Metrifit Webinar Series with special guest Sean Machak

As part of our ongoing commitment to help inform and inspire the coaching community we are delighted to provide a...

The benefit of Athlete Self-Report Measures

The benefit of Athlete Self-Report Measures

The benefit of Athlete Self-Report Measures (ASRM) to athletes has been highlighted once again by some of the leading experts...

Why should you monitor your athletes?

  How do I get to Carnegie Hall? – Monitor, monitor, monitor! It used to be the case that success...

Athlete Burnout

  Burnout is a state of fatigue or frustration brought about by a devotion to a cause, a way of...

The overtraining problem and why monitoring is essential

“Overtraining can best be defined as the state where an athlete has been repeatedly stressed by training to the point...

Basketball study highlights the importance of sleep

  Asking athletes to play on minimal sleep is the same as asking them to “play with one hand tied...

Levels of stress among soccer players highlights need for monitoring

Stress is a reaction by the body and brain to some challenge or threat, good or bad experiences. When you...

Session-RPE is an easy and effective method of monitoring training load

When it comes to preparing athletes for competition, the effective monitoring of training load is the one of the most...

The personality traits that help athletes overcome pressure

The personality traits that help athletes overcome pressure

How many times have we looked at an elite athlete and thought that pressure doesn’t affect them and concluded that...

Injuries cost much more than medals

Did you ever wonder why the world of sport is so obsessed with injury prevention? On the face of it,...

Why it’s hard to stay active after competition ends

There are many reasons why people take up exercise including keeping fit, losing weight, relieving stress, along with the social...

Pressure from parents is one of main causes of early specialization

The area of early specialization by children in sport is an issue that has been debated by sport scientists across...

Drugs in amateur sport is a growing problem

Many people who get involved in sport start out with dreams of stardom and riches. However, it is clear that...

Sports drop-out could begin as young as 7 years old

The value of participating in sport from a young age is something that is not restricted to those who go...

Mindfulness meditation could help athletes cope with stress

People in every walk of life experience stress, and it is certainly no different for an athlete. In fact the...

Superstition can be a benefit but it’s best to concentrate on things you can control

During a recent blog on the value of sports psychology a number of interesting associated topics cropped up and among...

Optimizing the benefits of athlete self-reporting measures

The increasingly scientific approach to sport means that the modern athlete relies on information from a variety of sources in...

A scientific understanding of the benefits of sleep

The importance of sleep in helping us perform to our best is something that we have accepted despite the lack...

Can sports psychology give you an edge?

Most athletes, particularly at the elite level will go to any legitimate lengths or try any legal technique to give...

Guidelines for using GPS devices in sport

Over the last number of years advancements in technology have affected almost every aspect of our lives, and sport is...

Does thinking get in the way of performance:
An opportunity rather than a problem?

We have all heard athletes acknowledge overthinking in performance situations, whereby their actions change from the automatic nature of ‘see...

Awareness of risk factors for sports injury is essential

Across the world there are millions of people involved in exercise and sport and in the process are enjoying the...

Athlete Burnout: Causes and Prevention Strategies

The issue of youth athlete burnout is one that has been addressed on many occasions and a topic that we...

Mental health needs of elite athletes must be addressed

For all of us who have ever dreamt of being elite sport stars, the attraction is most likely the sense...

Elite athletic performance at youth level is no guarantee of ultimate success

In previous blogs we have looked at the ideas surrounding the area of early specialization and how this can have...

Techniques to help develop a positive mindset

No matter what level they are competing at, all athletes will suffer from some element of self-doubt. From the novice...

Characteristics of an effective coach

It is universally accepted that the role of a coach has a huge influence on sporting success. An athlete may...

A healthy brain is crucial to performance

No matter what level of sport an athlete is competing at, it is accepted that their performance is more than...

Co-ordinated approach is best to decide when an athlete can return to perform

One of the most frustrating parts of being an athlete is when injury or illness strikes at the most inopportune...

Top athletes have a greater ability to resist mental fatigue

When it comes to success in sport, one of the most enduring questions is how can certain athletes produce the...

The importance of knowing when an athlete has reached load limit

One of the greatest challenges faced by an athlete and coach is not necessarily among those they face on the...

Athletes can practice psychological techniques to improve performance

For an athlete to be successful at any level it is obvious that they must be properly prepared physically in...

Metrifit RTP – a great tool for GAA teams that are serious about sports performance

When it comes to achieving your goals in any sport it is often the little things that can make the...

Supplements and the young athlete

All athletes undertake a training program with the ultimate aim of improving their performance. Gaining that extra bit of speed,...

Creating a central hub of information is essential in monitoring technology

The role of a coach has become more complex in recent years. No longer is it a case of an...

Improving your killer instinct

We have all seen the athlete who appears to have it all: the natural talent, the physique, the technique, the...

Learning to deal with anxiety is essential for an athlete

As we have said on many occasions, it is the little things that can often prove to be the difference...

Good news for athletes suffering from sleep disorders

The findings of a recent study carried out in Finland provide good news for athletes who suffer from sleep disorders....

Challenges to Effective Athlete Monitoring are Easily Overcome

This article first appeared in the SimpliFaster blog. Achieving success in sport, particularly at the elite level, is a complex...

Creating a greater understanding of concussion in youth sports

The issue of concussion in sport is one that has created much debate in recent times. While much of the...

Heat training can improve your performance

For many of us, whether at elite or recreational level, taking exercise can be challenging enough at the best of...

Optimize your training with deliberate practice

Most of us are familiar with the story of the man racing up New York’s Seventh Avenue when a stranger...

A simple method of monitoring your physical condition

Many coaches go to extreme measures in an attempt to monitor the physical condition of their athletes. The need to...

Flexible timing of measurement is another benefit of Session-RPE

In a previous blog, we looked at the concept of implementing an effective system for monitoring training load and the...

Staying healthy boosts chances of sporting success

One of the greatest fears of an athlete is that injury can strike just at the wrong time which could...

Asking the right questions to assess athlete wellbeing

One of the key elements of athlete monitoring in recent times has been the ability to assess the wellness of...

5 reasons to visit our booth (#315) at the CSCCa Annual National Conference

The Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) hosts a national conference each year. This year this is taking place...

General mental well-being is as important as physical well-being

In recent weeks we have looked at the importance of coaches being aware of the mental well-being of their student...

Metrifit helps to build the crucial athlete-coach relationship

Success at any level of sport is influenced by many factors. Of course talent is the starting point for any...

Metrifit provides x-ray vision into lifestyle of student athlete

Metrifit provides x-ray vision into lifestyle of student athlete

Coaches and athletes all over the world are competing to get that extra edge when it comes to performance. Shaving...

New study highlights benefits of monitoring

A very interesting article published online in January this year is of particular interest to those using monitoring systems, or...

Essential to keep track of factors that impact on performance

There is no doubt that there are many elements that go into ensuring an athlete is a success at an...

Effects of stress on academic and athletic performance

Although there are many advantages to being a High School or College student, this period of a young person’s life...

Athlete self-report measures

Is there evidence to jump/stay on the bandwagon? An Athlete self-report measure (ASRM) is any measure where an athlete self-reports...

Monitoring sleep is invaluable for a coach

The life of a modern student athlete may be a very exciting one in terms of competing at new levels...

Refuelling during exercise

The area of nutrition is an area we touched on recently in terms of the importance of establishing the right...

Don’t fall into the trap of overtraining

The desire to reach peak physical condition and be at their very best for competition is something that drives athletes...

Getting the right pre-workout meal will pay dividends

In a recent blog, we looked at the importance of nutrition for an athlete and how it was vital to...

Focus on sleep cycles can benefit athletes

In a recent article we highlighted the benefit of sleep for elite athletes, noting that many experts believe it to...

The role of sports specialization in overuse injury

For many people starting out in sport, the dream of competing at the top level and the rewards that accompany...

Relative Age Effect can lead to blind spot in talent identification

In sport across the globe there is an increasing pressure on coaches to be able to identify talent at an...

Blood analysis can help prevent injury

Every athlete and coach is fully aware of the fact that injuries are part and parcel of all levels of...

The value of cognitive testing

How do we go about assessing athletes and more importantly helping them develop and reach their full potential? Of course...

Understanding your body rhythm will help training and performance

When elite athletes are preparing for competition, they don’t leave anything to chance. All factors are taken into account in...

The importance of proper breathing during exercise

We have looked at many components that make up a successful training programme with the ultimate aim of achieving success...

Tips for improving your sleep

Tips for improving your sleep

Our recent article , ‘The benefits of sleep for elite athletes’ , resulted in a considerable reaction and as a...

Issue of burnout continues to pose challenges

The issue of burnout, particularly among younger athletes is something that continually challenges those involved in sport. It is considered...

Sleep & Sports: A look at the habits of sports superstar snoozers

It’s no secret that a lack of sleep can affect our performance the next day, but how much of an...

Fuel your body to reach peak performance level

No matter how well an athlete is prepared in terms of their training regime, they will never be able to...

Long Term Athlete Development – Does it work?

One of the big challenges involved in being a coach of young athletes is knowing when to introduce a specific...

A Growth Mindset can help you be the best

For anyone involved in sport, as an athlete, coach, commentator or fan, the concept of talent is almost always the...

Goal setting can give athletes an extra edge

The ability of an athlete to perform at the top level of their given sport depends largely on their physical...

Study highlights the benefits of subjective self-reporting measures in training

The benefit of subjective self-reporting measures in monitoring an athlete’s training response has been highlighted in a report published just...

Sport plays vital role in tackling childhood obesity

It is widely accepted that childhood obesity is becoming an increasingly serious issue across the globe and one that has...

The importance of relevant monitoring in training

The training programme undertaken by an athlete can be divided into a number of segments, including the assessment stage, the...

Young players just want to have fun

There can be no doubt that there is a wide range of benefits for children taking part in organised sport....

The benefits of sleep for elite athletes

In preparing to achieve their goals and dreams, two of the main areas of concentration for athletes tend to be...

Understanding Energy System Training

Knowing the basics of how we generate energy can be helpful in understanding how we become fatigued and what training...

An Athlete’s Guide to Inflammation: Understand, Reduce and Prevent

Pain is hard to ignore. Pain, heat and swelling are often present with acute inflammation. Inflammation is a normal physiological...

Live Long Die Short

In 2008 James Fries a professor at Stanford University envisioned an aging process that was different from the prevailing approach. The...

Slow down, you eat too fast!

In our fast paced world, we are always looking for ways to do things in a shorter time. The five...

Deliberate Practice Is Important But Not Sufficient For Sports Success

At this point in our youth sports evolution, most parents have heard of the 10,000 hour theory, the supposed minimum...

Stress and Life Load

Nutrition, quality of sleep and stress levels are the key players for both your short and long-term health. If a...

NFL Combine. Does it mean anything?

As you read this blog, two hundred and fifty of Americas’ best college football players are training for the famous...

You Can’t Coach Speed… Right?

For young basketball players, an old coaching adage says “you can’t coach height”, while for sprinters, wide receivers or base...

Symptoms of Overtraining

Overtraining is an issue that has been discussed and debated by sports professionals at many different levels. This syndrome has...

A look at recovery techniques for the athlete

When dealing with athletic performance there is often a primary focus on training but rest and recovery although often overlooked...

Dropout in youth Sport

The term “dropout” is used quite frequently in relation to youth sports. It is a word that brings to mind...

When Parents become too pushy in Sport

“If I didn’t practice well my dad made me run home behind the car”, Richard Krajicek As everyone knows, parents...

Mind your head – Concussion in Sport

Concussion in sport is one of the most contemporary topics discussed from a safety point of view. The ramifications associated...

The Sky is the Limit – Altitude Training

Over the past number of weeks we have looked at some of the most contemporary Sport Science topics in today’s...

Athlete footwear – “These boots were made for walking” – but surely not for injury?

As we have covered previously, accidents such as knee injuries can be detrimental to an athlete’s long-term performance. Ligament tears,...

Athlete Recovery Part 2: Ice Baths – Do they actually work?

One of the most controversial and talked-about issues in modern sport science is undoubtedly the idea of ice-baths in athlete...

Athlete Recovery Part 1: Keep on Rolling!

In an ideal sporting world, it would be great to have a personal masseuse on tap 24/7 to give a...

Anti-Gravity Treadmills – What can they do?

Anti-Gravity Treadmills – What can they do?

When one mentions the words “anti-gravity treadmill”, the first image that may come to mind is an elaborate machine that...

Injured Athletes – How do they Cope?

Injured Athletes – How do they Cope?

Injury is part and parcel of modern day sport. Whether they are annoying little muscle strains or broken bones, injury...

The use of GPS in Sport

As many of our previous articles have reported, sport science is rapidly changing the way sport is played and the...

Yoga & Pilates in modern day Sport

Yoga & Pilates in modern day Sport

For many years, Yoga & Pilates has often been associated with females as a recreational activity. However, contemporary sports people...

Research Shows That EPL Requires A More Fit And Technical Player

Research Shows That EPL Requires A More Fit And Technical Player

Widely recognized as the top soccer league in the world, the English Premier League (EPL) has evolved significantly in the...

What has changed in the Premier League in the last 22 years?

The FA Premier League has just started its 22nd season, and is regarded as one of the best football leagues...

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