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…

Expert Speaker Series: Kristian Thorborg on Prevention of Groin Injuries in Sport

Dr Thorborg is an Associate Professor and Physiotherapist based at the Sports Orthopaedic Research Centre.  He has special interests in knee, hip and groin injuries and presented on ‘The Prevention of Groin Injuries in Sport’. Understanding the Clinical Entity Groin pain presents itself in a number of different clinical entities…

Expert Speaker Series: Anthony Shield on Hamstring Strain Injuries

The second post in this ‘Expert Speaker’ series is on the discussion with Dr Anthony Shield from the Queensland University of Technology and the QUT-ACU Hamstring Injury Group. Dr Shield discussed his current research interests, most notably investigating why there is such a high incidence of hamstring recurrence as well as developing…

Interview: Dr Craig Duncan

For our latest Sports Discovery interview I am delighted to be able to share the thoughts of the 2014 ESSA (Exercise and Sport Science Australia) Sport Scientist of Year, Dr Craig Duncan. Our discussion includes recovery, sleep, monitoring, accreditation, managing stress and advice for aspiring Sport Scientists. Firstly, a bit…

Event: Using and creating scientific knowledge to improve physical performance in football

I wanted to share the details of a football medicine and science conference taking place next month, hosted by Teesside University and Middlesbrough FC. With a mixture of academics and practitioners from Middlesbrough, Ajax, Liverpool, Derby and Teesside University, this event looks set to be particularly insightful and thought provoking. You can follow the…

FIFA Finally Permit the Use of GPS in Competitive Football: What is the Way Forward?

So the news we have all been waiting for has arrived… at last FIFA has officially allowed GPS in competitive matches. FIFA first permitted GPS to be used in the (male) U20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 and the Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. Following this press release, which you…

Interview: Recovery Strategies with Hugh Fullagar

  Hugh Fullagar is currently undertaking a combined role as a doctoral candidate and sport scientist at the Institute of Sports and Preventative Medicine (FIFA Centre) within the University of Saarland, Germany. Specifically, he is studying the effects of different recovery strategies (most notably sleep) on various recovery and performance…

A Starting Point for Sports Science CPD Online

So the end of season is upon us and for most practitioners working in domestic football it is time to rest and relax. Except we all know that will last for a day or two and then we will get itchy feet! So I thought I would put together a…

The science behind Liverpool FC

Source: http://www.thisisanfield.com/2015/02/revealed-the-science-behind-liverpool-fc/   The scientific research carried out behind the scenes at Liverpool FC, which supports the players to perform to their maximum, has been explained in a series of recently published papers. The backroom sports science team, led by Ryland Morgans, has recently published a number of peer-reviewed articles that…