Sports, Volume 6, 2018, Issue 4

Editor-in-Chief Eling Douwe de Bruin, ETH Zürich

Cover Story

Effect of Accommodating Elastic Bands on Mechanical Power Output during Back Squats
Takafumi Kubo, Kuniaki Hirayama, Nobuhiro Nakamura and Mitsuru Higuchi
Sports 2018, 6(4), 151; doi:10.3390/sports6040151

Featured Papers

The Acute Effects of Foam Rolling on Fatigue-Related Impairments of Muscular Performance
Edward Jo, Gabriela A. Juache, Desiree E. Saralegui, Douglas Weng and Shayan Falatoonzadeh
Sports 2018, 6(4), 112; doi:10.3390/sports6040112

Preliminary Scale of Reference Values for Evaluating Reactive Strength Index-Modified in Male and Female NCAA Division I Athletes’
Christopher J. Sole, Timothy J. Suchomel and Michael H. Stone
Sports 2018, 6(4), 133; doi:10.3390/sports6040133

Profiling Rest Intervals between Sets and Associated Factors in Resistance Training Participants
Wellington Silva, Ricardo Viana, Douglas Santos, Rodrigo Vancini, Marília Andrade and Claudio de Lira
Sports 2018, 6(4), 134; doi:10.3390/sports6040134

The Validity of the Push Band 2.0 during Vertical Jump Performance
Jason P. Lake, Simon Augustus, Kieran Austin, Peter Mundy, John J. McMahon, Paul Comfort and Guy G. Haff
Sports 2018, 6(4), 140; doi:10.3390/sports6040140

Effects of Adding Single Joint Exercises to a Resistance Training Programme in Trained Women
Matheus Barbalho, Victor Silveira Coswig, Rodolfo Raiol, James Steele, James Fisher, Antonio Paoli and Paulo Gentil
Sports 2018, 6(4), 160; doi:10.3390/sports6040160


The Effect of Body Mass Index on Acute Cardiometabolic Responses to Graded Exercise Testing in Children: A Narrative Review
Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Eleni Kintziou, Georgios Georgoudis, José Afonso, Rodrigo L. Vancini and Beat Knechtle
Sports 2018, 6(4), 103; doi:10.3390/sports6040103

Movement Economy in Soccer: Current Data and Limitations
Filippo Dolci, Nicolas H. Hart, Andrew Kilding, Paola Chivers, Ben Piggott and Tania Spiteri
Sports 2018, 6(4), 124; doi:10.3390/sports6040124

A Brief Review on Concurrent Training: From Laboratory to the Field
Spyridon Methenitis
Sports 2018, 6(4), 127; doi:10.3390/sports6040127

Monitoring Exercise-Induced Muscle Fatigue and Adaptations: Making Sense of Popular or Emerging Indices and Biomarkers
George Theofilidis, Gregory C. Bogdanis, Yiannis Koutedakis and Christina Karatzaferi
Sports 2018, 6(4), 153; doi:10.3390/sports6040153

The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on Performance in Competitive Sports: A Meta-Analytical Investigation
Alexandra Kopp and Darko Jekauc
Sports 2018, 6(4), 175; doi:10.3390/sports6040175


Concussion in University Level Sport: Knowledge and Awareness of Athletes and Coaches
Ben Kirk, Jamie N. Pugh, Rosanna Cousins and Shaun M. Phillips
Sports 2018, 6(4), 102; doi:10.3390/sports6040102

Co-Activation, Estimated Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament Forces, and Motor Unit Activation Strategies during the Time Course of Fatigue
Cory M. Smith, Terry J. Housh, Ethan C. Hill, Joshua L. Keller, Glen O. Johnson and Richard J. Schmidt
Sports 2018, 6(4), 104; doi:10.3390/sports6040104

Field-Based Performance Tests Are Related to Body Fat Percentage and Fat-Free Mass, But Not Body Mass Index, in Youth Soccer Players
Michael R. Esco, Michael V. Fedewa, Zackary S. Cicone, Oleg A. Sinelnikov, Damir Sekulic and Clifton J. Holmes
Sports 2018, 6(4), 105; doi:10.3390/sports6040105

Relationship of Absolute and Relative Lower-Body Strength to Predictors of Athletic Performance in Collegiate Women Soccer Players
Emily Andersen, Robert G. Lockie and J. Jay Dawes
Sports 2018, 6(4), 106; doi:10.3390/sports6040106

Does Early Recruitment Predict Greater Physical Performance in Academy Soccer Players?
Maxime Hertzog, Darren J. Paul, George P. Nassis and Joao R. Silva
Sports 2018, 6(4), 108; doi:10.3390/sports6040108

Taurine and Methylprednisolone Administration at Close Proximity to the Onset of Muscle Degeneration Is Ineffective at Attenuating Force Loss in the Hind-Limb of 28 Days Mdx Mice
Robert G. Barker, Chris van der Poel, Deanna Horvath and Robyn M. Murphy
Sports 2018, 6(4), 109; doi:10.3390/sports6040109

Point Score Systems and Cooperative Incentives: The 3-1-0 Curse
Kjetil K. Haugen and Knut P. Heen
Sports 2018, 6(4), 110; doi:10.3390/sports6040110

The Effect of Training in the Preparatory and Competitive Periods on Trunk Rotational Power in Canoeists, Ice-Hockey Players, and Tennis Players
Oliver Poór and Erika Zemková
Sports 2018, 6(4), 113; doi:10.3390/sports6040113

Basketball Game-Related Statistics that Discriminate among Continental Championships for Under-18 Women
Haruhiko Madarame
Sports 2018, 6(4), 114; doi:10.3390/sports6040114

Every Day’s a New Day: A Captain’s Reflection on a Losing Season
Fraser Carson and Julia Walsh
Sports 2018, 6(4), 115; doi:10.3390/sports6040115

Effects of Probiotic (Bifidobacterium longum 35624) Supplementation on Exercise Performance, Immune Modulation, and Cognitive Outlook in Division I Female Swimmers
Aaron F. Carbuhn, Shelby M. Reynolds, Clark W. Campbell, Luke A. Bradford, Jake A. Deckert, Andreas Kreutzer and Andrew C. Fry
Sports 2018, 6(4), 116; doi:10.3390/sports6040116

The Impact of Post Activation Potentiation on Achilles Tendon Stiffness, Elasticity and Thickness among Basketball Players
Beata Pożarowszczyk, Artur Gołaś, Aiguo Chen, Adam Zając and Adam Kawczyński
Sports 2018, 6(4), 117; doi:10.3390/sports6040117

Assessment of Dietary Intake of Long-Distance Race Car Drivers—A Pilot Study
Edem Korkor Appiah-Dwomoh, Anja Carlsohn and Frank Mayer
Sports 2018, 6(4), 118; doi:10.3390/sports6040118

Cardio-Respiratory Endurance Responses Following a Simulated 3 × 3 Minutes Amateur Boxing Contest in Elite Level Boxers
Said El-Ashker, Helmi Chaabene, Yassine Negra, Olaf Prieske and Urs Granacher
Sports 2018, 6(4), 119; doi:10.3390/sports6040119

Thinking Outside the Block: External Focus of Attention Improves Reaction Times and Movement Preparation Times in Collegiate Track Sprinters
Attila J. Kovacs, Garrett F. Miles and Harsimran S. Baweja
Sports 2018, 6(4), 120; doi:10.3390/sports6040120

Analyzing the Components of Emotional Competence of Football Coaches: A Qualitative Study from the Coaches’ Perspective
Honggyu Lee, Hagen Wäsche and Darko Jekauc
Sports 2018, 6(4), 123; doi:10.3390/sports6040123

Using Drop Jumps and Jump Squats to Assess Eccentric and Concentric Force-Velocity Characteristics
Gavin L. Moir, Brandon W. Snyder, Chris Connaboy, Hugh S. Lamont and Shala E. Davis
Sports 2018, 6(4), 125; doi:10.3390/sports6040125

Nutritional Peak Week and Competition Day Strategies of Competitive Natural Bodybuilders
Andrew J. Chappell and Trevor N. Simper
Sports 2018, 6(4), 126; doi:10.3390/sports6040126

Individual Responses to an 8-Week Neuromuscular Training Intervention in Trained Pre-Pubescent Female Artistic Gymnasts
Sylvia Moeskops, Paul J. Read, Jon L. Oliver and Rhodri S. Lloyd
Sports 2018, 6(4), 128; doi:10.3390/sports6040128

Vertical Jump Is Strongly Associated to Running-Based Anaerobic Sprint Test in Teenage Futsal Male Athletes
Marcelo Magalhães Sales, Ana Paula Maciel, Samuel da Silva Aguiar, Ricardo Yukio Asano, Daisy Motta-Santos, José Fernando Vila Nova de Moraes, Polissandro Mortoza Alves, Patrick Anderson Santos, Lucas Pinheiro Barbosa, Carlos Ernesto and Caio Victor Sousa
Sports 2018, 6(4), 129; doi:10.3390/sports6040129

Player Tracking Data Analytics as a Tool for Physical Performance Management in Football: A Case Study from Chelsea Football Club Academy
Varuna De Silva, Mike Caine, James Skinner, Safak Dogan, Ahmet Kondoz, Tilson Peter, Elliott Axtell, Matt Birnie and Ben Smith
Sports 2018, 6(4), 130; doi:10.3390/sports6040130

Larger Countermovement Increases the Jump Height of Countermovement Jump
Alberto Sánchez-Sixto, Andrew J. Harrison and Pablo Floría
Sports 2018, 6(4), 131; doi:10.3390/sports6040131

Assessing Plyometric Ability during Vertical Jumps Performed by Adults and Adolescents
Brandon W. Snyder, Shawn N. Munford, Chris Connaboy, Hugh S. Lamont, Shala E. Davis and Gavin L. Moir
Sports 2018, 6(4), 132; doi:10.3390/sports6040132

Visualizing Physical Activity Patterns among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Pilot Study
Monika Haga, Katerina Vrotsou and Ebba Bredland
Sports 2018, 6(4), 135; doi:10.3390/sports6040135

Resistance Training Volume Load with and without Exercise Displacement
W. Guy Hornsby, Jeremy A. Gentles, Paul Comfort, Timothy J. Suchomel, Satoshi Mizuguchi and Michael H. Stone
Sports 2018, 6(4), 137; doi:10.3390/sports6040137

An Evaluation of Birth Outcomes in Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women Who Exercised during Pregnancy
Palee Myrex, Lorie Harper and Sara Gould
Sports 2018, 6(4), 138; doi:10.3390/sports6040138

Off-Training Levels of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Young Athletes: Preliminary Results during a Typical Week
Juliana Exel, Nuno Mateus, Bruno Travassos, Bruno Gonçalves, Isabel Gomes, Nuno Leite and Jaime Sampaio
Sports 2018, 6(4), 141; doi:10.3390/sports6040141

The Relationship between Running Power and Running Economy in Well-Trained Distance Runners
Casey L. Austin, James F. Hokanson, Peter M. McGinnis and Steve Patrick
Sports 2018, 6(4), 142; doi:10.3390/sports6040142

Within-Subject Consistency of Unimodal and Bimodal Force Application during the Countermovement Jump
Jason P. Lake and John J. McMahon
Sports 2018, 6(4), 143; doi:10.3390/sports6040143

Effect of Plyometric Training on Speed and Change of Direction Ability in Elite Field Hockey Players
Jasdev Singh, Brendyn B. Appleby and Andrew P. Lavender
Sports 2018, 6(4), 144; doi:10.3390/sports6040144

Genetic Testing by Sports Medicine Physicians in the United States: Attitudes, Experiences, and Knowledge
Eleanor Taranto, Michael Fishman, Holly Benjamin and Lainie Ross
Sports 2018, 6(4), 145; doi:10.3390/sports6040145

Physiological and Fitness Adaptations after Eight Weeks of High-Intensity Functional Training in Physically Inactive Adults
Matthew F. Brisebois, Brandon R. Rigby and David L. Nichols
Sports 2018, 6(4), 146; doi:10.3390/sports6040146

Carbohydrate Supplementation Does Not Improve 10 km Swimming Intermittent Training
Roberto Baldassarre, Massimo Sacchetti, Federica Patrizio, Andrea Nicolò, Alessandro Scotto di Palumbo, Marco Bonifazi and Maria Francesca Piacentini
Sports 2018, 6(4), 147; doi:10.3390/sports6040147

Effects of Strength Training Program and Infrared Thermography in Soccer Athletes Injuries
Pedro Menezes, Matthew R. Rhea, Carlos Herdy and Roberto Simão
Sports 2018, 6(4), 148; doi:10.3390/sports6040148

Using Portable Force Plates to Assess Vertical Jump Performance: A Metrological Appraisal
François Raymond, Benoit Lussier, François Dugas, Mathieu Charbonneau, Félix Croteau, Cory Kennedy and Nicolas Berryman
Sports 2018, 6(4), 149; doi:10.3390/sports6040149

Reproducibility of Blood Lactate Concentration Rate under Isokinetic Force Loads
Nico Nitzsche, Lutz Baumgärtel, Christian Maiwald and Henry Schulz
Sports 2018, 6(4), 150; doi:10.3390/sports6040150

The Effect of Sex and Performance Level on Pacing in Duathlon
Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Elias Villiger, Rodrigo L. Vancini, Thomas Rosemann and Beat Knechtle
Sports 2018, 6(4), 152; doi:10.3390/sports6040152

Sex-Related Differences in the Maximal Lactate Steady State
Paul S. Hafen and Pat R. Vehrs
Sports 2018, 6(4), 154; doi:10.3390/sports6040154

Career Termination of Portuguese Elite Football Players: Comparison between the Last Three Decades
António Carapinheira, Pedro Mendes, Pedro Guedes Carvalho, Miquel Torregrossa and Bruno Travassos
Sports 2018, 6(4), 155; doi:10.3390/sports6040155

Neuromuscular Fatigue at Task Failure and During Immediate Recovery after Isometric Knee Extension Trials
Christian Froyd, Fernando G. Beltrami and Timothy D. Noakes
Sports 2018, 6(4), 156; doi:10.3390/sports6040156

Evaluation of Physical Fitness in Water Polo Players According to Playing Level and Positional Role
Petros G. Botonis, Argyris G. Toubekis and Theodoros I. Platanou
Sports 2018, 6(4), 157; doi:10.3390/sports6040157

A Study of Automatic and Real-Time Table Tennis Fault Serve Detection System
Chang-Hung Hung
Sports 2018, 6(4), 158; doi:10.3390/sports6040158

Flavanol-Rich Cacao Mucilage Juice Enhances Recovery of Power but Not Strength from Intensive Exercise in Healthy, Young Men
Paul T. Morgan, Paola M. Wollman, Sarah R. Jackman and Joanna L. Bowtell
Sports 2018, 6(4), 159; doi:10.3390/sports6040159

Sprint Mechanical Properties of Female and Different Aged Male Top-Level German Soccer Players
Christian Baumgart, Jürgen Freiwald and Matthias Wilhelm Hoppe
Sports 2018, 6(4), 161; doi:10.3390/sports6040161

The Effect of Altering Body Posture and Barbell Position on the Between-Session Reliability of Force-Time Curve Characteristics in the Isometric Mid-Thigh Pull
Stuart N. Guppy, Claire J. Brady, Yosuke Kotani, Michael H. Stone, Nikola Medic and Guy Gregory Haff
Sports 2018, 6(4), 162; doi:10.3390/sports6040162

Similar Strength and Power Adaptations between Two Different Velocity-Based Training Regimens in Collegiate Female Volleyball Players
Jacob T. Rauch, Irineu Loturco, Nicholas Cheesman, Justin Thiel, Michael Alvarez, Nicholas Miller, Nathan Carpenter, Christopher Barakat, Gloria Velasquez, Alexandria Stanjones, Daniel Aube, Jody C. Andersen and Eduardo O. De Souza
Sports 2018, 6(4), 163; doi:10.3390/sports6040163

Core Temperature Responses in Elite Cricket Players during Australian Summer Conditions
Sharon Stay, Michelle Cort, David Ward, Alex Kountouris, John Orchard, Justin Holland and Anna Saw
Sports 2018, 6(4), 164; doi:10.3390/sports6040164

Individual Motivations, Motivational Climate, Enjoyment, and Physical Competence Perceptions in Finnish Team Sport Athletes: A Prospective and Retrospective Study
Thaís Zanatta, Christoph Rottensteiner, Niilo Konttinen and Marc Lochbaum
Sports 2018, 6(4), 165; doi:10.3390/sports6040165

Fat-Free Mass and the Balance Error Scoring System Predict an Appropriate Maximal Load in the Unilateral Farmer’s Walk
Michael E. Holmstrup, Michael A. Kelley, Kyla R. Calhoun and Caleb L. Kiess
Sports 2018, 6(4), 166; doi:10.3390/sports6040166

The Constituent Year Effect: Relative Age Disparities in Australian Masters Track and Field Athletic Participation
Nikola Medic, Jasmine Lares and Bradley W. Young
Sports 2018, 6(4), 167; doi:10.3390/sports6040167

Surfing the Waves of the CMJ; Are There between-Sport Differences in the Waveform Data?
James Parker and Lina E. Lundgren
Sports 2018, 6(4), 168; doi:10.3390/sports6040168

Spatiotemporal and Kinetic Determinants of Sprint Acceleration Performance in Soccer Players
Munenori Murata, Yohei Takai, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Tetsuo Fukunaga and Ryu Nagahara
Sports 2018, 6(4), 169; doi:10.3390/sports6040169

Validity and Reliability of a Commercially-Available Velocity and Power Testing Device
Andrew T. Askow, Jason D. Stone, Daniel J. Arndts, Adam C. King, Shiho Goto, Joseph P. Hannon, J. Craig Garrison, James M. Bothwell, Phil E. Esposito, Andrew R. Jagim, Margaret T. Jones, Will Jennings and Jonathan M. Oliver
Sports 2018, 6(4), 170; doi:10.3390/sports6040170

High 1RM Tests Reproducibility and Validity are not Dependent on Training Experience, Muscle Group Tested or Strength Level in Older Women
Matheus Barbalho, Paulo Gentil, Rodolfo Raiol, Fabrício Boscolo Del Vecchio, Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo and Victor Silveira Coswig
Sports 2018, 6(4), 171; doi:10.3390/sports6040171

Influence of Resistance Exercise on Appetite and Affect Following Pre-Sleep Feeding
Takudzwa A. Madzima, Jonas R. Black, Jared T. Melanson, Svetlana Nepocatych and Eric E. Hall
Sports 2018, 6(4), 172; doi:10.3390/sports6040172

Comparative Analysis of Load Profile between Small-Sided Games and Official Matches in Youth Soccer Players
Carlos David Gómez-Carmona, José Martín Gamonales, José Pino-Ortega and Sergio José Ibáñez
Sports 2018, 6(4), 173; doi:10.3390/sports6040173

Comparison of Change of Direction Speed Performance and Asymmetries between Team-Sport Athletes: Application of Change of Direction Deficit
Thomas Dos’Santos , Christopher Thomas, Paul Comfort and Paul A. Jones
Sports 2018, 6(4), 174; doi:10.3390/sports6040174

Changes in Dynamic Strength Index in Response to Strength Training
Paul Comfort, Christopher Thomas, Thomas Dos’Santos, Timothy J. Suchomel, Paul A. Jones and John J. McMahon
Sports 2018, 6(4), 176; doi:10.3390/sports6040176

Validity and Reliability of the GymAware Linear Position Transducer for Squat Jump and Counter-Movement Jump Height
Tanuj Wadhi, Jacob T. Rauch, Nauris Tamulevicius, Jody C. Andersen and Eduardo O. De Souza
Sports 2018, 6(4), 177; doi:10.3390/sports6040177


Effects of 3-Week Work-Matched High-Intensity Intermittent Cycling Training with Different Cadences on VO2max in University Athletes
Nobuyasu Tomabechi, Kazuki Takizawa, Keisuke Shibata and Masao Mizuno
Sports 2018, 6(4), 107; doi:10.3390/sports6040107

Case Report

Changes in Pain and Nutritional Intake Modulate Ultra-Running Performance: A Case Report
Russ Best, Benjamin Barwick, Alice Best, Nicolas Berger, Claire Harrison, Matthew Wright and Julie Sparrow
Sports 2018, 6(4), 111; doi:10.3390/sports6040111

Heart Rate Variability Responses to an Undulating Resistance Training Program in Free-Living Conditions: A Case Study in a Collegiate Athlete
Clifton J. Holmes, Stefanie A. Wind and Michael R. Esco
Sports 2018, 6(4), 121; doi:10.3390/sports6040121

Influence of Training Load on Mood Disturbance at Sea Level and 3900 m Altitude: A Case Study of a Wheelchair Athlete
Santiago Sanz-Quinto, Gabriel Brizuela, Raúl López-Grueso, Ian Rice and Manuel Moya-Ramón
Sports 2018, 6(4), 122; doi:10.3390/sports6040122

Pacing and Changes in Body Composition in 48 h Ultra-Endurance Running—A Case Study
Beat Knechtle, Thomas Rosemann and Pantelis T. Nikolaidis
Sports 2018, 6(4), 136; doi:10.3390/sports6040136


Reporting Characteristics in Sports Nutrition
Conrad P. Earnest, Brandon M. Roberts, Christopher R. Harnish, Jessica L. Kutz, Jason M. Cholewa and Neil M. Johannsen
Sports 2018, 6(4), 139; doi:10.3390/sports6040139

Special Issues Open for Submissions

Researching Sports Biomechanics for Disabled People
(Deadline: 15 January 2019)

Training Process in Soccer Players
(Deadline: 31 January 2019)

Assessment and Development of Change of Direction Speed and Agility
(Deadline: 31 January 2019)

Effects of Music in Sport and Exercise
(Deadline: 15 February 2019)

Maximising Triathlon Health and Performance: the State of the Art
(Deadline: 28 February 2019)

Neuromuscular Function and Movement Control
(Deadline: 28 February 2019)

Physical Activity in Adolescents
(Deadline: 28 February 2019)

Monitoring Physiological Adaptation to Physical Training
(Deadline: 15 March 2019)

Health and Wellbeing in an Outdoor and Adventure Sports Context
(Deadline: 31 March 2019)

Exercise Training and Supplements for Improving Function in Muscular Dystrophy
(Deadline: 31 March 2019)

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