Football has taken a beating in recent years. Scandals, questions and deep-seated fears revolve around concussions and CTE, mental health and cognitive disorders that are believed to occur as a result of those concussions. By extension other youth contact sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and even soccer have come under fire for the… Continue reading Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?
Young athletes who do not achieve a 90 percent score on a battery of tests that measure fitness to return to athletic competition, including quadricep strength, are at increased risk for a second knee injury, according to research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. Orthopedic surgeons and sports… Continue reading ACL Injury Risk Higher After Return to Sport For Some Athletes: Study
Early Sports Specialization is a phrase every coach and trainer has heard. Even many parents are familiar with the term. But what does it mean? Is it a bad idea? What are the risks? Are there rewards? On this episode, I offer a few thoughts about early specialization and what it can mean for athletes.… Continue reading Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?
What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? As it relates to glute/hip activation in relation to knee stability during… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability
“He’s slow. Other kids are running by him.” “Her coach says she’d play more, but she’s not fast enough.” “He used to be faster than all the other kids. I’ve done everything I can do, now I need help.” “She needs to be faster. We have the hurdles and ladders, but I can’t get her… Continue reading 6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow
Got a call from Jim Kielbaso of the IYCA. Jim asked me to present a “hands-on” seminar at the 2017 IYCA Summit in Michigan April 27-29. My topic? “Metabolic Conditioning for Athletes – A Fresh Look.” Yes, your athletes need metabolic conditioning, too. It’s just one more advantage my athletes have over the “average bear.”… Continue reading Join me at the IYCA Summit
It’s logic…and science! If your movement skills improve, your sports skills will follow. After all, what are all sports skills based on, built on and dependent on? MOVEMENT SKILLS! Better multi-directional movement skills will make athletes better…every time! So, before you spend $80-$100 on another hitting or pitching lesson, or $500 on another soccer, lacrosse… Continue reading Want Better Sports Skills?
Want quicker feet on your football lineman (or any football player?) Give them a soccer ball! Such a simple activity – the “Soccer Tap,” provides great footwork training, as well as some metabolic conditioning. The rules: 1. One foot must be on the ball when the other is on the floor. 2. Don’t lose control… Continue reading Footwork Training for Athletes
Not long ago, the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) undertook a study to determine the impact of early-sport specialization on injury rates among high school athletes. While there are a few minor flaws in the study, which I’ll address momentarily, the study sheds a fairly strong negative light on early sport-specialization as it… Continue reading Early Sport-Specialization Leads to Higher Injury Risk
An “upgrade” to what we’re calling the “Strongman Spatial Challenge.” An 8 yard square, 3 foam rollers and 3 cones as obstacles. The rules: 1. Hit an obstacle, do 10 Rope Slams. 2. Flip the tire outside the square, do 10 Rope Slams. 3. On the last flip, the tire has to be back on… Continue reading Strongman Spatial Tire Flip Challenge