Monitoring Training Load: What Tool is Best? Part 2

By |2020-10-28T09:04:58-05:00October 28th, 2020|Athlete Monitoring, Fatigue, Fitness, Injury, Training Load|

An international conference was held in 2016, where athletic experts and researchers discussed their findings related to training load. A collective review discussed the pros and cons of key findings shared at the conference. Here, as well as in Part 1, we will review tools and measures commonly used to monitor athlete training loads. Fitness-Fatigue Model The fitness-fatigue model is used to analyze training load information (2). This method is used to advise training plans (8) and predict performance, fitness and fatigue levels (29, 30, 34, 37). The initial fitness-fatigue model suggests training loads give rise to fitness responses which [...]

How Does Fatigue Affect Your Kicking Performance?

By |2020-10-28T08:58:30-05:00October 28th, 2020|Fatigue, Kicking Performance, Lifestyle, Overuse, Soccer|

Fatigue can be considered as a contributing factor for reduced coordination and response time in soccer athletes (8, 11, 13). Generally, the negative effects of fatigue are shown in athlete's decline in muscle strength ability and shifts in coordination (8, 9, 14). These negative changes can impact an athlete's kicking performance (5) and can be costly to both the individual and their team. Several studies have suggested fatigue negatively impacts kicking ball velocity (3, 4, 8, 15). However, other studies have shown conflicting results. A 2009 study found after a simulated match play intervention, athletes showed no changes in kicking [...]

Full-Time And Part-Time Dancers: How They are at Risk for Injury

By |2020-04-29T10:02:27-05:00April 29th, 2020|Dance, Fatigue, Health, Injury, Overuse|

Dancers have a very unique career, in that their body significantly directs their career path. Professional dancers place a significant amount of physical and mental stress on their body due to the demands of their career. With classes, rehearsal, performances, tours and competitions, it is no surprise there is a high prevalence of injury among the dance community (5, 20). In fact, the incorporation of strong artistic (5), aesthetic (4) and perfectionistic (13, 14) components contribute to a unique distribution and risk of injury in dancers (20). However, while risk assessment of full-time professional dancers has been well evaluated, part-time [...]

Youth Athletes: Is Their Fatigue Risking an ACL Injury?

By |2020-02-25T13:15:47-05:00February 25th, 2020|Fatigue, Fitness, Injury, Sports|

Whether our youth athletes compete for fun or intend on becoming professionals, we enjoy having them participate in sport activities. Their enjoyment, as well as their safety, are our highest priorities. That being said, there are thousands of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries every year and most of them are for high school athletes (5). How can this be? A 2005 study (6) found an increased risk for ACL injuries correlated with increased knee valgus. Dynamic knee valgus is when the knee "caves in" due to hip adduction and hip internal rotation. Studies have also related increased risk of dynamic [...]

Sleep Deprivation: Will caffeine get you back on track?

By |2019-12-13T14:48:08-05:00December 13th, 2019|Fatigue, Lifestyle, Sleep, Sports|

Sleep deprivation can be a great concern among athletes. With busy schedules and rigorous training, getting adequate sleep can be difficult. Sleep plays an important part in the recovery and performance of athletes (12). Therefore, it is vital athletes make time to rest. But when sleep is hard to come by many athletes choose to combat their weariness with caffeine. However, are you drinking enough caffeine? How tired are you? Let’s take a look at some of the science: A 2018 study (12), investigated the effect of sleep deprivation and use of caffeine on anaerobic capacity. Anaerobic exercise involves short [...]

Grab and Go Energy: Is RedBull really the key?

By |2019-12-12T12:03:38-05:00December 8th, 2019|Fatigue, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Sports, Wellness|

As an athlete, it is important to be focused and perform your best. Many athletes, as well as exercising individuals, have begun integrating a quick pick me up before their event to enhance performance. In fact, according to some research (3) sugar-free energy drinks have become staples to athletes and health buffs who are looking to get an extra boost to edge out their competition. But do these drinks really work? Can an energy drink really make a difference in performance or is it all in our heads? And more importantly, is it safe? Let’s take a quick look at [...]

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