Applying Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio

Monitoring and managing training and match loads is critical to optimizing performance and preventing injury. Given the hectic, unconventional, and condensed schedule of many sports of the 2020-2021 season, managing player loads is going to be of utmost importance in getting players ready to play and keeping them healthy. Effective monitoring not only provides important […]

Strength Training and Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring strains are the most common injury that result in lost training and playing time in running-based sports (Opar et al., 2012). While the cause of hamstring strains is multifactorial, most injuries seem to occur during the late swing phase of high-speed running and nearly 80% affect the long head of the biceps femoris (Bourne […]

Stretching, Jumping, and the Stretch Shortening Cycle

Stretching has become a routine part of almost all athletes’ pre-training warm up to improve performance and decrease the risk of injury (Perrier et al., 2011; Young and Behm, 2003). The believed benefits of stretching are thought to be achieved by increasing muscle temperature, increasing neural activation, and reducing musculotendinous stiffness (Young and Behm, 2003). […]

[Via Athletic Lab] Mechanics of Forefoot Running by Gaby Smith

This content was originally posted on [This is a guest blog by Gaby Smith. Gaby Smith completed her MS in Exercise Science at Northeastern University and is participating in the Athletic Lab Mentorship Program. Gaby is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds certifications with U.S. Soccer, USAW, and USTFCCCA.] Today’s market is full of many different […]


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I am Gaby, the athlete, coach, and exercise scientist behind raise the bar training. My goal is to provide informative and easy to understand content about the science of training and improving athletic performance. I hope by sharing this information, I can help you reach your goals.