Supplementary Questions

Supplementary Questions

Without question, supplement use was the hottest topic of 2013 and the matter continues to create headlines. “Supplements” has almost become a dirty word in footy circles, when in fact the evidence-based use of supplements has an important role in the preparation, recovery and hydration of any athlete. We also need to look at them … Continue reading

Cooling strategies: The hottest topic

Cooling strategies: The hottest topic

AFL teams are gearing up for the NAB Challenge and in some parts of the country, clubs will be preparing their players in seriously hot weather. When it’s this hot, clubs use cooling strategies backed by science to protect the health of their athletes. Increases in body temperature during exercise are regulated mostly through the … Continue reading

Sledging: The Dark Art

Sledging: The Dark Art

Cricket’s a gentlemen’s game, right? A noble pursuit buttressed by rich history and great rivalries; a grand pastime steeped in honour and tradition. Then there’s sledging, that fiendish act of using pointed barbs to insult, abuse and generally unsettle an opposition player. This dark art is synonymous with cricket. Indeed, the very word “sledging” is thought to derive from a Sheffield Shield match in the … Continue reading

AFL: All work and no play

AFL: All work and no play

Anyone with a smart phone – which means just about everyone – knows that the line between work and home life has been irreparably blurred. Employees and business owners alike can be answering work calls and reading emails right up to the time their heads hit the pillow. We are strangely drawn to checking in, meaning we don’t “switch off” in a way that fosters a genuine mental and physical … Continue reading

Figuring out the ACL puzzle

Figuring out the ACL puzzle

When you think of football, lots of things come to mind, but I’m willing to bet mathematics isn’t one of them. You might be  surprised to consider the role it plays. Sports science is more often than not a collaborative effort where researchers and professionals from a broad range of disciplines can come together and create and develop ideas. This article … Continue reading

The power of a good night’s sleep

The power of a good night’s sleep

In the final days of the Essendon supplement scandal, Dermott Brereton commented on 1116 SEN that James Hird must be looking forward to putting his head on his pillow and thinking about something else. The stress of the ASADA enquiry would have undoubtedly pervaded Hird’s thoughts, and those of everyone involved in saga, during more waking hours than they would have cared to count. But … Continue reading

The Thinking Coach – AFL Coaching Science

The Thinking Coach – AFL Coaching Science

The sacking of Mark Neeld on the back of Melbourne’s woeful season thus far is a harsh reminder to AFL coaches that their careers live and die on the success of their team. Working as an AFL coach is both a privileged and demanding position that brings with it an incredible amount of responsibility. Senior coaches juggle … Continue reading

Illicit drug use in the AFL

Illicit drug use in the AFL

“The blackest day in Australian sport” is how Richard Ings, former Australian Sports Anti-Doping authority (ASADA) chief, described the February announcement that the use of banned drugs was widespread in professional Australian sports, including the AFL. Dr Peter Larkins had a different perspective, commenting on SBS’s Insight program: “It’s not the blackest day, it’s a … Continue reading