EFFECT OF ACUTE COMPLEX TRAINING ON UPPERBODY FORCE AND POWER IN COLLEGIATE WRESTLERS

In this paper, 13 collegiate male wrestlers with >1 year of strength training were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups: Chain Bench Press or Plate Bench Press to see which would improve explosive power measured using a Plyometric push up on a force plate more. The athletes performed a Plyometric push up, Chain/Plate Bench […]

INDIVIDUAL MUSCLE HYPERTROPHY AND STRENGTH RESPONSES TO HIGH VS. LOW RESISTANCE TRAINING FREQUENCIES

In this paper, published this month, 20 subjects had one leg randomly assigned to High-Frequency training (5 x per week) and the other to Low-Frequency (2-3 x per week). Muscle cross-sectional area and 1 repetition maximum were assessed at baseline and after 8 weeks of training. Some individuals showed greater muscle mass and strength gains […]

Comparison Between Unilateral and Bilateral Plyometric Training on Single and Double-Leg Jumping Performance and Strength

In this paper, the authors explored the effects of unilateral and bilateral plyometric training on single and double-leg jumping performance, maximal strength, and rate of force development (RFD). Fifteen moderately trained subjects were randomly assigned to either a unilateral (U, n = 7) or bilateral group (B, n = 8). Both groups performed maximal effort […]

Factors Related to Average Concentric Velocity of Four Barbell Exercises at Various Loads

In this paper, the authors wanted to see whether individual factors such as training experience or anthropometrics influence the average concentric velocity (ACV) during a repetition. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether training age, current training frequency, limb length, height, and relative strength are related to ACV at loads between 35 […]

Review – Recent Articles on Artificial Grass Pitches (AGP)

Recently my local Rugby club among others were been supported by England Rugby in its investment in artificial surfaces and installed a 4th Generation pitch (Artificial Grass Pitch), across the sport of Rugby union playing and training venues are increasing across the UK, unfortunately little is known about the likely associated injuries and player welfare […]

EFFECTS OF HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

The Article was published in the current edition of the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. In this systematic review, the authors aimed to verify the effects of this type of training. A total of 117 articles were retrieved, and 9 studies remained in the present systematic review. A total of 228 athletes (138 judo […]

How weight gains have also damaged N.F.L. retirees

In the past few decades, the National Football League’s emphasis on the passing game and quarterback protection has led teams to stock their offensive and defensive lines with ever-larger men, many of them weighing well over 300 pounds (136.7 Kg). But their great girth, which coaches encouraged, and which helped turn some players into multimillion-dollar commodities, leaves […]

EXPLORING NONOPERATIVE EXERCISE INTERVENTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT

From the American College of Sports Medicine by Sara Lynn Terrell, Ph.D. and James Lynch, M.D. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® January/February 2019 FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT BACKGROUND Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is characterized by pathologic contact during hip range of motion (1). The idea of hip impingement, although noted in the 1930s, is becoming an increasingly prevalent […]

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 […]