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...

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...

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...

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

Photo credit: Max Andrews, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The issue of concussion in sport is one that has...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Perfect Recipe for an Athlete Monitoring System

What are the key ingredients that come together to produce an athlete monitoring platform that adequately serves athletes and coaches...

Mobile Phone Technology in Sport

Sport at every level (elite, professional, amateur, recreational, etc.) is constantly evolving. With this, so is the evolution of technology...

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...

World Cup Players Could Benefit From Injury Prediction And Prevention

World Cup Players Could Benefit From Injury Prediction And Prevention

Imagine this dream team kicking off at the 2014 World Cup; Falcao, Ribery, Reus and Walcott up top, Strootman and...

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....

Roadblocks to Athlete Monitoring

In some of our previous blogs, we have detailed some of the benefits of athlete monitoring and how it can...

How That Little Voice In Your Head Limits Endurance Performance

What makes a top endurance athlete quit?  Not quit the sport, but quit during a competition.  Every runner, swimmer, or...

Breaking Bones

Following on from our earlier article on ACL injuries in sport, bone fractures in sport is a common and unfortunate...

Cardio Training Essential For Marathon Runners To Avoid Heart Damage

Now that it’s April, thousands of amateur runners are realizing the time has come to get serious about their Spring...

The Curse of the ACL Injury

One of the biggest fears of any player who plays sport is the thought of injuring their Anterior Cruciate Ligament...

University of Tennessee Swimmers Win With Metrifit

At last weekend’s NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, ten swimmers and all five relay teams from the...

Nutrition for Athletes

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

Data Analytics Could Win $1 Billion In March Madness Tournament

Data Analytics Could Win $1 Billion In March Madness Tournament

We admit it.  Here at Metrifit, we’re not only data junkies but we’re also huge college basketball fans.  With March...

Preseason Baseball Training Program Recommended To Prevent Injuries

Preseason Baseball Training Program Recommended To Prevent Injuries

Watching Major League Baseball players start their Spring training games this week in Florida and Arizona can be both hopeful...

NFL Scouting Combine Can’t Predict Football Success

With the Olympics over and the NBA and NHL not yet into playoff mode, the NFL knows its fans need...

U.S. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann Demands Top Fitness For World Cup

U.S. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann Demands Top Fitness For World Cup

Jürgen Klinsmann understands what it takes to compete in a World Cup.  With eleven goals for the German national team...

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...

Coaches Know More About Their Cars Than Their Players

Coaches Know More About Their Cars Than Their Players

As strange as it may sound, when it comes to performance and health, many coaches can manage their cars better...

At What Age should Children Specialise in Sport?

Following on from my blog on talent identification in sport, a comparable topic that has many similarities is the idea...

Finding a Future Star

“Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.” – Cicero (106...

Sergio Aguero

Protecting A Team’s Assets With An Injury Prevention Program

This week’s English Premier League injury list reads like the heart of a best XI team:  Wayne Rooney, Robin Van...

Gaining the Psychological Advantage Through Performance Monitoring

Gaining the Psychological Advantage Through Performance Monitoring

As sport is ever evolving, teams and individuals who wish to reach the top are constantly looking at the little details...

Metrifit Athlete

Importance Of Self-Monitoring For The Athlete

In terms of training methods, when you think of modern sports teams and athletes, you may allude to the “entourage”...

The Power Of Moving To The Beat

The Power Of Moving To The Beat

If you visit any gym, weight room or running track, you are sure to see the same critical training device...

Coaching Lessons From Sir Alex Ferguson

Coaching Lessons From Sir Alex Ferguson

The Mount Rushmore of coaching legends finally has its fourth member – Sir Alex Ferguson.  Alongside, say, Vince Lombardi, John...

Exercise Boosts Kids’ Brains

Ask a group of grade school students to name their favorite class and the overwhelming and immediate response is “recess!”...

Managing Your Marathon Mindset

With the arrival of September, thousands of runners are nearing the end of their summer-long training schedules for their autumn...

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