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.
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 Local GPs turning up on match day with the ‘magic’ bucket and sponge have been replaced by specialist, often full-time, sports physicians, equipped with expert skills in clinical assessment, and knowledge of sport-specific injuries.
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’.
Concussions are accepted as brain injuries, involving complex functional responses to biomechanical forces as well as the post-impact pathological, biomechanical, and physiological repercussions.
The ability to detect the critical aspects of motion is pivotal to the role of a skilled practitioner and directly impacts on the resultant treatment or feedback that follows a perceptual-based movement evaluation. The success of the practitioner is likely dependent on their ability to discriminate often small yet important kinematic differences in movement or technique.
Stress-injury models suggest that athletes experience more physical injuries during times of high stress. Student-athlete stress can come from a variety of sources on and off the field, such as physical, travel, time, academic or social demands
Injury Prediction feels like such a dirty word these days. It’s become somewhat of a stigma in this industry because many people have been beating a drum about how they are doing it or going to do it. We, like many people within the industry do not believe that today there is a solution to predict injury nor do we believe that there will be one available in the near future.