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Influence of accels and decels on performance

Accels and Decels – How do they influence injury risk and performance outcomes? Many soccer teams monitor high speed running (HSR) as a key indicator for load. Yet in competition such as the English Premier League HSR and sprinting account for only 10% of the total game distance, whereas decelerations and accelerations occur every 9 seconds …

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How data analytics and sports science helped Ireland on their Grand Slam quest

How data analytics and sports science helped Ireland on their Grand Slam quest When analysing why Ireland go into this weekend’s game at Twickenham on the verge of a Grand Slam and England do so looking to avoid a third successive defeat, it is impossible to ignore that Joe Schmidt’s side look far fresher than …

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VALIDATION: IMPORTANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DATA

VALIDATION: IMPORTANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DATA Alterations in an athlete’s emotional state can result in an increased risk of injury – FACT! We know we should not compare individual athletes to their squad, nor their positional equivalent but to themselves. But how can we do that if we do not know what is truly representative of …

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ANALYSING INJURY AND PERFORMANCE RISKS IN THE NFL

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New findings suggest risk factors for hamstring injuries are more flexible than previously thought

New findings suggest risk factors are more flexible than previously thought Overview Hamstring injuries are a common injury risk in most field sports. The complexity from the dual-demands on the muscle, where actions are either hip-dominant or knee-dominant, has often caused researchers to contradict each other, leaving an incomplete consensus on the risk factors to screen …

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PERFORMANCE DRIVEN INTERVENTIONS: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN?

PERFORMANCE DRIVEN INTERVENTIONS: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? SUMMARY This step by step guide outlines how easy it is to link the data you are collecting back to team performance and injury history. In particular, the analysis of performance data of other winning teams can be key to understanding and shaping the pathway to …

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LOWER BACK PAIN IN CRICKET BOWLERS

INJURY IN CRICKET Epidemiological studies undertaken in Australia, South Africa, England and the West Indies have repeatedly demonstrated that fast bowlers have the highest risk of injury in cricket with the lower back being most susceptible to both traumatic and overuse injuries (Glazier, 2010). INJURY RISK FACTORS IN CRICKET The high prevalence of injury amongst …

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DREAM OF AN INJURY FREE TEAM – IS SLEEP MONITORING THE ANSWER?

Download this article in PDF format here.  It’s no surprise that sleep is an important consideration, not only to athletes, but also to the working individual. The function of sleep for overall health, learning new skills, and recovery has been well established; and a large amount of research has been carried out to investigate the effects …

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NBA INSIGHTS: USING DATA TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE

Written by Kitman Labs Performance Scientist, Andy Shelton. Download this article in PDF format here.  Kitman Labs works with a number of basketball teams at the professional and collegiate level. In this article we summarise some of our latest findings, focusing on 2 areas: 1. The assessment and enhancement of performance, and 2. The assessment and mitigation …

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Practical A:C Ratio

Workload & injury monitoring in practice To ensure that workloads are managed appropriately in the field, coaches often rely on setting thresholds to indicate when a player may be at risk of injury. Typically, these thresholds are informed by coaches knowledge, experience, scientific research or a combination of all three. However, to date it has …

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