S2 EPISODE 25 - Workload Monitoring & Player Development in the NBA w/ Ramsey Nijem DSc

Season 2 Episode 25, Dr. Bubbs interviews Ramsey Nijem DSc, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. In this episode, Ramsey will discuss workload monitoring in team sport, the acute to chronic ratio and the relationship that exists between workload, fatigue, and injury. He’ll share his insights on the fine balance between pushing athletes too hard and not hard enough, how to balance out workloads in team sports when players are logging vastly different minutes, as well as navigating the inter-individual responses to training and why some players can tolerate much more than others. Ramsey also talks about the role of sleep and nutrition in recovery, highlights some of the fundamental exercises he uses with the Sacramento Kings players and much more. 

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    Workload monitoring is the practice of tracking data to assess an athlete state of “readiness” for the next game or practice.

2)    Internal training load is how the athletes “respond” to training; the physiological or psychological stress during exercise such heart rate, rating of perceived exertion, heart rate variability, etc.

3)    External training load is what the athletes “do”; the speed they’re moving at, the distance they cover, the accelerations and decelerations, etc.

About Ramsey Nijem

Ramsey Nijem DSc is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings responsible for all aspects of sport performance including strength and conditioning, sport science, and nutrition. Ramsey earned his M.S. from the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton and is currently a Doctor of Science candidate studying Human and Sport Performance.

S2 EPISODE 20 - Fasting Glucose, Inflammation, Keto & HIIT w/ Alessandro Ferretti

Season 2 Episode 12, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Alessandro Ferretti to discuss the role of fasted morning glucose as a marker for health, recovery and longevity. Alessandro outlines what impacts your fasting glucose marker, when and how to measure, and some pitfalls of over-interpretation. Alessandro also discusses his recent research with Dr. Daniel Plews and Prof Paul Laursen on the effects of a ketogenic diet on HIIT training performance and the keys of how to interpret them into your practice.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)  Higher morning fasting glucose is associated with higher all-cause mortality.

2)  Chronic inflammation levels in athletes can hamper recovery and adaptation.

3)  Ketogenic diets do not hamper HIIT training over the course of 4-weeks in moderately fit endurance athletes.

Research Article

Effects of a 4-Week Very Low-Carbohydrate Diet on High-Intensity Interval Training Responses

About Alessandro Ferretti

Alessandro Ferretti is founder of Equilibria Health, recognized as one of the UK’s leading providers of nutrition education. His most recent focus is studying the relationship between HRV and blood glucose levels, recently Collaborating with Dr. Daniel Plews, Dr. Paul Larsen in 3 scientific papers in sport performance. Keep up-to-date with Alessandro's work on Twitter.