Developing Cost-effective and Evidence-based Load Monitoring Systems

Clubb, J & McGuigan, M. Developing cost-effective, evidence-based load monitoring systems in strength and conditioning practice. Strength and Conditioning Journal. Published Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000396   Available on the Strength and Conditioning Journal website here Available to request via Researchgate here   Audio Abstract here   The purpose of this paper…

Notes From: Kitman Labs 2018 European Performance Summit

This Notes From article is brought to you by Jake Schuster (@CoolHandJakeGS). Jake is the Strength and Speed Coach for Florida State University Track and Field. Jake also hosts the Voyager Sport podcast, which you can find here and on iTunes.     Kitman Labs (@KitmanLabs) hosted their 2018 European Performance Summit at Tobacco…

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…

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…

Sports Science for Athletes Insight

Recently I was asked by the team at Athletes Insight if I would be interested in writing an ‘Expert Contributor’ post for their training community. CEO Rich Stead and I were course-mates in our Undergraduate degrees in Sports Science at Loughborough University. I’m really excited (and jealous) that he has…

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…

FA Survey on Monitoring Training Load

Calling all Coaches, Fitness/S&C Coaches and Sport Scientists who work in a professional football club in England… please complete a survey (only 20 questions) using the link below as part of important research between the FA and Teesside University:   Link to The FA and Teesside University’s Survey on Training Load …

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…

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…