All posts by Mitchell Robinson

Sports Series Part 3: Stretching

Insert TestimonialInsert Symbol or Content Template Stretching in sport Apparently we stretch to 1) improve flexibility and 2) to reduce injury rates. What limits flexibility? Viscoelastic muscle properties (viscosity and titin?) The nervous system (reflexes may limit the stretch we can experience) Joint structures (bones, capsules, ligaments…) Skin tightness? (only some joints) The nervous system seems to play a role in limiting muscle extensibility. There ar...

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Sports Series Part 2: Training for Skill Aquisition

Insert TestimonialInsert Symbol or Content Template Task Decomposition vs Task Simplification Learning a new skill in a sporting context can be incredibly fun or incredibly frustrating. Therefore, efforts have been make picking up a new skill easier. However, debate exists as to the best way to do this. Task decomposition refers to the process of decomposing a task into manageable components in an effort to reduce the cognitive demand on learners. For example, a learner may break...

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Sports Series Part 1: Function vs Capacity

Insert TestimonialInsert Symbol or Content Template Function vs Capacity In general, there are two schools of thought when it comes to training for sport in the gym. The first school sees a gym environment as a place to train capacities that a person may utilise in a sports-specific context. The second school of thought sees a gym environment as a place to mimic the movement patterns of their chosen sport in an attempt to be “representative” of their needs and/or be more “func...

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Back Pain Myths: Part 1 – Your Back Is Inherently Weak And Fragile

Insert TestimonialInsert Symbol or Content Template Myth 1: Your back is weak and fragile Wrong! You back is stronger than you think. Most people will experience back pain during their lifetime. It can be disabling and worrying but it is very common and rarely dangerous (<1%). The spine is a strong, stable structure and not easily damaged so in most instances it is a simple sprain or strain. In these cases – 98%, according to research – recover reasonably quickly, and many do...

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Resistance Training in the Elderly: Part 3

Insert TestimonialInsert Symbol or Content TemplateShould the Elderly Lift Heavy Weights? Part 3The elderly are, despite the common misconception of youth, not another species. Resistance training guidelines for young people are very much applicable to the elderly. Many healthy and relatively fit elderly people will not require programs that differ significantly from those for 20-40 year olds. For the frail elderly (those with signs of sarcopenia), however, a more specific program tha...

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