Listening to your body clock can help improve performance

In all walks of life we know people who perform better at different times of the day and whether it...

The dangers of over confidence in sport

In last week’s blog we looked at the importance of self-confidence in helping an athlete achieve success. It is clear...

Good preparation breeds confidence

“ Confidence is the essential trait that defines each individual’s hope and faith in achieving their goals, that leads to...

Metrifit’s 5 on Friday

This weeks #5onFriday takes a look at some interesting topics:- Can an army of nutritionists really make a difference? What...

Metrifit’s 5 on Friday

An interesting selection in this week’s #5onFriday. The problem of overthinking in sport, high rate of drop out by girls...

Why should you monitor your athletes?

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

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...

Metrifit’s 5 on Friday

As part of our aim to help share knowledge between coaches and help educate and motivate others we are starting...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Sports drinks, energy bars and gels – Just how useful and effective are they?

Sports Drinks have been around for a lot longer than most people would think. In fact Gatorade was developed in...

Goals, Goals and more Goals – Goal-setting and other Sport Psychology Techniques

Goals, Goals and more Goals – Goal-setting and other Sport Psychology Techniques

Sport psychology is an area in sport which has received growing attention over the past number of years. Whether it’s...

What have we learned from this year’s World Cup?

What have we learned from this year’s World Cup?

This summer’s tournament ended with Germany emerging victorious, and in doing so, they became the first team outside of South...

There’s no place like home – And the South Americans are thankful for this!

There’s no place like home – And the South Americans are thankful for this!

This summer’s FIFA World Cup is the first tournament to be held on South American soil for 28 years (Mexico...

The Greatest Show on Earth!

It has been labelled “the greatest show on earth”, with the best football players on the planet coming together every...

Interesting facts about the World Cup

Interesting facts about the World Cup

This summer sees the 20th World Cup take place for the second time in the spiritual home of football,  Brazil....

Coach Feedback – How important is it?

Coach Feedback – How important is it?

Feedback is the breakfast of champions. – Ken Blanchard The coach-athlete relationship is probably the most important relationship in sport....

Nutrition for Athletes

Top level athletes and players train and compete multiple times per week, and even sometimes per day. For this, the...

Resting Heart Rate (RHR) – How important can it be?

  Sport Scientists, physiologists, fitness coaches, strength and conditioning professionals are all employed to try and assess and improve athlete’s...

Using Training Diaries For Peak Performance

Using Training Diaries For Peak Performance

What happened out there? You thought you were ready. You thought your training went well last week. You thought your...