Get ready for the Science and Triathlon Conference!

by Olalla Cernuda on 18 Oct, 2017 08:20 • Español

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Science & Triathlon 2017 World Conference • Dec 5-8, 2017 • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada •

This year’s ITU Science and Triathlon Conference is much more than just a gathering of the best coaching minds in sport. The 2017 event brings the world’s top experts and researchers in endurance sports whom, over three days, will completely focus their attention on how to apply the latest science and research into best practices in coaching triathlon. This year programme is a combination of practical hands-on information and top experts on multiple fields. Don’t miss out this opportunity and register now!

Alex Hutchinson will talk about hype and reality in sports science. From spring-loaded shoes to bioengineered sports drinks, sports science keeps making bigger promises about training and performance. But how do you distinguish evidence-backed research from pseudoscience and wishful thinking is something that will be discussed at the Conference.

Two gold-medallist coaches, Iñaki Arenal, from the Spanish Triathlon Federation, and Malcolm Brown, from the British Triathlon Federation, will share with all the attendants the insights of training top elite triathletes. And Dr. Carl Foster will discuss how to best understand training stress using both theory and the applied importance of periodizing plans. How to predict overreaching using the most scientific method of determining “training stress” as opposed to counting hours.

To close the second day of the Conference, Mark Pollock will help people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games. In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-­charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionic robotic legs.

On the third day, Professor Stephen Cheung will talk about Adapting to Training and Competing in the Heat. Many sports are conducted in warm to extremely hot temperatures, which can lead to both reduced performances and increased risk to athlete health. Progressive adaptation to higher heat loads via laboratory acclimation or natural exposure (acclimatization) can provide substantial potential for improved performance. And Dr. Michael Koehle’s turn will be for Training and Competing in a Polluted Environment. He will discuss the health risks associated with high air pollution levels, and then discuss the evidence around exercising in air pollution. The session will conclude with some recommendations on how to best mitigate the risks when training and competing in a polluted environment.

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