A cynical question, perhaps, given that Kitman Labs is all about using sport science to increase player performance safely. But it’s a question continually asked, even if not 100% directly or so bluntly, by the coaches we meet every day.
Based on Kitman Labs research into player data collected from our Athlete Optimization SystemTM, we have noted that there is a distinct pattern of indicators preceding a hamstring injury that can be used to enhance injury monitoring and prevention protocols.
The doctor’s role in professional sport is changing. Local GPs turning up on match day with the ‘magic’ bucket and sponge have been replaced by specialist, often full-time, sports physicians, equipped with expert skills in clinical assessment, and knowledge of sport-specific injuries.
Understanding the epidemiology of injury in sport can broaden the scope of injury prevention and performance enhancement. This article focuses on a common area of injury in the NFL: The hamstring.
The championship has begun, 32 teams from 4 provinces are all competing for the chance to win the Sam Maguire Cup. A squad of 30 players will play a minimum of 7 games spaced over a period of 4 months in order to be crowned the 2016 All Ireland Champions. This unique competition format poses unique challenges to Strength and Conditioning coaches.
In sports over the last 8-10 years, we have seen an explosion of data collection. Screening protocols, sensors and wearables have provided an abundance of information about athletes during training and competition. The accumulation of data can (unfortunately) sometimes lead to ‘paralysis by analysis’.