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Relay 21 April 2010

Passing on topical information and research in the sport and physical recreation sector.

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Hillary Expedition Team Smashes Caving Record - 16 Apr 2010

The extreme caving team funded under the SPARC Hillary Expedition initiative , has discovered New Zealand’s first 1 kilometre deep cave. (SPARC website)

Hillary Expedition Update: Kiwi Climbers in Antarctica - 15 Apr 2010

A group of inspirational kiwi climbers recently made a first ascent in Antarctica of a new route on a peak known as the First Sister. (SPARC website)

High Performance Sport

Women's Water Polo World Cup comes to Christchurch - 8 Apr 2010

The elite international FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup is to be held in Christchurch later in the year. (Christchurch City Council, NZ)

ICC doubles World Cup prize pot - 22 Apr 2010

The winner of the 2011Cricket World Cup will receive more than $4m in prize money after the International Cricket Council doubled the total prize pot to $10m. (Sports City)

All arrangements in place to ensure Delhi 2010 will be safe, secure: Kalmadi - 19 Apr 2010

Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi reiterated its confidence that the Commonwealth Games, to be held in October, will be hosted in a safe and secure environment. (Delhi 2010)

National Olympic Committee delegates visit London 2012 for update on plans - 14 Apr 2010

Delegates from 17 National Olympic Committees from around the world visited the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) headquarters today for an update about plans for the Games. (London 2012)

IOC Pleased With Progress As Spotlight Shifts To Sochi - 15 Apr 2010

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Games praised the progress being made by local organisers in the Russian city as it gears up to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games. (The Olympic Movement)

How to Own the Podium by Engaging the Best Scientists in the Pursuit of Excellence - 17 April 2010

The Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital recently hosted a public forum to explore "what makes peak performance". Discussed was how Canada's high performance physiology world has been transformed by involving researchers with varied backgrounds and expertise. A podcast is available to listen to from this link. (Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, Canada)

Sports Development

Cool cricket initiative wins award - 12 Apr 2010

Cricket on Ice was the brainchild of the Howick Pakuranga Cicket Cub and that novel idea recently won them the New Zealand Cricket Development Award for the Best Club Initiative. (NZ Cricket)

Taking a fresh look at Club Development - 8 Apr 2010

Squash New Zealand has launched the first in a series of web based club development tools using YouTube videos. (Squash NZ)

Sports Club Alcohol Awareness Pilot Project in Final Stages as ALAC Launch National Campaign - 8 Apr 2010

The Say Now alcohol awareness project being delivered through North Canterbury sports clubs over the last few weeks as part of a pilot project will conclude on Thursday 8 April. (New Zealand Police)

Sports stars aren't role models - 23 Apr 2010

Contrary to expectations, recent Australian research suggests that young people don't appear to be influenced by the drinking habits of high-profile sportspeople. (Science Alert, Australia and NZ)

Stop the Presses! - Spring 2010

As professional athletes become increasingly frustrated with journalists, they are bypassing them with more than just statements of "no comment." Instead, they are posting their own messages and updates on personal websites and Twitter accounts. (The Sport Journal, US Sports Academy)

Survey of Community and Voluntary Organisations' Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) - Feb 2010

This report communicates key results from an empirical survey on the ICT practices of 757 community and voluntary organisations in NZ. The main sectors represented in this report were sport/recreation (23.2%); other 13.3%; education and research (12.2%); social services 12.2%; and arts and culture (10%). (University of Waikato, NZ)

A Qualitative Study into Pacific Perspectives of Cultural Obligations and Volunteering - Apr 2010

The report aims to provide the reader with an insight into the Pacific conceptions of cultural obligation, unpaid work and volunteering amongst Pacific people living in New Zealand. (The Family Centre, NZ)

NGO Leadership: The governance-management partnership - 2010

This article is part of a Resource Kit. The author of this article explores nonprofit governance and management functions and how the leadership partnership can work effectively. (Council for International Development, NZ)

Why Should Organisations Plan? - Apr 2010

Sometimes boards and staff members need to be convinced that strategic planning is worth the investment of money and time. This article describes some the enormous benefits of strategic planning. (BoardSource, US)

Developing a PR/Media Relations strategy for your club or sports association - Apr 2010

A media relations strategy is essential for any organisation seeking to create a profile in the marketplace. This training programme is designed to assist in providing a strategic approach to developing a communications strategy. (Australian Womensport and Recreation Association)

Sports Science, Medicine, and Coaching

An Analysis of Leadership Qualities That Influence Male and Female Athletes in Middle School Interscholastic Team Sports - Spring 2010

The purpose of this study was to determine what behavior styles of leadership male and female athletes in middle school interscholastic team sports prefer their coaches use. (The Sport Journal, US Sports Academy)

Really? "No Pain No Gain" in Sports - 3 Apr 2010

Pain is ever-present in sport. An athlete's ability to tolerate pain is essential to success. But what kind of pain are we talking about? How much pain is safe to ignore? How do you get past it? (Podium Sports Journal)

Swap the Sit-Ups: Effective Vertical Core Exercises - 9 Apr 2010

"Vertical" core exercises are more practical than training done on the ground, says Dixie Stanforth, M.Sc., because they move the body through multiple planes (forward, backward and side-to-side) and train the core in the way it is most often used – while standing. (ACSM)

Incorporating Pilates Into an Off-Season Training Program - Mar/Apr 2010

The purpose of this article is to briefly explain Pilates and then provide a sample workout that would be useful to incorporate as part of an off-season conditioning program. (NSCA's Performance Training Journal, US)

The Unique Nutritional Needs of Female Athletes - Apr 2010

Aside from the physical differences between males and females, a number of sport nutrition-related differences also exist, from vegetarianism, hydration, and micronutrients to the Female Athlete Triad. (Coaching Association of Canada)

Improved time to exhaustion following ingestion of the energy drink Amino ImpactTM - 15 Apr 2010

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a commercially available energy drink on time to exhaustion during treadmill exercise. In addition, subjective measures of energy, focus, and fatigue were examined. (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)

Nutrition For Recovery - Mar/Apr 2010

Muscle glycogen is the major fuel source during prolonged, moderate to high-intensity exercise, and there is a direct relationship between depleted muscle glycogen and fatigue. Therefore, muscle glycogen repletion is vital to recovery time and maintaining top performance for athletes at all levels. (NSCA's Performance Training Journal, US)

A twofold risk of hamstring injury among previously injured players - Apr 2010

A survey in Norwegian 1st, 2nd and 3rd division of football for men found that players with previous hamstring injury have twice as high risk of injury. Strain injury of the posterior thigh is an increasing problem in male football and can be prevented. (Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norway)

Olympic hearts in good shape despite hard training - 16 Apr 2010

Hard endurance training is unlikely to cause lasting heart problems, a study of Olympic athletes from Italy suggests. (Reuters Health)

Battling a Biceps Injury - 9 Apr 2010

People who suffer from injuries to the distal biceps tendon may benefit from earlier surgical intervention and new surgical techniques. (Science Daily)

The colour of a goalie's strip can affect a striker's success - 07 Apr 2010

Strikers are less likely to be successful in a penalty shootout against a goalkeeper wearing a red strip. Research presented at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference recently suggests that the colour red may have an unconscious influence on the perception of failure, causing strikers to perform worse. (Alpha Galileo, Europe)

Active Communities

Soccer Reduces Risk of Falls and Bone Fractures, Study Finds - 9 Apr 2010

Five scientific articles are now being published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports showing that regular participation in soccer increases both bone mass and bone density, causes a significant improvement in standing postural balance and improves muscle strength. (Science Daily)

Men run marathons to compete, women to feel good - 13 Apr 2010

Men are more likely to run a marathon for personal goal achievement and competition reasons than women. These are the findings of a study into people's motivations to run a marathon, presented recently at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference. (Alpha Galileo, Europe)

Using Mapping and Social Networking Tools to Promote Physical Activity - Apr 2010

The author of this article suggests that social networking tools, online mapping tools and mobile devices can enable increased "community building" around outdoor activities, potentially contributing to increased physical activity among the general population. (Wellspring, Alberta Centre for Active Living, canada)

Schools share sport facilities - Apr 2010

Greater use of school facilities has long been seen as one potential solution to local sports ground pressure. (Sportshorts, NSW Sport and Recreation, Australia)

Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours: A toolkit for increasing physical activity through joint use agreements - Apr 2010

In recent years, increasing access to recreational facilities that already exist at schools has emerged as one of the most promising strategies for building more opportunities for activity into neighborhoods. (Public Health Law and Policy, US)


Major NZ recreational fishing survey gets go-ahead - 21 Apr 2010

The largest study into recreational fishing in a decade will commence this year, NZ Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Phil Heatley announced today. (

More action, less exertion - 7 Apr 2010

More than a third of all Norwegians feel that outdoor recreation is their most important leisure activity. But activity trends are changing towards more action – with less physical exertion. (The Research Council of Norway)

The Economic Benefits of Open Space, Recreation Facilities and Walkable Community Design - Mar 2010

This research synthesis reviews the peer-reviewed and independent reports on the economic value of outdoor recreation facilities, open spaces and walkable community design, and focuses on "private" benefits that accrue to nearby homeowners and to other users of open space. (Active Living Research, US)

Parks a key to physical activity, says Distinguished Researcher - 15 Apr 2010

Public parks and recreation amenities play an important role in facilitating physical activity especially in low income communities, according to a United States academic Prof Myron Floyd. (University of South Australia)

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Perceived Access, Environmental Barriers to Use, and Use of Community Parks - May 2010

Community parks provide places for people to be physically active. The objective of the study was to determine how access to, barriers to use of, and use of community parks differ by race/ethnicity. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)

Use and Benefits of Local Government Recreation and Parks Services: An Ontario Perspective - Apr 2010

This presentation from the The Trails of Simcoe County Symposium, April 2010, provides an overview of research into the benefits and value of recreation and park services in local communities. (Lifestyle Information Network, Canada)

Young People

For the Love of the Game: Motivating Kids - 13 Apr 2010

Youth sports should be fun, child-centered, exploratory and learning-oriented, not a competitive cauldron or pre-professional training. (Podium Sports Journal)

More Kids Falling Prey to Sports Overuse Injuries - 9 Apr 2010

Nearly half of all sports injuries suffered by middle and high school-aged children are due to overuse - and many of those injuries could have been prevented. (HealthDay News)

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance - Apr 2010

This report is a literature review that examines the existing research on the relationship between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. It spans 23 years of research and includes 50 studies. An Executive Summary is also available. (CDC, US)

The effects of adolescence sports and exercise on adulthood leisure-time physical activity in educational groups - 12 Apr 2010

The aim of this study was to examine how competitive sports in youth, and exercise in late adolescence, and opinions on physical education (PE) in childhood determined adulthood leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in different educational groups. (International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity)

A Paradigm Shift in Youth Sports and Recreation Is Needed to Include More Youths with Disabilities and Health Conditions Including Obesity into the Mainstream of Sports and Recreation in America - 19 Apr 2010

Ways to make physical activity, sports, and recreation more inclusive is vital for youth with disabilities. (The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, US)

Creative and active play in childhood is linked to good adult health - 7 Apr 2010

Play patterns established in childhood are linked to adult health and health behaviour. In particular playing creatively as a child predicts a healthier diet, and more active play is associated with generally better health. (Alpha Galileo, Europe)

Parent and child physical activity and sedentary time: Do active parents foster active children? - 15 Apr 2010

There is an absence of information about the associations between parents' and children's physical activity and TV viewing. This study therefore sought to fill in some of the gaps in this information. (BMC Public Health)

Environmental Influences on Children's Physical Activity: Quantitative Estimates Using a Twin Design - 21 Apr 2010

Children may inherit the urge to exercise, but their environment often stops them from doing so, say Cancer Research UK researchers. (PLoS One)

Useful Weblinks

New Zealand's Inland Revenue web guidance for non-profits

The non-profit section of the Inland Revenue website has recently been updated in response to customer concerns in recent research. Inland Revenue's customers said the website did not contain information directly targeted towards non-profits, so Inland Revenue has now added articles written specifically for these organisations.

Active Living Research YouTube Channel

Active Living Research supports research to identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity. Visit the Active Living Research YouTube channel to see some of the latest research.


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