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Kate Dale This Girl Can: Changing the Conversation

Kate Dale This Girl Can: Changing the Conversation

Why is the health sector seeing physical activity more and more as a form of "medicine" that can prevent or even cure millions of people from developing non-communicable diseases? Which game-changing approaches and technologies have been effective in attracting and retaining hard-to-reach groups in sport and physical activity? Speakers in this track of MOVE Congress 2019 came from the health, fitness, education and sport sectors, bringing unique insights from each to show how it’s possible to connect the dots between our sectors and work together towards a healthier society. Feminist and former journalist Kate Dale is responsible for delivering This Girl Can, Sport England’s multi-award-winning campaign, which is changing the way millions of people think about exercise and physical activity, and has seen 2.8 million more women get active as a direct result. Prior to this, Kate spent 10 years as a trade magazine editor before becoming a brand and content specialist for major online banking institutions including Barclays. When time permits, she like to takes part in triathlons and learning to dance. She is a trustee for Women’s Sport Trust – a leading UK charity focused on using the power of sport to accelerate gender equality and stimulate social change.
Respect The Water Campaign

Respect The Water Campaign

UK National Water Safety Forum briefing presenattion on 18 Jul 2022.
Chris Cook

Chris Cook

Everyone can read about sports stars on the internet, but how much do you really get to know the person Behind the Stats. This podcast will go deeper, asking the tough and real questions that Sports fans want to know and hopefully leaving you knowing the person and not just the stats! Episode 1 of the podcast features Chris Cook who swam for Great Britain in the Olympics, World and European Championships, and competed for England in the Commonwealth Games. Chris is now a business owner, entrepreneur and motivational speaker.
Ben Proud

Ben Proud

Episode 3 of the podcast features newly crowned World 50 Freestyle champion Ben Proud. Such an inspirational athlete but also the nicest guy in swimming?
Sport in the Spotlight | Olympic Swimmer, Molly Renshaw

Sport in the Spotlight | Olympic Swimmer, Molly Renshaw

Decorated with five gold, ten silver and six bronze medals, Olympic Swimmer Molly Renshaw was clearly born to lead a life in water. March8 featured Molly Renshaw for Sport in the Spotlight in the July 2022 edition of March8 Magazine. To read the full feature, see here: https://bit.ly/3uSfcEB
Behind the scenes of a Swimming competition

Behind the scenes of a Swimming competition

With Anthony Ervin, winner four Olympic medals and two World Championship golds. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal in the men's 50m freestyle.
A different warm up with Andrea Fuentes

A different warm up with Andrea Fuentes

May 2020 virtual USA National Team practice - when you are bored, warm up at home. Please follow Swim England Coaching Policy and Swim England’s home land training guidance.
Olympic Medalist Cassandra Patten explains sighting technique in Open water

Olympic Medalist Cassandra Patten explains sighting technique in Open water

Patten explains sighting technique in Open water. There are 2 main types of open water sitting technique: 1) eyes up, look where you are going then head down; 2) eyes up, look where you are going then keep your head up and turn it into a breath. for more tips go to www.wavecrestswimming.com
An intro to Crowdfunding Jun 2022

An intro to Crowdfunding Jun 2022

Tips from the Crowdfunder Learn Monthly Webinar
Swimming Biomechanics | Dr Pedro Morouço

Swimming Biomechanics | Dr Pedro Morouço

Lecture 6 of the Sports Biomechanics Lecture Series #SportsBiomLS Pedro Morouço discusses the scientific literature on the topic of swimming biomechanics. The talk focuses on methods and techniques used to assess swimming biomechanics in the water and includes some interesting comparisons of upper and lower limb contributions, among other biomechanical factors. Timeline: 00:00 Sports Biomechanics Lecture Series; 06:14 Biomechanics for Swimming Performance; 11:48 Propulsive Forces in Swimming; 22:32 Asymmetry in Swimming Biomechanics; 24:18 Arm and Leg Contributions to Swimming Propulsion; 26:16 Improve Technique or Force for Swimming?; 34:25 Q&A (Variability, Arm-Leg Balance, Strength Testing, Efficiency, and More). Links to key swimming biomechanics papers discussed in the lecture: https://bit.ly/3aF2lii
How can athletes use imagery to maximize performance?

How can athletes use imagery to maximize performance?

How does imagery differ from visualization? And how can athletes use imagery to maximize performance? Dr. Bruce Lawrie, world-renowned specialist in psychology and mental health, and an international swim coach, discusses this topic.
Acceleration in Freestyle - Elite Swimmers' Technique

Acceleration in Freestyle - Elite Swimmers' Technique

Elite swimmers manipulate the water with elite acceleration. The more acceleration a swimmer generates in the water, the faster the time at the end of the race. Dr. Jan Prins, PhD, Director of Swimming Biomechanics discusses how to generate and measure acceleration.
Social Prescribing and Physical Activity

Social Prescribing and Physical Activity

Presentation given by Nicola Gitsham (Head of Healthcare Inequalities and Personalisation) and Tracey Lines (National Lead for Physical Activity at the National Academy for Social Prescribing) to the 'Improving Health and Increasing Activity Conference 2022' held at The Royal Society of Medicine, London on 14 June 2022. Creating and Implementing Social Prescribing Strategies: - What is social prescribing and personalised care?; - How social prescribing can help connect people to physical activity. ; - Current government policy on social prescribing and progress so far; - How to create strategic partnerships across sectors and use social prescribing to tackle health inequalities and improve population health.
How Can We Help People With Long-Term Conditions to Move More?

How Can We Help People With Long-Term Conditions to Move More?

Presentation given by Michelle Roberts (Physical Activity & Health Programme Manager, Richmond Group of Charities) and Jenna Peel (Policy Manager - Physical Activity, Alzheimer's Society​) at the Improving Health and Increasing Activity Conference 2022 held at The Royal Society of Medicine, London on 14 June 2022. Topics cover: - the barriers people with long term conditions face in being active; - ways that we can support people to move more.
Hannah Miley Technical Swimsuit and Age Group Session

Hannah Miley Technical Swimsuit and Age Group Session

Scottish Swimming presentation published Jun 2022.
VMO / Knee Strengthening Hydrotherapy Pool Exercises

VMO / Knee Strengthening Hydrotherapy Pool Exercises

Presentation by Dr Nicholas Nguyen. That section of the muscle that's just above the kneecap is referred to as the vastus medialis oblique (VMO). Your vastus medialis helps to stabilize your kneecap and keep it in line when you bend your knee. It's very important to take your time trying these exercises out and see what is the right one for you.
Learning to lead: Karen Middleton

Learning to lead: Karen Middleton

In a centenary lecture that resulted in a standing ovation at Physiotherapy UK 2014, Karen Middleton highlighted early inspirations and lessons from her own professional life while emphasizing the importance of every physiotherapist taking responsibility for their own individual development.
The Impact of Aquatic Physiotherapy – Dominic’s Story

The Impact of Aquatic Physiotherapy – Dominic’s Story

Dominic, 15, benefits from aquatic physiotherapy to optimise his health and opportunities. Watch his story and see how he is empowered by aquatic physiotherapy and how valuable it is to him as he moves into adulthood. Promote and protect your aquatic physiotherapy service by sharing Dominic’s story with the decision makers who fund it locally. #RightToRehab
Speaking out in Sport

Speaking out in Sport

This short animation from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) can help parents understand their role in safeguarding children in sport and the kinds of support available to parents if they need to speak out about any worries they might have about their child in sport. For more information about being a great sports parent, visit the NSPCC CPSU Parents Hub at https://thecpsu.org.uk/parents/
Young people in positions of trust in sport

Young people in positions of trust in sport

This CPSU webinar, recorded in May 2017, explores how the safeguarding dynamic alters when a young person takes on an official role such as coaching, officiating or volunteering in a sports setting. The webinar includes discussion about how rules around relationships might change, what kind of safeguarding training and awareness a young person might need in a position of trust and how young people in positions of trust can be supported to fulfil a new role in sport. You can find the presentation for this webinar (pdf) here: https://bit.ly/3AnEaiH Note: Slide 12 mentions that current legislation protecting children (aged 16 and 17) from those in a position of trust does not include sports coaches or similar roles. Since this webinar, the Government extended this law to include people in this role. You can read more on this in the CPSU's Success for the Close the Loophole campaign news article.
In their own words: sport and participation

In their own words: sport and participation

In this short video from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, we'll hear from young people talking about what they enjoy best about their sport and sharing their experiences of participation. Find out more about safeguarding children in sport at https://thecpsu.org.uk
Improving Your Services For Women And Girls: As Told By The 51%

Improving Your Services For Women And Girls: As Told By The 51%

'This Girl Can' webinar published 7 Apr 2022
Emma's story | #LoveSwimming

Emma's story | #LoveSwimming

As part of the latest #LoveSwimming campaign, the sector has united to highlight how those with a career in swim teaching report higher levels of satisfaction, flexibility and fulfilment compared to nationwide averages. New research shows 96 per cent of swimming teachers in the UK love their job, and love giving back to the community to support children in developing an essential life skill.
Stress Tolerance with Adam Whitehead

Stress Tolerance with Adam Whitehead

Recorded as part of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's Youth Wellbeing Week, this Stress Tolerance discussion is hosted by Adam Whitehead, who won gold in 100m breaststroke and silver over 50m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Goal Setting with David Hill

Goal Setting with David Hill

Recorded as part of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's Youth Wellbeing week, this Goal Setting discussion is hosted by Dave Hill, 2 x Paralympian in Swimming & Triathlon, World & European Medallist, British Champion and also TeamGB's Youngest Athlete at the Athens 2004.
A guide to DBS checks

A guide to DBS checks

Published Mar 2022
Promoting Good Mental Health through Coaching - Animation

Promoting Good Mental Health through Coaching - Animation

Working in partnership with Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity and with support from Public Health England (PHE), UK Coaching released: 'Promoting Good Mental Health through Coaching' animation in the participation animation and infographic series. This short will help coaches better understand what mental health is; the barriers faced by those living with or recovering from a mental health problem; and the CARE acronym - a useful tool for coaches when promoting good mental health through their coaching. The narrator is Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at London Borough of Southwark and National Senior Adviser at Public Health England. Our participation animation and infographic series address and identify areas of interest for coaches to ensure that they meet the needs of their participants - particularly those new to activity.
Strength Training to Improve Movement Velocity

Strength Training to Improve Movement Velocity

Presentation by Anthony Blazevich at SSC21. Blazevich is a Professor in Biomechanics at the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Australia, and Director of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research (CESSR). He teaches in the areas of biomechanics, neurophysiology and other curricular units, as well as leading research projects in areas such as sports biomechanics, neurophysiology and physical conditioning.The ability to produce power, or more correctly, to reduce forces while moving at high speeds is very important in many sports. The main organs we use for movement are, of course, the muscles and the muscles are incredibly strong, but they have a big design flaw that is very slow. Thus, to move very quickly, humans and other animals make use of two important strategies. First, they use movement patterns that allow focusing the energy of the muscles in a very small area of the body, like the hands and fingers during throwing. Second, they can store the energy of the muscles in elastic tissues such as tendons, and then get this energy back to produce movement at higher speeds. That is, tendons can be used as power amplifiers. In his presentation, he aims to describe the mechanisms by which humans produce high-speed movements. He also intends to explain the relevance of these topics for the development performance in high-speed athletes. He will also approach the effects of strength and power training on muscle and tendon properties and therefore focus on human ability to move at high speeds.
Motor Behaviour: C. Burnay (SSC21) Infants drowning prevention

Motor Behaviour: C. Burnay (SSC21) Infants drowning prevention

Drowning is the top five leading cause of death among children worldwide and children younger than 4 years are the most represented in the statistics. A set of studies analysed the effect of age, locomotor experience and swimming lessons on babies’ avoidance of bodies of water. The avoidance of the water was tested on 102 infants (Mage= 12.97 ± 2.41 months, MLocomotorExperience= 4.77 ± 2.61 months, MSwimmingSessions= 4.5 ± 9.31) on a water cliff (sudden fall into the water) and on 77 infants (Mage= 12.52 ± 2.94 months, MLocomotorExperience= 5.13 ± 2.99 months, MSwimmingSessions= 6.05 ± 8.58) on a water slope (smooth entrance to the water). Locomotor experience was the best predictor of infants’ avoidance of the water cliff but had no effect on their behaviour on the water slope. The results suggest that while locomotor experience teaches babies to avoid falls into the water, it has no impact on infants’ perception of bodies of water as dangerous environments. Swimming lessons were not linked to infants’ behaviour on the water cliff but on the water slope infants who had attended more then 10 lessons reached the submersion point more than infants who attended less than 10 sessions (p = .030, Fisher's exact test). Prior experience of attending swimming lessons may be related with an increased likelihood of babies entering deep water when it is accessible via a slope.
5 tips for putting together a great story

5 tips for putting together a great story

David White, trainer and coach, takes a look at the art of storytelling and shares five practical tips for putting together a great story. The best stories hold people’s attention, are told in an engaging way and are relevant to the audience – by following the tips David talks about in the video, you will be able to improve your storytelling skills and impress
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