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What precisely is the role of the Sports Scientist?

  I got prompted to write up a blog post based on an article I read earlier this month (11th May 2016) about Sports Scientists turning players soft. I’d be really keen to hear the views of our readers on this topic, so please read on and respond with your views through our comments section, facebook page or […]

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Interview with Andrew Gray (Athletic Data Innovations)

  Andrew Gray is the Physical Performance Manager at Cronulla Sharks RLFC in the NRL, having spent 16 years at St George Illawarra Dragons RLFC as a Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Coach, Sport Scientist, and ultimately their Performance Director. Additionally, Andrew is an elite Strength & Conditioning professional as well as a qualified physiotherapist, and is also […]

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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 parameters of elite football players […]

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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 want to meet our players […]

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How to beat Negative Tactics – A Different Approach for FIFA to consider?

After watching another pulsating weekend of FA Premier League football, it’s hard to argue against the quality of the product that we are privileged to now witness in 2014, and when it comes to the climax of the season, so much is still at stake and so much still left to play for at all […]

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Interview: Ian McKeown PhD

Welcome to Sports Discovery and our first blog interview, with Dr Ian McKeown who works in AFL as Head of Athletic Development at Port Adelaide Power. Ian completed his PhD in 2013 through the AIS and University of Canberra entitled “Power development and movement ability in junior athletes” and we worked together in the Sports Institute of […]

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Monitoring with GPS: Time to Slow Down?

       Team Solutions for GPS monitoring in sports first became available approximately ~15 years ago and have evolved rapidly in recent seasons. Nowadays, it has become almost inconceivable that a professional outfit does not possess “a set of units” to monitor distances travelled at various speeds, despite the technology’s hefty expense, and are […]

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Irish Rugby Player suing IRFU: Raises a Question?

An interesting Sports Law case has emerged within Ireland over the past few weeks. Reported by Mark Tighe in last week’s Sunday Times, 24-times capped Irish Scrum-Half, Tomas O’Leary, is currently suing the IRFU after suffered a training ground accident whilst preparing for a 2011 Six Nations fixture against England. The personal-injury claim was filed […]

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PlayerCam: Use in Sports Research

PlayerCam used for Movement Studies: One area that Nick and I discussed quite a bit was the application of video analysis to support, extend and visualise the objective measurements Sports Scientists often are making in the field. Nick & I first spoke when he came across the motion-analysis work that I had published as part […]

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Monitoring in Men’s International Field Hockey

There are some sports where you simply have to take your hat off to the participants for their displays of fitness, technical skills and overall sporting drama. Straight away your thoughts are drawn to sports such as Rugby League, Aussie Rules, Rugby 7’s and Gaelic Games but I’d also argue that Field Hockey, especially played […]

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