“I reserve the right to change my mind. But once I decide on something, I’m going to need a good reason to switch.”

Deacon Jones

SPORTS MEDICINE & PERFORMANCE BLOG

Test – Intervene – Retest – Analysis There is inevitably physical standards that we want to test, track and achieve with athletes and this is commonly in association to multitude of factors.. those being performance, technical/tactical-game plan, robustness etc  Through familiar thinking we can relate to this first line flow or process above especially during …
We place a lot of stock in limb symmetry but critically we need to couple this with performance During a conversation with Mick Hughes (soon to be released as a podcast) we  discussed the significance & need for baseline information during RTP benchmarking. Especially in the context of a potentially de-conditioned uninvolved limb becoming the …
An article exploring clarity of technical reasoning, thought processing and approach. For coaches and clinicians
The athletic motions of running, jumping and landing require the foot and ankle complex to be adaptable to varying surfaces and demands. The complex needs to be compliant to dampen ground reaction forces (GFR), but also become stable as a base and lever arm for propulsion. It is one of the musculoskeletal systems most versatile …
(An opinion piece) Idealistically a max effort lift or rep in the weights-room should be executed technically ‘well’ or better explained it should match the technique bandwidth and standard that aligns with the movement pattern intended. Training needs to be purposeful and high quality.  But when our athletes ‘max out’ coaches can sometimes become lenient …
Up, Down and Sideways is the network that I’ve realised has supported my professional development on recent reflection. I thought I’d share one of the many ways in which I am driving my personal / professional development. Or at the very least scrapbook the thought process. Up, Down and Sideways simply refers to the types of …
It’s not news to draw attention to the Hamstrings in relation to ACL rehab, injury risk mitigation or especially in the context of a non-contact ACL injury. But, I do think it is interesting to draw attention to the magnitude of the forces expressed at the knee and reasoning behind the ACL/Hamstring relationship.  The ACL …
There are basic components that have to be embedded in a warm-up process around raising body temperature, ‘loosening up’ and preparing mindset and neuromuscular system to work optimally for the activity that follows, ETC! However, Physical development and the training qualities desired in a program can begin or be obtained in part during the warm-up, …
Lifting shoes – Do you need them? – First things first – Q. What are lifting shoes?…. Essentially a raised heel. Common Issues Squatting / lifting relating to the foot/ankle? Poor global depth / ROMFoot turn outHeel liftCollapsed ArchExcessive torso lean   What do lifting shoes encourage? “Increased” Pseudo Ankle Dorsiflexion position (They don’t change …
Kipping Pull-Ups: Yes or No? This is going to be a love it or hate it topic I discuss in this post! But I’ll try to be balanced in my views (Just a little).  Whilst talking shop with Physios (PT’s) and Strength & Conditioning Coaches (The accredited ones), this topic has been discussed a lot, …
In 2012 the Olympic Games was held in London. As is typical and essential all the competing nations arrive early to varying degrees to allow some acclimatisation to the climate, fight off jet-lag and keep athletes tuned up ready to compete. One of those teams – Kenya based themselves in Bristol and as such some …