Issue 18

April 2018

Audio Review

  1. Bone Health for Young Athletes

The Science of Coaching

  1. Strict vs. open training environments for technical development

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Gym-based primer sessions 1-2 days before a game: Do they work?
  2. The Nordic Curl vs. Stiff-Leg Deadlift: Which is best for hamstring muscle activity?
  3. Post-activation potentiation (PAP) for endurance sports: A hidden piece of gold?

Technology & Monitoring

  1. Medicine balls with built-in accelerometers: Are they accurate and worth the investment?
  2. Are typical musculoskeletal screening tests sensitive to changes in training load?
  3. Are wearable sensors the next generation in sprint performance testing?

Fatigue & Recovery

  1. Intermittent cold water immersion: 8ºC vs. 15ºC
  2. Practical applications of water immersion recovery modalities for team sports
  3. How long does it take to fully recover after a competitive match?

Youth Development

  1. ACL injuries in youngsters: Is there a spike around the age of peak height velocity?
  2. Is the fundamental movement skill model for youngsters outdated?
  3. Bio-banding in youth sport: What do the athletes think of it?

Nutrition

  1. How damaging is under-fuelling on matchday performance?
  2. Caffeine before an evening game: Does it affect sleep?
  3. Are some athletes genetically more sensitive to caffeine than others?

Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

  1. How to identify a concussion and the usefulness of using video feedback
  2. Can a hip-focused training programme reduce the occurrence of female ACL injuries?
  3. Does the type of stretch performed before exercise influence hamstring injury risk?

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Performance Digest - Science for Sport

Issue 17

March 2018

Audio Review

  1. Force-Velocity Profiling

The Science of Coaching

  1. How a coach can easily decrease injury rates and improve attendance

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Linear and multidirectional speed: Can we use PAP to improve them?
  2. Optimal methods for maximising strength gains in athletes
  3. Which is best for improving jump performance: Plyometrics, Oly Lifts, or Strength training?

Technology & Monitoring

  1. My Jump 2 App: A great tool for measuring the reactive strength index or all hype?
  2. Time to cool off! Are cooling gloves and jackets useful in hot/humid conditions?
  3. How does the volume of high-speed running and sprinting impact injury risk

Fatigue & Recovery

  1. Sleep and Performance: How to optimise performance during periods of sleep deprivation
  2. How sleep impacts strength gains, and what we can do about it
  3. Do ice baths reduce muscle swelling and reestablish muscle function?

Youth Development

  1. Skipping is useful for increasing bone density in youngsters?
  2. What the kids have to say early sport specialisation
  3. A practical method for assessing gym-based movement quality in young athletes

Nutrition

  1. Caffeine in alternate forms (e.g. gums, energy drinks, and gels): Do they actually work?
  2. Beetroot juice: Can it improve performance in athletes of all levels?
  3. Does dehydration affect mental performance in elite-level athletes?

Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

  1. Hamstring injuries: Does the central tendon actually impact the return-to-play time and re-injury?
  2. Achilles tendinopathy: Optimising the return-to-sport process
  3. ACL Reconstruction: Recommendations for an updated return-to-sport approach

Infographics

  1. Does ankle mobility and segment ratios influence trunk angle in the squat?
  2. Do stronger and faster athletes have a reduced risk of injury?

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Performance Digest Science for Sport

Issue 16

February 2018

Audio Review

  1. Cold Water Immersion

The Science of Coaching

  1. Refining technical skills in high-level athletes

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Maximising strength gains: Volume trumps frequency?
  2. Optimising strength: How long should we actually be resting between sets?
  3. Injury prevention training for youth athletes: How much, how often, and what to do

Technology & Monitoring

  1. Does jaw clenching improve force and power production in the gym?
  2. Apple Watch vs Fitbit Charge HR: Who should win your heart?
  3. Sled-resisted sprinting: A new way to test and optimise sprint speed?

Fatigue & Recovery

  1. Do roller massagers effect neural excitability?
  2. Can ice packs be used as a practical alternative to ice baths?
  3. Compression garments: Full-leg vs. shorts vs. stockings

Youth Development

  1. Contrast training for improving sprint, jump, and agility performance in prepubertal athletes
  2. Power Push-Up test for young athletes: Good or not so good?
  3. The ‘Athletic Skills Track’ movement test: Should we be using it to assess movement quality?

Nutrition

  1. Does bovine colostrum supplementation improve immune function and prevent athlete sickness?
  2. Do elite athletes under-eat and prevent possible adaptation and their ability to perform?
  3. Can beetroot juice improve moderate-intensity exercise performance?

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Performance Digest Science for Sport

Issue 15

December 2017

The Science of Coaching

  1. Which psychological attributes underpin elite sports coaches?

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Back Squat: How ankle ROM and segment ratios influence trunk lean
  2. Cross-education: A super tool for training injured athletes?
  3. Maintaining tackling ability in-season: The role of the S&C coach

Technology & Monitoring

  1. The validity and reliability of the GymAware device for measuring CMJ
  2. Flying and its effect on performance: An east vs. west-bound travel comparison
  3. Do minimalist shoes improve running economy and time-trial performance?

Fatigue & Recovery

  1. Ice bath vs. cold water immersion: The impact of temperature on recovery
  2. Compression garments: Which pressure is most effective?
  3. How to individualise cold water immersion for high-fat and low-fat athletes

Youth Development

  1. Plyometric training: Using both stable and unstable surfaces
  2. Exercise for Bone in Childhood – Hitting the Sweet Spot
  3. How important is sports participation for health in youth populations?

Nutrition

  1. Can glutamine supplementation reduce gastrointestinal discomfort for endurance athletes?
  2. Taurine + chocolate milk: A novel strategy for reducing oxidative stress?
  3. Weight-making athletes: How to get there safely

Infographics

  1. How long does it take to recover after a competitive soccer match?
  2. Should self-report dietary assessment methods be used for athletes?
  3. Steps to improve immune function with nutrition for athletes
  4. What adaptations occur to youth athletes using injury prevention programs?

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performance digest science for sport

Issue 14

November 2017

The Science of Coaching

  1. Does focus of attention improve snatch performance?

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Can blood flow restriction improve 100m sprint performance?
  2. Bench pressing with a spotter: Does it improve performance and adaptations?
  3. Sprint interval training: A great method for improving running performance in trained athletes?

Technology & Monitoring

  1. Altitude/elevation training masks: What does the science have to say?
  2. Training load monitoring in team sports: A novel framework for adaptation
  3. Using lacrosse balls for increasing joint ROM: Effective or placebo?

Fatigue & Recovery

  1. Compression garments for recovery: An update on what we know
  2. The Efficacy of Repeated Cold Water Immersion on Recovery
  3. Is cold water immersion useful when athletes only train 3 times per week?

Youth Development

  1. Resistance Training for Children and Adolescents
  2. Do the seasons affect a child’s level of physical activity?
  3. Injury rates in English professional football academies: Have they increased since the intro of the EPPP

Nutrition

  1. Does polyphenol supplementation effect acute and chronic responses to resistance training?
  2. Carbohydrate blend vs. carbohydrate mouth rinse on anaerobic performance
  3. Popular energy + caffeine drinks before exercise: Do they have any effect?

Infographics

  1. How important is muscular strength to athletic performance?
  2. Does beetroot juice improve intermittent exercise performance?
  3. Nutritional support for the injured athlete

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Performance Digest OCT17 - Science for Sport

Issue 13

October 2017

The Science of Coaching

  1. How can a coach’s behaviour impact their delivery?

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Concurrent training: optimising planning and adaptation
  2. VBT and velocity loss thresholds: does 10% vs. 20% even matter?
  3. Kinesio tape for athletic performance: have we been wrong all along?

Technology & Monitoring

  1. Where does the squat 1RM sit on the force-velocity relationship?
  2. Exploring the relationship between training load, fitness and injury
  3. What underpins a good sprint performance? Connecting the kinetic dots

Fatigue & Recovery

  1. Do electronic devices before bed really influence performance?
  2. Sleep tight: the impact of wearing compression garments to bed
  3. Should we be individualising ice baths? The influence of body size and immersion time

Youth Development

  1. Loaded vs. Unloaded plyometric training on speed and power
  2. Early sport specialisation: risks and recommendations for young female athletes
  3. Injury prevention programmes in youth sport: are they worth the time and effort?

Nutrition

  1. Carbohydrate supplementation for endurance events: what’s best practice?
  2. Coconut water and hydration: a performance breakthrough or a fad?
  3. Whole-eggs vs. Whites for protein synthesis: are we looking at the whole picture?

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