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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

Applying dynamic systems theory to rehabilitation

Our understanding of movement is by no means complete. We may never have a complete grasp of the complexity at play when we watch athletes move and perform in sport. If we acknowledge that then we must respect the inherent wisdom of the body to solve problems and adapt to situations in the most efficient manner. The role then of training becomes that of providing problems for the body to solve in the direction we want performance to go – faster, higher, harder. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 232: Back pain roundtable

At some point in their life, nearly everyone will experience back pain. For such a widespread issue, you would think that treatment options would be pretty clear cut. But traditional approaches like improving strength, mobility, or endurance don’t show much relation to back pain. Dr. Eyal Lederman has been one of the leaders in criticizing the traditional treatment model. Lederman and athletic trainer Joe Przytula join this week’s episode for a roundtable discussion on back pain. Read more

Assessing assessments in rehab

All projects have a starting point. A chance to take stock, get the lay of the land, and analyze needs. In rehabilitation and performance this is usually some form of a physical assessment. In order to start with rehabilitation, you have to know where you are beginning from. This is what the assessment process aims for. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 231: Rethinking rehab (with Donie Fox)

It’s easy to think about injury from a medical point of view and focus on what is broken. But you can also view it from a performance point of view: what type of plan will take the athlete is at point A to point B. Donie Fox is both a physiotherapist and athletic development coach. He joins this week’s podcast to discuss his thoughts on rehabilitation, including assessment, variation, shapes, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 197: Repetition without repetition (with Grace Golden)

Traditionally the rehabilitation process chases pristine movements. Grace Golden has a different approach: explore permutations of each movement and force the athlete to respond to their environment. After presenting at last month’s GAIN Master Class, Grace Golden joins this week’s GAINcast to discuss her principles of rehabilitation, as well as how to create a team approach to returning athletes to play. Read more

Education as part of the journey of reconditioning

The athletic development community has recently looked more at physical education and how it can assist athletes. Much of the discussion centers around the coordinative development of movement and how to develop higher levels of trainability/physical literacy/physical competency. But physical education is more than just doing, it is also understanding. This cognitive aspect of physical education is central in the reconditioning process. Athletes that are educated about the cause of injury, healing process, and training in general will generally have better outcomes. Read more

Preparing the body to change direction

The purpose of this article is to give any readers an insight into how I think about and prepare people for change of direction tasks. These change of direction tasks are simply that, not agility tasks. We want athletes to be able to change direction powerfully, quickly and efficiently in competition. In preparation, I like to look at these qualities in reverse: efficiency, speed and power. Change of direction all starts with promoting efficiency by understanding the attractors of the movement. Read more

Using the hamstrings to better assess ACL return to sport readiness

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is a common sports-related injury. While conservative treatments are available, the most common treatment for sports population is the surgical reconstruction of the ligament and it is increasingly common to use hamstrings tendons autograft is such operations. 1,2,3,4,5 Read more