Tag Archive for: Injuries

Rethinking knee injuries in female athletes

A growing and unacceptable disparity between male and female athletes—worldwide—is the disproportionately higher numbers of serious knee injuries suffered by female athletes relative to males. The only good news associated with this reality has been the extraordinary progress made in orthopaedic surgery in repairing damaged knees. New techniques, tools and procedures represent genuine improvements in the way we respond to ruptured ACL’s. But why, from a coaching standpoint, have we failed so completely to match the progress in repairing injured knees with similar progress in preventing injuries from happening in the first place?

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Sports Science Quarterly – Q4 2023

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at the latest research on the current state of genetic testing in sport, talent detection, injuries in youth athletics, the effects of long haul travel, and more.

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GAINcast Episode 274: Lessons learned

We take a look at some current events and current happenings in our own training to reflect on some lessons learned on this week’s GAINcast. To start with we debrief the USWNT’s disappointing performance at the World Cup, before sharing lessons on how to best draw parallels from past experiences to working with new sports, including some examples from new sports we’ve been introduced to in the last year.

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GAINcast Episode 273: The ACL

The start of the recent women’s World Cup in soccer has turned focus to the rash of ACL injuries in the sport, and the particular impact it has had on female players. On this week’s GAINcast Vern looks at the structure of the knee, risk factors for injuries, and what coaches can do to help reverse trends for women and men.

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Sports Science Quarterly – Q2 2023

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at the latest research on resilience, pressure training, multidisciplinary teams, injury prevention, and much more.

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GAINcast Episode 268: Implements and injuries

Another baseball season is underway and, once again, the injuries are piling up. On this week’s GAINcast we speculate about what might be causing the injuries, how training is related to injuries, and where using heavy and light implements can go right or wrong.

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January/February 2023 in review: injuries

To kick off the year we looked at injuries as our January and February site theme: understanding them, how to reduce them, and how to come back from them. In total, we put together 1 new video lesson, 1 training module, 2 podcasts, and 3 articles from 8 different contributors on the theme.You can find links to all new resources below, plus dozens of other videos, podcasts, and articles on the topic from our archive.

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5 ways to rethink your approach to injuries

To start off the year our site theme has been built around injuries: better understanding them, how to reduce them, and how to come back from them. We’ve gathered various perspectives on the topic, from physiotherapists to coaches and athletic preparation specialists. Below are a five key lessons that I’ve taken home from all the experts.

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How runners can train in the water

Swimming and athletics are the two most classic Olympic sports. In some ways the sports are similar, displaying different types of movement in their purest form. But in other ways they are complete opposites. For example a key component of sprinting is how the body navigates gravity and contact with the ground. Both of those play little role in swimming. As a result, the sports do not influence each other very much when it comes to physical preparation. That’s a shame, as there is a thing or two that runners could benefit from by jumping in the water.

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Traumatic brain injury: lessons learned the hard way

When people are asked what sports are at high risk for concussions, the first answers are typically American football, boxing, or even slap fighting. Rarely is mountain biking mentioned, but it is about time the sport takes concussions seriously. In gravity mountain biking disciplines like downhill, athletes are speeding down uneven terrain at over 70 kmh. There’s a reason we wear a helmet.

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