sports science Tag

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...

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...

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...