S3 EPISODE 22 - Athlete Asymmetry & Impacts on Performance and Return To Play w/ Chris Bishop MS

In Season 3, Episode 22 Dr. Bubbs interviews Chris Bishop MS, Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. In this episode, Chris discusses his research in inter-limb asymmetries or differences in strength and power in athletes. He shares current assessment methods to detect asymmetries and how they impact performance in athletes. Chris also talks about the various methods that can be used to correct or limit asymmetries in athletes, as well as whether a ‘threshold’ exists for asymmetries, and when practitioners should address an asymmetry in athletes. Finally, he shares his thoughts on return to play and the evolution of research in athlete asymmetries.

Summary of This Episode

5:00 – Chris’ background

10:00 – Definition of asymmetries in performance

14:00 – Assessment methods for asymmetries

17:00 – How do asymmetries impact performance in athletes?

28:30 – What methods can be used to correct or limit asymmetries in athletes?

32:30 – When do you really need to address asymmetry in athletes?

40:00 – Return to play - how do asymmetries impact injured athletes?

Links to Chris’s Research Project

https://www.researchgate.net/project/Inter-limb-Asymmetries-Methods-of-Calculation-Effects-on-Physical-Performance-and-Training-to-Reduce-Imbalances

About Chris Bishop MS

Chris Bishop is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, where he is the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning. Chris is also the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. Stay tuned to Chris’s work on Twitter.