Tag Archive for: Sports Science

Practice Based Evidence & Coaching Significance

In the move to evidence based practice are we shooting ourselves in the foot once again? So much “evidence based practice” is questionable, inaccurate, fraudulent or flat out wrong. I put my stock in practice-based evidence that I can support with good science where I can. In 45 years of coaching I have found that where it is necessary to produce results coaching (clinical) significance trumps statistical significance. I have yet to see a doctor or a scientist innovate a training method or a technical modification. Read more

Balancing Art & Science in Coaching

I am fascinated by science. The empirical nature of the scientific method has an innate appeal. It allows us to study and explore the deepest dimensions of our being and our existence in the world. That being said at the end of the day I am a practitioner. My job as a coach is produce results, to apply the science to the best of my ability by transferring it into practice. The nature of this leans heavily on the art that is based on practice-based evidence. Read more

Forces and Force Development

If there is one thing to take away from Bondarchuk’s most recent book, it is that what we call strength is not a singular concept. The book is a difficult read, but it is does lay out why the athletes with the highest maximal strength are not necessarily the fastest or the most explosive. Each of those activities feature different types of strength and should be trained differently.
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Buyer Beware – EMG Studies and Muscle Action

Put a muscle at a mechanical disadvantage or isolate it and you will get high degree of muscle action on an EMG. Put that muscle into a movement where it is has to work with other muscles and now watch what happens. The pattern of activity will be quite different. Read more

Training Talk with Tom Myslinski (Part 3)

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Eventually all talks have to come to an end. After chatting with NFL strength coach Tom Myslinski about his influences, training for football, special strength, and utilizing training feedback, we had to wrap things up. For the final part of the conversation we discussed new sports science trends in and some important training variables he sees. Check it out below along with links to the past two parts of the interview. Read more

Evidence Based

So your training is evidence based. Who has gathered the evidence? What actually is the evidence? I get it, it is published and peer reviewed – so what? So much research I see is still on untrained college students with a very small number of subjects for six weeks to nine weeks in duration. It always makes me wonder. Read more

Rush to Sport Science

Just saw where another NFL team named a Director of Sport Science. I have been looking at this whole area while preparing for my presentation this Friday to EXB 179 Frontiers in Exercise Biology class at University California Davis as part of a series on The Role of Science in Sports sponsored by Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior. I will be speaking on “The past & future of science in training athletes” (It is free & open to public – join us.) Certainly throughout my career I have used science to the fullest extent I have been capable given the resources available, time and budget. I find it interesting that all of sudden over the past few years I keep seeing the term “sport science” tossed around like it is some mysterious cure all and a magic pill to improve sport performance. Read more

The Science of Running by Steve Magness

6a00e5521cccd0883401a3fccf9317970b-320wiIf you coach any type of endurance athlete get this book. Even though it is about running it applies directly to swimming, biking, cross country skiing and triathlon. Read it, re-read it and apply the lessons and you will be a better coach and most importantly your athletes will be better for it. Even though it is titled “Science of Running” I think it is the art, the application of the science in very practical easy to understand and apply concepts in a language any coach can use that make this book stand out. Read more

What Makes the Hammer So Cool

I always knew the hammer throw was a special sport, but HMMR Media science correspondent Zach Hazen just explained to me why.

Hazen is one of the smartest guys I know. Not only is he an aerospace engineer and a self-coached thrower approaching 70-meters, but his team the Chicken Whisperers designed and flew the world record setting aircraft at this summer’s Red Bull Flugtag. Watch a video here.

Recently he emailed me with an interesting analysis he did. Based on his calculations, more kinetic energy is imparted to the hammer than any other throwing implement he analyzed. For those like me that get lost when people start talking about physics, the kinetic energy of an object is the energy it possesses because of its motion. This may sound like a little convoluted claim to fame, but as Hazen puts it, energy is everything.
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Periodization and the Systematic Sport Development Process – Part Two

Matveyev was one of many who formalized the concept. Because he was Russian, and the Soviet Union was the dominant geopolitical force in the communist bloc, Soviet ideology tended to prevail even in sport. This explains the dominant influence of the Soviets in the literature of training methodology. Certainly, there were others like Harre in the GDR who made significant contributions. Still, most of what we see in the literature today, including the work of Tudor Bompa, who has done much to popularize the concept in North America, is basically a rehash of the Soviet literature. Not much has been done to modify, study, change or adapt the concept to the contemporary challenges that exist in sport today. Over the years most of the science underlying periodization has been in the form of studies of overtraining. Although today there does seem to be more sports science research directed to studying training adaptation which certainly has the potential to add science to the art of planning. (Rowbottom, 2000) The international sport environment is very different today than it was even twenty years ago. Read more