Fitness, training load and injury risk in elite soccer players

One of the best predictors of injury risk among athletes are abrupt increases in training load. These are typically observed during periods of concentrated loading such as preseason training camps where practices are often held twice daily. Other times where this may occur are following breaks or unloading weeks where the coaches crank up training …

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Predictors of tackling performance under fatigue

Sports like rugby and football have the added unique challenge of both giving and receiving tackles. This increase in physicality places higher physical demands on players. Tackling requires skill that is developed by quality coaching and consistent repetition. Strength is an important physical quality that contributes to tackling ability given the high level of forces …

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Does interval cycling after lifting impair size and strength gains?

One of the more challenging aspects of programming for strength and power athlete’s is deciding when and how to implement conditioning work. Despite strength and power sports relying quite little on aerobic energy production, having a reasonable base of fitness can offer numerous indirect benefits. For example, more fit athletes will recover faster between sets …

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Interpreting HRV changes in soccer players

Since the development of smart phone applications capable of accurately measuring heart rate variability (HRV), more and more teams are starting to use this marker for athlete monitoring. Though numerous studies have supported the use of HRV for reflecting recovery status and training adaptation in athletes, the real-world application of HRV in field settings can …

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HIIT Effect on Speed and Fitness in Women’s Field Hockey

High intensity interval training or HIIT for short, is a method of performing cardiovascular conditioning that alternates brief periods of high intensity effort with passive rest or low intensity, active recovery periods. HIIT has been an area of interest recently among both clinical and sport performance populations. This is because in many instances HIIT has …

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Training Load, Performance and Injury Risk

Training loud refers to the amount of training related physical stress that is performed by an athlete. Monitoring training load has become a huge topic in strength and conditioning in the last decade or so. It’s also become a huge business. A variety of companies have emerged with products that are designed to either a) …

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Can HRV be used for optimal exercise prescription?

Over the past decade or so, there has been some very interesting advancements in our ability to predict ones adaptation potential to endurance training. Heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiovascular-autonomic function, appears to be a strong indicator of one’s adaptation capacity. For example, baseline HRV has previously been shown to correlate well with …

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Perceived stress levels affect training adaptations

One of the most interesting aspects of sport physiology is the inter-individual differences in training responses observed in athletes that are exposed to standardized programs. You can put a team of athletes through the same conditioning program and end up with some athletes showing no change or a tremendous increase in fitness (~40% at post-testing). …

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Aerobic capacity predicts performance in Aussie Rules Football

Strength coaches tend to spend the vast majority of their time in the weight room. This greatly limits their repertoire for conditioning work. Often times coaches will prescribe barbell complexes, plates pushes, battling ropes, etc., in effort to provide a conditioning stimulus. Though these methods can be effective to a point, failing to do field …

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Predictors of Injury in Contact Sports

Apart from enhancing performance in athletes, one of the other primary objectives of strength and conditioning training is to reduce injury potential. There are a variety of ways in which we can work to protect our athletes on the field. Some common methods include teaching proper mechanics and skill execution. In field sports, this includes …

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