Despite the increased popularity of intermittent fasting, there’s little research about its effectiveness with elite athletes. This article explores the research and applies the findings to determine whether this style of eating is appropriate for high-level athletes or recreational athletes.
According to some, science is currently experiencing a replication crisis, whereby researchers are unable to replicate other’s research findings when redoing the same experiments. Craig Pickering looks at the role of p-hacking and, to a lesser extent, HARKing, as two main drivers of this alleged replication crisis. He also presents some ways that research journals are working to guard against both.
While researchers have examined how a pre-training or competition dose of caffeine directly impacts sporting performance, we need a wider conversation as to how caffeine fits into an athlete’s lifestyle and how this may impact performance at the time when the athlete most needs a performance boost—in competition.
There’s a very real possibility that increases in muscle size do not correlate well with increases in muscle strength. If true, this could mean that the standard hypertrophy phase of training is less important and may not even need to be programmed in sports where hypertrophy itself is not crucial.
Do early chronotypes select morning sports or does early morning training cause a chronotype shift? Understanding an athlete’s chronotype and its impact on their performance may help develop the optimal training program.
Ultimately, what gets done in practice—as well as what doesn’t—carries over into competition. Craig Pickering considers the way that potential solutions to improve penalty shoot-out results in soccer can be applied to develop better sprint relay performance.
Beyond creatine’s role as a strength-enhancing supplement, research shows that it may have other potential uses as a sports performance aid. Creatine may serve as an agent to improve cognitive abilities, prevent disuse atrophy in injured athletes, and help with recovery from concussions.
The goal of the warm-up is to enhance subsequent performance. Yet after completing the warm-up at many high-level competitions, the athlete undergoes a long period of inactivity in the call room. Here is a guide on how best to enhance performance on the day it matters most—competition day—with various priming activities.
Mike McGuigan’s Monitoring Training and Performance in Athletes makes often-challenging concepts, particularly around statistics, easy to understand, and gives plenty of practical examples. Coaches who want to start implementing training monitoring programs, but are unsure of how to start, should read this book for direction and ideas.
A gluten-free diet has no impact on performance for athletes who do not have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Unfortunately many athletes and their coaches are self-diagnosing gluten sensitivities and avoiding foods with gluten unnecessarily, which can lead to inadequate nutrition or hide symptoms of other gastrointestinal issues that should be addressed.