In my recent blogpost Nutrition in aquatic sports, I informed that an open access special issue of the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism would soon be available, including a series of articles from the FINA consensus meeting on the topic. In that same post, I also mentioned that a paper on nutritional recommendations for water polo that I co-authored would soon be available too.
A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure to participate in the Second World Congress of Cycling Science in Leeds. Magnificently organized by Dr. James Hopker, Professor Louis Passfield, Dr. John Dickinson and Sarah Coakley of the University of Kent and endorsed by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the conference coincided with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014 and was an opportunity to share knowledge and research from the world of cycling science.
In addition to being a member of the Scientific Committee, I did a keynote presentation entitled “A scientific approach to training and tapering for road cycling events” (see abstract below), and I also organised a symposium on “The role of strength training within endurance cycling” (see abstract below), in collaboration with my friends Bent Rønnestad from Lillehammer University College, Norway, and David Martin of the Australian Institute of Sport. Last but not least, we had the opportunity to ride part of the opening stage of the Tour de France 2014.
Detailed accounts of the training programs followed by today’s elite triathletes are lacking in the sport-science literature. This study reports on the training program of a world-class female triathlete preparing to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Over 50 wk, she performed 796 sessions (303 swim, 194 bike, 254 run, 45 strength training), ie, 16 ± 4 sessions/wk (mean ± SD). Swim, bike, and run training volumes were, respectively, 1230 km (25 ± 8 km/wk), 427 h (9 ± 3 h/wk), and 250 h (5 ± 2 h/wk). Training tasks were categorized and prescribed based on heart-rate values and/or speeds and power outputs associated with different blood lactate concentrations. Training performed at intensities below her individual lactate threshold (ILT), between the ILT and the onset of blood lactate accumulation (OBLA), and above the OBLA for swim were 74% ± 6%, 16% ± 2%, 10% ± 2%; bike 88% ± 3%, 10% ± 1%, 2.1% ± 0.2%; and run 85% ± 2%, 8.0% ± 0.3%, 6.7% ± 0.3%. Training organization was adapted to the busy competition calendar (18 events, of which 8 were Olympic-distance triathlons) and continuously responded to emerging information. Training volumes were 35–80% higher than those previously reported for elite male and female triathletes, but training intensity and tapering strategies successfully followed recommended best practice for endurance athletes. This triathlete placed 7th in London 2012, and her world ranking improved from 14th to 8th at the end of 2012.
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David B. Pyne, Matt Spencer, Iñigo Mujika.
One of the challenges for sports scientists working in football is to balance the needs for routine fitness testing with daily fatigue and well-being monitoring to best manage the physical preparation of players. In this commentary, the authors examine contemporary issues of fitness testing in football to identify ways of improving the value of routine testing and monitoring. A testing program must be well planned and organized to ensure that the results are useful. Different tests can be employed for younger and older players. A rigorous approach to analysis and interpretation of results is desirable, and database management must address both short- and long-term requirements of players, staff, and programs.
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Here’s an interview that has just been published in the website SpeedEndurance.com. I hope you like it:
In the lead-up to the World Cup in Brazil, the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance has just published a special issue dedicated to Association Football (i.e. soccer), edited by myself and my good friend and colleague Franco Impellizzeri.
We wrote the editorial for this issue, which you can read here.