AFL game
Theory to practice - Preventing lower limb injuries
Volume 30 Number 3
The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of coaches towards lower limb injury prevention in Australian Rules Football (AFL).
Footballers in action
Theory to practice - Changing drills to increase team player fitness
Volume 29 Number 4
For years, coaches have been using drills to increase player’s skill levels. Smart coaches combine fitness training with skill drills to improve both fitness and skills as well as be more specific in training for the demands of an actual game.
Athlete walking in swimming pool
Theory to practice - Water running and recovery
Volume 29 Number 2
Every Monday night on the sports news there are glimpses of rugby league, rugby, and AFL players coming out of the water at the local beach freezing their ‘butts’ off or doing exercises in a pool to help recover from the bruising games over the previous weekend. Coaches and conditioners have done this method of receovery for years now and research is starting to show that it works. 
Australian football team warming-up
Theory to practice - Warming up again at half time in team sports
Volume 29 Number 1
While warming-up has recently been suggested by research to have little benefit on injury prevention, sport science research has shown that warm-up before playing sport positively benefits performance. But what about warming-up again before the second half of a game?
Race walker
Theory to practice - Post-exercise heart rates: are they accurate?
Volume 29 Number 1
In most high performance endurance or team sports, commercial heart-rate monitors are widely used to monitor how hard someone is training, recovering or adapting to training.
Athletes running on track
Theory to practice - Endurance training intensities and types: which are most effective?
Volume 28 Number 1
High-performance endurance athletes and coaches are always looking for the latest training tips and trying to work out what actually works to improve endurance performance.
Stretching female sprinter
Theory to practice - Passive stretching before sprinting may impede performance
Volume 28 Number 3
Passive stretching prior to any form of competitive sport has traditionally always been done to both prevent injuries and improve performance.
Netballers stretching on court
Theory to practice - Stretching: what is the most effective way?
Volume 28 Number 2
Over my many years of involvement in sports training, I have yet to talk to anyone or read any definitive paper that has examined the question of what is the most effective way to stretch.
Female Hockey players in action
Theory to practice - Distance running or specific sprint-training for team players?
Volume 28 Number 4
Before sports science started to impact on sports performance, the principle of specificity of training was practised by very few coaches. Football, in the ‘good old days’, was played by males only and road running pre-season was seen as the way to get fit to play.
Rugby League game
Theory to practice - 'Bicarb loading' and team sports
Volume 28 Number 2
A limiter in sports performance is when the exercising muscles become too acidic. Apart from quality and specific training, coaches and athletes are always looking for that ‘edge’ over their competition, to minimise the decrease in performance that accompanies muscles becoming acidic.

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