Research & Sports Medicine

The Ribstein Center for Sports Medicine Sciences & Research

The Ribstein Center of Wingate Institute conducts ongoing research in physiological and psychological aspects of exercises, human performance in relation to movement, effects of nutritional additives on performance, factors relating to recovery after activity, reactions of children to physical effort, and more….

The universally accepted Wingate Anaerobic Test (WANT) for measuring the anerobic muscle power of an athlete was developed at the Institute some 25 years ago.

The center also provides medical services and information to elite and leisure athletes regarding daily training and goals. The medical staff diagnoses and treats professional and amateur sportsmen
as well as the general public for sport-related injuries, offers physical examinations and a range of physiological, physiotherapy, psychological services, nutrition and physical fitness consultations.

List of Studies – The Ribstein Center for Sports Medicine Sciences & Research – November 2016

  1. The responsiveness of athletes to a disqualification results in a cardiac stress test. – The aim of this study was to examine whether athletes follow the guidelines to refrain from competitive sports due to medical reasons found during a cardiac stress test. In addition, the researcher examined the athletes’ health status such as morbidity and mortality as a result of a heart problem.
  1. Physical activity and nutritional habits among adolescent in Israel-The aim of this study was to identify adolescents’ level of knowledge, attitude and behavior towards diet, lifestyle, and physical activity. Furthermore to identify the social and personal factors which influence adolescences’ health and behavior.
  1. Physical and motor abilities testing among young athletes- Follow up and setting norms.  Determination of norms in different physical and motor tests such as 5m sprint, 10m sprint, countermovement jump, and standing long jump among young athletes from Wingate Academy for Excellence in Sports.
  1. Anthropometric and physiological characteristics among handball players- The aim of the study was to examine the anthropometric and physiological characteristics of the Israeli handball team.
  1. The effectiveness of attentional strategies on throwing performance and gaze behavior of self-paced tasks under fatigue and non-fatigue conditions – the following study will examine the effectiveness of internal and external focus of attention instructions on the performance of a dart throwing task under rested and fatigue (after performing intense exercise) conditions. As well as the relationship between attentional focus instructions and gaze behavior under these two conditions.
  1. The relationship between range of motion, humorous position, and muscle strength among handball players- this study’s aim was to investigate the relationship between bone’s torsion and range of motion of the shoulder joint. In addition, the researchers tested the relationship between muscle strength of the dominant shoulder compared to the non-dominant shoulder.
  1. Validation of a movement performance analyzing system (PhysiMax PhysiMax is a new movement analyzing system. The study aim was to help validate the system while using the LESS test – a test which tries to diagnose movement deficiencies while jumping and landing.
  1. Assessment of movements’ quality while doing plyometric shoulder exercises. (In collaboration with Gent University)- The aim of this study was to characterize the EMG profile of muscles around the shoulder blade while doing plyometric shoulder exercises. Furthermore, the study tried to evaluate whether a change occurred in the quality of the movement at the initial and last phases of the movement and compare it to the EMG profile.
  1. Examine the effectiveness of “dynamic tape” on the results of the LESS test- The aim of this study was to compare the LESS test’s performance with or without dynamic tape, and to examine whether a different fatigue status (before and after physical activity) will have an effect on the results.
  1. Motivation among competitive young female athletes– the aim of this study was to better understand the motives and factors that mostly influence female athletes to participant in competitive sports. Moreover, to learn more about the challenges that those female athletes face while participating in a competitive sports environment.
  1. The efficiency of different pre-competition mental techniques on athletic performance. Multiple set of studies design to examine several mental techniques and routines athletes use as a preparation prior to a competition.
  1. The relationship between plasma vitamin D and bone density and the effect on balance in competitive athletes.
  1. Injuries prevalence among young athletes at the academy for excellence in sports – An analysis of the different type of injuries among young athletes at the Academy of excellence in sports at Wingate institute. The injuries that were included in the analysis were those that the athlete had to receive a physical therapy treatment due to the injury. The aim of this study was to report the number of injuries, the type of injuries, the number of training days missed due to the injury and examined whether different sports have different injury rate and different type of injuries.