Here you will find an informative series of fact sheets aimed to provide information and insight for athletes and coaches. Current fact sheets include Concussion, Nutrition and the athlete, Injury Prevention, Stress and the athlete, Recovery, Training Loads and Sleep and the athlete. Scroll down to download relevant PDFs.
FactSheet #7: Concussion
The issue of concussion is one that affects a wide variety of sports across all levels, from juvenile games right up to elite athletes. Quite rightly it is a topic that has received greater attention in recent times as coaches, athletes and medical staff work to ensure that athletes get back into action as quickly as possible without compromising their health.
What is concussion?
What are the signs of concussion?
What to do if you suspect concussion
Recovery from concussion and return to play
Useful references and resources
FactSheet #6: Nutrition and the athlete
In order for an athlete to reach their peak performance one of the essential ingredients is proper nutrition. In much the same way that even a car in the best mechanical condition won’t go very far without the right quantity of quality fuel, an athlete’s body needs to be properly fueled if it is to
perform at its peak
Getting the balance right
The 3Ts of Nutrition
Nutrition before and after exercise
Supplements and the Athlete
FactSheet #5: Injury Prevention
No matter what level of sport you participate in, the threat of injury is probably the greatest fear you have. Even the slightest niggle can severely disrupt your training schedule and prevent you from getting to peak fitness for the big event and there are many tales of athletes missing out on the big day altogether due to injury.
What are the most common sports injuries?
Tips for preventing injury
Acute:Chronic workLoad ratio (Tim Gabbett)
Benefits of monitoring to help prevent injury
FactSheet #4: Stress and the Athlete
Stress is one of those factors that can have a huge impact on an athlete’s performance, in terms of getting the best out of training, avoiding injuries and being in the best position to deal with competition. As a result it is vital that an athlete or coach is able to identify symptoms at an early stage and crucially, be able to find techniques to allow them deal with the issues.
The dangers of stress
Symptoms of stress
Stress & sleep
Competition stress and performance anxiety
FactSheet #3: Recovery
Recovery can be defined as the time required for the body to repair damage inflicted on it through training or competition
“The body is allowed to adapt to the stress associated with exercise, replenishes muscle glycogen (energy stores) and provides time for the body tissue to repair”
What is recovery?
Why is it necessary?
Essential Elements of Rest & Recovery
FactSheet #2: Training Loads
“The training loads that we, as coaches, can give to an athlete have to adhere to the Goldilocks principle: training loads have to be high enough to elicit adaptation, but not so high they result in overtraining”
Tips on achieving the most from training loads
Symptoms of Overtraining
Getting it just right: Monitoring is key
Session RPE / Training Load
Train harder and smarter: The acute:chronic workload ratio
FactSheet #1: Sleep and the Athlete
“So often sleep is the first thing to go when there’s a busy schedule and a lot on the plate, making it a priority is essential for players and coaches”
Cheri Mah, Sleep Research Fellow at UCSF Human Performance Center
Why is sleep important?
How much sleep do we need?
Tips for getting better sleep
Relief from sleeping disorders
Interesting research/studies on sleep
How Metrifit uses sleep