cannon;
16:27 - Does it always have to be a stressor? Appreciative enquiry, the reinforcement of the positives;
18:00 - Minimum effective dosing. What are the core pieces in your training that are giving you 80-90% of your adaptation both physically and mentally?;
21:05- The subjective experience of enduring a stressor. Knowing yourself, others and the concept of time throughout the stress adaptation and recovery process;
25:00 - The role of the coach and scientist enabling the athlete to know what is going on in their mind and body in a way that is helpful for them. Coach - Athlete relationship key;
27:05 - Carol Dweck's, growth vs fixed mindsets and the stubbornness of self-efficacy;
28:50 - Knowing your capabilities, boundaries and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone;
32:40 - Variety is key in developing an adaptation. Monotony and familiarity can prevent or slow adaptation. Explore and find your own method;
34:15- Fail fast and learn quick. An environment to allow failure and learning important for creativity and innovation in sport and business;
35:23 - Ability to perform under pressurised conditions develops and acclimatises your skillset, resulting in increased skill development;
38:48 - No one's fitter at the end of a marathon! Failure and suppression of the system from which adaptation occurs;
41:45 - Learning and the state of flow. Being immersed, focused and recovery. Immersion, incubation and inspiration;
43:15 - Discussion on the mind-body relationship and the role of feedback in adaptation, self-regulation and performance;
47:26 - The business world is great at stressing but less so at recovering;
47:57 - Moving the body can move the brain. Shifting from an idle physical and mental state into an active physical state can alter brain functioning (Forgetting and doorway research, https://link.springer.com/content/pdf...);
50:40 - Becoming self-aware, understanding ourselves and how we operate in the world in order to create environments in which we can test, adapt and develop;
51:51 - Put yourself in the shoes of the athlete as an applied sport scientist. Empathy, trust, credibility and an understanding of their sport crucial;
55:41 - Striving for meaning and mastery in personal and professional pursuits;
58:02 - As Yoda would preach - "we have to work intentionally with courage, effort, patience, persistence and reflection in order to fail, adapt and grow"
Lessons from working with elite performers
In episode 19 of his podcast, Steve Ingham discusses lessons from the frontline of working with elite performers with Jamie Pringle, Rosie Mayes. They discuss the essentials of that initial engagement with elite athletes, what to do and what not to do. Getting clarity around your role and what you're working to so that you can prioritise. What clues you might be drawing from the environment, the culture that can help you connect with others and be more effective. Importantly they discuss how some of our behaviours, actions and the bonds between us change under the pressure of competition.
2:05 Exhibiting opportunities at the Supporting Champions Conference;
4:00 What is it like to work with an elite athlete? ;
4:40 Understanding the culture and environment of sport;
5:00 Applying your skill and experience to the high performance training environment;
7:36 Step into the shoes of your athlete, see and experience what they do;
8:58 Working with high level performers, winning Olympic medals, but the hard work is completed day in day out on the track or pool;
10:15 What if they are not interested in the science?;
10:50 The world doesn't revolve around you;
11:00 Team sports have their own culture and identity;
12:20 Cultural intelligence, what do you learn and how do you apply it?;
14:20 Using humility and credibility in a high performance environment…it's not about you!;
18:36 Losing naivety, understanding your role, the athlete role and clarity of knowledge;
20:30 Expecting less from a performance based relationship;
21:20 Don't fall into the trap of wanting to be valued!;
25:50 Team identity and the pressure that increases the close to high performance moments;
27:00 Recognising the pressure for others increasing when you might also be feeling an increase in pressure;
28:00 Wanting a sense of team belonging and an amplification when under pressure;
30:00 Searching for certainty in pressure situations;
32:25 Consistency in training and consistency in performance is a good marker as how you will perform on the day;
34:00 Get involved in the culture, atmosphere and connect with the individual. The relationships you build on a one to one basis and the development of trust is invaluable;
35:05 'Athletes don't care what you know until they know that you care' Emma Gardner.
FINIS | Dave Scott - Hand Entry
Part 2 in a 10 part series: 'Progressive Swimming Skills All Triathletes Should Master', presented by Dave Scott, 6x World Ironman Champion.
Avoid these 3 common problems with you hand entry to lay the groundwork for a strong and effective high elbow set.
FINIS | Dave Scott - Proper Head Position
Progressive Swim Skills presented by 6x World Ironman Champion Dave Scott.
Try these tips to keep a proper head position in the water. This will help your overall body position and can ultimately make you a faster swimmer.
Analyzing a Synchronized Swimming Team Routine
Learn the steps Vanessa Keenan takes to analyze a synchronized swimming team routine.
Take the guesswork out of making your routines by using actual data to make better.
Mental Skills Training Strategies for Parents
Official ODP Mental Skills Coach Brian Alexander gives parents strategies for mental training with their athletes at home.
Mental Skills Coaching
2016 WPCA presentation by Official USAWP Mental Skills Coach Brian Alexander.
Michael Phelps Discusses Everything It Takes To Be A Winner
In this September 2017 interview with CNBC's Jon Fortt, the most decorated Olympian of all time talks about the importance of sleep, focused training, staying motivated, being a father and husband and his philosophy on business.
External resistance type
Strength gains are specific to the type of external resistance used in training (either weight or accommodating resistance). Chris Beardsley discusses why this is.
Eccentric and concentric training
Conventional strength training involves both eccentric (lowering) and concentric (lifting) phases. Chris Beardsley discusses the effects each of these phases has on the adaptations that result from training.
Range of motion
Strength training can be performed with various ranges of motion. Generally, training with a full range of motion produces greater gains in strength when tested with a full range of motion, while training with a partial range of motion produces greater gains in strength when tested with a partial range of motion. Chris Beardsley discusses why this is.
High velocity strength
Strength training with light loads and fast bar speeds causes greater gains in the ability to produce force at high speeds than strength training with heavy loads. Chris Beardsley explains why this is.
Strength training with heavy loads causes greater gains in maximum strength than strength training with light loads to failure, despite producing similar increases in muscles size. Chris Beardsley discusses why this is.
What is strength?
Strength is often defined as the ability to lift a very heavy weight, but these are actually two different things. Chris Beardsley disccuses the four factors that contribute to the ability to do a one repetition-maximum (1RM) lift.
The principle of specificity
The principle of specificity is one the four key S&C principles, which help guide us when we build strength training programs. However, it is sometimes used as an explanation for research findings, which causes a circular reference. Chris Beardsley explains how to fix that problem.
Front Crawl Technique
Team GB swimmer Aimee Willmott talks about the best techniques for front crawl (freestyle) swimming. Aimee talks about body alignment, arm and kick technique to breathing. Contributors: Simply Swim and Aimee Willmott
Presented and written by Aimee Willmott. Filmed and edited by: Shaun Johnson.
Swimming butterfly is one of the best cardiovascular exercises that you can take part in if swum effectively and efficiently, otherwise, it tends to be a very anaerobic stroke for beginners and intermediates due to the efforts levels required. In general, swimming not only increases your lung capacity, but it improves the ability of your heart to pump blood around your body.
This is the case even if you swim as little as once a week. However, many swimmers tend to get stuck in a rut and fail to improve their technique. This means that the body gets used to the workload being asked of it and you stop improving your fitness. A good tip is to switch to a more demanding stroke, such as the butterfly. Even if you swim butterfly regularly, there are plenty of tips you can learn which will improve your technique, helping you to master it.
Contributors: Simply Swim and Aimee Willmott.
Presented and written by Aimee Willmott. Filmed and edited by Shaun Johnson.
Struggling to maintain an efficient and relaxed breaststroke kick in swimming?
Follow these tips to improving your breaststroke kicking technique in the water.
Jelgavas Roni Cup 2018
The Jelgavas Roni Cup 2018 takes place in the beautiful old town of Jelgava, situated on the River Lielupe, 40 km from the Latvian capital Riga from the Baltic sea and the Gulf of Riga and Jurmala resort. The IWSA World Cup Stage 1 event launched the winter swimming season. Video from #JRC2018! http://www.jelgavasroni.lv/en/about-jelgavas-roni-cup/ Enjoy winter swimming!
Ben Lecomte attempted a transpacific solo stage swim from Choshi, Japan, starting on 5 June 2018 to San Francisco, California across the Pacific Ocean. En route via modern technology, Lecomte gave a speech about what he faces every day. It was shown at the 2018 Open Water Summit which was osted by World Open Water Swimming Association at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on 10 November 2018. Unfortunately, after this speech and 160 days since starting, The Swim was aborted due to safety concerns and damaged equipment on the Seeker, his escort mothership. But Lecomte swam 1,523 nautical miles (2,822 km) after a 160-day period before calling the The Swim that was estimated to take approximately 6-8 months to cross over 5,419 miles (8,721 km) across the world's largest body of water. After making a decision to abort The Swim, Lecomte and his crew headed to the closest land which was Hawaii. On his 191st day, they finally reached Oahu and were warmly greeted by local ocean swimmers, fans and beachgoers on Waikiki.
Swimming with the Bath GB triathlon squad at Vobster
Harry swims with the Bath GB triathlon squad and takes you threw the workout to get a feel of what its like training with the squad.
Proposed revenue distribution model at the ISL
Part 2 of an interview published Sep 2018 in which Konstantin Grigorishin discusses the proposed revenue distribution model at the ISL.
Konstantin Grigorishin. What is Sport Today?
Part 1 of Sep 2018 interview with Konstantin Grigorishin, Head of the ISL Advisory Board, on the swimming of today and its commercial development prospects.
Andrea di Nino
Sep 2018 video in which Andrea di Nino, Managing Director of the ISL, discusses the prospects the ISL offers to coaches and swimmers.
Simply Swim sat down with Team GB and Olympic swimmer Aimee Willmott and talked about her amazing swimming career so far, what tips she has for budding swimmers and what the future holds for her.
How To Pace The Perfect 400 Medley
Commonwealth Champion Aimee Willmott shared with Simply Swim UK her top tips.