US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exercises

first_img View post tag: Exercises View post tag: starts Training & Education View post tag: Navy The Navy, working with the University of Memphis Department of Health and Sport Sciences, began a beta test of nine physical fitness exercises July 11.Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program,said there are currently no plans to change the Navy’s physical readiness test, but the study will examine viability other options that may have greater operational relevance.“The purpose of the beta test is for research purposes only and is intended to collect data,” said Moore.“The results of this beta test could be used to develop a physical readiness test that incorporates more functional movements which better mimic Navy job-specific tasks,” said Moore.He said Navy officials will need to analyze the results after the test concludes later this month.The beta test examines Sailors participation in nine exercises. Cadence push-ups, single-leg plank and single-leg wall squats are used to measure muscular endurance. The leg-hip dynamometer, hand-grip dynamometer and standing long jump measure muscular strength. The pro-agility shuttle, 300-yard shuttle, five kilometer bike test and two kilometer rower measure anaerobic capacity.The test exercises were selected to allow researchers to examine two major components of physical fitness: health and skill related. They feature common movements practiced both in sports and on the job.“Health-related components include cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Peterson, Navy Physical Readiness Program exercise physiologist. “Skill related components include speed, agility, balance, coordination, reaction time and power.”More than 180 Sailors, male and female, representing a full spectrum of age and fitness levels are participating to allows researchers to examine applicability for the Navy demographic.Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Sickles, assigned to Navy Recruiting Command, said he typically scores excellent on his semi-annual physical readiness test. During the beta test, Sickles performed the single-leg plank, standing long jump and two-kilometer rower during his first test session.“It was different than what we do now and harder” said Sickles.Sailors in the beta test will participate in a total of six sessions.“This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a state-of-the-art research study,” Moore said. “However, I need to reemphasize that this is for research purposes only and that there are currently no plans to change the Navy PRT.”[mappress]Source: navy, July 18, 2011; View post tag: Fitness View post tag: Beta View post tag: Naval View post tag: US View post tag: NINE View post tag: test View post tag: Physical July 18, 2011 Share this article View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exercises US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exerciseslast_img read more

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Everything you need to know about Gianni Infantino, the new Fifa president

first_imghe Swiss is a career sports administrator who can cite genuine achievements as the general secretary at Uefa and whose campaign showed he is shrewdly aware of football’s political heart: self-interestClearly competent, professional, bristling more evidently with ambition than personality, Gianni Infantino is an archetype, a polished product of Switzerland’s time-served machinery for servicing international sports governing bodies. General secretary of European football’s governing body, Uefa, by Lake Geneva, Infantino was the substitute candidate to stand for the presidency of Fifa, the game’s tattered global governing body, sited in its bunker-like HQ on a hill above Zurich.His boss, the Uefa president and former great as a footballer, Michel Platini, was the favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter after declaring his candidacy in the summer, until his gilded career crashed into a devastating ban from all football activities, reduced this week from eight years to six. Uefa had positioned itself at a dignified, clean distance from the multiple arrests and US and Swiss criminal investigations into Fifa officials, until the revelation that Platini was in 2011 paid £1.35m by Blatter, which both men claimed was for work Platini did at Fifa nine years previously.Infantino, 45, a Swiss lawyer and career sports administrator rather than a committee-clambering football politician, seemed an unlikely replacement for the grand, world famous Platini, but he briskly stepped up to the challenge. In his campaign, flying the equivalent air miles of five times round the globe to meet Fifa’s vote-wielders in person, Infantino has shown himself to be not just a technocrat, but shrewdly aware of football’s political heart: self-interest.His slick manifesto promises all the correct themes: transparency, good governance, support for the reforms proposed as Fifa’s life raft from its sea of disgrace. But large dollar signs are – literally – at the centre of it. Highlighting the “very significant increase” in money he is promising to the voting football associations, two pages are devoted to spelling out the cash on the table. Each of Fifa’s football associations in 209 countries is promised $5m over four years, while the confederations – the six continental blocs including Uefa – will be paid $40m. There is another $4m regionally for youth tournaments and – personally very important to the delegates gathered in Zurich to vote – $1m for travel costs. The cash Fifa distributes from the billions made selling TV rights and sponsorship for the four-yearly World Cup has under Blatter’s 17-year presidency been a constant focus of suspicion. It was considered prey to corruption in the receiving country, and a way for the president to buy support. The reforms promise closer auditing and a separation of the president from personal involvement in where the money goes, but still, Infantino has shown he knows what moves Fifa’s constituents. He pointedly noted that he began his campaign in Cairo and ended it in Cape Town – Africa’s 54 associations are grateful recipients of Fifa investment, and usually decisive in a Fifa vote.  Other attractions Infantino has offered include giving each country’s association, however tiny or huge, an equal vote; expanding the World Cup from 32 to 40 countries; and engaging more with clubs, the wealthy engines of world football who have long objected to their exclusion from Fifa.So Infantino is a mixture peculiarly formed by Switzerland’s officer class of sports administrators: an accomplished executive who has pledged a clean-up of football’s corrupt culture, but who understands how its world works. Born in Brig, a Swiss-German speaking Alpine town close to the border with Italy, he studied law at Fribourg university, then worked as the secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies at the University of Neuchâtel. He joined Uefa in 2000, worked his way carefully up to become director of the legal affairs and club licensing division in 2004, before becoming general secretary, effectively the chief executive, in 2009.He can justifiably cite genuine achievements during that time in Uefa’s HQ, besides longevity of survival, itself a feat in a highly rivalrous environment. The increased commercialisation and lucrative sales of TV rights for the European Championships – for national teams – and Champions League – for clubs – has been balanced by improved social programmes and backing for supporter ownership of clubs. “Financial fair play”, a somewhat toe-curling soubriquet, and not one associated with Fifa, was introduced in 2010, requiring top European clubs to staunch their losses from paying excessive players wages. Uefa argues it has turned the game’s finances around, cutting losses by 70% in its first three years.Criticism of Infantino at Uefa has centred around him keeping close to his boss as Platini grew increasingly presidential while eyeing the accession to football’s top job in Zurich. Now Infantino has nipped it himself. If he really is to make good on his manifesto, feed football’s barons while cleaning up the game, he has an enormous task.   –  The GuardianShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Trio target team title at British championship

first_img Internationals Hayley Davis, Annabel Dimmock and Bronte Law will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at the women’s British amateur championship at Royal St George’s, Kent. The best two scores from three will count towards the team trophy in each of the two qualifying rounds, which will be played on the June 24 and 25. The leading 64 players then go forward to the match play stages with the final played on June 28. The players: Hayley Davis, 21, (Ferndown, Dorset, image © Leaderboard Photography) is a past winner of the English women’s and girls’ championships. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas, has won on the US women’s college circuit and was 10th in the 2014 national women’s college championship, with a final round 65. She has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) is representing GB&I in the Curtis Cup, having won both the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title and the match play Jones Doherty Cup in the USA. She has also been runner-up in the Welsh open stroke play, the Spanish amateur and the South Atlantic ladies’ amateur. Bronte Law, 19, (Bramhall, Cheshire) is playing her second Curtis Cup for GB&I this weekend. She has also represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and Europe in both the Junior Solheim Cup and Junior Ryder Cup matches. She is a student at the University of California and has won on the US women’s college circuit. 5 Jun 2014 Trio target team title at British championship last_img read more

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Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against England

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder has become the No.1 all-rounder in the ICC Test rankings after his sensational performance in the first Test against England in Barbados. Holder hit his maiden Test double century and grabbed two wickets in the match to lead Windies to a 381-run win against England at the Kensington Oval.Holder’s all-rounder show helped rise two places to take the No.1 spot. Holder leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja to the top spot. He also rose sharply in the batting rankings, by a remarkable 25 spots, and now sits comfortably at No.33.The week was all about Holder, who was also named in the ICC Test team of the year 2018 for his all-round skills. He has, for the most part, been known as a bowling all-rounder, but he massively enhanced his batting reputation by stroking a marvelous unbeaten 202 against England. Under his leadership, the Windies also bowled England out for 77 and 246.He also picked the crucial wickets of Joe Root and Keaton Jennings, and all in all, his all-round rating jumped to a career-best 440 points.Among the others to make notable gains in the latest update to the rankings, following the Tests in Barbados and Brisbane, were the Australian trio of Pat Cummins, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, along with the Windies’ Kemar Roach, Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich.Meanwhile, Dowrich, who supported him with a sedate 116*, also made a 14-spot jump to No.47. Shimron Hetmyer’s scores of 81 and 31 helped him rise 11 places to No.40.After Australia’s three-day win against Sri Lanka in the Brisbane pink-ball Test, there were big gains for their young batsmen in the batting rankings. Marnus Labuschagne made the biggest leap, moving 21 places to No.84, while Travis Head rose 17 places to No.43.advertisementAmong the bowlers, Pat Cummins pipped Vernon Philander to No.3 on the ICC Test rankings for bowlers after claiming ten wickets in the match, including a career-best 6/23.Jhye Richardson, who was handed his first baggy green in that match, also made an impressive entry at No.80 after claiming match figures 5/45.For the Windies, Kemar Roach, who took 5/17 in England’s first innings, climbed five places to No.20 while Chase shot up 14 places to No.14 after his excellent 8/60 in the second innings.It wasn’t all bad for players of the losing teams, though. Most notably, England’s Rory Burns climbed 14 places in the batsmen’s rankings to No.99 after making 84.Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella climbed to No.37 on the back of his 64, while Suranga Lakmal rose to No.31 on both the bowlers’ (two-place rise) and the all-rounders’ (three-place rise) charts after his spell of 5/75 and a knock of 24.Also Watch:last_img read more

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