New Research: Isometric versus Regular Barbell Squats

In the last issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, we had another paper published, this one based on the isometric squat. This was based off of some separate analysis we did with Caleb Bazyler‘s thesis. You’ve probably already seen some of the stuff I’ve done with the isometric mid thigh pull (IMTP with weightlifters, IMTP with powerlifters). The IMTP is a major research interest of mine (my dissertation is centered on this … Read more

Adventures in R: Experiences with my Dissertation

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Well, it has now been 6 months that I have been using R “regularly”. I set out from the beginning to learn R, and since the last time I attempted it, I need to make sure that I had external reasons for needing to learn it. To do that I told myself that I wouldn’t touch any statistical software that I had used previously (SPSS, SAS, MiniTab). This put me in the position that I … Read more

New Research: PUSH Validity

Measuring and monitoring lift velocities is something that has been rapidly growing in popularity- for good reason. We can get all kinds of useful information from paying close attention to the bar velocities our athletes are able to create. We can use this information to direct training, to get a feel for athletes’ progress, and to assess preparedness. There are quite a few devices out there that do this. Tendo and GymAware are probably the … Read more

Great TED Talks: Melissa Marshall on Scientific Communication

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Being able to relay what we do to the public and practitioners as scientists is incredibly important. My field, in particular, is especially applied. Most of what I study aims to improve the methods of practitioners. However, if I don’t take the time to relay this information to the people whose practice I am trying to improve- I’m not doing enough.  Here’s a TED talk from Melissa Marshall about how scientists can do a better … Read more

Adventures in R: A Function for Basic Data Screening in R

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Note: I’m using my dissertation as an excuse to learn R. I’m going to put out some of my code for others to peruse/use/improve/correct. Hopefully we can all learn a little bit from it. If you do use it or change it, please let me know in the comments what you did so I can learn too! Most statistics that you are going to run rely on a number of assumptions about your data. One … Read more