Running

NSCA 40th Annual National Conference

Courteney Benjamin MS, CSCS

Associate Director of Communication and Assistant Director of Athlete Performance and Safety

Members of KSI had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 40th annual National Strength and Conditioning Conference
where strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, sport scientists, sport nutritionists, and health enthusiasts gathered to present, network, and honor certain outstanding members.

 

We were fortunate to attend a lecture given by this year’s Sport Scientists of the Year, Shawn M, Arent, and Dave DiFabio from Polar, whom we had the opportunity to work with in the past. They discussed the use of wearable technology and how coaches and sport scientists should start thinking about applying the knowledge we gather from this data to practice.

Ryan Curtis, Yasuki Sekiguchi, and I presented some of the recent research findings from the KSI. I presented a poster titled, “Analysis of Women’s Cross Country Lab Tests Results and Training Over the Course of a Competitive Fall Season” on Thursday (7/13/17). I examined the change in lactate testing, VO2 max and training of the UCONN Women’s Cross Country team during their fall season. The major finding of this study was the vOBLA (velocity at onset of blood lactate) was significantly higher during the middle of the season while VO2 max did not change throughout the season. During my presentation, I was very excited to reconnect with two of my former colleagues from Florida State University. Daniel Shaefer was the former director of strength and conditioning at FSU and is now working on is PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jon Jost was the former FSU director of strength and conditioning and recently accepted a position with Gatorade. I am hopeful that we will get an opportunity to collaborate on future research. I also had the fortune to meet Kristen Holmes-Winn, from WHOOP, who funded the research Ryan and I presented at this conference.

 

Yasuki Sekiguchi presented a poster titled “Heartrate Variability between Starters and Nonstarters throughout a Collegiate Soccer Season.” During this study, HRV and training load metrics were monitored over the course of D1
college soccer season. The relationship between these variables were examined for all players, starters, and nonstarters. The major finding of this research was that acute:chronic training load ratio might be used to explain the changes in HRV over the course of a Division 1 male soccer team

Ryan Curtis did an oral presentation on Saturday (7/15/17) titled “Relationship between Sleep, Training Load and Fitness in Collegiate Soccer.” Overall this study illustrated that sleep quality may be more sensitive to increased training load than sleep quantity. Collegiate athletes with increased training loads have increased light sleep but not REM sleep or overall sleep duration.

Outside of the conference, we had a fantastic time exploring the Las Vegas strip and the beautiful hotel hosting us and the conference, Paris Las Vegas. I am extremely thankful to the NSCA and KSI for the opportunity to collaborate and learn from others in the field while making memories that will last a lifetime. I look forward to attending this event next year and present the results from our upcoming projects.

 

Korey Stringer Institute Participates in Ragnar Relay New England

By Rebecca Stearns, PhD, ATC, Chief Operating Officer, KSI

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The weekend of August 26th found eight close members of the KSI family at Northfield Mountain, MA, ready to take on a grueling 121.6 mile trail relay.  The Ragnar Relay consists of a team of 8 people, who all run three distinct loops of varying distances to complete this race (the three loops amount to 15.2 miles total per person).  The team members take turns, running one at a time and through the night to complete each round of loops and reach the finish line. The most elite teams have finished this course in about 15 hours, but the KSI team only had 24 hours to complete the course to officially complete the race. Lucky members are able to even catch a few hours of sleep between their running loops.

 

As it would only be appropriate for a team of heat experts, the weekend proved to not only provide a logistical challenge (through a winding and hilly 2,700 feet of total elevation gain), but also proved to challenge the teams heat preparedness, with the starting heat index of 89°F.  The team’s running order and members consisted of the following individuals:

 

  1. Yasuki Sekiguchi, KSI Intern
  2. Rob Huggins, VP of Research, VP of Athlete Health and Safety, KSI
  3. Tutita Casa, Assistant Professor at Uconn’s Neag School of Education
  4. Yuri Hosokawa, Director of Communication, Director of Education, KSI
  5. Doug Casa, CEO, KSI
  6. Will Adams, Vice President of Sport Safety, KSI
  7. Megan McCollum, Research Assistant, KSI
  8. Jake Earp, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island’s Kinesiology Department

 

The KSI team finished in 22 hours and 44 minutes, which clinched the Corporate Team category by over 1 hour.  The team also placed 3rd overall for the mixed team division and 11th out of the 150 teams participating. The winning time this year, given the new course route, was 19:33.05.

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In true team fashion, the rugged finish medals all create a Ragnar puzzle with fitted together.  A big congratulation to all the team members that participated!

 

 

Back in Falmouth

By Yuri Hosokawa, MAT, ATC, Director of Communication and Education

IMG_8657Twenty-seven research and medical volunteers from the Korey Stringer Institute, EC Lee Lab and University of Connecticut joined the 44th New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, MA on August 21st. This was the fourth consecutive year in which KSI conducted a field research study at the race in conjunction with working in the medical tent treating exertional heat stroke patients. In this year’s study, we aimed to (1) investigate runner’s knowledge on heat and hydration and behaviors on race day and (2) investigate the use of real time gastrointestinal temperature feedback in altering runner’s behavior during the race. We also assessed participants’ readiness to exercise in the heat by measuring their cardiovascular fitness and their response to heat stress in our environmental chamber.

 

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KSI’s Rebecca Stearns, PhD, ATC and Luke Belval, MS, ATC also spoke at the Medical Symposium hosted by the Falmouth Hospital, which was attended by many medical volunteers and local healthcare professionals. Dr. Stearns’ presentation, The Tale of Two Heat Strokes, introduced case studies of two runners who suffered from exertional heat stroke at the same race with distinctly different prognosis due to the different treatment they received. Belval’s presentation, The Fluid Needs for Today’s Athletes, provided evidence-based suggestions on hydration. At the Health & Fitness Expo, William Adams, PhD, ATC spoke on Optimizing Safety and Maximizing Performance During Running the Heat, which was attended by many runners who were going to be racing the following day.

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We would like to thank the Falmouth Road Race Board of Directors for their continued support and partnership with the Korey Stringer Institute in supporting our mission to educate runners and continue our research in ways to optimize their performance and safety during warm weather road races such as Falmouth Road Race.