Sport Performance Newsletter - November Issue
Athletes, Coaches, and Sports Science and Medicine Professionals,
Welcome to USA Track and Field’s new Sports Science and Medicine Newsletter. This electronic newsletter will appear monthly, and will be distributed via email and available on the web at www.USATFHighPerformance.com under Athlete Development. Each newsletter will begin with a lead in article, written by various sports science and medicine professionals affiliated with USATF and the USOC. These professionals will tell you about their role in High Performance with USATF, as well as their thoughts on a particular topic of interest. The newsletter will also include timely information on science based USATF programs and services, as well as a series of brief summaries and links to recent sports science and medicine research articles, which may be of interest to coaches and athletes. All told, I hope that you will find the newsletter to be a helpful resource.
As the newest member of the High Performance department at the national office, I am excited about my role in helping to administer sports science and medicine programs for USATF. One of the great advantages we have in our country is the broad base of scientific personnel and knowledge we have, specific to sports performance. These researchers, physicians, and clinicians are passionate about discovering what factors limit performance and what interventions and resources we can use to help athletes compete at their best. We have a great sports science and medicine team affiliated with USATF and you will be hearing from many of them in the coming months through this newsletter, at the Podium Education Project, or at High Performance Summits and Workshops.
Under the leadership of the late Harmon Brown, sports science and medicine programs at USATF saw tremendous growth, with a goal to help enhance performance of our top athletes and educate coaches and athletes of best practices from a scientific perspective. Now, under the care of sports medicine committee chair Bob Adams and sports sciences sub-chair Mel Ramey, and with the leadership of USATF Chief of Sports Performance Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, USATF has even more strongly embraced the role sports science and medicine programs can have on advancing the performance of our best and brightest athletes.
Moving forward, the operating model of USATF sports science is to continue to expand on our knowledge of what limits performance in each of the event areas, then share and apply that knowledge directly with athletes and coaches. To accomplish this task, we have four different methods we will utilize. (1) For the elite athlete, sports science services will continue in the form of biomechanical filming at national championships, subsequent video analysis by leading sports scientists, various physiological testing programs, and filming at High Performance competitive opportunities. (2) Direct sharing of scientific information and elite athlete analysis will take place at High Performance Summits, and USATF affiliated sports scientists will continue to support USATF’s Coaching Education mission at the Podium Education Project and Level I, II, and III schools. (3) In a new program titled Sports Performance Workshops, select elite athletes and their coaches will interact in a one-on-one on-track setting with top biomechanists, physiologists, sports psychologists, nutritionists, and medical staff. This new model takes the science out of the classroom and laboratory and puts it directly on the track, providing the most applied interventions possible to help elite athletes and coaches in pursuit of performance excellence. Workshops will be event specific and will take place multiple times per year. For more information on Sports Performance workshops, including eligibility criteria and a calendar of dates, visit www.ustafhighperformance.com and click on Athlete Development. (4) Additionally through www.usatfhighperformance.com, we will create a resource of articles, blogs, and videos, containing scientific and medical based content that coaches and athletes of all ages and levels will find useful.
On the medical front, USATF has taken a number of proactive steps to improve
both access and quality of care to elite athletes. Medical reimbursement
funding has increased substantially for 2011. New programs offering blood
testing and physiological analysis will be offered. Support for
nutritional and sports psychology counseling will be made available. Each of
these new programs saw their genesis in direct response to the requests of
athletes and coaches, and the USOC has embraced these efforts as part of USATF’s
High Performance Plan for 2011. The highly successful St Vincent Sports
Performance medical support program will continue for 2011, offering free
medical care for qualified elite athletes at their Indianapolis facility.
Information about each of these programs can be found by visiting
and clicking on Athlete Support.
All told, I hope you will share in my excitement for the renewed and expanded commitment that USATF has given to sports science and medicine programs. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, the professionals affiliated with USATF sports science and medicine are contributing their time, talent, and efforts for a single reason: to help athletes run faster, jump higher, and throw farther. It is why I joined the national office, and why I am proud to serve the sport.
All the Best,
Robert Chapman, Ph.D. FACSM
Associate Director of Sports Science and Medicine
USA Track and Field
Next month’s USATF Sports Science and Medicine newsletter introduction will be from Dr. Peter Vint, High Performance Director at the US Olympic Committee.
USATF Sports Science and Medicine notes
USATF Podium Education Project offers Cutting Edge Sport Science information with this year’s Speakers - Coaches will gather in Virginia Beach, Virginia for a one day symposium on Wednesday, December 1 to hear the latest techniques and strategies for combating LIMITING FACTORS IN PERFORMANCE, the title of this year’s symposium. World renowned sport scientist, Inigo Mujika will be the main headliner. Inigo has traveled the world speaking on the research and findings for TAPERING AND PEAKING FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE. Inigo holds PHD’s in Biology of Muscular Exercise plus Physical Activity and Sport Science. His research and main interest is in the field of applied sport science which includes training methods and recovery from exercise, tapering, detraining, and overtraining. He is currently the Director of Physiology and Training at USP Araba Sport Clinic, Physiology Consultant of the Spanish Swimming Federation, Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country. He received research fellowships in Australia, France, and South Africa, published nearly 80 articles in peer reviewed journals, and has given over 130 lectures at international conferences and meetings. His information and cutting edge research should serve coaches as they prepare athletes for the next two years of international competition with the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics. Other speakers who will offer important incite on Limiting Factors to Performance with be the USOC team of sport scientists headed up by Dr. Peter Vint, Director of High Performance at the USOC. The one day symposium will be conduct at the Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Members of the Coaches Registry had a free coupon available to access registration at: http://www.usatf.org/groups/Coaches/education/specialprograms/2010/PodiumProject/index.asp
High Performance Division names USOC Coaches of the Year
Two highly successful coaches has been awarded 2010 USOC Coach of the Year awards by USATF and will represent the NGB to the USOC as it selects their Coaches of the Year from all NGBs. Alberto Salazar, Nike elite coach and Director of the Nike Oregon Project has been named as USATF’s nominee for the USOC “Doc” Councilman Science Award. The “Doc” Councilman Award is for a coach that utilizes scientific techniques/equipment as an integral part of his coaching methods or created innovative ways to use sport science.
Alberto Salazar, as the originator of the Nike Oregon Project, went about building an environment in Portland , Oregon that would give his athletes the advantages of living in a high altitude environment while living at sea level. He involves the latest cutting edge science into his coaching by utilizing a complete team of sport scientists who integrate their knowledge into the individual training regimen of his athletes. Due to the success of Alberto’s athletes and the interest created with these new training environments for distance runners, the US distance running community have more readily embraced the component of altitude training in yearly training regimens. Alberto’s contribution to the success of American distance runners has reached well beyond the city limits of Portland, Oregon.
USATF has nominated Brooks Johnson for the USOC National Coach of the Year. This award is one of a long list of awards and accomplishments for Coach Johnson who has over 50 years as a successful coach in the World arena of Track and Field. The USOC National Coach is a coach of an Elite Level Club, Collegiate, Pan-Am World Championship or Olympic Games coach or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of your sport. The award is based on the accomplishments of the coach in the year 2010.
Brooks Johnson, who has coached an athlete in every Olympic since 1960, had an outstanding year in 2010, as he guided his star hurdler, David Oliver, back from injury in 2009 to set an American Record which had stood for twenty years, to the overall winner of the IAAF Diamond League. David was the USA National Champion in the 110 Hurdles, and the winner of the IAAF Continental Cup. It was an outstanding year of undefeated hurdling which was closely supervised by a seasoned, veteran coach who understands the intimate traits and talents of Olympic Champions. Brooks currently coaches an elite group of athletes at the Disney world sports center in Orlando, Florida.
Sports Science and Medicine – new studies of note
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|Robert Chapman, Ph.D. FACSM
Associate Director for Sports Science & Medicine
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