The ROC special projects were presented at the Research and Practice Seminar

The first day of the  Research and Practice Seminar based on the experimental results of the special projects, held at the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), has come to an end.

The programs, launched three years ago, were presented to the public. According to Aleksandr Grushin, the Head of the ROC Department for methodological support of the sports training and the curator of the Seminar, they must contribute to the performance of our athletes at the Olympic Games in Sochi.

One of these projects is called “Stainshlift”. It’s about finding the most effective structural ski and snowboard bases depending on the meteorological conditions at the competition venues of the XXII Olympic Winter Games Sochi-2014.

The two main areas of the project’s activities are “cross-country skis” and “alpine skis/snowboard”. To realize each of them high-technology service centers have been created. They are located at the Psekhako Ridge and “Rosa Khutor” Mountain Ski Center.

According to Mikhail Ivanov, the Project Supervisor and the Olympic Cross-country skiing champion (Salt Lake City – 2002), over the last sports season we managed to achieve impressive results. “Over a period of the three months that we spent in Sochi we managed to create a rich structure database. Today we have about 11 interesting structures in the area of “cross-country skis”  and 14 structures in “alpine skis”, that are already being used by the national teams in their competition practices. Today we have the results of this activity and we are sharing this information with the athletes.” 

Aleksandr Voronin, the head of the Russian Biathlon Union Service group, confirmed that the technology presented has already been implemented and is being used  by the Russian national teams.

“It’s a very good project. I really hope that it will help us achieve success and that “Stainshlift” will help our athletes at Sochi. That is our primary objective.  After all this technology was developed only for Russian teams.”

Another ROC project the Russian Biathlon Union took interest in was “Testing of the strength and aerobic capacities of the shoulder muscles”. As noted by Aleksandr Grushin, a hardware and software complex was created during this project. With this complex any coach or team doctor without specialized education can test the abilities of the shoulder girdle. The versatility of this complex makes it even more attractive. According to  Aleksandr Grushin, the biathletes not only do tests in this complex, but also perform weight training with the use of special training equipment.

This technology has aroused a keen interest not only among native specialists, but also among the guests from the former Soviet republics. Sergey Nesterenko, the head coach of the Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon team of Ukraine, noted that this method was interesting and timely for coaching.

“This is an intriguing project. We are using something similar but it’s not as scientific as in Russia. It’s very convenient for a coach to have such an easy toolkit at hand,  with the help of which one can find out about the condition of those involved at any time”, – summarized  Sergey Nesterenko. He also promised that cooperation with the ROC within the framework of this project will be extended.

A method of cardiorespiratory diseases definition and treatment with due consideration of individual peculiarities of the athletes was brought to the attention of those present. This method is based on the results of the third project presented at the Seminar – “The technology and definition and treatment of cardiorespiratory diseases in athletes”.

Svetlana Shogenova, the project director, noted that the results of the research conducted among the members of the Russian national teams of different ages indicated  that a lot of athletes had problems. The method presented at the Seminar is aimed at effectively solving the problems and at the same time increasing the athletes’ functional capabilities.

“The results of the research, conducted within the framework of this project, indicate the necessity of a fundamental medical examination of the athletes. This project contemplates a more detailed approach to both athletes’ health and their further development in sports”, –   said  Aleksandr Grushin,  the curator of the Seminar.

The Seminar will continue its work on Friday. Three more projects will be brought to the attention of those present.

  • Using  dynamic electrical myostimulation in sports training
  • Using additional artificial hypoxic influences in sports training
  • The impact of electric stimulation on the cinematics, economical efficiency of the equipment and the skiers ‘explosive’ strength

The members of the ROC Executive Committee headed by the ROC President Aleksandr Zhukov will visit the Research and Practice Seminar on the second day.