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Singapore Sport Science Symposium1

Date: 7 – 8 November 2018
Venue: Sport Singapore Auditorium, Singapore Sports Hub

This year’s Singapore Sport Science Symposium is held together with the ASIA (Associations of Sports Institutes in Asia) Congress where member countries such as Japan, Qatar, Hong Kong and Singapore will come together for its Annual General Meeting and Congress with the aim of enhancing the future of high performance sport in Asia. The theme for the Congress is ‘Sport Integrity’.

Organized by the Singapore Sport Institute (SSI), the theme for the first two days of the Singapore Sport Science symposium is ‘From Youth to Elite Sport – Harnessing Potential and the Pursuit of Excellence’. It builds on from 2017’s focus on biomechanics and physiology to mental well-being and recovery this year. The symposium will provide sport administrators, practitioners, educators, coaches and students opportunities to engage in conversations on bio-psychosocial, environmental and contextual factors that contribute to youth athlete development, and the utility of various sport science and medicine disciplines to prepare elite athletes holistically.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Vissil Girginov

Dr Vassil Girginov

Reader in Sport Management and Development, Brunel University & Visiting Prof, Russian International Olympic University

Dr Vassil Girginov’s work is concerned with understanding the relationship between the Olympic Games and social change in various cultural and economic milieus. His research interests, publications and industry experience are in the field of Olympic movement, sport development, comparative management and policy analysis. Dr Girginov most recent books include Rethinking Olympic Legacy (Routledge, 2018), Olympic Studies – 4 volume collection (Routledge, 2015), Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games (Vol. 1 & 2), (Routledge, 2012-3), Sport Management Cultures (Routledge, 2011), and Management of Sports Development (Elsevier, 2008).

Keynote Address 1: Sport Integrity

The integrity of sport both as a practice and the organisational activities that sustain it is constantly tested. Athletes, coaches, scientists and administrators are faced with ethical decision making each day they engage with sport. Sport participants and officials are involved in multiple transactions and are making choices based on their values and beliefs. A series of high-profile cases exposed corruption, doping and financial impropriety in sport involving FIFA, IAAF and ICU. These, and many other cases at national and international level reignited the debate about the integrity of sport and its governance. As a result, a number of dedicated policies at national and international levels designed to ensure good governance in sport were introduced.

Sound sport governance is premised on three forms of integrity including personal, organisational and processual. This presentation will address the concept of ‘good governance’ in sport from a cultural perspective and addresses two interrelated questions: (i) is it possible to have a universal definition of governance in a vastly culturally diverse world of sport, and what that may lead to; and (ii) what exactly does good governance tell us about governance?

Dr John P Sullivan.fw

Dr John P. Sullivan

CEO Clinical & Sports Consulting Services

Dr. John P. Sullivan is a Sport Scientist and Clinical Sport Psychologist with over twenty years of clinical and scholarly experience. He has worked with professional teams such as the New England Patriots, and holds academic positions at the University of Rhode Island. His research areas include: neuroscience, biofeedback, and sport/performance psychology. He is a frequent contributor for peer review journals and popular press, and has authored several books/chapters, such as ‘The Brain Always Wins (Urbane Publishing London UK Ltd).

Keynote Address 2: Optimal Performance: Lessons from the Brain

The reality of high performance is that it is made up of many factors, and they all involve and require the brain operating at the top of its game. This presentation will explore the cutting-edge science about the brain in performance contexts related to athlete development, rest and recovery, and sport coaching.

All human performance is derived from the brain, with everything else being complementary. This presentation will focus on the following:

  • Myths about the brain
  • Reasons why we are all brain-first performers
  • A look at whether we are settling for marginal gains
  • The ‘brain-first’ approach to sport coaching
  • Neurodiversity and athlete development
Dr Shona Halson

Dr Shona Halson

School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University

Shona Halson is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University. Prior to this appointment, she was a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years. She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has been involved in conducting research in the areas of recovery, fatigue, sleep and travel. She is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She published numerous peer-reviewed articles and authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.

Keynote Address 3: Amazing Athletes with Ordinary Habits: Why is Changing Behaviour so Difficult?

Eliminating non-desirable behaviors can be difficult, even when there is a clear understanding that poor habits are detrimental. Athletes often know the benefits of diet and exercise, yet short-term bursts of enthusiasm are more common than long-term change. This presentation will address the drivers of behavioral change and how scientists, coaches and practitioners can build trust and ultimately, influence positive change in their athletes.

AProf Andrew Kilding

A/Prof Andrew Kilding

Exercise Physiologist, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand

Associate Professor Andrew Kilding is a sport and exercise physiologist at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand. He teaches and supervises post-graduate students in a range of sport and exercise science papers at AUT. To inform his teaching, he has a wide range of research interests but the majority of his research focusses on strategies to enhance aerobic responses, adaptations and performance in athletes. A/Prof Kilding has published almost 100 scientific articles and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. He has provided sport physiology support to a range of athletes and has been involved in optimising athlete preparation prior to several Olympic Games. A/Prof Kilding was recently appointed Head of Performance Physiology at High Performance Sport New Zealand.

Keynote Address 4: Priming Approaches to Optimise Performance

Assisting athletes to perform optimally on the day of competition is an important role of the sport scientist. ‘Priming’, the readying of an athlete immediately prior to competition, is a key aspect of athlete physical preparation and may involve a variety of exercise and non-exercise strategies in the hours or minutes prior to competition. This presentation will introduce a variety of priming approaches, describe their physiological effects and their known effectiveness and practicality for use by athletes in the competition environment. Consideration will be given to how best to incorporate priming strategies into a well-planned pre-competition routine.

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