Skill-based Conditioning for Sports

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

Core Strength, Control or Activation?

Those in the fitness profession place a heavy focus on the idea of core “strength.” Mind you, I realize that we benefit our clients by helping them develop strength through the lumbo-pelvic hip complex, thoraco-pelvic canister and spinal stabilization system. However, strength is useless if you have an inadequate degree of “activation” of that strength,… Continue reading Core Strength, Control or Activation?

DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability

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? Cam French is performing DB Step-ups as part of her post-rehab training… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability

Roll Pattern Hip Assessment and Activation

The brain trains movements, not muscles. Understand this bio-mechanical, neuro-muscular reality and you can find a much smoother pathway to correcting muscular, movement pattern and kinetic chain dysfunction. Andrew exhibits slight asymmetry in lunging, 1/2 kneeling and rhythmic activities like skipping, jogging/backpedal and shuffling. Hip flexion/extension exhibits incompletely on one side vs the other. Should… Continue reading Roll Pattern Hip Assessment and Activation

Sled March/Run Post-ACL Rehab

How do we assess the correct exercise selection and progressions for our post-rehab athletes and clients? Cam is post-rehab for an uncomplicated ACL tear. She assessed strongly, with only minor off-leg valgus in SL Stance/excursion and slight hip drop to the right in plank positions. During core and strength training, she exhibits very good bilateral… Continue reading Sled March/Run Post-ACL Rehab

What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?

Intuitive exercise. Reflexive exercise. As Strength & Fitness Coaches, we’ve all heard these terms before. Intuitive exercise allows the body to “load into dysfunction” in order to permit the neuro-muscular system a chance to discover functional pathways, or strategies, to complete the task, with correction of the postural or movement pattern dysfunction becoming part of… Continue reading What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?

Agility Ladder Patterns

Pattern recognition and mastery, rhythm, ‪ movement confidence and reaction. Important “passive” skills for athletes. Critical for ASD athletes. Building on a previous discussion on rhythm and movement confidence, today a little about pattern recognition and mastery. To master movement, athletes must pass through at least these three “phases” or levels, in my opinion. 1.… Continue reading Agility Ladder Patterns