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Sports Science Quarterly – Q2 2022

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at coaching coaches, hamstring injuries, 100-meter race profiling, leadership, sports psychology, and more.

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January 2022 in review: the hamstring

Our site theme last month was the hamstring. With all of our year-end posts we did not dedicate as many new resources to the topic as we would in a normal month, but it’s about quality not quantity. Our article on a systems approach to the hamstring was one of our most popular of the last year. Below are all of our new and archived content on the topic.

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A survival guide to hamstring injuries

Many strength or athletic development coaches aren’t lucky enough to have a physiotherapist working alongside them. That means when an athlete gets injured, someone else has to step up to help. Whether qualified or not, a little knowledge can go a long ways in assisting athletes through sensitive injuries. As both a physiotherapist and a coach, below I hope I can share some things coaches can look for and how they might look to tailor training when it comes to hamstring strains. injuries

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4 sports science research trends to keep an eye on

I’m a science nerd. It was my best subject through school and this thirst for science and love for sport is what took me down the road of physical preparation as a career. Alongside coaching, I like to write. I synthesize the latest research for coaches in the trenches on my websites Sweet Science of Fighting and Lift Big Eat Big, as well as contribute research updates to Science for Sport. Being exposed to the latest research each month I get to see where the trends are heading and what might be emerging in the future. As 2021 comes to a close, below are a few of my thoughts on current trends in sports science research.

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GAINcast Episode 224: Injury explosion

Coaches now devote more time to recovery and injury prevention than ever before. At the same time, injury rates have climbed to historic levels in many sports. How can it be that we’re working harder to prevent injuries, but athletes continue to get hurt at increasing rates? On this week’s GAINcast we look at how the modern approach to injury prevention might actually be making things worse, and propose some new ideas for reducing injury rates.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 253: Individualization (with Dan Noble and James Gardiner)

Coaching is about meeting the needs of your athletes, and micro adjustments to meet special needs of individual athletes can make all the difference. What is described as the art of coaching is often just how we make decisions to individualize or not individualize a program. On this week’s episode Dan Noble and James Gardiner from GRIT Athletics Toronto explain some of the factors that go into their decision making, along with examples of individualization in practice.

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GAINcast Episode 219: Performance teams (with David Martin)

Sports science has changed a lot in the last few decades. In some regards it has grown, but it has also become watered down in many ways. On this week’s GAINcast David Martin joins us to discuss how teams can perfect the performance equation, get the most out of sports science, and lessons from the NBA, cycling, and even Jane Goodall.

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GAINcast Episode 213: The all-rounder (with Ellyse Perry)

Americans might not recognize the name Ellyse Perry, but she is perhaps the most successful and versatile athlete in the world currently. She has made the World Cup in two different sports, and was recently named the top women’s cricketer in the world of the past decade. She shares an athlete’s perspective to this week’s podcast, discussion her own career path, approach to athletic development, and more.

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Periodization in uncertain times

A planned program of preparation is the foundation that elite performance is built upon. Under normal circumstances, a coach creates a strategic plan based on a variety of factors, the athlete then executes the plan, and results follow. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – October 2020

Every month we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In the October edition we start off looking at disordered eating in sport, including a look at prevalence, warning signs, and more. We then look at how training can be viewed in terms of creating synergies, monitoring training load in endurance athletes, integrated sports rehabilitation, game day priming, and more. Read more