Time flies

I realised it has been ages since I wrote the last blog post. I have not had much time available to write something meaningful here. But I have been busy writing papers/articles/book chapters as well as reading a lot and working daily with athletes and coaches.

It has been a very exciting season in Aspire with some excellent results in all sport and in the last few days some of our former students are representing Qatar at the Doha 2019 World Championships. We hosted the International Conference of Medicine and Science in Athletics in May (All videos are available here, programme here) and are about to host the 4th annual conference of the Asian Sport Institutes Association (details here). Busy days with sporting seasons in full swing and plenty of extra activities happening.

I managed to continue and complete some research work with many colleagues and some papers have been recently published with some hopefully accepted in the next few months. Here is the list of the publications so far published in 2019:

Hansen, C., Lopez, F. S., Whiteley, R., Wilhelm, A., Popovic, N., Ahmed, H. A., & Cardinale, M. (2019). A video-based analysis to classify shoulder injuries during the Handball World Championships 2015. SPORTVERLETZUNG-SPORTSCHADEN, 33 (1), 30-35. doi:10.1055/a-0787-6329
which concludes the analysis of the Handball World Championships 2015 in Qatar.
Pujari, A. N., Neilson, R. D., & Cardinale, M. (2019). Effects of different vibration frequencies, amplitudes and contraction levels on lower limb muscles during graded isometric contractions superimposed on whole body vibration stimulation. J Rehabil Assist Technol Eng, 6, 2055668319827466-?. doi:10.1177/2055668319827466
From Amit Pujari’s PhD thesis completed in the Engineering Department of the University of Aberdeen.
Boccia, G., Brustio, P. R., Moise, P., Franceschi, A., La Torre, A., Schena, F., . . . Cardinale, M. (2019). Elite national athletes reach their peak performance later than non-elite in sprints and throwing events. JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT, 22 (3), 342-347. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2018.08.011
With my Italian colleagues continuing to analyse and understand more about evolution of performance in Athletics form youth to senior
Varamenti, E., Cherif, A., Nikolovski, Z., Tabben, M., Jamurtas, A. Z., & Cardinale, M. (2019). Exploring possible relationships between 25(OH)D deficiency and variables related to inflammation, endothelial function, and enzymatic antioxidants in adolescent athletes: a prospective study. BIOLOGY OF SPORT, 36 (2), 113-118. doi:10.5114/biolsport.2019.81112
Pullinger, S., Varamenti, E., Nikolovski, Z., Elgingo, M., & Cardinale, M. (2019). Seasonal Changes in Performance Related Characteristics and Biochemical Marker Variability of Adolescent Table Tennis Players. Asian Journal of Sports Medicine. doi:10.5812/asjsm.67278
With my colleagues in Qatar to improve our understanding and how to guide training in adolescent athletes.
I have also written an article for the Aspetar journal which is pretty much the summary of my talk at the Athletics conference hosted in Qatar few months ago (the talk is here).
Learning continues…from dashboards’ development to analysis of training data to ways to report meaningful information, there is so much to try and so much to learn still.
On a personal front, my training continues (albeit with some ‘old man injuries’) to defeat the progressive ageing and be able to fit in lycra at Triathlon events. For this, I am using HRV measurements using Marco Altini’s app, Garmin Fenix 5, Assioma Pedals (proud Italian Technology!) on my Canyon Aeroad bike, connecting everything to Strava and Training Peaks, and doing some Zwift sessions. Which makes me think that maybe I should write more about age-group training/injury issues 🙂