Sports Science

Do you run? Do you try to run regularly and feel great when you do? But do you experience shin pain down your legs which stops you from running? This is commonly known as shin splints or more clinically as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and effects runners world over. The good news is that there is a way to keep on running, to get fitter and even run further without any shin pain! Shin splints don't have to stop you running and you can even run further shin-pain free! Think back to how you feel after you have completed a successful run....

Attention soccer players, coaches and trainers. Are you or your athletes at risk of an ACL injury? In this 3 part series, I will discuss the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and it’s relation to soccer performance.   The ACL is one of the most common yet highly PREVENTABLE knee ligament injuries that occurs in soccer. I will cover the following topics: ACL background information and injury statistics in soccer Common ACL injury mechanism in soccer Specific athletic screening / testing protocol for the ACL you can and SHOULD use in soccer ACL injury prevention exercises to add into your gym routine and soccer...

The benefits of strength training have been well documented over recent years. Most elite athletes are aware of the benefits for general health and sports performance. Many recreational and competitive athletes endeavor to include it in their regular training programs but with busy lives, full training weeks, work, study and family commitments it's often the first thing to be left out when they become tired and stressed! A recently published article is instrumental in highlighting the importance of strength development in sports performance. The article 'The importance of muscular strength in athletic performance' concludes that higher levels of strength lead to improved performance in...

Question: “I want to bulk up, how do I do this?”   This is a common question in the fitness industry, especially from young men and adolescents. A common answer to this question goes something like this: “Lift heavy weights to failure every set in the gym, take pre workout so you have energy to do more in the gym, and have a protein shake immediately after the session otherwise you will lose gains!” Unfortunately this advice is misinformed and gives a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Body composition is specific to the individual, and everyone responds differently to an exercise or protein ingestion stimulus....

Despite a growing amount of research to support strength training for distance runners, the weights room still appears to be a no-go zone for a percentage of the running community. In reality, there are many ways that strength training can assist runners in taking the next step in their performance. Maximal strength has been shown to improve performance for endurance athletes, including runners. There are a number of reasons to support this, several of which are discussed below: Improved running economy A sound running economy is one of the cornerstones of running performance. In a nutshell, this means using as little energy...

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...