At the start of fall sports season, many athletes develop “unusual” injuries. Coaches, parents and the athletes themselves usually seem surprised at these injuries. But they really shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the number of drastic changes that occur during the transition from the activities of summer to the rigors of fall sports seasons… Continue reading Why Your Fall Athlete Gets Injured
Laundry Tag is a great way to enhance athletic skills while your athletes have a great time! This activity improves: Speed – General speed improvements occur in relation to and via improvements in specific elements of speed. Acceleration, deceleration, hip turns, weight shifts, core and body control and rapid realignment of the body in space… Continue reading Laundry Tag Speed and Agility Game for Athletes
Are you consistent? That, not intensity, is the key to success in training. Check out my thoughts on this Essential Law.
Are you a college, junior or AAA club hockey player? What’s your “commitment” to your sport look like? If it looks like this, you’ve got a shot at the “next level.” Chris, Zach & Pat are with me this spring and summer, putting in the work where it really makes a difference. I bet you… Continue reading Commitment to Excellence, Hockey Style
Joint mobility is a curious thing. Not enough mobility in a specific joint creates a kinetic “chain reaction” which increases the mobilization requirement of another joint, usually directly above or below the immobile joint. Take hip mobility, for example. When the hips get stiff and immobile, whether from injury, overuse or a massive dose of… Continue reading Joints and Dysfunction
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
Want “bullet-proof” knees? Learn to manage frontal plane forces (yes, transverse plane, too, but I’m talking frontal plane here.) Here, Cam is working on Band-resisted Shuffles with controlled return steps, which allow her to develop frontal plane stabilization strength by managing a frontal plane load on a single leg. It works well for her because… Continue reading “Bulletproof” your knees, part 1
Coaches…when programming activities for conditioning, why not use activities that build desired skills, create effective athletic conditioning AND have a “fun factor?” This competitive relay incorporates linear speed, reactive/plyometric training, footwork and change of direction. And…it’s FUN! Teams compete to complete the course the most times in a given time frame. Quality of completion is… Continue reading Skill-based Conditioning for Sports