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Applied S and C – effective warm-up & movement preparation

We decided to put warming-up and movement preparation back on the radar in light of some stuff we’ve seen in the field and read from strength and conditioning coaches and physiotherapists, over the past 12 months. Just so there’s no confusion, neuromuscular warm-ups (NMWU) including the FIFA 11+ are  warm-ups that can assist in reducing soft-tissue injuries in individuals(…)

Speed training monitoring

Speed training monitoring

Speed is arguably the most important physical performance quality in field sports. Training to develop speed should ensure that the session is based on quality of repetitions, not quantity. Therefore, quantitative analysis of a training session should ensure this is the case. How to do it Use a fatigue index. Quantifying fatigue If your session comprises of 6 sprints,(…)

Conditioning effect of the 11+ soccer warm up

Conditioning effect of the 11+ soccer warm up

We introduced the 11+ warm up a few months ago here, and advocate its principles. A new study published in The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine has demonstrated that the warm up induces a significant training effect. Thirty six Futsal players (mean age 17.3 ± 0.7) were randomly assigned into an experimental (EX) (n=18) and control group (n = 18). The(…)

Soccer-specific fitness training part I

Soccer-specific fitness training part I

The specificity principle of training, suggests that specific training methodologies should be employed to maximise the training effect. In other words, sprinters should employ sprint training to improve their performance etc. When it comes to applying the specificity principle to soccer, this means that on-field football training provides the best method of training. Della et al. (2006) that(…)

Effect of starting v non-starting on in-season performance measures

Effect of starting v non-starting on in-season performance measures

A recent study published in The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research caught our eye when it looked at the effect of starting v non-starting on athletic performance. Twelve basketball players (age = 20.6 ± 1.5 y; height = 178.0 ± 8.2 cm; weight = 74.1 ± 8.1 kg) were tested pre & post season for squat power,(…)

Eccentric hamstring training: an emerging paradigm in lower limb injury prevention

Eccentric hamstring training: an emerging paradigm in lower limb injury prevention

The hamstring muscles are uniquely prone to injury in field athletes, where high intensity running and sprinting often lead to strains and occasionally tears. While the aetiology of hamstring injuries is complex, thigh injuries were highlighted in The UEFA Injury Study 2011 accounting for 17% of all injuries, with subsequent lay-off time of 18-24 days. Cases of(…)

Return-to-play following ACL surgery, rate of force development and strength requirements

Return-to-play following ACL surgery, rate of force development and strength requirements

ACL injuries are common in field and court sports, however there are a limited number of accepted indicators that determine readiness to return to play sport following ACL surgery. A new study published in The Journal of Orthopaedic Sports and Physical Therapy  has evaluated the readiness to return to play based on measures of maximal voluntary isometric(…)

Kettlebell swings for medial hamstring

Kettlebell swings for medial hamstring

We introduced KB’s a while back, indicating their effectiveness in non-specific (pre-season / general prep phase) aerobic conditioning. Similarly, when we talked about KB training and spinal loading, we mentioned that the KB swing compliments the squat by providing a balance to the spinal loading pattern as well as activating the spinal extensors and gluteal muscles at 50% and(…)