Professor Gregorua Millet: “Investment in sports science converted into coaches’ knowledge and athletes’ outcomes”

About two hundred guests –  national sports science experts, coaches and medical experts – attended the second workshop of the Innovation Center of the Russian Olympic Committee, which was held with the support of the ROC within the framework of the Innovation Workshop program.

The first scientific workshop on the hospitable site of the Innovation Center was held by the Russian Archery Federation. It was attended by coaches and experts from almost all regions of the country, including the Trans-Baikal region and Buryatia.

Among the issues discussed at the event were the preparation of elite archers, the use of high-speed video and computer programs for the analysis of archery techniques and modern methods of classic sports bow tuning. Presentations were made by the President of the Russian Archery Federation   and the head coach of the Russian national archery team Vladimir Esheev, Russian Archery Federation scientist and PhD in technical sciences Segrey Volzhanin and Russian Archery Federation technical specialist Pyotr Turunin.

“Judging by the positive feedback, received from the workshop participants, that it definitely was a success, – said Sergey Volzhanin at the conclusion of the event. This is not surprising, because the coaches had simply missed live communication with colleagues from other regions. Unfortunately, workshops of this kind have not been conducted for long, and the benefits from those workshops are great, because such meetings mobilize the coaches. I think that we will conduct another workshop on the eve of major competitions, in particular, the World Championships to be held in July in Denmark”.

The audience could not help noting the conditions provided by the Innovation Center for conducting the event of the Russian Archery Federation. “Innovation Center of the ROC is equipped with the latest technology. I have never seen such an equipment, – admitted Sergei Volzhanin. – We are grateful to the ROC for support in conducting this scientific workshop. Without their financial and organizational support, we wouldn’t be able not only to hold this workshop, but also to make all the researches”.

Among the honored guests of the workshop was the head of the ROC department responsible for the activities focused on providing scientific and methodological support of sports training, Merited Coach of the USSR and Russia (Cross-country skiing) Alexander Grushin, who, by his own admission, has tried a sports bow for the first time. Archery simulator was installed within the walls of the Innovation Center.

“Archery is a technically challenging sport.  It is encouraging that the Russian Archery Federation is interested in the exchange of experience between experts in the framework of such meetings, – said Alexander Grushin. – Coaches from the regions where the sport was developed came here. And I think that what was demonstrated here, was interesting to many specialists working on the ground”.

He also made an assumption about what special projects of  the ROC would have been useful in the preparation of the archers of the Russian national team on the eve of the major competitions.

“We could offer the Russian Archery Federation our best practices in athlete’s adaptation to certain climatic and geographical conditions. And if the competitions are to be held somewhere in the midlands or highlands, we could help using the Hypoxia project. In general, the ROC is ready to provide assistance to the Federation in this matter”.

By the way, the theme of using hypoxia in the training process has become the main theme of the second day of the workshop. Professor at the University of Lausanne Gregorua Millet gave a presentation. Eminent specialist shared his experience in using methods of additional influence on athletes’ organisms, in order to enhance athletic performance, and answered questions from the audience. with the participants of the meeting to.

“This is my first visit to Russia. Just think, I have visited 70 countries around the world, but this is my first time here in Moscow. I would like to thank the Russian Olympic Committee for the invitation and for the opportunity to communicate with colleagues here, in the heart of the Russian sport, which gave the world so many great athletes and unique knowledge starting from the Soviet times, – said Gregorua Millet.

– When I saw the conditions (he said glancing around the Innovation Centre), in which Russian experts were working, I even envied them a little. This is one of the best centers of sports science in the world. Investments in sports science are perhaps the most profitable, because they will eventually be converted into the coaches’ knowledge and the athletes’ outcomes, which, in turn, will be converted into the country’s success in the sports arena”.

Innovation Workshop is a platform for conducting scientific conferences, workshops and meetings of domestic and foreign experts in various sports and medical fields. It was launched on October 10, when a famous Spanish specialist, Inigo Muika, who has been training Spanish Triathlon and Swimming teams during several Olympic cycles, became the guest of the workshop.