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Decision Making in Professional Sport

Understanding the decision making process is a key element for any professional team trying to improve its outputs and, by extension, make more insightful decisions in the future. Typically, decision making processes have fallen into two domains of thought: Complex, systematic decision processes wherein knowledge and goal orientation determine direction and reference checks gauge effectiveness, …

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Predicted Workloads

Predicted workloads versus actual reality, why are these both such important variables for professional sports teams to monitor? Planning and tracking workload units over a day, a week or a monthly period allows coaches to compare what actually occurred with what they would have liked to have occurred. It allows coaches to reflect upon their …

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Basketball; common injuries, incidence and aetiology

Basketball and the NBA specifically is associated with extortionate costs related to and resulting from injury. Injury cost clubs in terms of players’ time lost, rehab and resources, with a 143 million dollar loss of wages due to injury reported in the NBA. The costs can exponentiate considering the potential for games/titles lost whilst key …

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Autonomy & Perception – Psychological benefits of self-screening

Often the process of screening and monitoring weighs heavily on coach resources, the emphasis being on tracking effectiveness and ensuring accountability of training procedures as well as monitoring injury risk factors. The screening process acts as an essential learning tool for the coach to establish optimal training scheduling and assess player progression. However, the value …

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REPEATED PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY AT THE RUGBY WORLD CUP

REPEATED PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY AT THE RUGBY WORLD CUP From a physical perspective rugby is one of the most challenging sports in the world. Professional players spend all week preparing themselves to peak physically and mentally on game day. They then empty themselves physically and emotionally on the pitch and have to begin the process all …

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BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER…BUT SAFER?

BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER…BUT SAFER? Now backs need to be similar in body mass to forwards. Interestingly, rugby strength and conditioning coaches often spend time studying what their counterparts in the NFL are doing. The gaps in power and size between the two sports is growing ever narrower, and a concussion epidemic is putting players in …

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INJURIES IN RUGBY – THE LATEST TRENDS

INJURIES IN RUGBY – THE LATEST TRENDS Winter is coming and with it comes the arrival of the November Series Rugby Internationals but given the mounting injury concerns for some of the “Home Nations” it promises to be a testing few weeks against some of the southern hemispheres finest. With this latest spate of injuries …

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NBA DRAFT COMBINE – INJURY PREDISPOSITION V PHYSICAL POTENTIAL

NBA DRAFT COMBINE – INJURY PREDISPOSITION V PHYSICAL POTENTIAL Over the next two months the basketball world will focus on the NBA, where the NCAAs most talented prospects will seek to showcase their potential ahead of the June 25th draft. This multi-day combine involves a multitude of physical and skill-based tests that are designed to …

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