${session.getAttribute("locale")} 5 A Biomechanical Analysis of the Strongman Log Lift and Comparison with Weightlifting’s Clean and Jerk Wed 12 Feb 2020 14:40:39 AEST ]]> Tapering Practices of Strongman Athletes: Test-Retest Reliability Study Tue 11 Sep 2018 08:08:19 AEST ]]> A biomechanical analysis of the heavy sprint-style sled pull and comparison with the back squat Thu 10 May 2018 11:54:47 AEST ]]> Tapering practices of strongman athletes 30 years), body mass (≤105 and >105 kg), and competitive standard (local/regional amateur, national amateur and professional) was conducted. Eighty-seven percent (n = 396) of strongman athletes reported that they used a taper. Athletes stated that their typical taper length was 8.6 ± 5.0 days, with the step taper the most commonly performed taper (52%). Training volume decreased during the taper by 45.5 ± 12.9%, and all training ceased 3.9 ± 1.8 days out from competition. Typically, athletes reported that training frequency and training duration stayed the same or decreased and training intensity decreased to around 50% in the last week. Athletes generally stated that tapering was performed to achieve recovery, rest, and peak performance; the deadlift, yoke walk, and stone lifts/work took longer to recover from than other lifts; assistance exercises were reduced or removed in the taper; massage, foam rolling, nutritional changes, and static stretching were strategies used in the taper; and, poor tapering occurred when athletes trained too heavy/hard or had too short a taper. These data will assist strongman athletes and coaches in the optimization of tapering variables leading to more peak performances. Future research could investigate the priming and preactivation strategies strongman athletes use on competition day.]]> Mon 13 Aug 2018 15:59:21 AEST ]]> Retrospective Injury Epidemiology of Strongman Competitors 30 y), body mass (less than= 105 and >105 kg) and competitive standard (low- and high-level) was conducted. Eighty two percent of strongman athletes reported injuries (1.6 +/-1.5 training injuries/lifter/y, 0.4 +/-0.7 competition injuries/lifter/y, 5.5 +/-6.5 training injuries/1000 hr training). Lower back (24%), shoulder (21%), bicep (11%), knee (11%) and strains and tears of muscle (38%) and tendon (23%) were frequent. The majority of injuries (68%) were acute and were of moderate severity (47%). Strongman athletes utilized self-treatment (54%) or medical professional treatment (41%) for their injuries. There were significantly more competition injuries for the less than=30 y than the >30 y athletes (0.5 +/-0.8 vs 0.3 +/-0.6; p = 0.03) and >105 kg athletes compared with the less than=105 kg athletes (0.5 +/-0.8 vs 0.3 +/-0.6; p = 0.014). Although 54% of injuries resulted from traditional training, strongman athletes were 1.9 times more likely to sustain injury when performing strongman implement training when exposure to type of training was considered. To reduce risk of injury and improve training practices strongman athletes should monitor technique and progressions for exercises that increase risk of lower back, shoulder, bicep and knee musculoskeletal injuries. Clinicians should advise athletes that use of strongman resistance training programs can increase injury risk over traditional exercises.]]> Fri 19 Jun 2015 15:48:07 AEST ]]>