Almanac Archives: Raising Arizona

From the Footy Almanac Archives ten years ago, these thoughts were on Trucker Slim’s mind.

Almanac Footy: Mental Health and Wellbeing with Dr Ben Robbins and Dermott Brereton

Former AFL player, Dr Ben Robbins discusses mental health and wellbeing issues in sport with Dermott Brereton on SEN Radio.

FEARLESS 2019, Round 16 – Concussion: should the AFL be worried?

The debate in sport about the effects of concussion is here, it’s real, and it’s not going to go away. FEARLESS penned this contribution to the conversation.

FEARLESS 2019 Round 4 – The times have changed…the Festival of footy Part One

Fearless looks at the game then (the 1990 Grand Final) and now (after four rounds in 2019) and concludes that it’s all about evolution. Have the likes of Alastair Clarkson and Brad Scott worked it out ahead of the rest?

Sport as Entertainment – 5: Case Studies

Stainless has argued the trend of major sport is becoming predominantly a form of mass entertainment, and in this article he takes cricket and soccer – and analyses how each has changed in Australia in line with these trends.

Plenty of practice and empty heads- Part 8: 8…2%ers

The small acts in sport, the so called 1%ers, don’t often make the highlights package but highlight packages cannot exist without them. David Stiff discusses the importance of these acts as he continues his excellent series of articles related to the psychology of the development and implementation of skills in sports.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 7: Intuition in sport

To David Stiff, intuition is the evaluation of voluminous data points that lead to a resolution or course of action within the field of play. He examines the issue in this excellent article.

Sport as Entertainment – 4. Changing Lifestyles and Declining Participation

A major trend in the developed world of changing lifestyles and declining participation shows we’re doing less and less physical activity. Stainless continues his series on the topic of sport as entertainment with another thought provoking article.

Almanac Sports Science: Acquisition and application of sporting skills

Read former NFL All Star, David Stiff’s articulate and thought provoking comments about the acquisition of skills and their application in game situations.

Football The Scientific Way (1975)

Frank Pyke and Ross Smith were Ground Zero when it came to footy sports science. Here’s their truly seminal publication, as exhumed from the depths of academia by Swish.

Justin Clarke and Concussion in the AFL

With Justin Clarke’s recent retirement from the game, Noel presents insight into the concussion issue in football.

Post Humanist Footy: the galactic game

If you thought next week’s tips were hard enough, imagine a world of post-humanist footy. DNA, robotics, football brain development farms… Rick Trewavas takes us to a possible future.

Time and Space – James Coventry

James Coventry is an ABC sports commentator based in Adelaide. Robert Walls’ time at Fitzroy is the subject of this extract from his book Time and Space, which is a history of strategy, tactics and coaching innovation in Australian football.

Australian sport struck by reality

Domenic Favata doesn’t want to turn into a cynic but there are a lot of things in sport at the moment which have challenged his youthful innocence.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics applied to Umpiring

In the last twenty years we have seen the introduction of all sorts of technology in most sports. The collection of statistics, the recording of physiological states of the players, both during a match and at training and the use of what I shall call digital technology to aid (?) umpiring are now far more [Read more]

My experience with osteitis pubis

by Jackson Clark Osteitis pubis is one of the most frustrating injuries a young footballer can get. Commonly known as OP, the condition is inflammation of the pubic symphysis that leads to lower abdominal and pelvic pain. It severely drains a footballer’s power and kicking ability and creates a dull aching pain, which can sometimes [Read more]

Old School Sports Medicine

John Mosig noted the delicate way the injured player (on left) was carted off. Much less ceremony than today.

Where’s the stat for the split pack?

by Peter Zitterschlager The presentation of Aussie rules players stats has come a long way since the days when they simply tallied up kicks, marks and handballs. From this rudimentary approach, it has evolved to a level of sophistication – one which it is fair to say is nothing short of a science. Possessions are [Read more]

The Tyranny of Football Distance

There was an interesting article in The Weekend Australian on Saturday by Mick Malthouse, in which he looked at the procession of retiring players that can occur at this time of year, the impact on clubs when they lose a core of experience simultaneously, and how different clubs have managed the process. Significantly, he compared [Read more]

My take on the Hamstring Injuries and Game Speed…

Now I’ll keep this short because this is all it needs to be to explain what I think is happening in the game of football with these injuries. As the speed of the game increases, the physical stress on the player increases. Now this increase in stress and exertion requires more time to recover from [Read more]