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Putting isometric contractions on hold for strength gains

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Strength

The immediate benefits of a resistance training program include improved strength, larger muscle volume, stronger bones, and tendons that withstand the burdens of added load. For athletes, strength training also helps improve performance and prevent injuries, especially when tailored to the needs of their sport. The challenge is finding the time to adhere to a... MORE

Bring pressure to bear on sports injury with blood...

in Improve, Power development, Prevent

Is blood flow restriction training just one more fad? Alejandro Piris Nino takes an updated look at the history, uses, risks, and guidelines of this novel intervention.     Blood flow restriction (BFR) training, originally called Kaatsu (meaning training with added pressure), is the partial restriction of arterial and venous blood flow to exercising muscles... MORE

Neuroplasticity part II: brain matters for effective rehab

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve

In part one of this 2-part series on the importance of neuroplasticity in sports injury rehab, Chris Mallac explained how the ability of the cerebral cortex and cerebellum to reorganize and adapt has implications for athletes in the context of skill acquisition for an effective return to sport. In part two, Chris explores more key... MORE

Neuroplasticity in sports injury rehabilitation: Part I

in Anatomy, Improve

In the first part of a 2-part article, Chris Mallac explores the concept of neuroplasticity, and how a better understanding of its underlying principles improves rehab outcomes. Reinjury rates following return to sport are often quite high. In under-25 athletes for example, the incidence of another anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture (or ACL failure) run... MORE

Cool it! Why cryotherapy may not get desired results...

in Email Newsletters, Tools and technology

A recent newsletter explored the effect of post-exercise cryotherapy on the uptake of protein in muscles. While the immediate use of cooling after resistance exercise might diminish muscle building, it is a common strategy used to decrease delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after endurance exercise. Muscle cooling post-exercise comes in many forms: Cold water immersion... MORE

Neuro-dynamics: mobilizing the athlete back to full function and...

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac explores the current understanding of nerve mobility and the implications for clinicians treating athletes in their care. David Butler and Michael Shacklock coined the terms neuro-dynamics or neuro-mobilizations to describe the concept that impaired neural movement can cause limitations in the range of motion in the body(1-3). Subsequent research has supported the hypothesis that... MORE

Cold water immersion cools muscle growth

in Email Newsletters, Improve

When training athletes, resistance training should be executed with the same zeal and importance as skill and endurance training. However, this is rarely the case. Athletes tend to enjoy playing the sport the most and therefore gravitate toward drills and endurance play. Some find being stuck in the weight room boring and fail to see... MORE

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