Sportably is now responsive

We have pushed out a major update to Sportably today.

First and foremost, Sportably has been rebuilt from the ground up and transitioned to a mobile-friendly design. With this rebuild, Sportably is now “responsive” and will now scale to the screen size you are using, creating a smooth user experience whether you’re using your desktop or mobile devices. Sportably will work with any modern web browser, whether you are logging a training session, building a team, or designing your sport science empire.

In addition, we’ve added these other features:

  • We have built a new dashboard page, which should improve navigation. Future plans include a customizable area, where routine items can be recorded and monitored in a single place.
  • The site header and navigation have taken a more minimalist approach, taking up less space, and leaving more room for the things that matter.
  • The individual and team monitoring graphs have been given an aesthetic upgrade for both desktop and mobile use.
  • You can now export single user and team data, including training session information on top of the already available daily totals.
  • We fixed a variety of site issues.
  • Perhaps most exciting, this rebuild will streamline the development process going forward. We have a long list of features to develop, many of which have been suggested by our users.

As usual, let us know if you experience any problems at questions@sportably.com

 

Protein synthesis – 40g vs 20g of whey

The current thought is that post-training protein synthesis is maxed out with 20-25 grams of whey. However, much of the literature addressing protein requirements post resistance training have used protocols that include multiple sets of only a single exercise targeting a single muscle group. Since a single training session should most often target multiple muscle groups with multiple exercises, it is reasonable that maximal protein synthesis may be supported by higher protein intake. Nice to see some additional evidence where training is more similar to what may actually be implemented.

As always, it is probably best to simply cover all of your basis and don’t wait until training has ended.

  • Eat a reasonable pre-training meal.
  • Sip on a whey/carb shake while training.
  • Finish or have another whey/carb shake post training (or just eat a good meal).

The response of muscle protein synthesis following whole‐body resistance exercise is greater following 40 g than 20 g of ingested whey protein
http://physreports.physiology.org/content/4/15/e12893

Abstract

The currently accepted amount of protein required to achieve maximal stimulation of myofibrillar protein synthesis (MPS) following resistance exercise is 20–25 g. However, the influence of lean body mass (LBM) on the response of MPS to protein ingestion is unclear. Our aim was to assess the influence of LBM, both total and the amount activated during exercise, on the maximal response of MPS to ingestion of 20 or 40 g of whey protein following a bout of whole‐body resistance exercise. Resistance‐trained males were assigned to a group with lower LBM (≤65 kg; LLBM n = 15) or higher LBM (≥70 kg; HLBM n = 15) and participated in two trials in random order. MPS was measured with the infusion of 13C6‐phenylalanine tracer and collection of muscle biopsies following ingestion of either 20 or 40 g protein during recovery from a single bout of whole‐body resistance exercise. A similar response of MPS during exercise recovery was observed between LBM groups following protein ingestion (20 g – LLBM: 0.048 ± 0.018%·h−1; HLBM: 0.051 ± 0.014%·h−1; 40 g – LLBM: 0.059 ± 0.021%·h−1; HLBM: 0.059 ± 0.012%·h−1). Overall (groups combined), MPS was stimulated to a greater extent following ingestion of 40 g (0.059 ± 0.020%·h−1) compared with 20 g (0.049 ± 0.020%·h−1; P = 0.005) of protein. Our data indicate that ingestion of 40 g whey protein following whole‐body resistance exercise stimulates a greater MPS response than 20 g in young resistance‐trained men. However, with the current doses, the total amount of LBM does not seem to influence the response.

Account updates and bug fixes

We just pushed out a few updates that will require some users to update how they login to Sportably. If you have previously linked your Google or LinkedIn accounts to Sportably, or if you login to Sportably using your Google or LinkedIn account, you will need to reauthorize these connections. If you are already logged into Sportably visit your Managed Linked Accounts page and reauthorize or add linked accounts. If you login into Sportably with your Google or LinkedIn account and don’t have a password to login without a Google or LinkedIn account, Google and/or LinkedIn should reauthorize when you try to login with one of those accounts. If you run into any problems you can request a new password here.We have also fixed a few bugs and made a few performance improvements so let us know if you find any problems, have any questions or need assistance.

A few fixes and security improvements

We just pushed out a few bug fixes and security updates. These changes should fix a couple issues some users were experiencing while also improving security on the site. Let us know if you experience any problems at questions@sportably.com.

First release of 2012

Last night we pushed out a nice release that should speed up the process of recording and/or planning training days. When we released the training log system back in October last year, it was the first step of a much larger goal to develop a  set of killer tools that would allow athletes to log their training and provide professionals (strength and conditioning coaches and sport scientists) with the ability to create programs and share them with teams and athletes. However, prior to working on the programming portion of the system, there are a number of tweaks and additions that need to be made to the training log side first.

Here  are a couple of the features included in this release to kick off 2012.

Duplicate training days
You can now duplicate a training day to as many days as necessary without searching for and adding each individual session and exercise.

Favorite Exercises
A list of favorite exercises can be created which eliminates the need to search for each exercise you want to add.

Dual Roles
We have received a number of requests to include a dual team role feature (athlete and pro) that allows the team owner or admin to provide team members with an athlete/pro dual role. This along with several other bug fixes have been included in this release.

Thanks for all of your support in 2011! We are planning to release some great features  in 2012 that we hope will provide a much larger audience with the tools they need to properly monitor and develop athletes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this release or really anything at all, please email us at questions@sportably.com.

Training Log Released

We are pretty excited to announce that a couple of days ago we released the first version of the Training Log component of Sportably. While it is far from complete, the features included in this first Training Log release should provide many of the fundamental components which athletes, coaches and other professionals need to track and monitor both training and daily monitoring variables. So what is included?

What new features are available for athletes or other users interested in tracking their own progress? 

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  • Track the sessions exercises you perform each day
  • Track session duration, RPE, heart rate training load and add custom session categories
  • Several types of exercises (strength, speed/agility, endurance, flexibility) can be added to each session
  • Custom exercises can be created if a particular exercise is not already in the database
  • Graph, export and compare training and daily monitoring variables over time (for instance, in a few seconds you can now graph weight training volume load against resting heart rate or body weight over time)

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What features are available for coaches, sport scientists and other professionals responsible for athlete development?

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  • Training Logs for all athletes on a team can be viewed by the professionals of that team
  • Professionals can also graph, export and compare training and daily monitoring variables for each athlete over time
  • Custom exercises can be created and shared so athletes can then search for and add your custom exercises to their training log.

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Example Graph of Volume load (blue) vs. Resting Heart Rate

 

Example of Exercise Added to Training Log

 

If you are not registered with Sportably, click here to become a user. If you are already a registered member of Sportably, get started using the new Training Log and let us know what you think in the comments below.

There are many things we plan to add in the near future, but until then, we hope you enjoy the new features. In the next several days we will also release a few tutorial videos to help you get started. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, and everything is just as free as it was before 🙂

Mobile site, OpenID and few more updates

It goes without saying that proper athlete monitoring requires a commitment from both the athlete and their development team. However, one of the most common problems that coaches and sport scientists face is adherence; this applies to both the athlete entering data and the professional accessing information. In order for an athlete monitoring program to be as practical as possible, athletes, coaches, sport scientists and other professionals must be able to access the same athlete monitoring system from multiple devices. If an athlete can wake up, grab their smartphone and easily enter their daily monitoring information quickly, the greater the chance the athlete will adhere to their monitoring program. The same goes for members of an athlete’s development team who are responsible for monitoring the athlete(s).

With that said, tonight we released a mobile version of Sportably which has been optimized for use on mobile devices such iPhones, Android based phones and other smartphones with full html browsers. The touch interface of many of these devices allows athletes to quickly enter their daily monitoring information from wherever they may be. Of course coaches and sport scientist can also utilize the mobile version of Sportably to access and monitor their athletes. In order to access the mobile version of the site, just visit sportably.com/mobile from your mobile device. You can also access sportably.com as usual from your mobile device and the mobile version will load by default.

Another nice addition included in this release is OpenID integration. For all of you who have Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, WordPress or a number of other OpenID or OAuth accounts, you can now login using these accounts as well. If you are already a member of Sportably, you will need to login with your existing account and then access your account settings here to add/manage your OpenID accounts. From then on you will be able to login using any of the accounts you add. If you are a new user creating an account for the first time, you can create a new account using your OpenID login.

Several other small changes have been released including a number of speed and stability improvements as well as improved saving for the Monitoring section. What’s next on the to-do list you ask? The next major improvements will hopefully come in the form of custom monitoring items and a more robust alert system. After that, we have some exciting new developments planned for the summer!

We hope you enjoy this release.

If you have any suggestions or problems with this release, let us know in the comment section below.

Check out ETSU’s 2011 Medical Symposium

On May 12 & 13, ETSU will be hosting the 2011 Medical Symposium. This is a great conference for any medical professional who interacts with athletes on a regular basis or a coach, sport scientist and other practitioners who interact with medical professionals. While we won’t have a booth at the conference, one of us from Sportably will be hanging out at the symposium. Oh and if you have not attended an event at the Millennium Centre, the food is always spot on.


Click here to learn more about the 2011 Medical Symposium or click here to register for the 2011 Medical Symposium!

Schedule for the 2011 Medical Symposium

May 12, 2011– ETSU Culp Center

7-9pm – Sports Concussion Management: What are we Learning? – Dr. Michael Collins This talk is for coaches, parents and athletes and is FREE to all who attend!!

May 13, 2011– Millennium Centre

7:45-8:15am – Registration

8:15-8:30am – Welcome & Introduction – Meg Stone & Dr. R.J. Elbin

8:30-10am –  Sports Concussion  Management: What are we Learning? –  Dr. Collins

10:15-11:45am – Sickle Cell and the Athlete –  Dr. Parks

11:45-12:45pm – Lunch

12:45-2:15pm– Muscle Remodeling in Formerly Sedentary Subjects After Exercise Training –  Dr. Stuart

2:15-3:45pm – Resistance Training for the  Athlete with Type 1 Diabetes – Dr. Hornsby

4-4:45pm – A Practical Application for Strength & Conditioning in Children – Dr. Calendine

4:45-5:30pm – Children, Adolescents and Strength Training – Dr. Stone

Speakers

Dr. Micky Collins (Keynote Speaker) – Dr. Collins is a  nationally renowned  expert in the area of sports-related concussions, and is also a leading clinician and  researcher. In addition, he has been instrumental in the development of numerous concussion  management programs at the youth sports level  nationwide. Dr. Collins is the assistant director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.  He will be coming to ETSU to speak on the issues pertaining to  concussions. In the past Dr. Collins has worked with Tim Tebow, during his experience with concussions.

Dr. Eric Parks – Dr. Parks is a sports medicine physician at Watauga Orthopaedics. He specializes in the diagnosis and  treatment of new and overuse musculoskeletal injuries, chronic musculoskeletal disease, such as  arthritis, and the non-operative management of fractures.

Dr. Guy Honrsby – Dr. Guy Hornsby is an exercise physiologist from the West Virginia University School of Medicine where he serves as director of the WVU Human Performance Lab. He has served on the national board of directors of the American Diabetes Association and is currently the immediate past-chair of the board of directors of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association.

Dr. Charles Stuart – Charles Stuart is a professor of internal medicine at the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of  Medicine. His clinical consulting practice in Johnson City focuses on patients with challenging diabetes  management issues.

Dr. Chris Calendine – Dr. Chris Calendine is the Director of Pediatrics for Rural Health Services Consortium, Inc. and is also the Founder of ProStrength and Speed Youth Health Initiative, in Rogersville TN, and the Team Physician for Cherokee Comprehensive High School.

Dr. Michael Stone – Director of the Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory as well as program coordinator for the PhD program at ETSU. Published extensively on strength training for adolescents. Previous Head of Physiology for the USOC.

Temporary outage and future prevention

At around 11:19pm PST on March 8, 2011, our production server became unresponsive.  Our host, Rackspace, notified us shortly that it was due to a hardware failure on their end.  By about 1:18am PST on March 9, 2011, the server was back online.
What we’ve learned from the experience:
1) Our server-monitoring systems are working great. As soon as our site went down, our team received several notifications indicating there was a problem.
2) Having a redundant server infrastructure is critical for moments like this.  A proper server setup should ensure that a common problem like a hardware failure on a machine will not take down the entire website.
What we’re doing to prevent these types of outages in the future:
1) We’ll be adding redundant database and web application servers so in the event a server goes down, there will be a backup in place to fulfill this missing server.
2) Additionally, we plan to setup a secondary alerting system for our customers, such as a Twitter or Tumblr account, or possibly hosting our Blog on a separate server, so in the event of a major catastrophy, we can still keep communication open with our users.