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 […]

Visual Feedback attenuates mean concentric Barbell Velocity loss and improves motivation…

Infographic from the NSCA. Athletes may benefit from receiving visual feedback of kinematic outcomes during training periods, particularly when (1) training quality is of importance, (2) training volume is high, or (3) motivation is low. This study examined the effects of visual kinematic feedback during the back-squat exercise.

Resistance Training for Older Adults: Position Statement From the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Abstract Resistance training for older adults: position statement from the national strength and conditioning association: Aging, even in the absence of chronic disease, is associated with a variety of biological changes that can contribute to decreases in skeletal muscle mass, strength, and function. Such losses decrease physiologic resilience and increase vulnerability to catastrophic events.  As […]

Infographic – mental fatigue influences aerobic exercise more than anaerobic

This graphic shows how a cognitively demanding activity negatively influences subsequent aerobic performance more so than max strength/power efforts. The authors feel that this might be due to the increased perception of effort rather than any specific physiological phenomenon.

Use of Loaded Conditioning Activities to potentiate middle – and Long – Distance Performance : A narrative review and practical applications.

A study in Endurance Review: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: 33(8)/2288–2297  In this study, the authors looked at the use of a loaded conditioning activity (LCA), which elicits a post-activation potentiation (PAP) response to acutely enhance explosive power performance. Despite the limited number of studies that have been conducted in this area, the tentative […]

Safe Return to Training Guidelines

Statement from the NSCA: The incidence of injuries and deaths related to Exertional Heat Illness (EHI), Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (ER), and Cardiorespiratory Failure has increased significantly in college athletes in recent years. Data indicate that these injuries and deaths are more likely to occur during periods when athletes are transitioning from relative inactivity to regular training. […]

GENETIC VARIABILITY AMONG POWER ATHLETES: THE STRONGER VS. THE FASTER

By: SIGAL BEN-ZAKEN, ALON ELIAKIM, DAN NEMET, AND YOAV MECKEL 1 Genetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory, The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at the Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel; and 2Child Health and Sports Center, Pediatric Department, Meir Medical Center, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Kfar-Saba, Israel Journal of Strength and Conditioning […]