November 2015 – High Intensity Functional Training
High Intensity Functional Training (HIFT) is a novel form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) performed using resistance training equipment. Often, the equipment used is more fun to use than traditional HIIT training modes, and includes implements like kettlebells and battling ropes. This edition covered a number of studies that have assessed the ability of HIFT to produce similar or superior immediate responses and long-term adaptations compared with HIIT.
October 2015 – Sprinting
Sprinting is an essential quality for athletes competing in team sports, as well as an exciting event contested in its own right within track and field. The sprinting edition included exciting new research in both trained, track sprinters and in team sports athletes. There were a number of studies specifically exploring the effects of weighted sled towing.
September 2015 – Muscle activity
Muscle activity, as measured with surface electromyography (EMG), is a key technique for assessing the relative involvement of muscles during exercises and for comparing exercises with one another. This edition discusses recent findings from studies comparing the muscle activity of different exercises with both light and heavy loads and between sets performed to failure and not to failure.
August 2015 – Fascia
Fascia is a popular topic in exercise science and sports medicine. It is thought to be instrumental in the effects observed during foam rolling and massage, which include improvements in flexibility and recovery from delayed onset muscle soreness. This edition covers a number of new studies exploring the nature of fascia and foam rolling.
July 2015 – Vibration Training
Vibration training is a contentious but poorly understood issue in the fitness industry. Some coaches write vibration training off as being a fad that cannot possibly be effective. The more well-informed understand that a substantial body of research has found vibration training to be somewhat effective, at least in the general population. To learn more, check out this edition.
June 2015 – Bodybuilding
In this edition, we covered several studies that will be of great interest for anyone who follows bodybuilding, or who wants to know how to increase muscle mass and lose fat for improving their physique.
May 2015 – Preventing Hamstring Strains
In this edition, we covered the key new research relating to the prediction and prevention of hamstring strain injury. Don’t miss this edition if you work with team sports athletes!
April 2015 – Muscle Protein Synthesis
In this edition, we covered some exciting new reviews and studies looking at the nature of muscle protein synthesis, which is thought to be the primary driver of increased muscle mass during long-term programs of resistance training. Don’t miss this edition if you are interested in hypertrophy!
March 2015 – Pain Science
Pain science can sometimes seem like a relative newcomer, although researchers have been doing valuable work in this field for many years. This edition introduces key concepts such as central sensitization, fear avoidance, and pain catastrophizing, and provides valuable guidance on how exercise can be useful in combatting the problem of pain.
February 2015 – Hypertrophy
The Hypertrophy edition covered a range of studies relating to hypertrophy, including meta-analyses, long-term trials, acute investigations into anabolic signalling pathways, and the potential effects of anabolic steroids.
January 2015 – FMS Sum Score
The FMS Sum Score edition included reviews of two opinion papers issued by the makers of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) as well an important new investigation into the validity of the FMS sum score.
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