In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I have the pleasure in speaking to Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, Dr. Anthony Shield. Dr. Shield and his colleague Dr. Opar are the brains behind the NordBord, a tool to measure eccentric and isometric hamstring strength which prompted a lot of discussions in this episode. As well as the work he has done himself in this area, Dr. Shield also supervises a number of Ph.D. students who are looking further into the hamstrings and their functions.

In this episode, you will learn –

  • Who is Tony Shields (education, background etc)
  • What we know about hamstring injuries
  • ‘Functional’ exercises
    • Confusion around the term
    • How they relate to hamstring injury
  • Nordics
    • Why the debate
    • Why the apparent stigma
    • Alternatives
    • Assessments
  • Where the research is heading

Anthony can be found on Twitter @das_shield

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Vald Performance, the team behind the NordBord and the new Groinbar, a hip and groin strength measuring solution. They can be found at and you can get more information on the groin bar at and on Twitter @groinbar.

This episode is sponsored by Coach Me Plus who can be found on Twitter @CoachMePlus and at their website

This episode is also sponsored by Forcedecks. If you want to know more about ForceDecks, listen to episode #139 of the Pacey Performance Podcast with co-founder, Dr Daniel Cohen.

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