The Curse of Perfectionism…

“Our findings suggest that self-oriented perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism, and other-oriented perfectionism have increased over the last 27 years. We speculate that this may be because, generally, American, Canadian, and British cultures have become more individualistic, materialistic, and socially antagonistic over this period, with young people now facing more competitive environments, more unrealistic expectations, and… Continue reading The Curse of Perfectionism…

Early Sport-Specialization Leads to Higher Injury Risk

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

Stand up…

On this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, I think it’s appropriate to reflect on a more current problem in order to properly honor those who were lost. The above photo was given to my wife and I by a friend who was at the scene shortly after the Twin Towers fell. I’ll… Continue reading Stand up…

“Evidence-based S & C” – Is it for real?

Like so many other questions in the Fitness Profession, the answer is “it depends.” The term “Evidence-based Strength & Conditioning,” or “Evidence-based Fitness Training” is starting to pop up in the Fitness Profession. Heck, I bet someone is working furiously right now on creating the next big fitness info-product based on the idea. “6 Weeks… Continue reading “Evidence-based S & C” – Is it for real?