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Resilience in sport and Go Oilers!

The Edmonton Oilers are in the playoffs! We’ve made it to game seven in the second round. Hopefully, we’ll make it into the third round but that is a story that won’t be answered until tomorrow. No matter what happens from this point on, I can’t help but be impressed by the team’s resilience. They … Continue reading

Figure skating balance

When I injured my knee as a teenager the physiotherapist put me on a wobble board. If you haven’t seen one they are a board on top of some sort of piece that is unstable. Mine both have half of a hard ball on the bottom. I was supposed to stand on the board on … Continue reading

Figure skating and concussions

While awareness of concussions and their long term implications is becoming more and more common in a number of sports figure skating seems to be lagging behind. Not just in media, but I didn’t actually find a single peer reviewed article on the topic when searching. So, are figure skaters somehow protected from these devastating … Continue reading

You’re only as tired as you think you should be

I have noticed this funny trend with my wrist, which I had my third surgery on after breaking it and tearing it before summer last year. The pain almost always starts to increase as I get close to the end of an activity. If you don’t think too much about this it makes perfect sense. … Continue reading

Who is responsible for success and failure?

Recently I was learning about attribution theory, and how it relates to sports. Attribution theory relates to how and why people explain events in the way they do. This becomes self-serving attribution theory when we look at people’s success and failure. You are responsible for your own success – for example, athletes (particularly male athletes) … Continue reading

Ritual in sports

Watching the Olympics it is interesting to see the pre- and post-performance rituals that many athletes perform and think about all the ones we don’t know of. Canadian diver Jennifer Abel talked about her ritual with her chamois before she dives, and the fact that she keeps the same chamois for an entire Olympic cycle. Other athletes … Continue reading

Learning two tasks is better than one

When you are learning new skills it makes sense that you learn one before you learn the next, but I find this is rarely how we do things in practice. As a figure skater I was always learning multiple skills: jumps, spins, field moves, and edges were all part of lessons and practice sessions. Learning … Continue reading

High intensity is key to a pre-competition taper

As a person who trains and competes in multiple sports I have consistently been told that I need to taper my training before a major competition. But what does this really mean? If I’m getting ready for a running race should I be taking it easy and jogging through my last week? Should I do … Continue reading

Data and figure skating

I wanted to write some posts that discussed some of the science of figure skating, but have been amazed at how little scientific research there seems to be. There is a lot about caloric intake and the fact that it is quite often inadequate, but most of this doesn’t actually say what the expenditure is … Continue reading

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