Interview: Lorena Torres

  In this article we chat with Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Lorena Torres (@lorenatorres07). Currently, she is working in the NBA as an Applied Sport Scientist, Research and Development Coordinator in San Antonio. Our discussion includes lessons from working across different sports, mixing applied practice with academia, challenges…

A Standardized Small Sided Game Can Be Used to Monitor Neuromuscular Fatigue

Rowell AE, Aughey RJ, Clubb J and Cormack SJ (2018) A Standardized Small Sided Game Can Be Used to Monitor Neuromuscular Fatigue in Professional A-League Football Players. Front. Physiol.9:1011. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01011   Available on Frontiers in full here: https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.01011  Also on ResearchGate here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326885639_A_Standardized_Small_Sided_Game_Can_Be_Used_to_Monitor_Neuromuscular_Fatigue_in_Professional_A-League_Football_Players   Introduction: Training and competition load can cause neuromuscular fatigue…

The Debate on the Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio: Part 2

Previously, we have discussed the evolution of the acute:chronic workload ratio (ACWR) here: http://sportsdiscovery.net/journal/2016/11/23/the-debate-on-the-acutechronic-workload-ratio/   Prior to that we also discussed a case study of using the ACWR in rehabilitation here: http://sportsdiscovery.net/journal/2016/04/25/acutechronic-workloads-and-rehabilitation-a-case-study/   Part One of our ACWR debate series outlined some of the contemporary research that include the metric…

Is There a Tug of War Between Injury Risk and Performance?

The majority of the recent literature in load monitoring focuses on the association between training load measures and injury risk. However, injury risk is not the only outcome measure we are interested in… performance matters too! However, the understanding of the training-performance relationship in team sports is currently not as…

… But Does Injury Availability Affect your Team’s Physical Outputs?

Last month we explored the evidence base supporting the notion that athlete availability reduces your team’s chance of success. That post included a number of sources that demonstrated an association between injury rates and success. It may seem obvious but it is important to have the evidence to back up this…

Does Injury Availability Affect your Team’s Chance of Success?

The 2017/18 Premier League season has officially kicked off and so, therefore, have the injury statistic leagues.  It has long been suggested that injury rates and player availability affect a team’s chance of success.  This is not just the speculation of pundits or those down the pub; we have evidence…

UKSCA Applied Case Study Award 2017

Congratulations to Chris Towlson and colleagues on winning the Best Applied Case Study at the UKSCA 2017 Conference. Keep an eye out for the article in full in the published literature in the near future. In the meantime Chris has kindly provided Sports Discovery with an overview of the study.  …

Notes From: Seattle Sounders FC Sports Science Seminar 2017

Seeing as though we are asking people to share their notes from events and conferences, it is only fair that I do so too! Last month the Seattle Sounders hosted their annual Sports Science seminar, which I’ve been lucky enough to attend two years running. Below I will share a…

Notes From: Southampton FC Sports Science Undergraduate Summit

Southampton Football Club hosted their inaugural Sports Science Undergraduate Summit last week at their Staplewood Campus. Hosted by Jonathan Woodhouse (Academy Data Scientist) alongside the entire sports science department, the primary aim of the day was to provide current University undergraduates with an insight into the practicalities of delivering applied…

Exploring the Science Behind Resting Athletes

It seems not a week or even a day goes by without another sport story in the media on rest. In football, Jose Mourinho has bemoaned his team’s fixture congestion over Christmas and recently with the Europa League and domestic scheduling. Perhaps with a strong case considering Leicester City won…