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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

2 programs to jump-start your telehealth Ther-ex Rx

in Power development, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Strength

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most athletes find themselves trapped within their home surroundings with limited resources for exercise. With events canceled globally and training programs halted, Trevor Langford begins a series on how sports professionals can ensure athletes remain focused, conditioned, and ready to return to training once give the ‘all clear.’ This article... MORE

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

Shoulder instability: prevention for better performance

in Prevent, Shoulder injuries, Strength

Tracy Ward explores the subject of shoulder instability; what preventative measures can athletes take to prevent its occurrence or worsening? Shoulder instability is the abnormal movement of the shoulder joint beyond normal physiological ranges, which can result in subluxation (partial displacement) or dislocation (full displacement) of the humeral head in the glenoid cavity (shoulder joint... MORE

Plyometric training…when does rehabilitation need a spring in its...

in Improve, Power development, Strength

The debate continues surrounding appropriate timing and volume for implementing plyometric training in return-to-play rehabilitation. Pat Gillham looks at the latest thinking ‘Plyometric exercise’ was a term coined in 1964(1). Plyometrics exercises exploit the benefits of the plyometric regime and involve the Stretch-Shortening Cycle (SSC)(2). Thanks to the muscles’ pre-stimulation during the eccentric phase, plyometrics... MORE

The modern golfer part II: be strong, perform well

in Power development, Strength

In part one of this two-part series, Pat Gillham looked at injury incidence and prevention in golfers. In this article, Pat explores the role of strength and conditioning for enhancing golf performance. Simple physics tells us that by generating more force against the ground (vertical ground reaction force), we can increase velocity. This applies directly to... MORE

Intramuscular hamstring tendon injury: prognosis, surgical repair and rehabilitation

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Leg injuries, Strength

Adam Smith explores the anatomy of intramuscular hamstring tendons, outlines an injury classification system and using a case study, provides treatment and rehab options following surgical repair. Hamstring injuries are the most common muscular injury in athletes with most injuries occurring at the musculotendinous junction(1-3). There is some evidence that injuries that involve the intramuscular... MORE

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