Category Archive: Research

Developing Speed, Part 1 – Guidelines for Acceleration.

Maximum speed is reached when we can no longer accelerate. That seems fairly obvious but for many sports maximum speed is rarely reached. Despite maximum speed rarely been reached, it is commonplace to find athletes training for maximum speed. Training for maximum speed may have benefits for acceleration but a more specific programme and deeper …

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Quick Basics of Explosive Strength

Explosive Strength Explosive strength, also known as speed strength is the ability to move a load (I.E. Bodyweight, arm, shotputt etc.) in the shortest possible time. Explosive strength is extremely important to a wide range of athletes. For example, a shot putter only uses explosive strength during competition. The athlete starts with the shot on their shoulder …

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Basics of Strength – Part 1

Introduction to Strength Strength; Defined in the dictionary as: –noun the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor. However true this statement may be, it is vitally important that both athletes and coaches understand what strength actually is, the different types of strength, when different types of strength are utilised and how to develop the required strength. Without delving too far …

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What is Strength and Conditioning?

What is the purpose of strength and conditioning? What are the benefits? When should you follow a S&C programme? Who is it for? These are all fundamental questions that should be understood and answered by both athletes and coaches to improve performance, aid recovery and rehabilitation and prepare for competition. What is the purpose of Strength and Conditioning …

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Planning an off Season Schedule: A study into Linear vs. Daily Undulating Periodisation

It is important to optimise the sometimes short, off season training period. This period should give a solid foundation and is generally free from in-season competition and restraints. Knowing how to maximise the effects and results of the training during this time will enable the coach/athlete to begin the competitive season at a higher level. …

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Deadlift, The King of Exercise. . . But which one should you do?

A biomechanical analysis of the deadlift was carried out to explore the muscle activation during popular variations of the standard deadlift. The study looked into 7 different variations of deadlift with particular attention paid to the Romanian Deadlift due to the fact that it is used in the teaching of a power clean. Original source: …

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Stretching Before Running?

The effects of static stretching before performing anaerobic exercise have been well documented. This study shows what effect static stretching has when performed before endurance running. The subjects performed either a 16min static stretching protocol or 16min of resting prior to a run which consisted of a 30-minute 65% V̇O2max preload followed by a 30-minute performance …

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