Deceleration during acceleration in the weight room?

Although often forgotten the mechanical profile of an exercise and its variations can be decisive to strength/power development. First of all, it should be clarified that there is no difference between strength training or power training. We should not infer that, for example, power training is associated always with low loads and high speed. Power… Read More Deceleration during acceleration in the weight room?

Small-sided games vs. Hamstrings injuries

Hamstrings injuries are a plague in football (or soccer for our American friends). Science and technology continue to evolve, but surprisingly hamstrings injuries increased around 4% since 2001 (Ekstrand, 2016). So what’s happening? Hamstrings injuries increased 4% since 2001. (Ekstrand, 2016) It’s a fact that football matches’ demands have increased over the years (Barnes et… Read More Small-sided games vs. Hamstrings injuries

The importance of speed in football

Every athlete wants to become faster, either if it is a sprinting, field/court or marathon type athlete. Success lives within the first 3-4 steps of acceleration, mainly in field and court sports. The ability to decelerate and accelerate quickly in any direction is an absolute game changer. By improving this capacity, athletes’ performance will improve… Read More The importance of speed in football

Proprioceptive training: are you really improving proprioception?

During the last decade, proprioceptive training has been described as one of the most important aspects in a rehabilitation or training program. Training facilities often use the term “proprioceptive training” to describe balance exercises with the premise that it will prevent injuries to occur. Rehabilitation professionals also use “proprioceptive training” exercises as a mean to… Read More Proprioceptive training: are you really improving proprioception?

Q&A Episode #1: Strength/Power training and motor unit recruitment

The first episode of Questions and Answers section is now online. As your questions arrive to my mailbox, I will update this section in order to create an organized debate. Don’t forget to send me your questions through Bridging the Gap: Rehab and Performance Facebook page or Contact me. Q: I would like to ask… Read More Q&A Episode #1: Strength/Power training and motor unit recruitment

Training under fatigue: does it matter?

Training under fatigue is an actual trend among elite level athletes. Experts suggest that by simulating real match conditions, athletes will be more prepared to fatigue exposition, resulting in reduced injury risk. But is it the best strategy? This article has concluded that training under fatigue reduce risk of fatigue-related injuries during the late stage… Read More Training under fatigue: does it matter?