Tag SportsPhysiology

CORE skills aren’t SOFT

Supporting Champions  CORE skills aren't SOFT

In 1958, as NASA began it’s search for aerospace pilots, the job description listed the need for the following characteristics;   · Male (how 1950s?) · Approx 5’11” /180cm · Aged between twenty-five and forty · A science degree ·…

Maximising experiences

Supporting Champions  Maximising experiences

I am a lucky boy. Lucky, lucky lucky (apologies if after only 8 words you are now singing Kylie Minogue’s hit or reciting sections of Monty Python’s Holy Grail). When I first started to work in high-performance I was fortunate…

Sleep to Win: Part 4 – Sleep and Competition

This blog continues the ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ focusing on competition and sleep. Competing Having made it to a competition, you really don’t want sleep to get in the way of performance. But here, sleep is especially challenged, since you…

Sleep to Win: Part 3 – Sleep and Travel

This blog continues the ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ focusing on travel and sleep Travelling In our previous post we considered general sleep issues during training. We also suggested that routines were the guardians of good sleep. It’s also the case…

Sleep to Win: Part 2- Sleep and Training

Evidence-based sleep management to support your performance and wellbeing Training The jury is still out on whether, by extending sleep beyond its typical duration, performance can be reliably enhanced (so-called ‘sleep extension’ interventions). What is certain, however, is that inadequate…

Sleep to Win: Part 1- Sleep and Sport

Supporting Champions  Sleep to Win: Part 1- Sleep and Sport

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! This introductory blog will look at the background to sleep and why it is so important. In…

1:59:59 marathon: Dr Jamie Pringle

Supporting Champions  1:59:59 marathon: Dr Jamie Pringle

“The Sub-2 hour marathon… I think it’s a monumentally difficult challenge” Since its announcement last month, much has been made of Nike’s ‘Breaking2’ project: Three East African distance runners taking a collective shot at the sub-two-hour marathon in the spring…

Top 10 applications: 6. Training methods

Supporting Champions  Top 10 applications: 6. Training methods

  This week’s topic, in my humble opinion, is the most neglected subject area in the Sports Science University education system*. If the evidence that I refer to is indirect I apologise, but in the sports science graduate population I…