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A big part of the secret is an extensive and expensive network of sporting academic underpinned by science and medicine. Source

I don't understand the part of "sporting academic underpinned by science and medicine." Please help me to paraphrase this sentence.

  • It seems to me that what you are after is not a paraphrase of the sentence, but an explanation of it. Hopefully, medica's editing of your question to match the source text will now have resolved your query. (Incidentally, note the second R in the spelling of 'paraphrase'.) – Erik Kowal Jun 2 '14 at 8:54
  • Underpin: to prop up or support from below; strengthen. The sentence states Australians are winners because there is support for sporting academies - sports training institutions - which themselves use medicine and science in their training techniques. – anongoodnurse Jun 2 '14 at 8:58
  • It is academic in this sentence. I don't understand what"academic"means in this sentence. none or adjective? – zelia Jun 2 '14 at 9:04
  • @Kris - the error is there. The source sentence is the third in the first paragraph. In context it does make sence that it's academic. But that is not the original sentence, which makes more sense. – anongoodnurse Jun 2 '14 at 9:05
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    @Kris - these test booklets take their material from press releases, etc. They (the test booklet makers) made three mistakes in that paragraph alone. That's what is "with the references". I shouldn't even need to explain this to an English speaking high rep user of this site. – anongoodnurse Jun 2 '14 at 9:24
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AUSTRALIA'S SPORTING SUCCESS

They play hard, they play often, and they play to win. Australian sports teams win more than their fair share of titles, demolishing rivals with seeming ease. How do they do it? A big part of the secret is an extensive and expensive network of sporting academies underpinned by science and medicine . At the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), hundreds of youngsters and pros live and train under the eyes of coaches. Another body, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), finances programmes of excellence in a total of 96 sports for thousands of sportsmen and women. Both provide intensive coaching, training facilities and nutritional advice.

The test booklet is in error, misspelling words from its source (above). What on earth is with meeting ease*? It's seeming ease.

In any case, the sentence states Australians are winners because there is great support for sporting academies - sports training institutions - which themselves use medicine and science in their training techniques. It's a big business with a lot of money, science and medicine behind it.

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    +1 I wonder how many questions come here from such badly done copies of what was perfectly good English. – Frank Jun 2 '14 at 9:41
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    @Frank - good question. From what I've seen so far (I've been here 6 months), it's not terribly infrequent. – anongoodnurse Jun 2 '14 at 9:44

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