The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance – Journal of the month

Our journal of the month for April is the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (IJSPP). The journal has been in existence since 2006 and has an impact factor of 3.042.

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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 “Could you benefit from cold-water immersion?”

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.

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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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