Tapering PhysiologyBy Lorcán Mason on 09/04/2023
The goal of any elite athlete or coach is to maximise the training adaptations in order to achieve pinnacle performance during competition (Grivas, 2018; Le Meur, Hausswirth and Mujika, 2012; Tonnessen et al., 2014).0
A Deep Dive Into Athlete Monitoring: Background, Context and Practical ApplicationsBy Lorcán Mason on 23/12/2022
Within current professional sport, the monitoring of athletes has become a cornerstone of the daily training schedule. The monitoring systems implemented by the sports science & medicine departments within clubs are dependent on its ability to reliability and accurately quantify the training dose and the individual response to the training dose of each player.
Altitude TrainingBy Lorcán Mason on 30/11/2022
Since the 1968 Mexico City Olympics held at 2300m, altitude training has become an integral part of an elite athlete's arsenal aiming to achieve peak performance. Although the validity of altitude training for elite athletes has continued to be debated, the proposed adaptations cannot be underestimated.
Cold Water Immersion as a Recovery Strategy in High-Performance AthletesBy Lorcán Mason on 15/11/2022
In this video presentation, I dive into the research of CWI as a recovery method in high-performance athletes, firstly establishing its perceived need due to demanding training programs while also establishing the physiological basis of how cold therapies affect recovery processes.
Developing a Philosophy for Life & CoachingBy Lorcán Mason on 14/10/2022
Establishing a philosophy is a fundamental process not only for coaching but for life itself. This philosophy underpins your everyday actions and behaviours and influences how you react to specific situations and environments that you may encounter throughout your life.
Resisted Sprinting and Its Role in Developing Sprinting PerformanceBy Lorcán Mason on 06/10/2022
The skill of sprinting is a key performance determining factor whether that be directly in track and field, or indirectly in team sports. This can be broken down into three phases: the acceleration phase, the maximum velocity (MV) phase and the deceleration phase.
Sleep, Sleep Deprivation & the Role of Napping: A Brief IntroductionBy Lorcán Mason on 15/09/2022
Sleep is an essential component in the ability to achieve peak performance due to its integral role in the restoration and recovery processes. To learn more about the subject, read this excellent article by Lorcan Mason.
The Science of Gaelic FootballBy Lorcán Mason on 01/09/2022
Gaelic football is one of the most played sports in Ireland & is organized & governed by the Gaelic Athletic Association and holds amateur status. The sport is far from amateur in nature, with players training up to 5x per week, following a demanding training schedule.
Nutritional Considerations for Ultra-Endurance RunnersBy Lorcán Mason on 25/07/2022
Ultra-endurance sports have been classified by a winning time ≥ 6 hours, however, some authors suggest that any event ≥ 4 hours can be defined as ultra-endurance. Thus, for the purpose of this critical essay, ultra-endurance running performance will be defined as any event ≥ 4 hours or those in excess of a distance of a traditional marathon (>42.2-km).
A Practical Guide to Small Sided and Conditioned GamesBy Lorcán Mason on 03/01/2021
SSGs are game-based training drills that are characterised by the alterations of pitch size, player numbers, and rules.