Why max speed testing with light gates is a waste of time by Dan Bernardin

Peak speed determination in football: is sprint testing necessary? By T. Massard, T. Eggers, and R. Lovell in Science and Medicine in Football (2017). Abstract: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24733938.2017.1398409 Background: Max speed is an important requirement in elite football and is typically associated with crucial moments in a game that can dictate the outcome such as scoring a […]

The Seated Hamstring Curl by Dan Bernardin

This is not typically one of my favourite exercises due to a lack of biomechanical specificity. What that means is, the way the hamstrings function in most football actions in football, sprinting in particular, is very different to the way the hamstrings are stimulated whilst performing the Seated Hamstring Curl. For example, during sprinting the […]

Going geek to reduce the risk of kicking injuries by Dan Bernardin

It is the Rectus Femoris (RF) that is the most prevalent muscle injured within the quadriceps complex (1, 2) and although hamstring tears have been shown to occur more frequently within a season, RF tears have a significantly higher (p<0.01) incidence rate (29%) compared to hamstring tears (11%) during preseason (2). With several intrinsic and […]