WEP Previews ’22: EWBIS Sports Science Research Programme

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By Janaa (22S03L)

Dear Y5s.

Welcome to J1! As you think about what activities you might want to join to take your mind off academics, why not consider EWBIS?

EWBIS (E. W. Barker Institute of Sports) is a sports science research programme run by some of our PE teachers that teaches us about the science behind sports. 

EWBIS is held on Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. 

Our weekly lessons are different each time. Sometimes, we report at the gym to learn how to use sports science equipment, such as machines that track your speed. These equipment are frequently used by professional researchers. Other times, the teachers will touch on different topics like Biomechanics, the study of movement. We discussed why humans walk with an opposite-to-normal swing i.e why we move our right leg and left arm instead of our right arm and right leg together. This is just one of the many examples of what we would typically learn in a WEP session. 

The main part of this programme is a mini project. Each group, consisting of 3 to 5 members, researches on a specific topic. We get to come up with our own intervention methods and present our project in front of a panel of judges. My group researched the topic, “Which method (high intensity, low volume or low intensity, high volume) is better for push-up training?” We conducted a month-long study with our friends as our subjects. Other topics that our peers did include comparing the effectiveness of chest-strap-based heart rate monitors and arm-based heart rate monitors, recovery techniques and strategies, and thermoregulation for optimal performance

By joining this programme, you will be able to make new friends, as well as learn how to manage your time well. With an additional WEP at hand, you will be forced to prioritise and plan your time well. 

Furthermore, you will be able to get an insight into the life of professional researchers. If you are considering entering this field in the future or want to learn more about what they do, this programme might just be right for you. 

Life in JC can be hectic, but also very fun, if you do things you like. I hope that after reading this article, you will be able to have a better understanding of what this programme is about and do consider joining it!

Have fun in Y5!

From Janaa, on behalf of EWBIS 

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