Effect of match time and location on sleep quality in professional soccer players

Inadequate recovery can substantially impact athletic performance and increase risk of illness or injury. Therefore, it’s no surprise that organizations invest plenty of time and money in technologies and facilities that are intended to enhance and speed up the recovery process. However, there remains considerable debate surrounding the efficacy of various recovery modalities. For example, …

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Effect of Sleep Quality and Training Load on Performance in Elite Gymnasts

With the development of practical sleep-monitoring devices, empirical evidence has steadily emerged from research that supports what coaches have known all along; sleep quality affects performance. Valuing sleep pays off in how athletes feel, how they train and how they perform. Therefore, coaches need to take a proactive role in addressing sleep quality with athletes …

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HRV recovery delayed in linemen relative to non-linemen following training

The majority of research evaluating recovery status in American football players has evaluated endocrine markers, biochemical markers (i.e., creatine kinase) and subjective ratings of well-being. However, little attention has been given to cardiovascular markers. Football is often thought of as a predominantly anaerobic sport which may cause some to under appreciate the importance of having …

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Does foam rolling enhance recovery in elite athletes?

It can take anywhere from 48 to 96 hours for full recovery to take place following a match. However, there are many instances in which athletes are not given adequate recovery time between competitions. Tournament-play and congested match fixtures often require athletes to compete on consecutive days, or sometimes twice in the same day. As …

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Delayed recovery from training to failure

One of the primary drivers of skeletal muscle adaptations is total resistance training volume. Provided that the volumes fall within the recovery capacity of the individuals, the magnitude of the stimulus will be greater with higher volume. When it comes to recovery from training however, total volume may not be the only factor we need …

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Effect of cold water immersion on objective and subjective recovery in rugby players

Cold water immersion is one of the most common modalities used by sports teams to enhance recovery from training and competing in athletes. Following intensive training or a competition, athletes reluctantly submerge their lower body in ice-cold water. Athletes often report that this reduces pain and soreness following training. Its impact on performance recovery is …

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Time-course of perceptual and neuromuscular recovery following resistance training

Programming resistance training during the in-season competitive phase can be quite challenging. This is because coaches need to ensure that athletes are receiving a sufficient training effect to maintain strength, power and muscle mass without compromising recovery and performance. Thus, picking the right days of the week to implement resistance training sessions that allows sufficient …

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Showering before bed improves sleep quality in youth athletes

For the unenlightened coach, sleep hygiene is a serious issue with today’s athletes. While sleep has always been regarded as a key part of the recovery process, only recently have young athletes been given access to the major distraction that is the smartphone device. How many athletes are actually attempting to go to sleep after …

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Are ice tubs more effective than placebo for enhancing performance recovery?

When discussing preseason training camp with an athlete, memories of sore legs are bound to pop into their mind. One of the most popular ways that athletes try to minimize delayed-onset muscle soreness during camp is by soaking for 15-20 minutes in an ice tub after training. While athletes seem to feel better after doing …

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Recovery rate differs following strength, power and hypertrophy training

Planning resistance training sessions during the competitive season must be done strategically so that players are not too sore or have compromised performance on game day. Resistance training sessions typically fall under one of three categories: strength-based, power-based and hypertrophy-based. Strength-based workouts typically include multiple sets of <5 repetitions with loads >85% of 1RM. Power-based …

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