The job of a coach is to help others develop talent, skills and abilities in the pursuit of goals and objectives that will better the life of the person being coached. It is also to help the person being coached to avoid pitfalls and take advantage of every tool, resource and opportunity available in that… Continue reading Coach Feedback Is Proprioception And Brain Food For Athletes
The statistics are staggering. There’s nearly 3.2 million children age five to 14 who received medical treatment for a sports-related injury in 2017. More than a million of those needed emergency room treatment. Yet we continue to hold up youth sports in America as a solution. To what exactly? I’m trying to figure that out.… Continue reading Why Your Pre-Teen Is Weak And What To Do About It
This game is called the “Escape Game” or “Gate Game.” It’s been part of my training repertoire since before All-Star opened our doors in March, 2008. This is an absolute favorite among athletes and across all age groups. Athletes from every sport and even a lot of “non-athletes” love to play. So simple to set… Continue reading The Escape Game For Speed, Agility and Quickness For Athletes
Strength and conditioning coaches and fitness trainers love to talk about progressions. Let’s face it, there are numerous progressions for just about any exercise or activity you can think of. What’s the next progression for the exercises you’re currently using or doing? Are your progressions practical and context-specific or are they progressions for the sake… Continue reading Exercise Progression and Athlete Mastery
Ice baths are one of the hot trends in the fitness world right now, especially among athletes. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and tennis player Andy Murray are among a growing number of pro athletes who use ice baths, mostly for recovery purposes. There’s even one “fitness pro” who’s built an entire empire on ice baths. Some… Continue reading Ice Baths Not So Hot For Building or Repairing Muscle
Improving rotational power for softball with the girls from Ruthless Softball New Jersey this morning at All-Star Sports Academy! This drill is fun, incredibly effective and provides intuitive reinforcement of an essential movement skill for hitting and even for throwing. Simple cuing improves the likelihood that the execution of the movement will translate to the… Continue reading Build Rotational Power for Softball and Baseball!
If you work out too much, you’d expect your body to be fatigued. You’d expect to feel tired, run down and maybe like a garbage truck had its’ way with your muscles. But according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, your brain can take a beating, too. Working with triathletes, who… Continue reading Training Too Much Can Fatigue Your Brain
Really excited for this guy, Cam Dineen as he heads out to Arizona for another hockey season! Cam is one of the hardest working, most consistent athletes I’ve been blessed to work with! I stress to all my athletes to trust the process, give 100% effort all the time and keep a positive attitude. Cam… Continue reading Cam Dineen’s Best Off-Season Yet!
Last off-season training session for Matt today at All-Star Sports Academy! This guy has dealt for 10 months with a UCL tear that was FINALLY properly diagnosed. Even during this period of massive frustration, he kept his head up and his good humor intact! In spite of the uncertainty of this football season and training… Continue reading Last Off-Season Training Session for This Guy!
A few years back, I was asked to be part of a project with a huge task. Our goal was to produce a book that provided a “definitive guide” to what it meant to help young athletes develop successfully and safely. I got to co-author with some amazing youth fitness professionals. It was an honor… Continue reading Steal This Book! (Sort of)