Early Sports Specialization – Right or wrong?

Should athletes specialize at a young age or be involved in multi-disciplinary sports? Studies show that young athletes often see...

The use of subjective monitoring for coaches

As is well documented, exercise and playing sport has a multitude of health and well-being benefits. However, sometimes when the...

Prioritizing Sleep

Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day –...

Heart Rate Variability – Why measure it?

In view of observations of stress-associated variation in HRV and existing neurobiological evidence, HRV may be used as an objective...

Optimizing Load Management

Guest Author: Michael Kenny Training and competition (total workload) load stimulates a series of homeostatic responses accompanying adaptation of the...

Fueling for Athletic Performance

Guest Author: Michael Kenny Nutrition for athletes can be compared to the fuel you put into your car. The more...

Growth vs Fixed Mindset

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...

Benefits of a positive mindset

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

Mental well-being is just as important as physical well-being

Mental-health challenges are becoming the norm rather than the exception for many student athletes. Today’s coaches need to be aware...

Building a positive coach-athlete relationship

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

The importance of ‘knowing your athletes’

It used to be the case that success in sport was based mostly on natural talent, but as competition developed,...

Making it in elite sport

Across the globe there are millions of young athletes who are dedicating themselves to making the grade in their chosen...

Dealing with athlete stress and anxiety

Stress, as we all know, is part of every athlete’s life. Whether you are attempting to execute a play to...

Motivation – what drives athletes to succeed?

For a coach to understand and get the best out of his/her athletes and team, it is very important that...

Can Sleep Improve Your Performance?

Sleep is simply not valued in our 24/7 society. We treat it as a luxury and it’s a necessity. If...

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...

How the body uses energy

The first law of thermodynamics is known as the ‘Law of Conservation of Energy’ and it states that energy cannot...

Are you asking the right questions to assess the well being of your athletes?

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

When and how will sport return?

So many sporting events have been canceled, moved or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. No one really knows the...

Case Study: RPE and training load

Guest Author: Cairbre Ó Cairealláin Following on from his previous blog a view weeks ago which looked at implementing a...

Rob Walsh chats Metrifit and Dutch Olympics Ski and Snowboarding role

Guest Author: Rob Walsh We are delighted that Rob Walsh, Physical Performance Coach for the Dutch Olympic snowboarding and ski...

Health and well-being is moving to center stage

Guest Author: Fintan McGovern The first 4 months of the year 2020 will go down in history as one of...

Case Study: Implementing a wellness program

Guest Author: Cairbre Ó Cairealláin We have been using Metrifit with the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team over the past two...

The role of the college coach

Guest Author: Kari Thompson I’m on a break from collegiate coaching. Do I miss coaching college volleyball? Yes. I miss...

Golfing, Life and Covid-19

Robert Karlsson is a Swedish professional golfer who has played on the European Tour, PGA Tour and currently plays on...

Coaching during Covid

Guest Author: Ronan McGann These are trying times for people around the world. As has been documented, Covid-19 has no...

Looking after your mental health in these uncertain times

Human connection has been part and parcel of human existence as long as we’ve been around – we have survived...

The rise of women’s sport

International Women’s Day was celebrated on 8th March, 2020. Its aim is to celebrate women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while...

Self Confidence and Performance

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

Looking after the health and well-being of your athletes with Metrifit

In the modern sporting world, the gap between winning and losing can come down to fractions of seconds, millimeters, or...

Sleep should be part of your training plan

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

Using Session-RPE with your team

Swedish researcher Gunnar Borg passed away earlier this week at the age of 92. He is the man behind the...

The importance of knowing when an athlete has reached load limit

Ensuring an athlete is in the best possible condition to compete at their best when it matters most is one...

The Sky is the Limit – Altitude Training

Everything can be just that little bit harder at altitude. Yet athletes all across the globe voluntarily subject themselves to...

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...

Breathing techniques and improved performance

Each of us has the ability to tap into our innate function – the breath – to increase energy and...

Coach leadership and how it affects team performance

When things go wrong for an athlete or a team, supporters can be very quick to point the finger at...

Mental health needs of elite athletes

Mental illness is probably one of the greatest silent epidemics in our country. It’s a public health issue and now...

Coaching lessons from Alex Ferguson

“I tell the players that the bus is moving. This club has to progress. And the bus wouldn’t wait for...

Leadership today – Team Success and the incomplete leader

No leader is perfect. The best ones don’t try to be – they concentrate on honing their strengths and find...

Former Firmwave CEO to power Metrifit expansion plan

Press Release Former Firmwave CEO and Co-Founder, Fintan McGovern has been announced as Chairman of Louth based health, wellbeing and...

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...

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...

Genes in Sport

We have often heard or used the phrase “sport, it’s in your DNA”, yet when it comes to sport, this...

The importance of time management skills

The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: “I did not have time” –...

Wake up call for collegiate athlete sleep

Sleep is simply not valued in our 24/7 society. We treat it as a luxury and it’s a necessity. If...

Symptoms of Overtraining

Tough training sessions followed by recovery are a physical requirement for improving athletic performance. But pushing too hard for too...

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...

What should a coach really know about his athletes to help improve performance?

Communication is key in any coach – athlete relationship. The coach needs to know valuable information from his / her...

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...

Negative Stress can severely hamper an athletes hopes of achieving their potential

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

Improving your killer instinct

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

Athlete Burnout

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

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...

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...

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...

Resting Heart Rate: Why Measure it?

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

Mood State and Performance

Can mood state really affect performance on the field of play in sport? Can feeling happy, sad, anxious, angry or...

Metrifit chats to Professional Golfer, Robert Karlsson

We were delighted to get the opportunity to have a chat with Professional Golfer Robert Karlsson in London recently. Metrifit...

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....

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,...

Mental health needs of elite athletes must be addressed

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

Interview with JC Anderson

We were delighted to get the opportunity to have a chat with JC Anderson, the Director of the Athletic Training...

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...

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...

Monitoring Training and Stress in Young Athletes

We are delighted to feature this guest blog from Mike Hamlin, Richard Deuchrass and Hoani Smith of Lincoln University, New...

The importance of goal setting for athletes

  When it comes to the fine margins between success and failure at elite sport level, it is acknowledged that...

Monitoring Session RPE can improve performance

The value of Session-RPE (session-rating of perceived exertion) to coaches and athletes has been highlighted once again in a study...

Value of monitoring all aspects of an athlete’s routine

A recently published report entitled Injuries, risk factors, consequences and injury perceptions in adolescent elite athletes has once again shone...

Tips to help you start an exercise program

In last week’s blog we looked at research that indicates how taking a small amount of exercise on a weekly...

Exercise helps reduce the risk of depression

World Mental Health Day on October 10 was used to raise awareness of mental health issues across the globe and...

The importance of symmetry to help avoid injury

In last week’s blog we looked at how analysis of Usain Bolt’s running style had challenged the general assumption that...

The perfect stride may be a myth – even for the greatest of athletes

For all of us who love watching sport, the vision of an athlete in full flight as they stride gracefully...

Quality and quantity of physical education in schools needs to improve

Everybody keeps saying that we have an obesity problem, but the fact is we have a physical activity problem, which...

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...

Metrifit talks to the coaches:
Sean Machak Webinar

We had a fantastic webinar with special guest Sean Machak and chaired by Dr. Cian O’Neill, Head of The Department...

Recovery from Sports Related Concussion

The issue of Sports Related Concussion (SRC) is one that has challenged experts across the globe for many years. One...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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