Friday, March 26, 2010

Dear Hunter Allen

Dear Mr Allen,

I would like to thank you for the personal email you sent me. I was very excited when I saw that you sent me the "March Power Tip."

Unfortunately, I have rather bad news for you. There really isn't such a thing as "Anaerobic Capacity repeatability." There is Anaerobic Power and Anaerobic Capacity. What you call "Anaerobic Capacity repeatability" is really... Anaerobic Capacity. What you termed as "endurance at Anaerobic Capacity" is again... Anaerobic Capacity.

Your strategy to build Anaerobic Capacity is of course debatable, since for example, I would take the opposite route. But I admit that I don't have any evidence pointing to the validity of either approach.

Other than this, I really enjoyed reading your email, so thanks again!



Thursday, March 25, 2010

I am shocked! (once again...)

"The principle of core stability has gained wide acceptance in training for the prevention of injury and as a treatment modality for rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal conditions in particular of the lower back. There has been surprisingly little criticism of this approach up to date. This article re-examines the original findings and the principles of core stability/spinal stabilisation approaches and how well they fare within the wider knowledge of motor control, prevention of injury and rehabilitation of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems following injury."

Lederman, E., "The myth of core stability." J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2010 Jan;14(1):80-3.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Weird looks

I still get weird looks when I tell people that I don't want my athletes to stretch and that I strongly dislike yoga...