Last Friday, i had the opportunity in attending the 2010 Sports Science Initiative (SSI), a two-day seminar series on Sports Nutrition, Sports Injury Management, strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology and Perspective in Sports Science held at the Medicine Hall of the University of Sto. Tomas.
Our group, (Runnex) had paid for eight slots for its members but only four of us were able to attend. I’ve had just the vaguest idea about sports science but this seminar has opened many doors of knowledge for me, particularly on how to achieve peak performance, what food to eat, what to drink, recovering techniques from exercise, food choices, dynamic vs. static stretching and a deep-well of information on the causes, prevention and treatment of sports injuries.
The speakers are a veritable who’s who in the field of sports like well-known Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jose Raul Canlas, Medical Director of the Moro Lorenzo Sports Complex who had the audience wince in shock and amazement every time he showed videos of athletes in action when they tumbled down, breaking their limbs in pain and agony! Some of the videos were so bizarre that one showed a basketball player had part of his bone pop-out from out of his leg after a very bad fall! However, there were more to his lectures than these gruesome occurrences and his treatments and knowledge are as up to date with the world’s best practitioners.
Another stellar authority who spoke is Hercules Callanta, currently the Dean of the College of Human Kinetics , University of the Philippines – Diliman. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA. He has over two decades of sports performance and strength and conditioning experience in handling different clientelle. He talked about a sound strength and conditioning program which included Assessment and Needs Analysis, Periodization on which he tackled Power Training, Speed Training, Peaking and Recovery.
Other notable speakers who were present to share their views were Josephine Joy Reyes, who talked about the UST experience in nurturing their Sports Science programs, Dr. Julian Montano on Sports Psychology and Mr. Nino Cinco on Sports Nutrition.
It was an eye-opener for first time attendees like me and it was just great listening to the lectures of up-to-date scientific reviews and the science of training. Great too was the talk of Nino Cinco, a former marathoner, ultramarathoner and triathlete who gave runners and triathletes his experience in conditioning and nutrition.
There will be another SSI Seminar to be held on May 28-29 at the University of San Carlos in Cebu. Athletes and coaches should not miss this opportunity.