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Comparisons of core temperature between a telemetric pill and heart rate estimated core temperature in firefighters (2021)
Journal Article
Pearson, S., Highlands, B., Jones, R., & Matthews, M. (2021). Comparisons of core temperature between a telemetric pill and heart rate estimated core temperature in firefighters. Safety and Health at Work, 13(1), 99-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shaw.2021.11.003

Background: Firefighters may experience high environmental temperatures or carry out intensive physical tasks, or both, which leads to increased core body temperature and risk of fatalities. Hence there is a need to remotely and non-invasively monit... Read More about Comparisons of core temperature between a telemetric pill and heart rate estimated core temperature in firefighters.

Strength-endurance training reduces the hamstrings strength decline following simulated football competition in female players (2018)
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Delextrat, A., Piquet, J., Matthews, M., & Cohen, D. (2018). Strength-endurance training reduces the hamstrings strength decline following simulated football competition in female players. Frontiers in Physiology, 9(1059), https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.01059

Hamstring strains are the most common injury in multiple sprint sports, with inadequate eccentric hamstring strength and fatigue identified as important risk factors. Resistance training interventions aimed at reducing injury risk typically focus on... Read More about Strength-endurance training reduces the hamstrings strength decline following simulated football competition in female players.

The effects of pre-exercise blood glucose on responses to short duration high intensity exercise (2018)
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Swanwick, E., & Matthews, M. (2018). The effects of pre-exercise blood glucose on responses to short duration high intensity exercise. International journal of sports and exercise medicine, 4(1), https://doi.org/10.23937/2469-5718/1510082

Purpose To investigate the relationship between pre-exercise blood glucose levels and performance during a 7-point incremental swim test. Methods Forty-two National level swimmers undertook a 6 × 200 m incremental training set at predeter... Read More about The effects of pre-exercise blood glucose on responses to short duration high intensity exercise.

Glucose turn point as a marker of exercise intensity in elite swimmers (2017)
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Swanwick, E., & Matthews, M. (2017). Glucose turn point as a marker of exercise intensity in elite swimmers. International journal of sports and exercise medicine, 3(4), https://doi.org/10.23937/2469-5718/1510067

Purpose: To investigate a blood glucose profile and turn point during incremental exercise. Methods: Thirty-three national and international-level swimmers undertook a 7 × 200 m discontinuous, incremental, training set on a six-minute turnaround. S... Read More about Glucose turn point as a marker of exercise intensity in elite swimmers.

Strength and endurance training reduces the loss of eccentric hamstring torque observed after soccer specific fatigue (2017)
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Matthews, M., Heron, K., Todd, S., Tomlinson, A., Jones, P., Delextrat, A., & Cohen, D. (2017). Strength and endurance training reduces the loss of eccentric hamstring torque observed after soccer specific fatigue. Physical Therapy in Sport, 25, 39-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.01.006

Objectives: To investigate the effect of two hamstring training protocols on eccentric peak torque before and after soccer specific fatigue. Participants: Twenty-two university male soccer players. Design: Isokinetic strength tests were performed... Read More about Strength and endurance training reduces the loss of eccentric hamstring torque observed after soccer specific fatigue.

The effects of swimming fatigue on shoulder strength, range of motion, joint control, and performance in swimmers (2016)
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Matthews, M., Green, D., Matthews, H., & Swanwick, E. (2017). The effects of swimming fatigue on shoulder strength, range of motion, joint control, and performance in swimmers. Physical Therapy in Sport, 23, 118-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.08.011

Purpose To investigate the effects of training induced fatigue on shoulder strength, ROM, joint position sense, and stroke length in elite competitive swimmers. Methods Seventeen national level swimmers performed maximum isometric stren... Read More about The effects of swimming fatigue on shoulder strength, range of motion, joint control, and performance in swimmers.

Effects of strength training on squat and sprint performance in soccer players (2016)
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Styles, W., Matthews, M., & Comfort, P. (2016). Effects of strength training on squat and sprint performance in soccer players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(6), 1534-1539. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000001243

Researchers have demonstrated that increases in strength result in increases in athletic performance, although the development of strength is still neglected in some sports. Our aim was to determine whether a simple in-season strength training progra... Read More about Effects of strength training on squat and sprint performance in soccer players.

Quadrupedal movement training improves markers of cognition and joint repositioning (2016)
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Matthews, M., Yusuf, M., Doyle, C., & Thompson, C. (2016). Quadrupedal movement training improves markers of cognition and joint repositioning. Human Movement Science, 47, 70-80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2016.02.002

Introduction - Exercise, and in particular balance and coordination related activities such as dance, appear to have positive effects on cognitive function, as well as neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Quadrupedal... Read More about Quadrupedal movement training improves markers of cognition and joint repositioning.

Relationships between speed, change of direction and jump performance with cricket specific speed tests in male academy cricketers (2015)
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Foden, M., Astley, S., McMahon, J., Comfort, P., Matthews, M., & Jones, P. (2015). Relationships between speed, change of direction and jump performance with cricket specific speed tests in male academy cricketers. Journal of trainology, 4(2), 37-42. https://doi.org/10.17338/trainology.4.2_37

Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between general speed and change of direction speed and‘cricket specific’ speed tests and the relationships between jump performance and speed and change of direction ability in m... Read More about Relationships between speed, change of direction and jump performance with cricket specific speed tests in male academy cricketers.

The assisted nordic hamstring curl (2015)
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Matthews, M., Jones, P., Cohen, D., & Matthews, H. (2015). The assisted nordic hamstring curl. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 37(1), 84-87. https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000084

Assisted nordic hamstring curls provide a mechanism for assisting the lower phases of a nordic hamstring curl, allowing training at increased hamstring muscle length positions and the performance of more repetitions. This exercise may be useful to ta... Read More about The assisted nordic hamstring curl.

Angle-specific eccentric hamstring fatigue after simulated soccer (2015)
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Cohen, D., Zhao, B., Okwera, B., Matthews, M., & Delextrat, A. (2015). Angle-specific eccentric hamstring fatigue after simulated soccer. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10(3), 325-331. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2014-0088

Purpose: To evaluate the effect of simulated soccer on the hamstrings eccentric torque-angle profile and angle of peak torque (APTeccH), and on the hamstrings:quadriceps torque ratio at specific joint angles (ASHecc:Qcon). Methods: The aut... Read More about Angle-specific eccentric hamstring fatigue after simulated soccer.

Movement Specificity: What does it mean? (2012)
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Graham-Smith, P., Comfort, P., Jones, P., & Matthews, M. (2012). Movement Specificity: What does it mean?. Professional strength & conditioning,

When an exercise is described as ‘specific’, there is an assumption that the exercise is ‘functional’ and is therefore transferable to a sports skill. Often the main criteria for ‘specificity’ is that the exercise must follow the same movement patter... Read More about Movement Specificity: What does it mean?.

Are changes in maximal squat strength during pre-season training reflected in sprint performance in rugby league players? (2012)
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Comfort, P., Haigh, A., & Matthews, M. (2012). Are changes in maximal squat strength during pre-season training reflected in sprint performance in rugby league players?. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(3), 772-776. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e31822a5cbf

Comfort, P, Haigh, A, and Matthews, MJ. Are changes in maximal squat strength during preseason training reflected in changes in sprint performance in rugby league players? J Strength Cond Res 26(3): 772–776, 2012—Because previous research has show... Read More about Are changes in maximal squat strength during pre-season training reflected in sprint performance in rugby league players?.

Strength and power characteristics in English elite rugby league players (2011)
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Comfort, P., Graham-Smith, P., Matthews, M., & Bamber, C. (2011). Strength and power characteristics in English elite rugby league players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(5), 1374-1384. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181d687f5

The aim of this article is to present data on the strength and power characteristics of forwards and backs in a squad of elite English rugby league players and compare these findings to previously published literature from Australia. Participants wer... Read More about Strength and power characteristics in English elite rugby league players.

Complex training in ice hockey: the effects of a heavy resisted sprint on subsequent ice-hockey sprint performance (2010)
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Matthews, M., Comfort, P., & Crebin, R. (2010). Complex training in ice hockey: the effects of a heavy resisted sprint on subsequent ice-hockey sprint performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24(11), 2883-2887. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181e7253c

The aim of the study was to investigate the acute effect of a heavy resisted sprint when used as a preload exercise to enhance subsequent 25-m on-ice sprint performance. Eleven competitive ice-hockey players (mean 6 SD: Age = 22.09 6 3.05 years; Bo... Read More about Complex training in ice hockey: the effects of a heavy resisted sprint on subsequent ice-hockey sprint performance.

The acute effects of heavy and light resistances on the flight time of a basketball push-pass during upper body complex training (2009)
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Matthews, M., O'Conchuir, C., & Comfort, P. (2009). The acute effects of heavy and light resistances on the flight time of a basketball push-pass during upper body complex training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23(7), 1988-1995. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b3e076

The aim of this study was to investigate the acute effect of high-load and low-load complex training on upper-body performance—determined by the flight time of a basketball push-pass. Twelve competitive male athletes (21.8 6 4.5 years, 82.0 6 11.7 k... Read More about The acute effects of heavy and light resistances on the flight time of a basketball push-pass during upper body complex training.

Applying complex training principles to boxing: A practical approach (2008)
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Matthews, M., & Comfort, P. (2008). Applying complex training principles to boxing: A practical approach. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 30(5), 12-15. https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0b013e318187d31b

This article discusses the application of complex training principles in the development of speed and power in boxing. In it, we illustrate how the addition of external resistance, applied in biomechanically similar ways to traditional boxing skills... Read More about Applying complex training principles to boxing: A practical approach.

Training Considerations after hamstring injury in athletes
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Comfort, P., Green, C., & Matthews, M. Training Considerations after hamstring injury in athletes. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 31(1), 68-74. https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0b013e318195d225

Hamstring strains are compounded by a high recurrence rate of 12-31% within the first year of return to sport. Explanations include reduced tensile strength, reduced strength of muscle and surrounding sites, and reduced flexibility of the muscle tend... Read More about Training Considerations after hamstring injury in athletes.