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Why it’s hard to stay active after competition ends

May 11th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

There are many reasons why people take up exercise including keeping fit, losing weight, relieving stress, along with the social aspect of being part of a group; or perhaps we have that competitive edge that allows us to test ourselves at our own level. Sometimes it can be difficult for the casual athlete to compare […]

Pressure from parents is one of main causes of early specialization

May 4th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

The area of early specialization by children in sport is an issue that has been debated by sport scientists across the globe and it is a subject we have looked at from a number of different angles over the years. There are many reasons for children dedicating themselves to one sport but there is a […]

Drugs in amateur sport is a growing problem

April 26th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

Many people who get involved in sport start out with dreams of stardom and riches. However, it is clear that only a very small percentage reach that level, meaning that the rest of us have to quickly reassess our goals. Despite the realization that for many of us the elite level is beyond our capabilities, […]

Sports drop-out could begin as young as 7 years old

April 5th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

The value of participating in sport from a young age is something that is not restricted to those who go on to achieve success at the top level. Aside from a very small percentage, most people who take up a sport never go on to reach the elite standard, but yet the value of being […]

Mindfulness meditation could help athletes cope with stress

March 29th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

People in every walk of life experience stress, and it is certainly no different for an athlete. In fact the problem of stress can be an even greater one for athletes, particularly those operating at elite level. The sources of stress on a sportsperson are numerous, and include the likes of:- pressure to win coping […]

Superstition can be a benefit but it’s best to concentrate on things you can control

March 20th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

During a recent blog on the value of sports psychology a number of interesting associated topics cropped up and among them was the role played by superstition in the psychology of athletes. There is no doubt that athletes are aware that the rituals they adopt – which in many cases are very unusual – have […]

Optimizing the benefits of athlete self-reporting measures

March 16th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

The increasingly scientific approach to sport means that the modern athlete relies on information from a variety of sources in order to achieve success. This information includes the vital area of training but also areas of equal importance such as nutrition, rest and mental well-being among other things. Trying to keep a close eye on […]

A scientific understanding of the benefits of sleep

March 10th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

The importance of sleep in helping us perform to our best is something that we have accepted despite the lack of an in-depth scientific understanding; but this is something that is changing with the recent publication of research on the area. The benefit of sleep and recovery for an elite athlete is an issue we […]

Can sports psychology give you an edge?

March 2nd, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

Most athletes, particularly at the elite level will go to any legitimate lengths or try any legal technique to give them the edge in training or competition. One of the areas that has increased in popularity in recent years is sports psychology and not only has it become a huge part of modern day sport, […]

Guidelines for using GPS devices in sport

February 23rd, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

Over the last number of years advancements in technology have affected almost every aspect of our lives, and sport is no exception.The desire to improve performances at elite level where even the smallest of margins can make the difference between success and failure, means that monitoring all aspects of an athlete’s regime through technology can […]

Does thinking get in the way of performance:
An opportunity rather than a problem?

February 14th, 2017 by Dr. John P Sullivan

We have all heard athletes acknowledge overthinking in performance situations, whereby their actions change from the automatic nature of ‘see and do’ to, instead, awkward and poor timing. But, when thinking takes over a performer, this presents an opportunity rather than a problem. Your Thinking is Not the Issue The problem of overthinking is not […]

Awareness of risk factors for sports injury is essential

February 9th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

Across the world there are millions of people involved in exercise and sport and in the process are enjoying the many advantages that are involved in being active. Encouraging young people to get involved in sport promotes a healthy lifestyle while exercise can help prevent illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes among many more. […]

Athlete Burnout: Causes and Prevention Strategies

February 2nd, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

The issue of youth athlete burnout is one that has been addressed on many occasions and a topic that we have referred to a number of times in our blogs. It can come as no surprise that burnout has received so much attention given that it is an issue that can have serious consequences for […]

Mental health needs of elite athletes must be addressed

January 24th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

For all of us who have ever dreamt of being elite sport stars, the attraction is most likely the sense of achievement, the joy of success and the adulation of fans that comes with it. The idea of being at the peak of your powers and seeing all the hard work and sacrifice pay-off as […]

Elite athletic performance at youth level is no guarantee of ultimate success

January 17th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

In previous blogs we have looked at the ideas surrounding the area of early specialization and how this can have negative effects in terms of an athlete’s hopes of making it at the top level in their chosen sport. Among the drawbacks that have been identified are over-use injuries, burn-out and the reduced possibility of […]

Techniques to help develop a positive mindset

January 5th, 2017 by Eunan Whyte

No matter what level they are competing at, all athletes will suffer from some element of self-doubt. From the novice athlete competing in their first event, right up to hot favourite lining up at the start of the Olympic Final, everyone will question themselves. Doubts come in many forms, and it is common for an […]

Characteristics of an effective coach

December 13th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

It is universally accepted that the role of a coach has a huge influence on sporting success. An athlete may contain all the ingredients necessary for success such as natural talent, work ethic, mental strength, hunger but if they don’t have the right coach to bring it all together, it is quite likely they will […]

A healthy brain is crucial to performance

November 25th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

No matter what level of sport an athlete is competing at, it is accepted that their performance is more than just down to physical readiness as being prepared psychologically to overcome challenges is just as important. Many analysts have looked on this aspect of performance and used terms such as, ‘mental toughness’, ‘focus’, or ‘being […]

Co-ordinated approach is best to decide when an athlete can return to perform

November 22nd, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

One of the most frustrating parts of being an athlete is when injury or illness strikes at the most inopportune moment often resulting in the best laid plans being thrown into disarray. The nature of injuries and illness are that they can hit any time, and when they happen during a planned period of intense […]

Top athletes have a greater ability to resist mental fatigue

November 7th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

When it comes to success in sport, one of the most enduring questions is how can certain athletes produce the goods when it matters most, while others just never seem to make the breakthrough. In terms of their physical attributes, a group of athletes may be on the same level, so what is the significant […]

The importance of knowing when an athlete has reached load limit

October 21st, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

One of the greatest challenges faced by an athlete and coach is not necessarily among those they face on the sports field. Probably the biggest obstacle they have to overcome is ensuring the athlete is in the best possible condition to compete at the maximum level when it matters most. Getting the preparation right is […]

Athletes can practice psychological techniques to improve performance

October 10th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

For an athlete to be successful at any level it is obvious that they must be properly prepared physically in order to cope with the challenges they meet in training and competition. The demands of sport, particularly at elite level, mean that very often an athlete’s physical condition on its own is not enough to […]

Metrifit RTP – a great tool for GAA teams that are serious about sports performance

September 27th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

When it comes to achieving your goals in any sport it is often the little things that can make the difference between success and failure. In the modern sporting world the gap between winning and losing can come down to fractions of seconds, millimeters, or squeezing out that last ounce of energy. Therefore coaches can’t […]

Supplements and the young athlete

September 21st, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

All athletes undertake a training program with the ultimate aim of improving their performance. Gaining that extra bit of speed, strength/power to complement their skill set could make all the difference when competing. As a result, athletes are willing to trying anything (legally) that will give them this extra edge, and many will consider the […]

Creating a central hub of information is essential in monitoring technology

September 5th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

The role of a coach has become more complex in recent years. No longer is it a case of an individual coming up with a fitness program, passing on tips they have gained during their own athletic and coaching careers, or perhaps just shouting out encouragement from the sidelines. Today a coach must be an […]

Improving your killer instinct

August 12th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

We have all seen the athlete who appears to have it all: the natural talent, the physique, the technique, the training programme, the top coach – but when it comes to producing the goods on the big day, they seem to fall short. Often it can be difficult to put your finger on where they are […]

Learning to deal with anxiety is essential for an athlete

August 8th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

As we have said on many occasions, it is the little things that can often prove to be the difference between success and failure for an athlete. The undoubted talent may have been complemented by the perfect training schedule and preparation, yet when it comes to the big day, the athlete is unable to produce […]

Good news for athletes suffering from sleep disorders

July 22nd, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

The findings of a recent study carried out in Finland provide good news for athletes who suffer from sleep disorders. The research, which highlighted the high rate of sleep disorders experienced by athletes, illustrates that there are measures that can be taken to improve the sleep of professional athletes. The study carried out by the […]

Challenges to Effective Athlete Monitoring are Easily Overcome

July 14th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

This article first appeared in the SimpliFaster blog. Achieving success in sport, particularly at the elite level, is a complex process. The days of natural talent representing the most important factor in being successful are long gone. In a modern world where sport is a billion-dollar business, there are many elements required to ensure an […]

Creating a greater understanding of concussion in youth sports

July 12th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

The issue of concussion in sport is one that has created much debate in recent times. While much of the conversation has surrounded high profile cases, mostly in professional sport, it is accepted that it is an area of concern right across the sporting spectrum. This includes young children who are involved in recreational sport […]

Heat training can improve your performance

June 25th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

For many of us, whether at elite or recreational level, taking exercise can be challenging enough at the best of times, but when you throw in the rising temperature of the summer months, it can become even more difficult. When the sun is beaming down, some may find themselves changing their routine or avoiding the […]

Optimize your training with deliberate practice

June 18th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

Most of us are familiar with the story of the man racing up New York’s Seventh Avenue when a stranger stopped him.     “Pardon me,” he said, “can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” The man paused before answering   “Practice, practice, practice”.   There are many versions of the story […]

A simple method of monitoring your physical condition

May 21st, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

Many coaches go to extreme measures in an attempt to monitor the physical condition of their athletes. The need to ensure the athlete is in the best possible shape both to train and compete has meant that over the years vast sums of money and time have been invested in trying to pinpoint this information. […]

Flexible timing of measurement is another benefit of Session-RPE

May 13th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

In a previous blog, we looked at the concept of implementing an effective system for monitoring training load and the benefits provided by session RPE (session rating of perceived exertion). The article outlined the many advantages of session-RPE and recent studies have highlighted another benefit of this approach when illustrating that there is greater flexibility […]

Staying healthy boosts chances of sporting success

May 7th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

One of the greatest fears of an athlete is that injury can strike just at the wrong time which could greatly impede their preparation or if it happens just before competition, it can rule them out of the opportunity to achieve their goal. Even a niggling injury can be disruptive and as a result it […]

Asking the right questions to assess athlete wellbeing

April 29th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

One of the key elements of athlete monitoring in recent times has been the ability to assess the wellness of the individual. Being able to pinpoint an athlete’s physical well-being is obviously essential but in the sporting world where fractions of seconds and millimeters can make all the difference, general well being can be a […]

5 reasons to visit our booth (#315) at the CSCCa Annual National Conference

April 28th, 2016 by Ann Bruen

The Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) hosts a national conference each year. This year this is taking place in Fort Worth, Texas May 4-6, 2016. This event is designed to keep strength and conditioning coaches current on the latest developments in the field. Metrifit are attending this year and you can come and […]

General mental well-being is as important as physical well-being

March 11th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

In recent weeks we have looked at the importance of coaches being aware of the mental well-being of their student athletes in High Schools and Colleges. It is clear that helping student athletes cope with the pressures associated with their academic and sporting challenges allows them to perform better both in the classroom and on […]

Metrifit helps to build the crucial athlete-coach relationship

March 7th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

Success at any level of sport is influenced by many factors. Of course talent is the starting point for any athlete but the big challenge is how to translate that potential into performance. Developing that talent is part of the responsibility of the coach but they clearly cannot work independently of the athlete and studies […]

Metrifit provides x-ray vision into lifestyle of student athlete

March 6th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

Coaches and athletes all over the world are competing to get that extra edge when it comes to performance. Shaving even a fraction of a second off your time, going that extra millimeter or having a small amount of energy or strength when required, along with the right mental focus when the pressure is on, […]

New study highlights benefits of monitoring

March 5th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

A very interesting article published online in January this year is of particular interest to those using monitoring systems, or currently considering introducing a system to keep track of athletes, as it underlines the importance of such an approach. In The training-injury prevention paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder? Tim J Gabbett address […]

Essential to keep track of factors that impact on performance

March 2nd, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

There is no doubt that there are many elements that go into ensuring an athlete is a success at an elite level, or for that matter, whatever level they are competing at. Talent is naturally a significant factor, but as we have seen in many sports over the years it is only one aspect. Among […]

Effects of stress on academic and athletic performance

March 2nd, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

Although there are many advantages to being a High School or College student, this period of a young person’s life certainly doesn’t come without its challenges. Naturally, there is a huge pressure to succeed in their studies and this comes from within the student as well as from parents and teachers. There is the challenge […]

Athlete self-report measures

March 1st, 2016 by Anna Saw

Is there evidence to jump/stay on the bandwagon? An Athlete self-report measure (ASRM) is any measure where an athlete self-reports their subjective physical, psychological, and/or social wellbeing. The measure may take the form of a questionnaire, diary, or log, and may be completed on paper or using technology. Metrifit is an example of an ASRM. […]

Monitoring sleep is invaluable for a coach

February 26th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

The life of a modern student athlete may be a very exciting one in terms of competing at new levels or learning new concepts in the classroom, as well as having an increasingly busy social life. However, with that comes a lot of pressure, particularly in terms of time as they try to juggle classroom […]

Refuelling during exercise

February 22nd, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

The area of nutrition is an area we touched on recently in terms of the importance of establishing the right pre-exercise meal. Getting the timing of your meal right and eating the right type of food are seen as vital in terms of ensuring you achieve your peak physical performance. Eating too much, too little, […]

Don’t fall into the trap of overtraining

February 12th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

The desire to reach peak physical condition and be at their very best for competition is something that drives athletes to push themselves to the limit in training. In a world where fractions of seconds or inches can make the difference between glory and despair, it is no wonder that athletes put themselves through very […]

Getting the right pre-workout meal will pay dividends

February 8th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

In a recent blog, we looked at the importance of nutrition for an athlete and how it was vital to fuel your body with the right food in order to ensure you reach peak performance. In the same way that a car needs to have fuel in order to be at its best, your body […]

Focus on sleep cycles can benefit athletes

February 2nd, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

In a recent article we highlighted the benefit of sleep for elite athletes, noting that many experts believe it to be of equal importance to training and diet. Given that the difference between success and failure for elite athletes could come down to fractions of a second or millimeters, the benefit of proper sleep and […]

The role of sports specialization in overuse injury

January 25th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

For many people starting out in sport, the dream of competing at the top level and the rewards that accompany such a lifestyle can be a driving force. Although the reality is that only a small percentage reach that level, for the remainder of the population, the benefits of sport are plentiful, particularly for young […]

Relative Age Effect can lead to blind spot in talent identification

January 18th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

In sport across the globe there is an increasing pressure on coaches to be able to identify talent at an early age to ensure the athlete gets the best possible coaching in order to allow them to reach their full potential. The demand by the top sports teams and coaches to uncover the next star […]

Blood analysis can help prevent injury

January 11th, 2016 by Eunan Whyte

Every athlete and coach is fully aware of the fact that injuries are part and parcel of all levels of sport. No matter what planning is carried out or how successful a training programme can be, the cost of an injury can be huge for an athlete. A long-term setback will have obvious consequences but […]

The value of cognitive testing

December 19th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

How do we go about assessing athletes and more importantly helping them develop and reach their full potential? Of course this varies considerably depending on circumstances – for example, a 10 year old in a football academy compared to the elite Olympian athlete – but the underlying theme should be the same. Physical tests, anthropometric […]

Understanding your body rhythm will help training and performance

December 11th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

When elite athletes are preparing for competition, they don’t leave anything to chance. All factors are taken into account in an attempt to give them the edge, including things that may appear trivial to some observers. One concept that may come under this category is the idea of when is the optimum time to train. […]

The importance of proper breathing during exercise

December 4th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

We have looked at many components that make up a successful training programme with the ultimate aim of achieving success in your particular field.Another important factor worth looking at is the area of breathing during exercise and the benefit of using the correct technique suited to a particular discipline. Very often it is an area […]

Tips for improving your sleep

November 27th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

Our recent article , ‘The benefits of sleep for elite athletes’ , resulted in a considerable reaction and as a consequence we decided to have a look at some tips and strategies that an athlete might use to maximize their sleep. As we have seen, getting sufficient rest is crucial in terms making the most […]

Issue of burnout continues to pose challenges

November 20th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

The issue of burnout, particularly among younger athletes is something that continually challenges those involved in sport. It is considered to be a growing problem, not just for elite athletes, but society in general as those who drop out of sport at an early age are less likely to engage in activity as adults, as […]

Sleep & Sports: A look at the habits of sports superstar snoozers

November 18th, 2015 by Metrifit

It’s no secret that a lack of sleep can affect our performance the next day, but how much of an impact can it have? Following on from our recent blog on the benefits of sleep for elite athletes, we would like to share this infographic courtesy of  Mattress Next Day which looks a bit closer at the […]

Fuel your body to reach peak performance level

November 13th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

No matter how well an athlete is prepared in terms of their training regime, they will never be able to achieve optimum performance level without proper nutrition. As everyone knows, a car will not be at its best unless it has a full tank of quality fuel, and likewise your body also needs to be […]

Long Term Athlete Development – Does it work?

November 10th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

One of the big challenges involved in being a coach of young athletes is knowing when to introduce a specific training regime and at what time to concentrate on particular skills. It is all too common to see well-meaning coaches attempt to introduce methods of coaching that children simply aren’t ready for. Their eagerness to […]

A Growth Mindset can help you be the best

November 2nd, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

For anyone involved in sport, as an athlete, coach, commentator or fan, the concept of talent is almost always the defining character that we look for. Of course that is a hugely important trait, but it doesn’t tell us what makes the difference between winning and losing when two athletes of similar talent compete, or […]

Goal setting can give athletes an extra edge

October 16th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

The ability of an athlete to perform at the top level of their given sport depends largely on their physical ability, such as skill, talent, strength etc. However, the mental approach is acknowledged as having a major bearing on the success of the athlete in terms of attitude and confidence. One way in which the […]

Session-RPE is an easy and effective method of monitoring training load

October 12th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

When it comes to preparing athletes for competition, the effective monitoring of training load is the one of the most important factors in assisting the coach’s efforts to make improvements. One method that has been widely used is session-RPE (session-rating of perceived exertion) which is the subjective monitoring of the load placed on an athlete. […]

Study highlights the benefits of subjective self-reporting measures in training

October 2nd, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

The benefit of subjective self-reporting measures in monitoring an athlete’s training response has been highlighted in a report published just last month. The British Journal of Sports Medicine, carried the report which was conducted by Anna E Saw, Luana C Main and Paul B Gastin. From their systematic review they concluded that when it comes to […]

Sport plays vital role in tackling childhood obesity

September 25th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

It is widely accepted that childhood obesity is becoming an increasingly serious issue across the globe and one that has serious consequences for our health levels now and well into the future. The increased reliance on convenience food and snacks with high sugar levels is contributing to the problem. This high-energy dense food consumption combined […]

The importance of relevant monitoring in training

September 18th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

The training programme undertaken by an athlete can be divided into a number of segments, including the assessment stage, the planning stage and the implementation stage. Another vital segment that has attracted much attention of late it the idea of monitoring and its role in the overall training programme is seen as having an increasing […]

Young players just want to have fun

September 8th, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

There can be no doubt that there is a wide range of benefits for children taking part in organised sport. Given the obvious advantages of taking part in such games, no matter what sport is involved, the alarming question that has puzzled many observers over the years is, why do so many drop out? Clearly […]

The benefits of sleep for elite athletes

September 3rd, 2015 by Eunan Whyte

In preparing to achieve their goals and dreams, two of the main areas of concentration for athletes tend to be training and nutrition. It is also accepted that a third area of ‘recovery’ is of equal importance in reaching peak performance level, and although sleep is one of the basic forms of recovery, it is […]

Understanding Energy System Training

July 22nd, 2015 by Ann Bruen

Knowing the basics of how we generate energy can be helpful in understanding how we become fatigued and what training we can undertake to minimize fatigue. Just as you train your biceps or your hamstrings, you can train your energy systems for better conditioning and performance. This blog aims to give a high level and […]

An Athlete’s Guide to Inflammation: Understand, Reduce and Prevent

June 12th, 2015 by Maev Creaven

Pain is hard to ignore. Pain, heat and swelling are often present with acute inflammation. Inflammation is a normal physiological response to a physical activity. During the recovery period, the inflammatory process repairs any damage and also promotes training adaptations leading to strength and endurance gains Research has now proven links between inflammation, diet, and […]

Live Long Die Short

May 7th, 2015 by Michael Rutherford

In 2008 James Fries a professor at Stanford University envisioned an aging process that was different from the prevailing approach. The prevailing attitude is that we just get old, get sick or disabled and then for 20 years suffer until they shovel dirt on top of us. The Rectangularization of Aging (D Nagnur 1986)   Understanding this […]

Slow down, you eat too fast!

March 31st, 2015 by Maev Creaven

In our fast paced world, we are always looking for ways to do things in a shorter time. The five minute work-out, the fifteen minute meals, even our news is sent out in quick concise snippets.  Within the walls of a nutrition room we talk about how to save time in the kitchen, nutrient timing […]

Deliberate Practice Is Important But Not Sufficient For Sports Success

March 22nd, 2015 by Dan Peterson

At this point in our youth sports evolution, most parents have heard of the 10,000 hour theory, the supposed minimum amount of deliberate practice needed to attain a high level of athletics mastery. Then, we were told that it’s more like 10,000 hours, give or take 5,000 hours, based on more recent research across additional […]

Stress and Life Load

February 16th, 2015 by Maev Creaven

Nutrition, quality of sleep and stress levels are the key players for both your short and long-term health. If a person is experiencing chronic levels of stress this can set up a cascade of health issues from simple blood sugar dips, cravings, stored weight around the belly, prone to injury, diabetes to cardiovascular disease and […]

NFL Combine. Does it mean anything?

February 13th, 2015 by Fergal Mulholland

As you read this blog, two hundred and fifty of Americas’ best college football players are training for the famous and criticised NFL combine week. The combine is an event held every year in the Lucas Oil Field stadium in Indianapolis. In the combine, the top draft prospects are put through mental and physical tests […]

You Can’t Coach Speed… Right?

February 4th, 2015 by Dan Peterson

For young basketball players, an old coaching adage says “you can’t coach height”, while for sprinters, wide receivers or base stealers, it’s “you can’t coach speed.” In sports, there are certain physical traits that need to be included in an athlete’s raw, genetic ingredients. It’s much harder (though not impossible) to play in the NBA […]

Symptoms of Overtraining

January 22nd, 2015 by Ronan McGann

Overtraining is an issue that has been discussed and debated by sports professionals at many different levels. This syndrome has the potential to severely impair an athlete’s sporting career, and indeed may cause long-term health implications for the individual. This chronic ailment has many different signs, with some being more obvious than others. These signs […]

A look at recovery techniques for the athlete

January 13th, 2015 by Ronan McGann

When dealing with athletic performance there is often a primary focus on training but rest and recovery although often overlooked are an integral part of an athlete’s preparation and training programs.  We have previously looked at some aspects of recovery in sport  including foam rolling and cold water immersion. Aside from this, there are many […]

Dropout in youth Sport

December 10th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

The term “dropout” is used quite frequently in relation to youth sports. It is a word that brings to mind many different thoughts and certainly has many different connotations associated with it. However, reports suggest that there may be repercussions that can result from the dropout in youth sport. Some of these have the potential […]

When Parents become too pushy in Sport

December 9th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

“If I didn’t practice well my dad made me run home behind the car”, Richard Krajicek As everyone knows, parents will always want the best for their children, and this is true for all walks of life – professional, social, educational, sporting etc. Yet when it comes to excelling in sport at a young age, […]

Mind your head – Concussion in Sport

November 17th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

Concussion in sport is one of the most contemporary topics discussed from a safety point of view. The ramifications associated with this type of injury can be severe, and as such, it’s an injury which requires in-depth investigation, right from the mechanisms which can cause such injury, to the long-lasting effects that can appear as […]

The Sky is the Limit – Altitude Training

November 4th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

Over the past number of weeks we have looked at some of the most contemporary Sport Science topics in today’s sporting world, and this week we have another interesting entry. Altitude training is fast becoming a common training tool at the elite level in sport – this is in relation to both training exercises and […]

Athlete footwear – “These boots were made for walking” – but surely not for injury?

November 3rd, 2014 by Ronan McGann

As we have covered previously, accidents such as knee injuries can be detrimental to an athlete’s long-term performance. Ligament tears, ruptures, strains etc. are all part of the injury process for those athletes unfortunate to suffer from training / competition accidents. However, what are some of the injury mechanisms that lead to injuries? One of […]

Athlete Recovery Part 2: Ice Baths – Do they actually work?

October 21st, 2014 by Ronan McGann

One of the most controversial and talked-about issues in modern sport science is undoubtedly the idea of ice-baths in athlete recovery. There have been many conflicting views of this exercise, and some theorists believe it to be a necessity for athletes in their recovery, while other experts believe it does more harm than good for […]

Athlete Recovery Part 1: Keep on Rolling!

October 14th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

In an ideal sporting world, it would be great to have a personal masseuse on tap 24/7 to give a massage at any time in any place. But for the vast majority of athletes, this is just not possible. So what is the next best thing?  How about Self-myofascial release?  This is the scientific term […]

Anti-Gravity Treadmills – What can they do?

October 9th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

When one mentions the words “anti-gravity treadmill”, the first image that may come to mind is an elaborate machine that appears to belong in the future in some capacity, and indeed NASA developed the differential air pressure technique as a way for astronauts to exercise and maintain conditioning in space. However the technology is in […]

Injured Athletes – How do they Cope?

October 2nd, 2014 by Ronan McGann

Injury is part and parcel of modern day sport. Whether they are annoying little muscle strains or broken bones, injury is common place in sport. For athletes who suffer from long term injuries, how are they able to maintain a positive frame of mind while being away from their favourite sport for what can be […]

The use of GPS in Sport

September 25th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

As many of our previous articles have reported, sport science is rapidly changing the way sport is played and the level to which athletes are performing at. One of the most popular and effective examples of this is the use of Global Positioning System Technology (GPS) in sport. GPS technology offers good precision in performance […]

Yoga & Pilates in modern day Sport

September 18th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

For many years, Yoga & Pilates has often been associated with females as a recreational activity. However, contemporary sports people (including both genders) have turned their focus to these exercises in attempt to improve and prolong their performance at the highest level. Indeed, some of the most famous athletes in their own sports have opted […]

Research Shows That EPL Requires A More Fit And Technical Player

September 8th, 2014 by Dan Peterson

Widely recognized as the top soccer league in the world, the English Premier League (EPL) has evolved significantly in the last seven years to a style of play that is not only faster but also more physically and technically demanding, according to new research from the University of Sunderland. According to several analyses, the EPL […]

What has changed in the Premier League in the last 22 years?

September 5th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

The FA Premier League has just started its 22nd season, and is regarded as one of the best football leagues in the world. It is home to some of the best players on the planet (Falcao, Rooney, Fabregas, Toure etc.) and it is the place where the majority of young players wish to play. With […]

Sports drinks, energy bars and gels – Just how useful and effective are they?

August 28th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

Sports Drinks have been around for a lot longer than most people would think. In fact Gatorade was developed in 1965 at the University of Florida and athletes have been formulating their own sports drinks for decades.  Some of the downsides of the sports drink led the way for the development of the sports energy bar […]

Goals, Goals and more Goals – Goal-setting and other Sport Psychology Techniques

August 5th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

Sport psychology is an area in sport which has received growing attention over the past number of years. Whether it’s individual and knowledge of these professionals to aid their own performance. Within this in mind, we will look at some of the most common tools used in sport psychology. sports or team sports, the influence of sport psychology […]

What have we learned from this year’s World Cup?

July 23rd, 2014 by Ronan McGann

This summer’s tournament ended with Germany emerging victorious, and in doing so, they became the first team outside of South America to win on South American soil. What other information can we take from the 20th edition of football’s greatest international competition? In this article we  explore what was apparent (and not so apparent) at […]

The Perfect Recipe for an Athlete Monitoring System

July 16th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

What are the key ingredients that come together to produce an athlete monitoring platform that adequately serves athletes and coaches alike? Athlete Monitoring Systems must be able to collect, collate and analyse large volumes of varying information and in turn report on this information effectively and in the language of athletes and coaches. This helps […]

Mobile Phone Technology in Sport

July 3rd, 2014 by Ronan McGann

Sport at every level (elite, professional, amateur, recreational, etc.) is constantly evolving. With this, so is the evolution of technology and its use within sport. New ideas, inventions and systems are being devised and implemented in sport regularly to try and improve such areas as performance, assessment, skill execution, athlete tracking etc. The use of […]

There’s no place like home – And the South Americans are thankful for this!

June 24th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

This summer’s FIFA World Cup is the first tournament to be held on South American soil for 28 years (Mexico ’86). As history tells us, since the tournament started, only South American teams have won the competition when it is held in the sunny south continent. Yet, is there any particular reason for this phenomenon? […]

World Cup Players Could Benefit From Injury Prediction And Prevention

June 18th, 2014 by Dan Peterson

Imagine this dream team kicking off at the 2014 World Cup; Falcao, Ribery, Reus and Walcott up top, Strootman and Gundogan holding down the middle, with Oviedo, Akaminko, Badstuber and Van der wiel as your back four. Put Victor Valdes in goal and you have a potential Best XI.  Unfortunately, all eleven of these global […]

The Greatest Show on Earth!

June 13th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

It has been labelled “the greatest show on earth”, with the best football players on the planet coming together every 4 years to compete for the most coveted prize in international football. The 2014 FIFA World Cup promises to be a phenomenal tournament, and its setting in Brazil (the spiritual home of football) will add […]

Interesting facts about the World Cup

June 13th, 2014 by Ronan McGann

This summer sees the 20th World Cup take place for the second time in the spiritual home of football,  Brazil. 32 teams from around the globe will battle it out in an attempt to win the coveted FIFA World Cup trophy.  We’ve compiled some interesting  facets of information that some football fans may not be […]

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