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It’s all about intensity: maintaining training intensity can preserve...

in Improve, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Strength

Cessation in training, whether planned or unplanned, is a common occurrence in the life of all individuals, especially athletes, as it relates to the management of injuries or time spent off following a competition. Joe Cassaro explores ‘how much is enough?’ to maintain endurance and strength performance outcomes.  The cessation of training for four weeks... MORE

Functional ankle instability: jumping for joy?

in Anatomy, Ankle and foot injuries, Prevent, Proprioception and balance

New research suggests that the addition of plyometric training for ankle injury rehabilitation improves proprioception in athletes with functional ankle instability. Andrew Hamilton explains why introducing ballistic exercises into rehabilitation may improve functional outcomes. Ankle sprains are among the most common musculoskeletal injuries in sportsmen and women. Up to 45% of sports injuries may be related to... MORE

Battle of the bulge: does heavy lifting harm the...

in Improve, Power development, Strength

Female athletes use resistance training to enhance their strength and performance. The pelvic floor is perhaps the only region where physical exertion may create a negative effect. Tracy Ward examines the issue to determine if females are at risk of causing or worsening pelvic floor problems with weighttraining. Females have unique anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology... MORE

Playing fast and loose: the implications of joint hypermobility...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Strength

Female athletes with persistent musculoskeletal pain may suffer from joint hypermobility syndrome. Though often overlooked, it is associated with an increase in injuries and can significantly affect athletic abilities. Tracy Wardprovides an overview of the condition, its implications, and specific treatment strategies to enhance performance. Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHMS) is a connective tissue disorder that... MORE

Taking the next step: progressing training loads

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Prevent

The perfect training load to elicit a desired functional adaptation is the elusive goal of every training session for every clinician and athlete. Doing so ensures that training is efficient and purposeful. However, there’s little guidance for measuring training loads in healthy athletes, much less those in rehab. Recently, Tim Gabbett, the father of training... MORE

Fun-sized: Concepts for reducing youth injuries

in Improve, Prevent

Bio-banding and altering training parameters play a role in preventing injury in very young athletes. Tracy Ward explains the developmental basis for these strategies and how to incorporate them into your youth training and rehab programs. Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay  Three processes characterize youth development from birth to adulthood(1): Growth refers to the changes in body composition,... MORE

Early specialization: what’s the price, and should young athletes...

in Prevent

Are there risks for early specialization in young athletes, and if so, is there a better developmental pathway? Andrew Hamilton explores the pros and cons of single-sport participation. Practice makes perfect – or so they say. However, can young athletes have too much of a good thing when it comes to youth sport? For busy... MORE

The young and reckless: the influence of age on...

in Musculoskeletal injuries, Prevent

Age and maturity may put younger athletes at risk for certain types of injuries. Jason Tee explains how development impacts injury risk and examines how to support young athletes for life-long activity. While increasing age increases overall injury risk in athletes, clinicians may misinterpret that fact and ignore the injury risk in the young(1). Indeed,... MORE

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