How to monitor progression of individual athletes or patients

How to monitor progression of individual athletes or patients

Many (personal) trainers, (strength and conditioning) coaches and (physio)therapists frequently test their athletes or patients to monitor fitness, progress and to determine changes in performance following training or a specific intervention. For example, some trainers let their athletes perform a bounce

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The effect of resistance training on rapid force development

The effect of resistance training on rapid force development

During most sport situations, there is <300ms time to develop force. For example, the ground contact during sprinting is around 100ms and the delivery phase of javelin throwing is around 120ms [1]. The capability to rapidly develop force is therefore

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Compression clothing: Does it really work?

Compression clothing: Does it really work?

Manufacturers of compression clothing claim that the clothing provides ergogenic benefits such as an improved sports performance, a reduction in injuries and an enhanced recovery following exercise. These effects are thought to be the result of a decreased oscillation of

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No eccentric hamstring action during running?

No eccentric hamstring action during running?

It is widely believed that the hamstrings undergo an eccentric muscle fiber action (they are lengthening while being activated) during the swing phase of high-speed running. Therefore, eccentric exercises are being incorporated into training programs to prevent hamstring injuries and

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3 reasons why runners should stop static stretching

3 reasons why runners should stop static stretching

Static stretching involves lengthening of a muscle until gentle tension is felt and this position is then typically held for 30 s per stretch. Traditionally, stretching, and in particular static stretching has been an integral part of training for many

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Is single-joint training detrimental to sport performance?

Is single-joint training detrimental to sport performance?

Exercises such as calf raises, leg curls and ab crunches are frequently used by personal trainers and strength & conditioning coaches with a background in bodybuilding or physiotherapy. In these exercises, it is attempted to train certain muscles such as

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4 misconceptions about core stability training

4 misconceptions about core stability training

Core stability exercises such as planking, crunches and the Russian twist are widely incorporated into rehabilitation and sports performance programs to prevent injuries and improve sports performance. However, there are several misconception related to core stability training. In this post

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Balance training: A waste of time?

Balance training: A waste of time?

Slacklines, wobble boards or BOSU balls are widely used by athletes and patients to enhance their balance. They assume that an enhanced balance leads to an improved sport performance and a reduction in the number of injuries. However, a recent

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