Endorsed by Sir Steve Redgrave, In the Zone aims to engage young people and the general public with the science of how their body works during sport, exercise and movement. I was involved as a member of the advisory group to define the experiments and kit and provide ideas and advice on the interactive touring exhibition. It was a true multidisciplinary effort with experts from a variety of fields from education to textile technology to art. I think the result is amazing and I hope many schools will contact the Wellcome trust to receive the FREE educational kits (you can see them below).
Make sure you visit the website http://www.getinthezone.org.uk/ with all the information about this project as well as details on how to obtain the free kits for your school and the dates of the touring exhibition.
(Primary School kit – credits The Wellcome Trust)
The initiative will send free science investigation kits for every primary school, secondary school and further education college in the UK.
(Secondary School kit – credits The Wellcome Trust)
For primary schools
Download the Curriculum Planning Guide – ages 4-11.
Brilliant Bodies (ages 4-5)
Investigate balance and find out about different parts of the body.
Stupendous Steppers (ages 5-7)
Explore how quick off the mark you are and how many steps you take to do different activities.
Super Athletes (ages 7-9)
Discover whether having longer legs helps you to jump further.
Heart Beaters (ages 9-11)
Find out the effect exercise has on your body and what affects recovery.
For secondary schools and colleges
Download the Curriculum Planning Guide – ages 11-19.
On Your Marks…Get Set…Breathe! (ages 11-14)
Discover how exercise affects your breath and your breathing rate.
From Strength to Strength (ages 14-16)
Explore the strength of your muscles and discover how they are used during movement.
I’ve Got the Power (ages 16-19)
Investigate how the cardiovascular system adapts during different exercise or sports.
Here is a short movie about the project.
It is always a pleasure and a surprise to be invited in Italy to speak at a conference. I left Italy many years ago to pursue a career in sports science and research and being invited back home to speak to coaches and sports scientists is always a proud moment and an opportunity to speak my first language again for few days.
The invitation this time has come from the Italian Athletics Federation and CONI for a conference called “Atleticamente”. I have been invited to present in a special session to celebrate my PhD supevisor and mentor Professor Carmelo Bosco. I am very happy about the invitation to this conference and proud also because Bosco’s supervisor, Professor Paavo Komi will be there.
Over the course of my career both Paavo and Carmelo had a great influence. I was always hoping to become as good as they are and have been and to this day they are still a source of inspiration and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to meet them and spend time with them.
I will talk about my work with Prof. Bosco from the Lab to the field as well as my own research work on the present and the future of sports science in the applied setting.
The conference will be a great opportunity also to learn more about other sporting systems and catch up with colleagues and friends few months before London Olympics.