Why Your Fall Athlete Gets Injured

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

6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow

“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

7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

Can I be honest here? I think if one more parent says “my doctor said my kid shouldn’t lift weights until he/she is 14,” I’m going to be sick. Physically, violently ill. Your doctor is wrong. Well intentioned, but wrong. The good doctor is expressing a thought that, once upon a time, made sense. When… Continue reading 7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1

This is the first installment in this series about how to make your knees “bulletproof” for sports. Bulletproof in this arena means really, really injury resistant. Here, Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes 2017 3rd Round pick) is doing an exercise that gets performed really poorly all too often. Band-resisted Shuffles are a great way to activate… Continue reading Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1

Joints and Dysfunction

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

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