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Occlusion training

Occlusion training

Occlusion training is very controversial. Cutting off the blood supply DURING exercise doesn’t exactly sound like a great idea. Depriving your muscles of oxygen and reducing their ability to shed metabolic waste products under physical stress can’t be good for you- can it? Cook, et al 2013 took 20 semi-professional European rugby players. 10 had(…)

Does exercise prevent injury in football?

Does exercise prevent injury in football?

One of the main reasons exercise is heavily pushed for athletes and for the weekend gym goer, is the injury prevention effect of training. On top of the physiological effects, the psychological effects and even the social component- injury prevention is generally mentioned. Van Beijsterveldt, et al; 2013 performed a literature review on this very(…)

Resistance training and youth

Resistance training and youth

Faigenbaum and Myer, 2009 completed a literature review of youth involved in resistance training. As anyone in the field can observe, younger and younger children are weightlifting and more children are participating in sports. Resistance training should be used to prevent injury and enhance sport performance at that age- not the other way around. It(…)

Impact forces of land vs. water based plyometrics

Impact forces of land vs. water based plyometrics

Plyometrics, as we have discussed numerous times, are great for developing power and quickness. They are also serious work for joints and why most coaches recommend you have some serious weight training under your belt before you begin a serious plyomterics program. People have often hypothesized that one could develop similar levels of explosive force(…)

Acupuncture for ankle sprains

Acupuncture for ankle sprains

Park et al 2013 completed a review of 17 trials involving acupuncture and ankle sprains. Of those, only 3 met inclusion criteria. These studies used randomization and sham treatment. Acupuncture was added on to traditional physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation. The 3 studies indicated that acupuncture relieved pain better than therapy alone (rr = 0.61) and(…)

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

Many people who participate in long distance running, cycling or swimming supplement with carbohydrate beverages. The idea is that over long-periods time, the glucose necessary for fatty acid mobilization becomes used up and the athlete ‘hits the wall’ or ‘bonks out’. With replenishment, they can continue properly mobilizing fatty acids to fuel the activity and(…)