Sports Science

Having spent time across multiple sports including boxing, rugby, weightlifting, powerlifting, and other endurance based sports, the greatest aspect to concentrate on is - “in this sport, where should the optimal expression of power be positioned on the force-velocity curve?”   I like to utilise the method of post-activation potentiation (PAP).   What is this? It is a short-term improvement in performance (power exercise) following a conditioning activity (strength exercise). This short-term improvement is thought to be related to an increased potentiation of motor units following a high motor unit activity in the muscle. An example of this is an improvement in counter movement...

The risks and dangers of concussion are slowly becoming mainstream information in the public eye. It is important for anyone involved in sport to be aware of the risk, signs and symptoms, and management of an individual with concussion.   Thankfully, concussion has become a hot topic among medical and sporting people across the world over the past several years, and this has reverberated to the general sporting public. This article intends to give the reader a general guide to the identification, initial treatment, and return-to-play for someone who experiences a concussion. [caption id="attachment_4668" align="alignleft" width="300"] Anyone involved in any level of sport...

Recent doping investigations in Australian sport is an opportunity for athletes and exercise & sports science professions of all levels to make themselves familiar with the anti-doping code, and the dangers that come with violating the rules.   The last several years have seen a number of high-profile cases concerning alleged violations to the anti-doping code. While these cases have been high in complexity with a mixed public reaction, it presents an opportunity for sportspeople in Australia to learn from these examples and increase their awareness of the risks associated with pushing the line. As exercise & sports science professionals, if you work...