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

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 LFC sports science team: From left James Morton, Barry Drust, Jordan Milsom, Ryland Morgans, Tom Brownlee, Andy O’Boyle, Patrick…

i1 Biometrics releases sports mouthguard to track head injuries

By Rawlson King, February 6, 2015 i1 Biometrics announced this week that members of the University of Kansas football team will wear the Vector MouthGuard as the instrument of telemetry to measure the brain’s linear and rotational accelerations from impacts experienced in practices and games in 2015. “We’re continuously looking for…

Does research actually support practice in professional football? Thoughts on the BJSM review.

Last month a research group published an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that had such an important message that I really wanted to write some comments about it. In their 2014 study McCall et al surveyed the most popular practices and perceptions in premier league football teams…

Concussion: Saracens trial new impact-measuring device

From 4 January 2015 Saracens players wore impact sensors behind their ears in their recent win against London Irish as they launched a new concussion research programme. The device, called the xPatch and produced by a US company, measures the size and angle of hits to the head. “We don’t…