Workload Management, Kettlebell Swings

This article by Tim Gabbett and Francois Gazzano provides evidence-based workload management strategies to minimize ailments and injury in high school and collegiate athletes. These two researchers helped me better understand workload monitoring, without the need for expensive equipment. Terms: Workload: combination of sport and non-sport stressors. External Load: objective…

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Recovery and Performance, Overcoming Doubt

I gravitate toward meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Those researchers are covering far more ground on a topic than I would be able to. Also, the quality of the evidence seems to be relatively high. Position stands and consensus statements are also very valuable, though they can discretely push agendas when…

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Mind-Muscle Connection, Patellofemoral Pain

I have heard the phrase “mind-muscle connection” numerous times over the years. Anecdotally, I think we all knew there was something to it. Recently, this paper was published to address the matter a bit more objectively: Differential effects of attentional focus strategies during long-term resistance training. “Attentional focus can be…

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Deadlifts vs Hip Thrusts, Fat Grips for Golfers

I found myself looking into a study  published this month on the EMG comparison of barbell deadlifts, hex-bar deadlifts, and hip thrusts in the JSCR. Most of what I found confirmed previous speculations, but there was one interesting piece I saw. “The aim of the study was to compare the…

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Achilles Tendinopathy and German Volume Training

I came across a nice randomized controlled trial focused on tendinopathy treatment from some folks in Denmark found here. The purpose of this paper was to “evaluate the effectiveness of eccentric training (ECC) and heavy slow resistance training (HSR) among patients with midportion Achilles tendinopathy.” Tendinopathy is commonly described, a bit…

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Recovery: Hydrotherapy and Foam Rolling

In 2017 there was a nice review of the effectiveness of two hydrotherapy techniques, cold water immersion (CWI) and contrast water therapy (CWT), for recovery with team sport athletes. Hundreds of universities and professional organizations have been promoting one or both of these strategies after practice, strength/cardiovascular training, or a…

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