Introduction Competitive team sports are highlighted by frequent intense accelerations and decelerations, with the highest standards of sport demonstrating a progression in the volume of high-intensity loading required (Bradley, P., Archer, D., Hogg, B., Schuth, G., Bush, M., Carling, C., Barnes, C.; 2016). Intense accelerations and decelerations make up a large part of this workload,… Continue reading Is deceleration ability prioritised enough in Strength and Conditioning for team sports?
Whether an athlete is born or made, there is one aspect that will always outweigh any natural ability; their work ethic. How they approach their own development through training will help them remove weaknesses and maximise their strengths. Whilst working with any promising young athlete, what often stands out is their approach to training and… Continue reading Developing the elite athlete: It’s all about attitude.
The purpose of this essay is to review the literature with regards to training/competitive workloads and recovery. It will ignore any tactical reasons a manager may have for changing their team and ask: do they need to rest players to avoid risk of non-contact injury or diminished performance? Football is characterised by short bouts of… Continue reading Do Football Managers need to rotate their players?
INTRO Citius, Altius, Fortius. Faster, higher, stronger. The modern Olympic motto was first proposed by Pierre de Coubertin when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formed in 1894. It spoke of the qualities that sport was based upon, that striving for the absolute limit was fundamental to the very essence of competition. Athletics was an… Continue reading Doping: Is it a prerequisite for elite-level competition?