283 – Dr. James Steele – Does Increasing an Athletes’ Strength Improve Sports Performance? – Part 1

Dr. James Steele
Dr. James Steele

James Steele, PhD (james.steele @ solent.ac.uk) is an Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at Southampton Solent University, UK and is also the Principal Investigator at Ukactive Research Institute. He has extensive research and consultancy experiences in physical activity, exercise and sports working with elite athletes. See James’ published peer reviewed articles

James was a member of the Expert Working Group revising the CMO of Physical Activity Guidelines for the UK. He is a founding member of both the Strength and Conditioning Society, and the Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology. James is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Listen to my previous episodes with James HERE.

This week, Dr. James Steele discusses his review paper Does Increasing an Athletes’ Strength Improve Sports Performance? A Critical Review with Suggestions to Help Answer This, and Other, Causal Questions in Sport Science where he clarifies the causal effect of muscular strength upon sports performance, barriers and issues, and suggestions to improve research in this area, and much more. 

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Show Notes

  • 1:50 – Introduction, The 8 stages of ARMSS
  • 11:17 – Optimal configuration in training athletes
  • 20:36 – Does mental training improve sports performance? 
  • 24:41 – Proxy vs. Actual sports performance
  • 33:12 – Derived questions from the first 4 stages  
  • 39:20 – Ecological fallacy, barriers and issues
  • 45:26 – Sports data analysis (Sabermetrics)
  • 53:05 – The role of expert opinion in sports
  • 58:15 – Using anchoring and/or expert opinion

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