Opinion

The blue cream will stop muscle soreness…

Adventures with placebos Estimated Reading Time: 4 min, 10 sec Over my career I’ve thoughtlessly disparaged hundreds of gadgets, exercises, training techniques, supplements and suggested superfoods – discounting all as simply placebos. I’ve done this when the science and logic seemed shonky, but without really knowing much about, or appreciating the complexity of placebos. I …

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Mental toughness?

760 words estimated reading time 3 minutes, 48 sec. Following on from my last blog – something else that caught my attention researching and writing our book was the concept of training effort and intensity. I was reading back through some interviews that I’d conducted with college (university) strength and conditioning coaches in the US …

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Concussion: playing on

I’ve recently been involved with some research work around concussion in rugby union and the ‘Ryan Crotty’ story has kept surfacing during discussions, with different views coming from different groups of people. For international readers, or those not enamoured of rugby, Ryan Crotty is a 29-year-old veteran player for the All Blacks, the NZ national …

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