In this issue:

Original Research: The design of a judo-specific strength and conditioning programme: Part II. Judo-specific Strength and Conditioning Methods, Original Research: Effect of ankle taping and bracing on the performance of professional male soccer players, Case Study: The effects of 12-weeks pre-season plyometric training on physiological fitness in ice-hockey: A case study on a national level hockey player, Book Review: Soft Tissue Release by Jane Johnson.

Where Do We Go From Here? A Discussion Of Future Trends In The Sports Medicine Industry

by Edward O’Gorman BSc MSST
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 0

This article principally sets out to investigate the current state of the sports medicine industry in order to make reasonable predictions about the potential development of the industry in the future.  The number and diversity of providers of sports medicine has increased in recent years and includes physiotherapists, medical practitioners, osteopaths, massage therapists and sports and athletic trainers (Anderson 2003; Brukner and Khan 2005).

Conference Review: First Annual Society of Sports Therapists Student Conference

by Marie Woodward
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 0

The Society of Sports Therapists was first established in 1990 to address the growing demands of the industry. In 1996 the first degree in Sports Therapy was piloted in London Metropolitan University and has steadily grown throughout the United Kingdom to 18 Universities running degree programmes, and six running Masters programmes.

Interview: Robert Di Leva and Charles Meisner

by Robert Di Leva
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 0

Robert Di Leva from JST recently interviewed Charles Meisner, College Director of The Australian College of Sports Therapy talks openly about the sports therapy industry in Australia.

Briefing Paper: A review of 1st year BSc Sports Therapy Students Performance at Coventry University

by Dr Rob S. James and Philip Smith
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 0

Coventry University began offering the undergraduate degree in Sports Therapy in the academic year 2007/2008 with a cohort of 40 students. Entry to the degree course was considered for applicants who had achieved 240 UCAS points at either A-Level or via other qualifications such as BTEC nationals etc. and all students achieved this minimum standard.

Towards a complementary research framework - part one

by David Jenkins
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 2

This article is intended as an introductory text for a series of six discussions on research concepts and methodologies. In particular, the ongoing debate regarding the roles of positivism, critical realism, and interpretivism in relation to quantitative and qualitative research methods is addressed with the aim of perhaps liberating those sports therapy researchers who feel their quantitative empirical work should always be couched in positivist terms of reference, and others who may be methodologically constrained by the belief that their qualitative data can, or should, only be represented in interpretivist frameworks.

Welcome to the third edition!

by Ian Lahart and David Jenkins
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 3

Today’s athletes have access to a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, sports therapists, sports doctors, physiologists, strength and conditioning specialists, performance analysers, biomechanists, psychologists, and nutritionists, with each providing specific, specialist services to the athlete.

CPD Course Review: Sports Injuries and the Ageing Back

by By Keith Ward BSc (Hons) MSST MHFST
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 4

A one-day 8 hour certified CPD conference, organised by F2F Events Ltd, promoted as “an opportunity to listen, learn and discuss the latest thinking and developments on the topic of sports injuries and the ageing back”.

The design of a judo-specific strength and conditioning programme

by Robertson, P. and Lahart, I.
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 6

Effective strength and conditioning programmes are designed to optimally prepare athletes to meet the specific demands of their particular sport. To appreciate the unique demands of any sport a needs analysis of that sport must first be performed. This article presents has been separated into two parts. The first part of this article explores the latest findings from the literature in regards to the specific technical and metabolic demands that Judo competition exerts on participants.