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NYSI Research Bytes is a sports science newsletter. In each issue, we speak to a sports science expert and ask them to share more about their work. If you’re keen on receiving these monthly nuggets of information to complement your current daily practice, do head to http://www.bit.ly/nysiresearchbytes to subscribe to the mailing list.

Dr Jonathan Ng

Movement Competence

Jonathan Leo Ng portrait.jpgDr Jonathan Ng is currently with the Physical, Sport and Outdoor Education Branch, Ministry of Education. Jonathan's work is largely influenced by the ecological dynamics perspective and focuses on impacting curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in the area of physical education. His research suggests that movement competence is a multi-dimensional construct that has implications on long-term physical activity and athlete potential. Importantly, acquisition of expertise in the movement domain is inherently dependent on varied movement experiences that provide opportunities to develop important attributes such as adaptability through concepts such as perception-action coupling.

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Dr Rich Masters

Implicit Motor Learning 

IMG_1439.jpgDr Rich Masters is a Professor of Human Movement Psychology in Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, University of Waikato, New Zealand. Prof Masters is an expert in implicit motor learning among high performance athletes and beginners. His primary research in implicit motor learning shows that people can acquire movement skills implicitly without conscious awareness of the verbalized knowledge that supports their performance. His expertise has also seen him lead the development of a skill acquisition framework used by High Performance Sport New Zealand. 

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He Qixiang

Daylight Saving Time 

20200108_160400 (1).jpgMr He Qixiang is a PhD student at the National Institute of Education. In this newsletter, he shares about the key findings of his publication with a novel methodology - 'Daylight Savings Time Transitions in Football Injuries and Key Performance Indicators in the Bundesliga: A Web-Scraping Approach'. His research interests are in talent identification and the usage of technology in sports.

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Vitamin D

Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 2.31.17 PM.pngAthletes have an increased demand for vitamin D due to their high training load and physiological stress. A key source of vitamin D is sunlight. Despite Singapore's tropical climate, many elite athletes were reported to be deficient in vitamin D. This may result in increased risk of injuries and reduced training quality. This edition of Research Bytes discusses how athletes can meet their vitamin D requirements. 

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Dr Arne Güllich

Early Diversification with Late Specialisation 

thumbnail_Arne Pic.jpgDr Arne Güllich is the head of the Department of Sport Science and the director of the Institute of Applied Sport Science at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He was previously the head of talent development at the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). Arne has also coached youth and senior track and field athletes, including Olympians. His research interests focus on youth sport, talent development and the evaluation of talent development programmes. 

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Dr Li Chunxiao

Talent Development Environment and Mental Toughness

CX photo.jpgDr Li Chunxiao is an assistant professor at National Institute of Education. He came up with a taxonomic classification of the talent development environmental factors in sports in his publication, ‘Talent development environmental factors in sport: A review and taxonomic classification’. He also established how the environment affects sports performances in another publication, ‘Relationships between talent development environments and mental toughness: The role of basic psychological need satisfaction’. To date, he has published over 50 international peer-reviewed journal articles, mainly in the field of sport psychology.

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Dr Elsa Kristiansen

The Norwegian Sport System

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Dr Elsa Kristiansen is a Professor of Management at the University of South-Eastern Norway. She shares about the Norwegian youth sports system in her publications titled 'Developing young athletes: The role of the private sport schools in the Norwegian sport system' and 'Young female handball players and sport specialization: How do they cope with the transition from primary school into secondary school?'. She has published over 60 articles and book chapters, the majority of which are in the areas of sport psychology and sport management.

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Growth and Maturation
Screen Shot 2019-06-28 at 2.56.46 PM.pngThis edition of Research Bytes sheds light on the topic of growth and maturation in youth sports. It highlights the concept of bio-banding, which is a process that involves grouping athletes based on attributes associated with growth and maturation rather than chronological age. This release discusses how sport practitioners can aid late developing youth athletes while optimising training and performance for the early maturers.

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Jericho Wee

Validity of Portable Gym Devices

Jericho Passport Photo.jpgMr Jericho Wee is a Sport Physiologist in NYSI. In this video, he shares about the key findings from his recent publication which he co-authored – ‘Validity and Reliability of Portable Gym Devices and an iPhone App to Measure Vertical Jump Performance'.  His research interests are in sleep and motor learning; and validity of assessment tools.

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Dr Abdul Rashid Aziz

Ramadan Fasting on Sport Performance

Rashid.pngDr Abdul Rashid Aziz, a sport physiologist and a strength and conditioning coach at Singapore Sports Institute (SSI), shares about his publication titled 'Effects of Ramadan fasting on the physical activity profile of trained Muslim soccer players during a 90-minute match.' His research interest lies in emerging Asian-dominated sports such as sepak-takraw and pencak-silat. 

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Dr Haresh Suppiah

Napping Strategies in High-Performance Sport 

vTi-E1vR_400x400.jpgDr Haresh Suppiah is a sport physiologist in NYSI. This video edition summarises the key findings from his recent publication which he co-authored - 'Effects of a Short Daytime Nap on Shooting and Sprint Performance in High-level Adolescent Athletes'.  His research interests are in sleep and recovery strategies in high-performance sport. 

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Dr Israel Halperin

Provision of Autonomy in Training

Israel_Halperin.jpgDr Israel Halperin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at Tel Aviv University. This video edition summarises the key findings from his recent publication which he co-authored - 'Autonomy, a missing ingredient of a successful program'. His research interests are in motor learning, strength and conditioning, and research methodology.

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Ng Ee Ling

Hydration Behaviours in Singaporean Youth Athletes 

WhatsApp Image 2019-01-17 at 2.45.09 PM.jpegMs Ng Ee Ling is a dietician at NYSI. She shares about her presentation at the International Conference on Adaptations and Nutrition in Sports (ICANS) titled 'Fluid Balance and Hydration Practices of High-Performance Singaporean Youth Athletes'. Her research interest is in fluid balance among youth athletes in relation to their training. 

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Dr Shona Halson

Recovery Periodisation & Behaviours 

693a5ca8-f74e-4578-a19d-87c3599f9a22.jpgDr Shona Halson is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic Unversity (ACU). She shares about her research on recovery periodisation and athletes' recovery behaviours. Her research centers on recovery strategies for athletes.

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Dr Natalia Stambulova

The Holistic Ecological Approach 

fcc93828-25c3-4668-b248-13e55c140f32.pngDr Natalia Stambulova, a Professor in Sport & Exercise Psychology in the School of Health and Welfare at Halmstad University, Sweden and a visiting Professor in the School of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at Southern Denmark University, shares about her research on the Holistic Ecological Approach (HEA) to talent development. Her research centers on developmental psychology and sport psychology. 

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Dr Jason Lee

Consensus Recommendations on Training and Competing in the Heat 

RB Photo.jpgDr Jason Lee, a Programme Director at the DSO National Laboratories and an Associate Prof at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS), shares about his latest consensus statement that he co-authored - 'Consensus Recommendations on Training and Competing in the Heat'. His research centers on fluid balance, thermoregulation and mitigation strategies for improving human performance under occupational and sports settings in the heat. 

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Dr Swarup Mukherjee

Female Athlete Triad 

WhatsApp Image 2018-08-13 at 17.19.19.jpegDr Swarup Mukherjee, a trained medical doctor, specialised in sports medicine, shares about his research publication, 'Perceptions, awareness and knowledge of the Female Athlete Triad amongst Coaches - Are we meeting the expectations for athlete safety?'. He is also an Associate Prof in the Physical Education and Sport Science Academic Group at the National Institute of Education. 

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Dr Kevin Till

Contextualising Fitness Data to Youth Athletes' Maturity and Age

57ab263a-436c-48c1-9bdd-01c781e9a956-2.jpgDr Kevin Till, Reader in Athlete Development in the Sports Coaching Group at Leeds Beckett University, shares about his latest manuscript, ‘Enhancing the Evaluation and Interpretation of Fitness Testing Data within Youth Athletes’. Kevin currently co-leads the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project, aimed at developing evidence-based practice within adolescent rugby union players.

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Dr Koh Koon Teck

Enhancing Coaching with Information Communication and Technologies (ICT)

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Dr Koh Koon Teck, Head of the Department of Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) at the National Institute of Education (NIE), discusses his recent article, ‘The Internet as a source of learning for youth soccer coaches’. His research interests are in the use of Information Communication and Technologies (ICT) to enhance teaching and learning in PE and coaching; as well as Coach Education and Development.

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Miriam Lee

Nonlinear Pedagogy


Miriam Lee is a Manager in the Programme Innovation team at Sport Singapore. She discusses her recent article, 'Nonlinear Pedagogy and its role in encouraging twenty-first century competencies through physical education: A Singapore experience'. Her research interests are in nonlinear pedagogy and in the area of motor control and learning for children.

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Matthew Wylde

Understanding Time-Motion Analysis and Session 


Mr Matthew Wylde is the Head of Performance Analytics at NYSI. He shares about his presentation at the 2018 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Southeast Asian Conference in Singapore titled ‘The use of differential ratings of perceived exertion and accelerometer-derived player load to quantify biomechanical and physiological load in adolescent badminton’.

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Nessan Costello

Snap-n-Send: A Dietary Assessment Tool


Nessan Costello is a SENr accredited performance nutritionist currently working as a performance nutritionist at Leeds United F.C. and the Leeds Rhinos R.F.L.C. academy, while completing a PhD on professional rugby league players at Leeds Beckett University. The interview looks into Nessan’s early PhD research designing and investigating the validity of a novel photography and behavioural dietary assessment tool called Snap-N-Send.

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Dr Michele Lastella

Sleep Behaviour of Coaches


Dr Michele Lastella, a lecturer and research fellow from the Central Queensland University, recently published an article titled, ‘Sleep at the helm: A case study of how a head coach sleeps compared to his team’. His research interests include sleep and circadian rhythms of elite athletes and sport psychology.

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Dr Johan Pion

KTK: A Tool to Detect Better Movers

Dr Johan Pion is a Professor of Talent Identification and Development in Sports at HAN University of Applied Sciences, in the Netherlands.  He published the paper ‘The Applicability of a Short Form of the KörperKoordinationsTest für Kinder for Measuring Motor Competence in Children Aged 6-11 Years’. NYSI’s Dr Haresh Suppiah interviewed Dr Pion about this study which highlighted details of this motor competency assessment. 

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Dr Bryan Mann

Effect of Physical and Academic Stress on Illness and Injury


Dr Bryan Mann is the assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Missouri. He published the paper ‘Effect of Physical and Academic Stress on Illness and Injury in Division 1 College Football Players’. Dr Haresh Suppiah of the NYSI interviewed Dr Mann about his unique study which highlighted the effect of academic stress on injury rates in collegiate athletes. 

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Dr Damien McKay

Working with Adolescent Athletes


Dr Damien McKay, a widely published and leading paediatrician, recently published an article titled, 'The Adolescent Athlete: A Developmental Approach to Injury Risk'. His interests include fitness assessment and exercise prescription in children, concussive head injury in youth athletes, and factors influencing injury in adolescent athletes, an area for which he was previously appointed as a Scientific Advisor to the IOC. 

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Pleun van Ginneken

Relative Age Effect


Pleun van Ginneken is a graduate from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and co-authored the paper 'Age-ordered shirt numbering reduces the selection bias associated with the relative age effect', published in the Journal of Sports Science, in collaboration with the MOVE Research Institute. She shares her novel interventional study to overcome the relative age effect selection bias. 

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Dr Anna Saw

Self-Report Measures for Athletes


Dr Anna Saw is a sport scientist with Deakin University's Centre for Sport Research. She discusses her recent publication, 'Monitoring the athlete training response: Subjective self-reported measures trump commonly used objective measures: A systematic review', published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 

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