Will Hopkins (with thanks to Mary Ann Wallace)

Encyclopedia IndexThe Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science has three new articles. In Sudden Death and Exercise, Tim Noakes explains the paradox of the short-term increase and long-term decrease in risk of death associated with exercise. David Swain provides a sound theoretical framework for a practical method to enhance cycling performance by varying output power in Cycling: Uphill and Downhill. My article on Training: Quantification in Competitive Sports outlines issues in the measurement and analysis of athletic training and includes downloadable PowerPoint questionnaires and other forms for recording training data.

Sportscience NewsWe have four articles on a diverse range of topics in the News pages: In Ice Jackets are Cool, David Martin and colleagues from the Australian Institute of Sport report on development of a pre-cooling strategy that helped Australian athletes at Atlanta. Ferret reports on a newly discovered gene for human performance, the possibility of a blood sample being frozen away for improved drug testing in the future, a biased review of strength training, and what tests are worth doing on competitive athletes. This month's History Maker by Frank Katch reminds us that even in the past it was not uncommon for scientific research to be accepted without adequate review. Justus von Liebig dominated the field of chemistry in the early 1800s and proposed theories about the role of protein in exercise, yet never performed experiments to test them. In spite of this, his theories were accepted until experiments by others proved them wrong. Ken Daley's newsletter has his usual mix of useful links and news, including an item on the retention of copyright by authors of scientific papers.

Research Resources IndexThe only addition to A New View of Statistics this issue is a brief note on how to represent a confidence interval using the ± sign. See the second paragraph in the example. And don't forget last issue's cool way to convert a p value into confidence limits

Net LinksAlfred Zommers and volunteers have checked out and updated most of our Net Links over the last two weeks. To track down a colleague or a course, use our new links to universities/higher education. Our link for conferences now goes straight to the pages hosted by SportQuest/SIRC. Check out the SportQuest/SIRC site for one month of free access to SportDiscus on the Web (the best database for publications on sport and exercise).

Messages to the Sportscience mailing list have not been appearing on our Forum page, owing to problems at the site that hosts our messages on the Web ( All is now fixed. Our search form for email list messages is still out of action for the same reason, but it will be OK by Nov 26 at the latest.

Sportscience Team IndexThe puzzle of the unreliable linking to has finally been solved. It turns out we had an incorrect listing for our main server with InterNic (the people who register the domain names). In effect we were operating on the backup server, which was not monitored as closely as the main server to ensure it was running OK. All fixed now, we hope. · · Homepage · Copyright ©1998