Published in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Authors ANDREW T. ASKOW, 1 JUSTIN J. MERRIGAN, 2,3 JONATHAN M. NEDDO, 2,3 JONATHAN M. OLIVER, 1 JASON D. STONE, 1 ANDREW R. JAGIM, 4 AND MARGARET T. JONES2,3 1 Department of Kinesiology, The Sport Science Center at Texas Christian University, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas […]

A Tactical Periodization Approach for Rugby Union

By Jason C. Tee, PhD, Michael Ashford, MSc, and David Piggott, PhDInstitute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom This is one of the most interesting papers I have come across concerning periodization in Rugby Union. Not many papers on the subject. ABSTRACT : THE CONCEPT OF TACTICAL […]

Top 14 – Finally the end of the pounds

By Jeremy Fadat via Midi Olympique Interesting S&C and Nutrition Article, Less hypertrophy more Strength and Anaerobic Power. translated from the French, reading between the lines some of this is targeting the stretch–shortening cycle (SSC) Article in English  Original Article can be found here

Return to play after concussion

Recently I had to explain to a player why they couldn’t return to play immediately after a concussion and trying to explain the Return to Play Protocols. Unfortunately the player wants to get back on the pitch immediately and doesn’t understand the implications. After much explanation the player has relented and will seek medical advice. […]

The Effects of Myofascial Release With Foam Rolling on Performance

Healey, Kellie C.; Hatfield, Disa L.; Blanpied, Peter; More Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 28(1):61-68, January 2014. This study on Foam Rollers studies it’s efficiency, according to the paper self-myofascial release has become an increasingly common modality to supplement traditional methods of massage, so a masseuse is not necessary. However, there are limited clinical data demonstrating […]

An Investigation Into the Effects of Excluding the Catch Phase of the Power Clean on Force-Time Characteristics During Isometric and Dynamic Tasks: An Intervention Study

An interesting paper, The aims of this study were to compare the effects of the exclusion or inclusion of the catch phase during power clean (PC) derivatives on force-time characteristics during isometric and dynamic tasks, after two 4-week mesocycles of resistance training. Two strength matched groups completed the twice-weekly training sessions either including the catch […]

Quad Rugby: A Strength and Conditioning Program for the Elite Athlete

Following yesterday’s article here’s a research paper on Wheelchair Rugby (Murderball), one of the few scientific papers I have found on the subject. Quad Rugby A Strength and Conditioning Program National Strength and Conditioning Association Volume 28, Number 4, pages 10-18

Upper Body program for Wheelchair Rugby (Murder ball) – Opinion Piece

Recently I listened a radio broadcast of an amazing athlete who while playing able body Rugby was badly injured and now is in a wheelchair, but it has not dampened his enthusiasm and I decided to research about Strength and Conditioning Programs for Murder Ball and I found that the wheelchair version of the sport […]

Eight Week Battle Rope Training Improves Multiple Physical Fitness Dimensions and Shooting Accuracy.

Another Article from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research 32(10): 2715–2724, 2018 A high-intensity interval training, power rope, total body training. This study investigated whether battle rope (BR) training enhances multiple physical fitness dimensions, including aerobic capacity (AC), upper-body anaerobic power (AnP), upper-body and lower-body power, agility, and core muscle endurance, and shooting […]

Australian Sport commits to national standard for sport science

  Press release issued in 17th December 2017 – National Sporting Organisations (NSO’s) will require all strength and conditioning staff to have the relevant accreditation with ASCA by the end of 2018. – The ASC recommends ASCA as the accrediting body for strength and conditioning coaches. Click for full Press Release