Legacy of A.V. Hill:
It is 100 years since A.V. Hill was jointly awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on energetic aspects of muscle contraction. This article
explores the legacy of his work and how it continues to influence our thinking within biomechanics and physiology.
What is a synergy? What is the historical background to the concept? How is dynamic stability achieved? How does training affect synergies? And what are the unresolved issues? This review article
by Mark Latash outlines and evaluates the literature on motor and non-motor synergies, covering these topics and more.
Wearable sensors and injury:
Many claims are made about the efficacy of various wearable technologies for preventing, assessing, and informing recovery from sport-related musculoskeletal injuries. But what does the literature actually say? This review
by Ezio Preatoni and colleagues evaluates 165 articles within the literature to inform guidelines and good practices for future research and dissemination.
An ecological-dynamical approach:
Paul Glazier’s latest article
applies aspects of ecological psychology and dynamical systems theory to a golf example to demonstrate how the various subdisciplines of sport science can contribute to performance. Implications for biomechanics, coaching, and equipment design are all dicussed.
Gender diversity in sport science:
Jo Clubb’s blog post
provides practical tips to help promote gender diversity in sports. Alongside the 14 recommendations for sports teams and practitioners were many links to additional resources and guides.
As we approach conference season and a first in-person presentation in a few years (or first ever) for many, I found this newsletter issue
by Sahil Bloom particularly useful. He provides a series of 12 tips for public speaking, ranging from pacing and structure through to playing ‘the lava game’ (your pockets and torso are “lava” - don’t touch them!).
Excel tips via TikTok:
During one of our informal teaching discussions for ISBS, I was introduced to the videos
of ‘Miss Excel’ (thank you). You know all of those repetitive tasks you do in Excel? Well, this is the way to learn the tips and tricks to automate everything instead via entertaining short videos. Ideal for teaching, too.