Over the next month we will be previewing the 2013 BSMPG Summer Seminar speakers, their thoughts on the current state of Sports Medicine & Performance Training, how technology is influencing our profession (for better or worse) and preview their lectures.
1. How has the field of sports medicine/performance changed in the last five years? Where do you see the field headed in the next five years?
There have been several changes in several avenues over the last five years. But I'm not so sure they are changes or breakthroughs, but rather I think they are just some things coming to the surface that have always been around and have either gained prominence or popularity for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, some of these changes haven't so positive or scientific, but many have been very positive in terms of using technology to assist in programming.
I think this pendulum of new becoming old, and old becoming new will continue, but the soundest of principles will always resurface. What I'm sure will not change is the constant bickering and substandard to downright poor rehabilitation and training practiced and lauded by even the most reputable resources. While this won't change, I certainly wish that it would.
2. Athlete monitoring and sports analytics has emerged as leading topics within Sports Medicine and Performance Training, how has this field influenced your practice? Has the field in your opinion gone too far with some professionals becoming slaves to data sets instead of providing solid clinical practice and coaching? Is there room for more monitoring? What "data sets" are you seeing as most impactful when is comes to providing athlete care and training?
In longer term rehab and training environments, using ANS data such as HR, HRV, or Omegawave measures, often volume and intensity is manipulated as per the data. However, I have also employed different manual therapies that skew toward PSNS and SNS data. When athletes are forced to or on board with monitoring themselves in the early AM when the coach is not around, yes, there is room for more data, and the technologies that provide the most with the least intrusive investment will be most useful. Based on it bang for the buck, HRV via Bioforce has been what I have used the most in longer term situations. However, the more bane hand grip and breathing patterns are also very practical and useful in less frequent training sessions, or if the athlete can/does not comply with the HRV monitoring.
3. What can attendees expect to hear from you at the 2013 BSMPG Summer Seminar? How may your lecture impact their practice on Monday morning?
We will be talking about Joint Centration and Developmental Kinesiology and how it fairly explain why different methods we know work really work. This topic grows for me each time I present it, and it has applicability to both training and rehab professionals. I think the neurodevelopmental perspective umbrellas the biomechanical and neuromuscular perspective, linking them all together. And it similarly buckets key training positions that allow for bigger load tolerance and recovery.