Organised by the Singapore Sport Institute (SSI), the Singapore Sport Science Symposium was held in conjunction with the 3rd Association of Sports Institutes in Asia (ASIA) Congress from 7 to 8 November at the Sport Singapore auditorium.
The theme this year was, ‘From Youth to Elite Sport – Harnessing Potential and the Pursuit of Excellence’. It was built from 2017’s focus on biomechanics and physiology to mental well-being and recovery this year.
The two-day program was filled with informative keynote sessions, as well as plenary and a breakout session where guests got to experience the different elements of Sport Science from biomechanics to nutrition and strength and conditioning.
Dr Vassil Girginov delivering his keynote address in Sport Integrity. Photo: Sport Singapore
Dr Vassil Girginov, Reader in Sport Management and Development, Brunei University & Visiting Professor, Russian International Olympic University shared on the International Trends in Sport Integrity.
He believed that good sport governance is premised on three forms of integrity including personal, organisational and processual.
“Even if you think you are doing the right thing, you must not do the right thing with the wrong process because right is also enshrined in the process. The ends cannot justify the means,” Girginov said during his keynote address.
Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief of Singapore Sport Institute, also shared about Singapore’s approach towards sport integrity.
Day two of the symposium saw a group of sport scientists, as well as Team Singapore athletes, sharing about the sport science support at the recent Asian Games held in Jakarta - Palembang.
Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief of Singapore Sport Institute sharing Singapore's approach on Sport Integrity. Photo: Sport Singapore
Joel Pang, Associate Sport Physiologist at SSI, shared the approaches on how Singapore prepares for such major Games, from optimising training, injury prevention strategies and target interventions, to supporting athletes at the Games by setting up a medical and recovery centre at the Games village.
Team Singapore athletes, Bernice Lim (Bowling), Brandon Ooi (Kayaking) and Ryan Lo (Sailing), also shared their experiences on how the Sport Scientists and athletes work in unison to achieve great results during the 2018 Asian Games.
(L-R) Dr Marcus Lee, SSI Senior Sport Biomechanist; Bernice Lim, Team Singapore bowler; Danny Lum, SSI Strength & Conditioning Coach; Brandon Ooi, Team Singapore kayaker; Ryan Lo, Team Singapore Sailor; and Joel Pang, SSI Associate Sport Physiologist; sharing their experience at the 2018 Asian Games.
Singapore bagged a total of 22 medals, four golds, four silvers and 14 bronzes, during the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games 2018.
Apart from Singapore sharing their experiences, countries such as Japan, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei also shared on their expertise and strategies.
Mr Frankie Siu, Senior Sport Dietitian from the Hong Kong Sport Institute, shared about cooling strategies such as using a cooling vest to cooling neck wrap to train in the hot and humid conditions in Jakarta.
Mr Wang Jui Hsiang, Sport Scientist, National Sports Training Center of Chinese Taipei, shared their experience with the athletes during the Games and how they managed to handle 450 athletes with only 18 Sports Scientists.
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