Editors Musings: Pushing for Progress
It may be February, but this is the first issue of SPORT SCIENCE COLLECTIVE for 2016. So, I hope that the year got off to a good start for you and that you’ll have more ups than downs. All the contributors have put in much appreciated effort during a time when they find themselves quite busy. This newsletter wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for this bunch of sport science enthusiasts. I cannot thank them enough.
I like to think that part of being a scientist is asking questions of current knowledge and understanding. Tradition, convention, and the status quo can become enemies to progress if not occasionally put under pressure by those who dare to question. If you ever find yourself saying something along the lines of, “because we’ve always done it this way”, I would suggest that you get to work on asking questions of this status quo. For example, Iceland has broken from tradition to shake up their football system to compete with the bigger football nations in Europe, and it has reportedly had an effect. Then, Paddy Upton, known for his unconventional approaches, has added to his string of successes by contributing to the Sydney Thunder’s journey from chumps to champs with some unorthodox practices. To be cliché, 2016 is a new year, and a great opportunity to change a mind-set or challenge the status quo.
This issue being the first issue of 2016, it is prudent to reiterate the 3 primary aims of SPORT SCIENCE COLLECTIVE:
Deliver practical, informative, and positive information
Connect sport science people
Progress, promote, and protect sport science as a profession in South Africa
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