Sport Science

The effect of rugby union match-play on sleep patterns and subsequent impact on post-match fatigue responses

Sleep is recognised as an important recovery strategy, yet little is known regarding its impact on post-match fatigue. The aims of this study were to 1.) describe sleep and post-match fatigue 2.) understand how sleep is affected by contextual and …

Agile Approaches to Training Prescription

The prescription of physical training is a challenging task because human performance is affected by a range of interrelated factors. Navigating this complex space is best achieved through an agile planning approach where training prescription is adjusted in response to adaptation and fatigue. This presentation discusses planning frameworks that allow for responsive training prescription. Topic to be covered include iterative planning cycles, autoregulation, non-linear periodisation, velocity based training and the use of GPS.

Does lower-limb asymmetry increase injury risk in sport? A systematic review

The aim of this review was to synthesize the current understanding relating to the risks of lower body functional asymmetry with injury in athletic populations. An iterative data mining and sampling approach was used to construct a search phrase from …

Improving compliance with injury prevention programs

Injury prevention is dull, but necessary. In most cases athletes would prefer to be doing something else. Here are some ideas based in behavioural psychology for how we can drive engagement!

Injuries in female athletes: reframing the weaker sex narrative

Female athletes suffer more sports injuries than their male counterparts. In this article I explore the reasons behind these high injury rates and demonstrate some surprising facts that turn the female frailty narrative on its head. The problem is not all Q-angles and strength differences...

Objective sleep patterns and validity of self-reported sleep monitoring across different playing levels in rugby union

Sleep patterns differ across age groups within a rugby playing population. Self reported sleep diaries are a reliable method of collecting sleep data, but are subject to bias that needs to be corrected for.

Injury prevention programs: facts and figures for decision-makers

An evidence-based insight into how clinicians, athletes and coaches can quantify an injury prevention program’s value.

Making the most of multidisciplinary teams

This article discusses how managers and MDT members can create the conditions necessary for MDT success

The travel demands of an elite rugby sevens team: Effects on objective and subjective sleep parameters

Description of how eastwards or westwards travel effects key sleep parameters for sevens world series players

Convergent validity, reliability and sensitivity of a running test to monitor neuromuscular fatigue

Convergent validity, reliability and sensitivity of a running test to monitor neuromuscular fatigue