Coaching cues and what type are best?

What is a coaching cue? Coaching cues are pieces of information used by a coach to teach an athlete to perform a task or skill. Successful coaching is down to how the coach communicates with the athlete, and if the cues being used are simple and effective. Cues that are too long and/or complex are…

Sleep and Athletic Performance

Sleep is an essential component of health and well-being. It impacts our physical development, cognitive performance, emotional regulation and quality of life. It is an important part of recovery and it is the adaptive process between training periods. Evidence suggests that increased sleep improves performance and competitive success. Despite this, studies have shown that athletes…

Supplements for performance and recovery. What works?

What is a supplement? There is no single definition, either legal or within the nutritional science of what constitutes a dietary supplement. (Maughan et al 2018) (office of dietary supplements, national institute of health 1994) In the journal of sports nutrition and exercise metabolism, the definition is food, food component, nutrient, or non-food compound that…

Foam rolling, is it any use?

Foam rolling has been about for over a decade and is used as a form of manual therapy to reduce myofascial tightness. (Cheatham et al 2015) (Peacock et al 2014). Myofascial tightness develops over time as a result of muscular microtrauma or after an injury. This can lead to scarring or thickening of the fascia…

Cold water immersion for recovery

Coldwater immersion (CWI) has been around for many years and been used for recovery and injury prevention/treatment. It seems recently to be growing in popularity, y, with people making home-made versions for their gardens. Even though CWI has been used for years there is still little or conflicting research in the understanding of the mechanisms…