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Scientific Coaching

Recently had another coach say, “Wow, you’re really into the science of this stuff?!”  It was an interesting comment to say the least….

TOPS Testing: Is it Enough? Part II

Sometimes it’s nice to be validated when you take an unpopular stance…

A couple of years ago, Katherine wrote about TOPs testing in gymnastics (TOPS Testing, Is it Enough?), specifically addressing how sport specific testing paints an incomplete picture of physical readiness.  This was not a popular position in the sport, and managed to irritate more than a few folks, almost like insulting their first newborn child…

Sleep and Swimmers

What if I told you of a legal sports performance aid, involving zero out-of-pocket cost, and virtually no side effects. This aid can be used in high mileage or low mileage, IM or free, distance or sprint, age group or master. Too good to be true? The answer (as you judged from the title) is SLEEP!
 

Reasons to NOT Coach Running Form

In recent years the barefoot craze took hold of the running world.  Fortunately, excitement has receded as barefoot devotees get hurt, realize they haven’t gotten any faster, and find that their beloved Tarahumaras still haven’t won a darned thing and got their butts kicked on their home country at the Mexico City Olympics.  Hopefully barefoot training will return to its rightful place as an adjunct to shod running rather than a full replacement… 

Jet Lag and Swim Meets

This week at Swimming Science we explore the science of jet lag and performance, particularly in the context of swimming. 

Does Asymmetry Enhance Injury Risk?

…below are a few studies saying it does. 

Whether left-to-right asymmetry enhances injury risk is a topic of hot debate in the rehab and performance fields.  Some asymmetry is natural, but how much?  At what point does asymmetry become unnatural?  At what point, if any, does it present an injury risk? 

Radiologic Imaging and the Asymptomatic Athletic Shoulder

This week at Swimming Science, we explore the correlation (or lack thereof) between MRI findings and shoulder symptoms.  The post is a companion piece to our work last week on the lower body and MRI findings