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…

Compression Garments Series: Part 4

So having looked at the findings with compression garments on the recovery of muscle damage and physical performance, the final potential area to consider is perceptual recovery. Perceptual Recovery Despite inconclusive research into inflammation and physical recovery, there appears to be a strong case in the literature for enhanced perceptual…

Compression Garments Series: Part 3

Having discussed the evidence for a potential reduction in muscle damage and inflammation with compression garments last week, now I will look into if this translates into improved muscle function and physical performance.  It goes without saying that a recovery modality that can improve subsequent physical performance will be of…

Compression Garments Series: Part 2

Last week I introduced you to this series reviewing the research on compression garments as a recovery modality, particularly in team sports.  Now we are aware of the considerations across a variety of factors with the garments, we will take a look at the evidence in relation to one of…

Compression Garments Series: Part 1

Compression garments are widely accepted in the High Performance environment as a modality for enhancing recovery from exercise.  As practitioners, I’m sure many of us have witnessed or perhaps even encouraged and implemented the use of these garments with our athletes.  Their use has also been demonstrated in the literature,…

GPS Validity & Reliability – A Collection of Independent Research Findings

GPS technology provides coaches, sport scientists and athletes the opportunity to collect individual physical data that has not previously been available and on a time efficient, relatively low cost, non-invasive and potentially real time basis. As well as the practical benefits, there has been a surge in uptake through the…