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For triathletes, collecting telemetry received from devices during practice sessions and competition is nothing new. For example, today many competitors have computers attached to their bikes that display power/wattage, cadence, speed, and distance information helpful for improved efficient training and performance. Just like in cycling, there is now a technology that allows a swimmer to receive telemetry about their technique, and matched with mental training, can assist the tracking and training leading to improvement. Most of the emphasis on training relies on physical repetition as the gateway to excellence. The importance of training is not in doubt, but the way in which we engage with training on a daily basis can be optimized. When the training process is more exact and specific, it inevitably leads to better competition outcomes.

 

With advances in digital video combined with data acquisition systems, swimming stroke technique can now be measured efficiently. This type of telemetry called a “Velocity Meter” is now available for swimming and combines underwater digital video with an “instantaneous” recording of the velocity. (Figure 1) The “tracing” portion is collected at a high data rate, revealing the subtle changes in velocity swimming technique can cause. It graphically presents exactly where in the stroke a swimmer is accelerating and decelerating. Because this tracing is synchronized with digital video, the swimmer and coach can visually go frame by frame to see where all of the different phases of velocity occur.

 

Read the rest of Using Mental and Physical Telemetry to Enhance Swimming Performance

by Budd Termin

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So, at the start of this New Year (decade indeed) you've resolved to blog more to raise your profile as a sport or exercise professional. Right? Sure you have. Why wouldn't you?

Well, one reason might be that you think you've nothing to say. Well, you have. Trust me. Here a few thoughts that might stimulate blog ideas for sport and exercise professionals in 2010 and get people flocking to your blog, site or profile that I expand upon in my own blog.

Three useful topics to blog on include:

Major Sports Events

Major sports events generate incredible traffic. In 2008, when the Beijing Olympic Games were on we saw an incredible spike in traffic, often doubling our visitor stats and more.

Sports Stars

Predicting who's going to attract the most attention in 2010 may feel like crystal ball gazing, but it needn't necessarily be so. You and I may not have predicted Michael Schumacher's return to Formula 1, for example, but after his aborted 'interim' contract with Ferrari perhaps it shouldn't have been such a surprise and may not have been to those in the sport.

Big Issues or Trends in Sport

Again, you don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict which trends in your sport or area of interest are going to be popular in 2010. The 'super suits' issue in swimming was around for some time before reaching a peak at the World Championships in Rome last year.

How to Take Advantage

The first point to make is that if you don't predict these things, you can post reactive blogs to good effect. Posting in advance will allow you to get picked up in search more effectively. Posting at the time will allow you to take advantage of the trend through more immediate media such as Twitter and Facebook. Of course, there's nothing to stop you from doing both - posting in advance and reminding people of their presence.

However, once you decide to post consider the following:

1) Keywords are, well, key! You have to signpost to people what you are posting about - putting the key words into the title, text and tags of your post.

2) Include images or video. Embedding mutlmedia into your posts will help it to show up in more searches, for example video or image searches on google.

3) Remember that search engines and hits aren't the be-all-and-end-all! Write for, and choose keywords that will interest, your target audience.

4) Promote your content. Only making your content accessible through one site is like only selling through one outlet.

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Sport autobiographies are full of glowing accounts of the benefits of sport to wider aspects of life.  But mostly they are rather vague and unhelpful in setting out exactly how sports achieve such outcomes.  Are there core skills that contribute to both sport and life?   Can anyone learn them?

 

What does Research Tell Us?

Some of the most interesting developments in sport psychology in recent years are linked to the so-called ‘positive psychology’ movement.  Positive psychology studies the strengths and qualities that enable people to thrive in different aspects of their lives.  An emerging finding from this research is that certain personal and social skills can play powerful roles in support development in other areas, in sport and life

 

Read the rest of Richard Bailey's article on personal and social skills in sport.

 

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Both in sport and in the game of life, we are all encouraged to have goals – to set objectives and have targets. When we think of goals, usually we only consider the big long-term goals, such as winning a championship or buying a home. However, it is often our everyday goals and actions which we need to focus on, in order to increase our happiness and make life more enjoyable. Our thoughts, emotions and behaviour can either support or undermine us in our pursuit of goals and objectives. Goal directed thinking and behaviour keeps us focused us on our aims, objectives and survival.

 

Read the whole article on mental toughness thinking by Phil Pearl.

 

Read other sport psychology articles.

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We're always trying to improve the site at iStadia, and we've just made some radical changes to the articles pages that we're sure you'll like.

First up, the layout has been improved, making it less cluttered. We've also provided a bit more data on each article to help people decide what to click. But possibly most important is that we've create pages that run off the category, specialism and sport that you attach to your articles. So, if you attach an article to "Sports Performance", "Strength and Conditioning" and "Soccer", your article will show up in three additional pages: "Sports Performance Articles", "Strength and Conditioning Articles" and "Golf Articles". This should significantly increase the visibility of articles, while a simplified rating system will ensure that the best articles are easier to recognize.

Added to this, we've recently improved the positioning of our "Add this" tool which allows you to share an article, blog or news item. Since we've done that, hits from social media and bookmarking sites have increased dramatically - with views from Facebook ten times higher than before. All we need now is new content for people to share!

So all in all, there's been no better time to submit an article to iStadia. If you're looking for something to do during that quiet time between Christmas and New Year, why not write something

 

(Oh, and we've also improved the layout of our blog pages).

 

Rob Robson

iStadia.com

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We're always trying to improve the site at iStadia, and we've just made some radical changes to the articles pages that we're sure you'll like.

First up, the layout has been improved, making it less cluttered. We've also provided a bit more data on each article to help people decide what to click. But possibly most important is that we've create pages that run off teh category, specialism and sport that you attach to your articles. So, if you attach an article to "Sports Performance", "Strength and Conditioning" and "Soccer", your article will show up in three additional pages: "Sports Performance Articles", "Strength and Conditioning Articles" and "Golf Articles". This should significantly increase the visibility of articles, while a simplified rating system will ensure that the best articles are easier to recognize.

Added to this, we've recently improved the positioning of our "Add this" tool which allows you to share an article, blog or news item. Since we've done that, hits from social media and bookmarking sites have increased dramatically - with views from Facebook ten times higher than before. All we need now is new content for people to share!

So all in all, there's been no better time to submit an article to iStadia. If you're looking for something to do during that quiet time between Christmas and New Year, why not write something?

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Just about everything we do in sports is a habit. Our preparation is

based on habit, our practice is based on habit, our technique is based

on habit, and even strategy can be somewhat habitual. The key point is

habits encompass every part of athletic performance. Yet one of the

major areas of poor performance is bad habits. To correct bad habits

and maximize the power of good habits there are some questions that

must be answered first. How do we create habits? What makes a good

habit different than a bad habit? And what characteristics are needed

to create good habits?

 

 

Read the whole article by Joseph Spano on creating good habits in sport.

 

 

Rob Robson, iStadia Networking and Marketing for Sport & Exercise Professionals

 

 

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It's a frequent topic of conversation among exercisers - whether and

what people can eat after working out. I've always considered the

difference to be about the person: "I have to eat as soon as possible"

or "I can't face food after exercise". Research, however, suggests that

the type of exercise that we do influences our post-workout cravings.

 

I tend to be an eater after exercise, but then I tend to be an eater anyway (though I'm working on it)!

 

Dr David Stensel,

a leading sport scientist from Loughborough University's School of

Sport and Exercise Sciences,  has found that exercise doesn't necessarily

stimulate appetite, because some types of physical actiivty,

particularly running, suppress the hormone (gherlin hormone) that makes

us feel hungry. His findings are published in his new book on the

Influence of Resistance and Aerobic Exercise on Hunger.

 

 

 

Read more about post-workout cravings.

 

 

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It can be difficult for professional athletes that are retiring from their sport to leave a successful sporting career behind and move on to a new life. The transition time can be one of confusion, lack of direction and purpose which can cause the retired athlete to feel down, anxious and some even suffer depression.  After having a career that brought so much reward they now feel unfulfilled. There are several factors that contribute to an athlete’s fall from the highs and glory of their sporting career into their so called after-life.  For any individual it could be one or two of these factors or all of them contributing to their difficulties in transitioning to a new career.</span>

 

 

Read more on athlete transitions by  Annette Huygen-Tholen

 

 

 

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Should we follow our dreams, or set realistic goals? The Resonance

Performance Model suggests a way of turning those dreams in to reality.

Introduction

 

Dreams (or daydreams, if you prefer) play an important role in sport

and life, providing a vision of the future to inspire, motivate and

even plan. Indeed, sport psychologists have long stressed this point.

As Bob Rotella, who has worked with some of the world's leading

golfer's says "a person with great dreams can achieve great things".

 

Isn't this obvious? Well, on one hand it is. Many of the greatest

athletes have expressed having a strong vision of what they wanted to

achieve, and stuck to the task of achieving it. This implies that if

you don't dare to dream, you probably won't achieve great things.

 

Read the full article on the resonance performance model and the importance of dreams in sport.

 

 

Rob Robson

iStadia.com | Professional and Business Networking for the Sport & Exercise Community

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Goal Setting has become such a mainstream activity in business and sport psychology

that you might be forgiven for wondering if it is worth covering at

all. Indeed, one of most basic premises of theories of motivation is

that we, as humans, select goals that will satisfy our psychological or

biological needs. Nowhere is this more true than in the

achievement-based environment of sport., This article will tell you how

to make the right choices or go about the process in the best possible

way.

 

Why Set Goals?

 

 

A common view of goals is as a tool to be used in the quest for

higher levels of motivation. Goal-Setting Theory and subsequent

refinements based on research and practice provide a process to create

goals that will motivate us to higher levels of performance.

 

 

Read more about goal setting for sport.

 

 

Rob Robson

 

 

iStadia.com - Where Sport & Exercise People Meet

 

 

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Of all of the decisions parents face regarding their children's future,

choosing between shoulder pads or running shoes for their Christmas

present seems trivial. Well, according to Kevin Reilly, president of

Atlas Sports Genetics, this is a decision you should not take lightly.

 

"If you wait until high school or college to find out if you have a

good athlete on your hands, by then it will be too late," he said in a

recent New York Times interview. "We need to identify these kids from 1

and up, so we can give the parents some guidelines on where to go from

there."

 

In December, Reilly's company began marketing a $149 saliva swab test

for kids, aged 1 to 8, to determine which variant of the gene ACTN3 is

in their DNA. According to a 2003 Australian study, ACTN3 was shown to

be a marker for two different types of athletic prowess, explosive

power or long endurance. While everyone carries the gene, the

combination of variants inherited, one from each parent, differs.

 

Read the full article on sports genetics.

 

 

Rob Robson

iStadia.com | Professional and Business Networking for the Sport & Exercise Community

Sports Performance | Sports Science | Sports Coaching | Sports Jobs |

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This is the third in a series of articles covering successful sports

lawyers. This week features Joe Bogdan, SVP Business and Legal Affairs,

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

 

There is no set path to a career in sports law. A high-profile

industry, sports spans the globe and legal landscape with increasingly

complex and dynamic issues A couple of decades ago, a sports law class

offering was a rarity in most law schools, and the American Bar

Association's only sports-related member-group was at its

inception.Today, USC's sports law curriculum is typical of programs

around the USA that teach students from multiple-edition sports law textbooks.

Not only is the ABA's sports-related member-group booming, but another

national sports lawyers association boasts hosting its 34th consecutive

annual meeting in 2008. The sports industry is a multi-billion-dollar

industry, and is rapidly expanding even in today's shrinking

economy.USC Law graduates have created their own game plan to achieve

roles in some of the world's most recognized sports organizations and

they use these positions to shape the industry and its players.

Breaking into sports law takes more than just being a fan. Legal

knowledge and business savvy are required to navigate the multitude of

subjects including contracts, torts, real estate, franchising,

insurance, global marketing, employment, collective bargaining and

intellectual property.

 

Rob Robson

iStadia.com | Where Sport & Exercise People Meet

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This is the second in a series of articles covering successful sports

lawyers. This week features Amy Trask, the Chief Executive of NFL team

the Oakland Raiders.

 

There is no set path to a career in sports law.

A high-profile industry, sports spans the globe and legal landscape

with increasingly complex and dynamic issues A couple of decades ago, a

sports law class offering was a rarity in most law schools, and the

American Bar Association's only sports-related member-group was at its

inception.Today, USC's sports law curriculum is typical of programs

around the USA that teach students from multiple-edition sports law

textbooks. Not only is the ABA's sports-related member-group booming,

but another national sports lawyers association boasts hosting its 34th

consecutive annual meeting in 2008. The sports industry is a

multi-billion-dollar industry, and is rapidly expanding even in today's

shrinking economy.USC Law graduates have created their own game plan to

achieve roles in some of the world's most recognized sports

organizations and they use these positions to shape the industry and

its players. Breaking into sports law takes more than just being a fan.

Legal knowledge and business savvy are required to navigate the

multitude of subjects including contracts, torts, real estate,

franchising, insurance, global marketing, employment, collective

bargaining and intellectual property.

 

Read the whole of the second article on sports law careers.

Read the first article on sports law careers.

 

Rob Robson

iStadia.com | Where Sport  & Exercise People Meet

Careers in Sport

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There is no set path to a career in sports law. A high-profile

industry, sports spans the globe and legal landscape with increasingly

complex and dynamic issues A couple of decades ago, a sports law class

offering was a rarity in most law schools, and the American Bar

Association's only sports-related member-group was at its inception.

 

Today, USC's sports law curriculum is typical of programs around the USA that teach students from multiple-edition sports law textbooks.

Not only is the ABA's sports-related member-group booming, but another

national sports lawyers association boasts hosting its 34th consecutive

annual meeting in 2008. The sports industry is a multi-billion-dollar

industry, and is rapidly expanding even in today's shrinking economy.

 

Read the full article on sports law.

 

Rob Robson

iStadia.com | Where Sport & Exercise People Meet

Sports Jobs

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