The Debate on the Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio

I think it is an exciting time in training load research and applied practice. There is evidence-based analysis of training load taking place in the professional sporting environment as well as being published in the literature. In this post I will be focusing on the calculation of the acute:chronic workload…

Speed Development for Team Sports Masterclass Series: Jonas Dodoo

By West Bromwich Albion FC, in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University The second speaker of the evening was the internationally renowned sprint coach Jonas Dodoo (@EatSleepTrain_). Jonas is the Head Coach of Speed Works, a training programme run out of the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London. He has…

Speed Development for Team Sports Masterclass Series: JB Morin

By West Bromwich Albion FC, in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University JB Morin presented alongside Jonas Dodoo at the first of a two-part masterclass series entitled Speed Development for Team Sports. The event was organised and hosted by West Bromwich Albion FC of the English Premier League, in collaboration…

Interview: Head of Sports Science at Swansea City AFC – Jonny Northeast

With the new Premier League season soon to kick off we are delighted to bring you an interview with Head of Sports Science at Swansea City AFC, Jonny Northeast. According to public statistics on sites such as Premier Injuries and Physio Room (yes they are not perfect but they still…

Acute:Chronic Workloads and Rehabilitation: A Case Study

Last month I was invited to write a guest blog on Plinths and Platforms about load monitoring and rehabilitation.  It included an overview of Banister’s Fitness-Fatigue concept, the acute:chronic workload ratio and how it can be incorporated into the Return to Play (RTP) decision.  You can find that post HERE but…

Acute:Chronic Workloads and Rehabilitation

Recently I was asked by my colleague Sam Blanchard to write a guest post for his blog: Plinths and Platforms. Sam is also based in Western New York and is the Head of Rehabilitation for our affiliated American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Rochester Americans.   He had been reading some…

Notes From: Monitoring #TrainingLoad16 at Aspire Academy

I wasn’t going to write a blog post on this week’s Training Load Monitoring conference held at Aspire because all the presentations will apparently be made available online, plus all the papers presented will be published in a special edition of IJSPP next year (which by the way is such a…

Is Return to Play from Hamstring Injuries in Applied Practice Evidence Based?

Whilst generally viewed as a somewhat avoidable soft tissue injury, hamstring strain injuries continue to plague the epidemiology in team sports.  There are an endless amount of statistics in the literature regarding their prevalence but perhaps most worryingly of all are the recent findings from Professor Jan Ekstrand’s European football…

Are We Overlooking Confounding Variables in Applied Sport Science?

This post expands on the points made in what I believe is a must read review for all Sport Scientists and in fact any practitioner conducting tests in sport and exercise. As scientists we try to control for confounding variables in our testing environments, such as hour of the day,…

Premier League footballers plagued by rotting teeth, UCL finds

Nearly four out of 10 professional footballers have ongoing tooth decay, while eight out of 10 have gum disease according to a study by University College London By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor, The Telegraph, 11:30PM GMT 02 Nov 2015 Premier League managers hoping to turnaround their club’s fortunes might ordinarily look to…