Thursday, July 29, 2010
In sport, studies have been done over the years on energy drinks versus sport drinks. It is an area that confuses most. The SIRC Collection contains the following articles that may help:
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Factors leading to disappointment:
- Unsatisfactory interpretation of results
- Unsatisfactory interpretation of performance standard during competition or training
- Missing training or competition.
- Poor interpretation of training or missing training
- Challenging or poor relationship between athlete and coach or between athletes
- Inability to efficiently manage sport and life
Tips for managing disappointment:
- De-briefing after every competition
- Regular performance reviews
- Looking at what has been accomplished
- Developing a support network of professionals (mentors, psychologists)
- Incorporating cross training
- Linking performance to goals and time-plans
- Philosophy that you do not know whether an event is good or bad until long after
- Understanding that “disappointments” are part of sport
There are numerous factors that can lead to disappointment however managing it well can have a positive impact on coaches and athletes.
Klarica, Anthony. (2010) Dealing with Disappointment. Modern Athlete & Coach. 48(3), p.19.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
A great resource that provides an overview of how to play a sport as well as modify it for inclusion is available on the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability website. Anything from badminton to triathlon can be adapted for inclusion.
Benefits for those with disability from participation in sport and physical activity include improvements in health and well-being, improved self-esteem and self-confidence, and improve mood. Inclusion in sport is researched in developing countries as well.
Practical resources are available that provide information on inclusion.
Easy Adaptation and Universal Design: All Abilities Welcome
Recreation Your Way: A Resource Guide Designed to Help Facilitate Inclusive Recreation in Your Community.
Resources Overview: Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Anaerobic endurance is one of the benefits of dry land training. This can be done by including running, jogging, cycling or skipping in your workout. But one of the most effective benefits of dry land training would be for power, strength and speed. These would be exercises that focus on the legs and core, such as sprints, squats, lunges and any abdominal exercises such as sit ups. To increase an athlete’s power resistance training is also important, as well as exercises such as the jump squat.
SIRC has lots of resources on dry land training as well as drills specifically suited for hockey. So before you strap on those skates for the hockey season, strap on those cross trainers and get outside and run, sprint, squat, lunge and jump and before you know it you will be the fastest player on the ice.
- Jumping into plyometrics: 100 exercises for power & strength. Chu, Donald A. Human Kinetics, 1998.
- THE SECRETS TO EUROPEAN DRY-LAND WORK. DIXON, RYAN, Hockey News 2009 Special Issue, p7
- Training for high-performance collegiate ice hockey. / Entrainement pour la haute performance en hockey sur glace universitaire. Hedrick, A., Strength & Conditioning Journal Apr 2002: Vol. 24 Issue 2. p. 42-52
- Ice hockey/roller hockey: in-season resistance training. Penn State Sports Medicine Newsletter Dec 1998: Vol. 7 Issue 4. p. 2
- Intensive Hockey Camps establish new training benchmark. Hockey News 2/7/2006, Vol. 59 Issue 20, pHS41
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
- Choose appropriate routes for the time of day
- Take the space you are allowed
- Have the right skills for the situation
- Be very visible
- Report serious incidents to the police even when there is an accident
- Acknowledge when a driver does the right behavior
- Change were you are riding if you are having habitual accidents
- Take a cycling course if you are not an experienced commuter
- Seek a bike buddy or start a bike bus
- Bunches shouldn’t exceed 20 riders
- Know and obey the road rules
- Don’t push the rules in some situations
- Treat everyone as if they are about to do something stupid
- Defend bike riders sensibly
- Join a local cycling group that works with local government to improve cycling conditions
For more details, order the full article from SIRC: Bosch, Tanya (2010). Sharing the Road. Australian Cyclist, 35 (2), p.26-28.
For cycling information in Canada check in to the resources at the Canadian Cycling Association/Association cyclist canadienne
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The referee plays a key role in soccer matches. His vigilance, concentration and authority on the pitch ensure the respect of the players and adherence – or enforcement of the Laws of the Game. This is true for any officiated sport. According to Sports Officials Canada and their Code of Conduct, officials are charged with emphasizing the spirit of the competition rather than its outcome, striving to provide a sportsman-like environment, and placing the safety and welfare of competitors above all else.
The following tips to prevent and resolve conflict are central to providing a competition focused on the sport itself as opposed to the personality of those participating.
Tips to prevent conflict:
- Prevention is always better than cure! If action is taken early in the game, conflict is less likely to occur
- Make competitors aware of your presence by reacting immediately to rule infringements (when appropriate)
- Remain objective, no matter what prior knowledge of participants/teams an official has.
- Be definite and firm with decisions and communication
- Look sharp and act sharp - this will gain respect as an official
- Don’t take criticisms personally. Remember that coaches and participants are seeing the game from a different perspective to the officials
- At the beginning of the competition, provide structure and guidance, but also start a dialogue with the participants.
- Acknowledge the participant’s abilities and experience, and invite constructive viewpoints from some participants
- Speak clearly and firmly in heated situations. This will indicate confidence in managing the situation
- Keep cool if the situation starts to get a bit heated
Tips to resolve conflict:
- Be professional
- Remain calm
- Address the problem, not the emotions
- Focus on the person
- Be fair - avoid team or individual bias at all costs
- Be confident and open
- Be firm
References from the SIRC Collection:
Grunska, Jerry (2010). Enough is Enough: Where Should Officials Draw the Line on Coaches? Referee, 35 (2), p.62-63.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
How does this effect physical activity? It’s the summer, and for most their days and evening are made up of outdoor activities. Rising temperatures call for smart planning when preparing for exercise outdoors.
Stay hydrated! Heat and humidity will increase the amount of fluid loss from the body.
Morning exercise. This is the coolest time of day.
Acclimatize; start out slowly to let your body adjust to the heat.
Rest when you need to.
Think safety first. Heat stroke and other forms of heat illnesses are preventable.
There are many resources in the SIRC Collection about exercising in the heat. A few examples are:
- Dreher, Beth. Heat Advisory. Runner’s World. 45 (8)Aug 2010: 27
- Karp J. Exercising in the Heat. IDEA Fitness Journal. June 2010;7(6):26-29.
- McDermott B, Casa D, Yeargin S, Ganio M, Armstrong L, Maresh C. Recovery and Return Activity Following Exertional Heat Stroke: Considerations for the Sports Medicine Staff. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. August 2007;16(3):163-181.
Also, check out some of our online weather resources for additional information.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The Tour is always exciting to follow. With the completion of stage one there is already controversy over who won the stage after a disastrous crash with only 3km left. Resources in the SIRC Collection such as Cycling Weekly and Bicycling Australia have been discussing the race for months. The following is a quick summary of what is sure to be fantastic race to follow over the next three weeks!
- 1 prologue
- 9 flat stages
- 6 mountain stages and 3 summit finishes
- 4 medium mountain stages
- 1 individual time trial stage
- 11 new stage towns
- 16 pre-selected teams
- 6 wildcard teams
- 9 riders per team
- 198 total competitors
Cycling Weekly listed the following as people to watch:
- Alberto Contador (Astana : Kazakhstan)
- Lance Armstrong (RadioShack / USA)
- Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky/ Great Britain)
- Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank: Denmark)
- Carlos Sastre (Cervelo: Switzerland)
- Denis Menchov (Rabobank: Netherlands)
- Ivan Basso (Liquigas: Italy)
- Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team: USA)
Also, watch for these Canadians amongst the riders!
- Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions: USA)
- Michael Barry (Team Sky: Great Britain)
Friday, July 2, 2010
Maybe sea kayaking in one of our Atlantic Provinces, white water rafting in Quebec, cycling in the Drumheller Badlands of Alberta or hiking in the Rockies of British Columbia? Tree top tours are the latest craze in family adventure travel and can even be done as a day trip in most areas of Canada. Haliburton Forest in Ontario has the world’s largest canopy boardwalk. Imagine being suspended 20 meters above the forest floor. Your children will forget all about their video games after an exciting day in the tree tops.
How about a multi-sport vacation? Whiteshell Provincial Park in Pinawa, Manitoba, offers golf, tennis, rafting, canoeing, hiking, sailing and geocaching. What is geocaching you ask? It is basically a high tech treasure hunt and will definitely keep your techno teens entertained, outside and active this summer. Participants use GPS devices and often traverse rocks, mountains and creeks to locate caches — usually a stash of trinkets and clues to the next location. It’s fun for the whole family!
To learn more about how you and your family can have an active vacation this summer check out these SIRC resources:
- Adventure travel, running and triathlon. Active Woman Canada Sept/Oct 2004: Vol. 2 Issue 5. p. 10-12
- Travel like a PRO. Broudy, Berne, Backpacker Mar2009, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p37
- ADVENTURES GUIDE. Bicycling Jul2008, Vol. 49 Issue 6, p133
To learn more about geocaching check out these SIRC resources:
- Teaching GPS Technology in Nature Education Programs. Bourdeau, Virginia, Camping Magazine Nov2007, Vol. 80 Issue 6, p1
- SCAVENGER HUNTS GO HIGH TECH. Hontz, Jenny, Shape Jul2006, Vol. 25 Issue 11, p42
- Over the River and through the Woods. Chavez, Deborah J.; Courtright, Rich; Schneider, Ingrid, Parks & Recreation Apr2004, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p68