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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes James Anderson

BSMPG is proud to announce JAMES ANDERSON as a speaker at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

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James received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in 1998. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he majored in kinesiology. He has used PRI throughout his career in a wide variety of settings, including spine rehab, sports performance, chronic pain and most recently with geriatric patients in the home setting. He currently works for Horizon Home Health in Burley and Twin Falls, ID and is currently assisting in the development of a course for the home health setting, PRI Home Integration. Over the years James has provided course instruction and consultation to hundreds of physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and strength and conditioning professionals nationwide. His expertise with biomechanics has led to invitations to serve as sports performance consultant for a wide variety of collegiate and professional athletic organizations.  James was a member of the first class to earn the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns, and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute®.


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Biochemical Adaptations in Sport: Dr. Mehis Viru Interview


Dr Mehus Viru


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Mehis Viru is an associate professor at the Institute of Sport Pedagogy and Coaching Science at University of Tartu and personal coach for top Estonian hurdles and jumpers. Mehis is also well known as a coauthor to the state of the art textbook “Biochemical Monitoring of Sport Training” that he wrote with his father professor Atko Viru, famous for his pioneer work on endocrine functions in muscular activity and adaptation mechanisms in training. (Credit Windsprint and KM pharma)

Note: Adaptation is the purpose of training, making a real change to the body, not benefiting from talent or better equipment. Dr. Viru is both a sport scientist and coach who can help bridge the gap from training theory and science to applied coaching. Enjoy.

Creating a Comprehensive Biochemical Testing Approach

Freelap USA - Your presentations in Stockholm and Sundsvall focused on the goals of training athlete adaptation changes. Monitoring usually tries to focus on fatigue, and you showed that changes in biochemical status over time may guide coaches better. In the United States, biochemical testing is now cheaper, faster, and more accessible. What would you say is a good frequency of testing for teams and a list of biomarkers to check? Testing every week may leave the team with unhappy athletes, but once a year during a physical will not be enough. What is a good rhythm you see in your experience?

Creatine Kinase Panel

Figure 1: Using Creatine Kinase in a panel has value because the time course slope of athletes and load can be calculated based on both physical and emotive variables. Those athletes with chronically high cortisol and low free testosterone but very low CK are likely to be dealing with recovery and stress issues outside of training. CK is not to see how on recovers from the training bout as CK clearance is not useful because clearance rates are not repair rates with muscle and tendon.


Dr. Viru - Sports training influences an athlete in a wide way starting with changes at molecular level and ending up with changes in functioning of different organs. Therefore, one should not concentrate only to one-two biochemical tests and make deep conclusions according to the results of these tests. Instead, a coach or a sports scientist should try to get an overview of the whole situation by using also physiological, psychological, event specific performance tests. Coach should also follow everyday training session numbers (series and reps, kilograms, meters and centimeters) and athlete’s behavior during training sessions. Especially during a warm-up of a training session to better understand the condition of athlete’s muscles and tendons and according to the situation more precisely choose the exercises and training load for the concrete training session.

An athlete is a human being that means there are several non-sport factors (financial, study, relationship, and other problems) that may greatly influence athlete’s performance. Without having a good trust and communication with your athlete coach, may not know these problems and think that decline in performance is solely due to his inadequate training plans. Some athletes may be too shy to complain his personal problems. In that case training diary where he writes his problems may help.

The details of training monitoring depend on the goals of the concrete training monitoring process. So there cannot be a one single correct answer to the questions how, when, etc.

As monitoring is a purposeful process performed with the aim to increase the effectiveness of training guidance and is based on recording of changes on an athlete during various stages of training or under the influence of main elements of sport activities (training sessions, competition, microcycle or mezocycle of training) the aim of the monitoring determines the frequency and the choice of markers. Training monitoring is a specific process depending on sport event, performance level of an athlete and age/gender peculiarities, health/injury status. Therefore, the methods for training monitoring should be chosen depending on the specificity of a sport event and athlete’s characteristics.

Some biochemical markers like lactate are meant for using during training sessions, and some like CK and urea can show the influence of training load during a bit longer period. But the most important is to know what metabolic processes the chosen marker represents, what the limitations of the marker are and how to interpret the results. I have seen athletes (even Olympic champions!) whose fingers were holy like a watering can, as their coaches had become fond of lactate testing and had taken 15-20 samples per day without knowing what they are doing.

Several companies are producing portative systems to measure biochemical markers, but the list is limited. For example urea (an end-product of protein degradation) can be measured by a portative system but if you wish to be more accurate and follow the changes in the turnover rate of contractile proteins (like actin and myosin) you should measure the levels of 3-methylhistidine. But it means you must have access to a biochemical lab. So the choice of markers may depend on the access to different measuring systems and labs.

One can use several biochemical markers for training monitoring, but the main aim of sport training is to increase performance level. It means that event-specific performance tests must have a constant place in training monitoring programs. Again – keep your eye at the big picture and do not stick in 1-2 markers.


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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes Vincent Walsh


BSMPG is proud to announce VINCENT WALSH as a speaker at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!!  


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Keynote Address: Sport: The brain's greatest challenge?


As Professor of Human Brain Research at UCL, Vincent specialises in human brain stimulation and plasticity, supervising over 30 PhD students across a variety of diverse fields such as memory, dyslexia, time perception and decision making and stress in sport.

With over 20 years experience in Human Brain Research Vincent has, and continues to, serve on committees including the European Commission, The Royal Society, The Medical Research Council and the Bioscience for Society Strategy Panel (BBSRC). He currently holds a Royal Society Industry Fellowship allowing him to spend 50% of his time supporting ‘real world’ research.

Published in scientific literature over 300 times, Vincent brings to the GSK Human Performance Lab significant academic expertise in human brain stimulation, learning, sporting performance, perception and sleep.

Vincent holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Manchester.



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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes Dr. Robert Sapolsky


BSMPG is proud to announce DR. ROBERT SAPOLSKY as a speaker at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance!  This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!

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SAPOLSKY  why zebras dont get ulcers big



Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery, Stanford University 






Keynote Address: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease and Coping

A lecture on stress and where stress-related diseases come from.  It is based on Dr. Sapolsky's book by the same title.  


Robert Sapolsky is one of the world's leading neuroscientists, and has been called "one of the finest natural history writers around" by The New York Times. In studying wild baboon populations, Sapolsky examined how prolonged stress can cause physical and mental afflictions. His lab was among the first to document that stress can damage the neurons of the hippocampus. Sapolsky has shown, in both human and baboon societies, that low social status is a major contributor to stress and stress-related illness. He boils down the contemporary human's relationship with stress as follows: "We are not getting our ulcers being chased by Saber-tooth tigers, we're inventing our social stressors—and if some baboons are good at dealing with this, we should be able to as well. Insofar as we're smart enough to have invented this stuff and stupid enough to fall for it, we have the potential to be wise enough to keep [these stressors] inperspective." Sapolsky's study of stress in non-human primates has offered fascinating insight into how human beings relate to this universal pressure.


West Coast meets East Coast - Flowing





This summer I had the pleasure spending time with USC strength coach, Chris Chase while he was in Boston.  Chris was kind enough to observe our men’s basketball performance training session and take myself and coach Dan Sanzo through his legendary flow. 

Below is a transcription from our post-flow conversation.


Art: Chris, I’ve seen your flow on the internet and now that I’ve been able to experience it firsthand, I truly appreciate its brilliance.  For those not familiar with your flow can you provide a brief description?

Chris: Movement flow integrates various patterns and modalities to be performed unbroken with an emphasis on one’s ability to effectively transition. The inclusion of the word flow suggests continuity, which is the goal when combining appropriate movements into a flow. The method incorporates primal movements, yoga patterns, Postural Restoration Institute concepts, Functional Range Conditioning, and developmental sequencing. I try to sift through and tweeze out patterns from various realms and fuse them together with transitions.

Art: How and why did movement flow come about?

Chris: It initially stemmed from surveying my warm-ups and believing there was something missing in the structure, function, and effectiveness. I have always taken huge stock in the importance of this initial part of training, even avoiding the term warm-up with my athletes. The entire session is meant to make improvements, and I knew something could be implemented that would facilitate that to a greater degree, instead of simply preparing for subsequent movements. I wasn’t seeing what I believed I wanted to achieve with the use of standard mobility, activation, or corrective structured warm-ups. There seems to be a lack of carry over, attention, buy-in, and minimal improvement. Something more challenging could be implemented that would actually teach the athletes something and facilitate quality improvements.

Having practiced yoga and experimented with many of the challenges from Ido Portal, Dewey Nielsen, and various primal movement practitioners, I know how humbling these body weight movements can be. It would almost be absurd to externally load certain patterns with an athlete that could not demonstrate the qualities and necessary skill in what I believe to be low-medium threshold patterns. Also, being exposed to modalities from the Postural Restoration Institute, Functional Range Conditioning, and concepts from Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, I began to have a greater understanding of what is worth doing.

With help from a fellow Springfield alum and current UCLA Performance Coach Eric Schmitt, we began blending practices together one movement at a time. The routines started as very random, but began to be organized loosely based on developmental sequencing. In other words, whatever is going down in supine is done first, then side lying, prone, kneeling, squatting, and finally standing, with transitions between each.

Art: What do you believe is the value in making something that is continuous?

Chris: Transitions. Owning each position or movement is important, but what is most important is the control you exhibit as you move from one challenge to the next. Yoga places great emphasis on this when assessing one’s practice. Someone’s practice is considered in high regard, not because they can hold poses for a long time or are more flexible than everyone else, but because the transitions are controlled and fluid.

Almost as important of an effect is the huge increase in attentiveness during movement flow. Let’s be honest. We are all guilty of throwing in exercises that, in theory, are the correct ones. But if you take a step back, you realize these kids can do some of that stuff in their sleep. The desire to do them is low, and they can probably chat with their buddies while doing them. Hip mobs, bridges, lunge series, quad pulls, elephant walks, etc. are all still great, but these kids need a break from structure. We set and rep them to death, and you know they get sick of it. The response from mine, as well as other coaches’ athletes is that they not only enjoy it more, but they have no choice but to focus because there is minimal break and higher complexity.

Art: What have you seen to be the carry over to other modes of training, namely the resisted movements used?

Chris:  First and foremost is education. No other method has provoked such feedback as far as understanding and empowerment of that athlete’s own body movements. The cues and language we can now speak provides so much more ammo when bridging the gap between the low and higher threshold movements.

A lot of those cues revolve around establishing neutral and creating tension to maintain that position. The use of PRI and Yoga practices during movement flow really allows for an understanding and skill acquisition in order to get out of extension and find neutral. Dominating neutral is another story, so as many tension generators as possible are included. Because it is ground based, there are so many opportunities to get sensory feedback and understand how to push, claw, activate, or breath to cover your neutral with a titanium sheath. For example, the tension methods initiated during flow with things like dynamic happy baby, oblique sitting, all fours breathing, crawling variations, and chair or eagle pose can provide for a great transition into deadlift. 

The kids just get out of it what you are looking to achieve. We really see success in finding and utilizing core, exploring one’s own mobility instead of pretending we are forcing mobilization, and activating on a level that is providing actual benefit.


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Art: How do you deal with athletes that are not skilled in these movements, do not have the necessary qualities, or are injured?

Chris: I think this is where the beauty of movement flow really becomes apparent. Yoga encourages taking ownership over your practice. A teacher will always remind a group to perform only what you believe to be a part of your practice on that day. The same goes for my athletes. A less skilled athlete is made aware of what is or is not included in his or her menu. For example, an athlete may still be working on a bear crawl while others have advanced to a reptile crawl. One of my 6’5” lanky baseball pitchers may not yet be able to dive into a cossack squat, but he can explore his range in lateral squat or support himself as he slowly get further into the range. Without added external resistance, exploration can happen with little to no risk.

An injured athlete knows what joint movements are included in each exercise and will be prompted not to include certain things in his or her practice. More commonly, with those who are injured, I will provide bail out poses that they can move into once the flow moves into something they cannot do. For example, someone with a knee issue may not be a part of the deep squat series. I may tell that athlete to flow back into his or her crawling work or some lower threshold supine work like deadbugs or happy baby.

As with many others, I have certainly been guilty of complaining that this generation lacks the initiative and wherewithal to do things for themselves and simply figure it out! This is why empowerment and taking ownership is so much a part of this modality. Another method we use that showcases this is during times when I simply provide a menu for the athletes. If I know we will have some kids feeling sore and lethargic, I will have 3-4 options to cater to that. Same goes if some of the other kids are rested and feel like they need to put in some work to advance. They also are given 3-4 options. They will then have approximately 3 minutes to flow through what is a part of their individual practice. I do not instruct on the amount of reps or time that must be spent in each challenge or position, they simply work on what they need to work on, transitioning between each movement when ready. 

Art: What other benefits do you see coming from movement flow?

Chris: I think a big one is the use of routines to promote parasympathetic tone. After a highly neurologically demanding day or a session where sympathetic tone was through the roof from start to finish, I have used a flow to simply tone down. Toning down includes several breathing practices, movements that take the athletes out of extension, and poses that promote a rested state like child’s pose or savasana. Blending those things together into a flow increases the attention paid and makes for a more fluid reduction of tone. 

Art: How have you used movement flow at USC?

Chris: The most frequent use is during the initial low to medium threshold portions of a training session. We also use it during a cool down or for a full recovery session. I have seen huge value in using this for recovery sessions vs. traditional methods. The classic foam rolling, green strap, lacrosse ball, and hurdle mobility sessions are great, but I didn’t think we were getting much out of those. I still include some soft tissue work during these sessions, but then move into a lower threshold recovery flow.

Art: Chris, I really appreciate you spending time with us today here at Northeastern.  The athletes at USC are lucky to have such a progressive and thoughtful coach overseeing their development. I’m looking forward to integrating some flow into our movement systems here.


Chris: Thanks for having me Art. Coming from one of the leaders in our field that really means a lot.


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BSMPG 2015 - Save The Date

The giants in Sports Medicine and Human Performance return to Boston May 15th and 16th, 2015.



BSMPG 2015


Registration Opens Jan 1, 2015

Speakers to be announced shortly - Trust us when we tell you that this year will blow your socks off!


"BSMPG is a great seminar to attend. It is a smaller conference filled with intelligence and passion that creates a strong atmosphere for people to learn, network and grow. Thanks for a great weekend BSMPG!"


LeeAnne Ketchen MS, ATC


"This was my first BSMPG meeting. After hearing about it for a number of years from colleagues regarding the quality of topics, and the quality of the organization, I can tell you Boston will now be an annual visit on my conference calendar!"


Lorne Goldenberg BPE, CSCS


"The presenters at BSMPG had such a dominant grasp of the content they were presenting, it created an electric learning environment even for some of the most successful strength coaches, therapists and trainers out there. This was the best continuing education experience I have ever had."


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Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?




by Trisha Greenhalgh et al

BMJ. 2014; 348: g3725


"Real evidence based medicine has the care of individual patients as its top priority, asking, “what is the best course of action for this patient, in these circumstances, at this point in their illness or condition?”39 It consciously and reflexively refuses to let process (doing tests, prescribing medicines) dominate outcomes"


It is more than 20 years since the evidence based medicine working group announced a “new paradigm” for teaching and practising clinical medicine.1 Tradition, anecdote, and theoretical reasoning from basic sciences would be replaced by evidence from high quality randomised controlled trials and observational studies, in combination with clinical expertise and the needs and wishes of patients.

Evidence based medicine quickly became an energetic intellectual community committed to making clinical practice more scientific and empirically grounded and thereby achieving safer, more consistent, and more cost effective care.2 Achievements included establishing the Cochrane Collaboration to collate and summarise evidence from clinical trials;3 setting methodological and publication standards for primary and secondary research;4 building national and international infrastructures for developing and updating clinical practice guidelines;5 developing resources and courses for teaching critical appraisal;6 and building the knowledge base for implementation and knowledge translation.7

From the outset, critics were concerned that the emphasis on experimental evidence could devalue basic sciences and the tacit knowledge that accumulates with clinical experience; they also questioned whether findings from average results in clinical studies could inform decisions about real patients, who seldom fit the textbook description of disease and differ from those included in research trials.8 But others argued that evidence based medicine, if practised knowledgably and compassionately, could accommodate basic scientific principles, the subtleties of clinical judgment, and the patient’s clinical and personal idiosyncrasies.1

Two decades of enthusiasm and funding have produced numerous successes for evidence based medicine. An early example was the British Thoracic Society’s 1990 asthma guidelines, developed through consensus but based on a combination of randomised trials and observational studies.9 Subsequently, the use of personal care plans and step wise prescription of inhaled steroids for asthma increased,10 and morbidity and mortality fell.11 More recently, uptake of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines for prevention of venous thromboembolism after surgery has produced significant reductions in thromboembolic complications.12

Despite these and many other successes, wide variation in implementing evidence based practice remains a problem. For example, the incidence of arthroscopic washout of the knee joint, whose benefits are unproved except when there is a known loose body, varies from 3 to 48 per 100 000 in England.13 More fundamentally, many who support evidence based medicine in principle have argued that the movement is now facing a serious crisis (box 1).14 15 Below we set out the problems and suggest some solutions.


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The Next Big Thing In Sports Data - Predicting Injury



In sports, injuries don’t just cost wins. They cost money. By one estimate, teams across Major League Baseball spent $665 million last year on the salaries of banged-up guys and their replacements. NBA teams lost $358 million last season; $44 million alone by the injury-ridden Los Angeles Lakers. And in the NFL, where the average salary is about $2 million, starters missed a record 1,600 games in 2013.

Until recently, this was largely seen as the cost of doing business, subject as much to the will of the sports-injury gods as advancements in training. Now, the fast-growing industry of performance analytics says it can minimize those massive losses. The trick: using data to anticipate how an athlete will get hurt before it actually happens.

“We really think [injuries] are the largest market inefficiency in pro sports,” says Adam Hewitt, assistant GM of Peak Performance Project (P3) in Santa Barbara, CA, one of the country’s leading centers of sports science and performance analytics.

What was once the domain of a relatively small group is now hitting the mainstream, increasingly embraced by teams across American pro sports and even the leagues themselves--including the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle SoundersPittsburgh PiratesNew England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles, and more. There are a variety of companies and technologies in play, all utilizing the principle of turning everything measurable (from movement to body chemistry) into data, analyzed for distressing patterns.

Teams are generally tight-lipped on how they utilize data collection tools for fear of giving away competitive advantage, but a few are more open. The Toronto Raptors is one of them. During practices last season, players on the Toronto Raptors wore a cell phone-sized unit called an OptimEye, created by the Melbourne, Australia-based company Catapult. OptimEye’s gyroscope and accelerometer provides reams of data about how players actually move--accelerations, decelerations, elevations, jumping ranges, and so on--and at what intensity.

“We have an opportunity to take these players and be totally proactive,” says the team’s director of sports science, Alex McKechnie. The data, he says, allows Toronto to tailor programs specifically to each player’s unique physiology, correcting injury-inducing problems like imbalances between each side of the body. A player, for example, could be favoring one leg over the other when jumping, due perhaps to an old injury that never properly healed or muscular weakness never addressed. OptimEye can measure the difference, undetectable to the naked eye, helping trainers diffuse a time bomb before it blows.

The data changed how Toronto practiced as well, by revealing misconceptions of how certain activities impact the body. Ubiquitous shooting drills, for example, turned out to be troublesome.

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Fueling NBA Athletes: Is It Time for Evidence-Based Nutrition?



By Gil Blander, PhD

Each day I open up my email inbox to see several articles on sports nutrition, and many of them read like an infomercial or science fiction story. Millions of dollars are invested in athletes’ bodies, and then lost, often due to injuries and poor performance. The cause is actually the same that teams have faced for years: managing an athlete’s diet. The reason I started my LinkedIn group was to move away from marketing hype and toward sound scientific recommendations based on data. Like the fashion industry, diets face rapid changes and many people jump on a bandwagon without knowing the direction it is going. The medical industry, and specifically sports medicine, is seeing a greater attention to evidence-based practices by applying research and data to improve the outcomes of rehabilitation and prevention. Instead of a collective approach with sports nutrition, we are seeing just the opposite with various gurus trying to market their own agendas to differentiate services or expertise. We need an immediate reality check and an applied sciences approach with collaboration between academic experts and those working in the field, not a marketing machine, to drive health and performance.

In perusing the sports headlines, it becomes quite clear that athletes are now electing to take ownership of their own nutrition by hiring personal nutritionists, many of whom are not licensed or certified, and even more of whom are not following practices that are based on what we know in the scientific literature. The result is an epidemic of risky practices that predispose an athlete to injury and poor performance, which can take weeks and sometimes months to rebound from. My favorite example of this is one star player who was put on a very low carbohydrate diet to improve body composition. He removed specific foods that his advisor suggested may be causing inflammation, but several key nutrients were missing. His hemoglobin thus fell to a level that compromised him aerobically. When a typical nutritionist thinks about fueling, he or she is prescribing macronutrient amounts (eg, carbohydrate, protein, and fat). In reality, biomarkers should guide applied solutions. It will be interesting to follow Lebron James after his reported commitment to eliminating carbohydrates from his diet. Will we see the same pattern of injuries and compromised performance that other teams experienced following this approach? Time will tell.

Another fascinating example of dietary extremism was one InsideTracker client who was told to follow a high fat/high protein diet exclusively. This athlete trained intensely, multiple times a day, but failed to recover appropriately. He had diminished energy on the court and chronic soreness like never before. Exactly two days after testing, what the athlete saw on his InsideTracker dashboard was alarming. Not only was he deficient in basic vitamins and minerals, but his hormone profile resembled that of someone close to retirement, rather than that of an elite athlete. Convinced that his current approach was likely to blame for the recent decline in performance, he adopted a conventional diet that was based on his biomarker status and universally accepted nutritional recommendations. Six weeks later, after following guidance from the InsideTracker algorithm, the baseball player was back to his old self – and his recovery rate was better than during his early years in the league.

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An Interview with Jose Fernandez - BSMPG Speaker 2012

Interview originally published on FREELAPUSA.COM



Athlete Profiling with Fiber Type and Blood Analysis

Freelap USA — Can you get into some detail about the process from acquisition to analysis with data? For example, a team may do speed testing a few times a year but do blood draws and muscle fiber estimation randomly. Will you break down how organizing testing periods and managing data during a season is more than just picking convenient windows?

Fernandez — We need to evaluate training and measure its impact on the players. New wearables such as the Sensecore and others are working towards integrating external load and its physiological response and I am curious to see how athlete tracking systems develop beyond what they currently provide. I like to keep performance testing very minimal, but it is necessary. Specific power and speed tests done monthly is still useful and can be paired with more functional and movement based metrics.

Daily monitoring has to be passively aggregated along with short collection times for compliance. Wellbeing and subjective data are my starting point. Based on each athlete, coaches can decide whether to collect it remotely or on-site at the training ground. Morning heart rate and heart rate variability are widely used and I prefer mobile options. Facial coding adds more objectivity to the process. Some SDK options such as the Sightcorps platform are mobile and cloud friendly for easier customization. Coaches can explore the demo app if interested. I haven´t figured out what protocols work better with facial expressions but the potential is there, not just purely because of micro-expression analysis and mood correlations but because of the athlete´s honesty increases when interacting virtually.

Soft tissue dynamics and muscle function done weekly is essential since alterations at this level have a direct impact on injuries. Touching on myoanalytics again and without going in too much detail, the combination of thermal diagrams with tensiomyographic data is my preferred option and it’s simple to implement. Superficial temperature shows inflammation 24h post games and helps pinpoint which areas should be followed up with TMG for more structural detail, which can then lead to optimized recovery and therapy between games. Tonometers as the only option are less realistic within team settings due to longer testing times, hence the importance of highlighting areas of risk and use the thermal filter. A second thermal diagram 24h before games allows for comparison.

Trimestral blood panels help to gain insight into all the other areas such as muscle function and soft tissue recovery rates, mood patterns and nutrition. Fiber profiling is done in preseason and follow-up testing strategically placed during the season at similar times as blood analysis enables for comparison. Higher risk players undergo more muscle specific followup weekly to look at monthly patterns.

There are as many athlete monitoring strategies as there are coaches and I am never 100% comfortable with mine. Many more variables such as age, previous injuries, race or genetics, etc., have to be reviewed in order to design more individual approaches. I may change and adapt technologies to each environment, but the above provides roughly an idea of my philosophy. The process needs to be very flexible and adaptable since technology is being developed as we speak and we should be able to make changes and remove or add new metrics seamlessly.

Haloview Muscle Fiber Profiling

Figure 1: Muscle Fiber Estimation profiling by Haloview


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