Optimizing the use of blood flow restriction for pre-conditioning & recovery of human performance

I am exploring the use of restricting blood flow from muscles (using a tourniquet or blood pressure cuff) to better prepare an athlete’s body for competition. This technique, known as ischemic preconditioning (IPC), has demonstrated enormous potential for improving the performance of already well-trained athletes. Preliminary work has shown a 1-3% improvement in performance in elite athletes, a 2.5% improvement would have placed the 8th place finisher 1st in the famous 100m butterfly final in the 2012 Olympics.

Incorporation of Algonquin Traditional Ecological Values into Sustainable Forest Management for Ecosystem Service Benefits

Throughout Canada, modern forestry practices have introduced rapid changes in Aboriginal livelihoods and natural ecosystems. This proposal is an effort to conserve and promote Algonquin traditional ecological values (TEV) within modern forest management practices with the objective of initiating new ‘social contracts’ and economies in co-existence. The research takes place in the context of recent sustainable forest development and climate change legislation in the Province of Quebec.

Examining Men’s Boating Safety Practices in Inuvik, Northwest Territories

This research will involve working alongside the community of Inuvik, NWT to develop culturally safe solutions to address men’s boating safety behaviours in the northern Canada. The intern will spend time in Inuvik to learn about men’s water safety practices in the community. Benefits to the research participants, communities, and NWT Recreation and Parks Association include having the opportunity to discuss and voice concerns related to the boating safety practices of men in NWT.

Automated multi-target tracking in broadcast video cameras

Automated object detection and tracking in videos is still one of the challenging problems in computer vision. Generally, it is a very challenging problem due to the loss of information caused by the projection of the 3D world on a 2D image, noise in images, cluttered background, complex object motion, partial or full occlusions, changes in illumination, real-time processing requirements, etc. This project is about detection, identification, and estimation the location of all hockey players in a game in the real world co-ordinates using the broadcast video cameras.

BC recreational fisheries: exploring potential for development of kokanee program Year Two

The proposed project aims to evaluate the potential for a kokanee species based recreational program in stocked lakes of B.C. Recent data collected by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. (FFSBC) suggests that effort can increase by up to 400% once kokanee are large enough to be caught. The main benefit of this program is a potential increase in fishing effort and the recruitment of new anglers. The project will include estimating the biological capacity for kokanee using state-of-the-art stock assessment models of fisheries science.

The effect of footwear on running economy following exercise-induced fatigue.

The research proposal is designed to examine the relationship between footwear, metabolic rate and lower limb muscle activity following exercise-educed fatigue. This randomized, controlled crossover design experiment will consist of three sessions. The first session is a familiarization session. The second and third sessions will be the same, except the exercise will be done wearing either traditional or minimalist footwear models. For the second and third sessions, participants will first complete a running economy test, and then run seven bouts of 1000 meters to induce fatigue.

Supraspinal vs spinal contribution to the production of arm cycling at different relative intensities.

The proposed research will allow us to determine how the human central nervous system (i.e. brain and spinal cord) functions to produce different patterns of muscle contractions during cyclical arm movements. We will use a variety of stimulation technics to determine how active the brain and spinal cord are during the arm movements. We do not currently have a detailed understanding of how the brain and spinal work together during human movement execution.

Stepping Out. The impact of exercise on young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The overall research project undertaken by the University of Calgary graduate students will examine the effects of exercise on young adults 18-35 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Areas of investigation include cerebral blood flow changes, as well as sleep behavioral improvements. By doing research such as this, we will justify the use of exercise as a non-invasive means of treating and managing ASD, and additionally, establish exercise protocol templates that can be replicated in other universities and fitness facilities across the country.

Peer to Peer Learning – See Me Series

In order to develop good physical skills, people need feedback on the performance of those skills. Analysis based on accurate observation is a key tool for improving future performance. Performance analysis is about creating a valid and reliable record of performance by means of systematic observations that can be analyzed with a view to facilitating change. Use of video recording is one of the most effective ways to observe and analyze performance.

The relationship of sleep quality to recovery, training capacity and performance in elite athletes

The Centre for Sleep and Human Performance has been funded by Own the Podium to develop tools. strategies. and Interventions that will accurately evaluate the sleep quality of athletes. This partnership provides the Centre with a unique opportunity to have unrestricted access to a population of elite athletes who train and compete above the Intercollegiate level and whose motives for training and performance are not confounded by the external stressors professional athletes are exposed to.

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