Inspiratory muscle training: train the diaphragm muscle for better...

in Techniques

Since the first reports of an ergogenic effect of specific inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in the mid-1990s, researchers have not only demonstrated its efficacy beyond reasonable doubt, but are also beginning to understand how it works. Alison McConnell takes a look at the latest thinking on IMT, its ergogenic benefits, and why serious athletes neglect it at their peril. MORE

Sports injuries: why there can be benefits

in Overuse injuries

You may not appreciate it at the time, but an injury can teach you a lot about how your body works In this article I want to discuss the idea that an injury, if it is treated and acted on in the right way, can actually be a gift to a sportsperson. Some of you... MORE

Mental imagery for physical people

in Mental drills

How recreating all-sensory experience can profoundly affect your performance A few years ago I remember seeing a close-up shot of former world motor racing champion Damon Hill in his Formula One car as his head swayed from side to side. There was nothing new about TV producers wanting to get closer to the action, but... MORE

Sport psychology: take mental charge of your performance

in Coping with emotions

Owen Anderson explains how athletes can harness sports psychology to overcome stress in sport and maximise performance Mental stress can hurt your performances in a variety of different ways. It can raise heart rate and oxygen consumption, harming your exercise efficiency and causing particular workout and race speeds to feel tougher than they actually should.... MORE

Marathon training: race pacing for endurance athletes

in Base endurance training

Owen Anderson provides an insight into how Kenyan runners pace themselves during distance running events Most endurance athletes can achieve their best times by ‘negative-splitting’ their races (i. e., by competing the second halves of their competitions faster than their first halves). For runners, this appears to be true at all distances ranging from the... MORE

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