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...

Can Sleep Improve Your Athletic Performance?

The top athletes and players in the world all spend countless hours on the training field, practicing set-plays, improving techniques,...

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...

Why should you monitor your athletes?

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

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...

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...

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...

Good preparation breeds confidence

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

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...

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...

Why athletes should monitor stress?

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

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...

Why should you use an athlete monitoring system such as Metrifit with your team?

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

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...

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 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...

Coach leadership style can influence injury rate among elite players

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

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...

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...

Making transition to elite sport is challenging for young athletes

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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