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Breast support – only the balls should bounce!

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Other, Overuse injuries

The breast has limited anatomical support and can move 15cm during running. Nicola Brown discusses the consequences of breast movement and provides guidance on obtaining the correct sports bra fit to help women exercise in greater comfort. Introduction The evolution of technology and sportswear aims to improve performance and prevent injuries. However, the sports industry... MORE

Periodization: game, set, and the menstrual cycle

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Tools and technology

The menstrual cycle occurs approximately monthly in women of reproductive age. The hormonal fluctuations affect the cardiovascular, respiratory, and neuromuscular systems. Tracy Ward discusses the implications of the menstrual cycle on training and competition periodization in female athletes. The number of women participating in exercise and professional sport has risen significantly over the past three... MORE

Sleeping sporting beauties: Part II – optimizing recovery and...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other

The effects of sleep on performance are well understood. In part two, Tracy Ward explores the sleep-recovery relationship and provides recommendations for improving sleep quality and quantity in female athletes. Optimizing sleep in female athletes The average person requires approximately 7-9 hours of sleep per night to promote wellbeing and reduce morbidity and mortality(1). However,... MORE

Sleeping sporting beauties: Part I – how hormones influence...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Tools and technology

The role of sleep on performance is undeniable. However, female athletes’ sleep-recovery relationship may differ from their male counterparts due to their physiology.  In part one, Candice MacMillan discusses how female hormones interact with the circadian rhythm and their impact on sleep. Introduction Sleep is a key element to peak athletic performance(1). It is regarded... MORE

What’s your story? How to make sense of and...

in Email Newsletters, Other, Sports psychology

Paper title: Storying sports injury experiences of elite track athletes: A narrative analysis.  Publication: Psych of Sport and Exercise Publication date: June 2021 INTRODUCTION Formulating and sharing stories offers a way of making sense of injury experiences. These stories, although unique, are shaped through the athlete’s socio-cultural context. The athlete’s narrative acts as a resource... MORE

No time to snooze: the athlete’s sleep paradox

in Improve, Other

Sleep is essential for athletic performance and recovery, affecting both cognitive and physical health. However, athletes continue to fall short of the sleep recommendations despite the well-established benefits. Nicolaas van Djik takes the covers off the athlete’s sleep paradox and provides new insights. Runners sleep before competing in the 2016 New York City Marathon in... MORE

Long COVID: returning athletes from the deep

in Cardiopulmonary, Diagnose & Treat, Other, Uncommon injuries

As the COVID-19 pandemic poses a great public health challenge. While the initial virus infection stressed every country’s healthcare system, a secondary health problem has emerged. Dr. Ryan Frerichs explores Long COVID and uncovers the assessment and management. Soon after the pandemic, recovered patients began complaining of complications beyond the initial acute infection period. The... MORE

Autoregulation: The solution to the rehab programming puzzle

in Improve, Other, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Speed development, Sports psychology

Rehabilitation programs aim to recondition the injured tissue site to be pain-free and cope with the physical demands of the sport. Jason Tee delves into using autoregulation in exercise prescription to create robust athletes. Training prescription is a delicate balancing act of tissue-loading. Overload a client, and they may suffer setbacks in the form of... MORE

Winning at all costs: mind over matter

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Other, Sports psychology

Mental health continues to gather the attention it deserves. The travel and sporting event restrictions, e.g., participation bubbles, place athletes and support personnel in unprecedented situations. In addition, the social disconnect places strain on the relationships that are paramount for mental health, and thus performance. Emotion fogs the nuance around performance. As athletes fight for... MORE

Breaking free: the role of gender in sports injury

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Other

Women and men suffer the same types of sports injuries. However, they experience them differently. For instance, women have higher rates of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries(1). They also have a significantly greater chance of reinjury after an ACL repair (ACLR)(1). While great strides have been made in decreasing the rates of ACL injury in... MORE

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