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Could you benefit from cold-water immersion?

The use of cold-water immersion (CWI) for post-exercise recovery has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. We’ve all seen the images and heard about athletes jumping in ice baths or cold water post game (just like Andy Murray after winning Wimbledon). However is it for everyone?

T3623236c00000578-3683503-image-a-41_1468177484013he International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance by Human Kinetics has recently published an article focusing specifically on why some of the current literature may show variability and disparity in the effectiveness of CWI for recovery of athletic performance by examining the body temperature and cardiovascular responses underpinning CWI and how they are related to performance benefits.

This review also examines how individual characteristics (such as physique traits), differences in water-immersion protocol (depth, duration, temperature) and exercise type (endurance vs maximal) interact with these mechanisms. Continue reading

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Free webinar – DIY sports drinks and gels that nourish, not deplete


The third webinar of our four-part series with Ian Craig and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is DIY sports drinks and gels that nourish, not deplete.

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Time: 3 pm GMT

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Early birds and night owls perform best at different times

Ealy RiserOur internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold, say researchers.

A study by a team at the University of Birmingham and published in the journal Current Biology, showed performance times varied by 26% throughout the day.

Early risers reached their athletic peak around lunchtime, while night owls were best in the evening.

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Hitting the ground running

New research shows that world-class sprinters attack the ground to maximise impact forces and speed according to two new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas

The world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds and the new findings indicate that the secret to elite sprinting speeds lies in the distinct limb dynamics sprinters use to elevate ground forces upon foot-ground impact.

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Join our new Facebook group

10003272_10200426585107511_185263867_nThe High-Performance Training for Sports discussion group hopes to engage discussion among those combining principles of strength and conditioning with the disciplines of physiotherapy and athletic training as a means of developing all aspects of athletic performance.

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How to systematically develop sporting excellence

Long-Term Athlete Development describes how to systematically develop sporting excellence and increase active participation in local, regional and national sport organisations.

This resource describes the long-term athlete development (LTAD) model, an approach to athlete-centered sport that combines skill instruction with long-term planning and an understanding of human development.

By learning about LTAD, sport administrators and coaches will gain the knowledge and tools to enhance participation and improve performance and growth of athletes.

This is an essential guide to improving the quality of sport, developing high-performance athletes and creating healthy, active citizens.

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The three key elements of a speed development programme

SprinterSpeed was once seen as largely a genetic trait greatly unaffected by training, but the world of sports today recognises that a well-structured and scientifically sound training programme can, in fact, improve speed.

According to the US National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Ian Jeffreys, coaches and athletes alike must develop a fundamental knowledge of the factors that contribute to speed in order to maximise the benefits of training.

In his forthcoming book Developing Speed, Jeffreys details how speed relies on both motor skill development and the development of physical capabilities to produce effective ground-reaction forces.

He believes any speed development programme should include three key elements:

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