Exercise and physical activity are of vast global importance to prevent and control the increasing problem of heart disease and stroke, according to a review paper published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This paper is part of an eight-part health promotion series where each paper will focus on a different… Continue reading Study:Heart Health Requires Exercise and Activity
The findings of this Columbia University research may impact our approach to rehabilitating the injured brain. It has long been thought that after a brain injury, whether a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or something like a concussion, that long periods of total rest were the appropriate recovery intervention. New research from Columbia University may be… Continue reading Brain Injuries, Activity and Recovery
Muscles are great. Muscle systems are awesome! Without the brain & CNS, they’re nothing but useless sacks of protein. Muscles are like power tools. Good ones look cool, but they’re useless unless you plug them in or power them up! The elegance, power & complexity of athletic movement are rooted in the brain. Each of… Continue reading It All Starts In The Brain
After 20 years in the Strength, Fitness & Performance Training field, there is still something that irks me beyond description. You’ve seen it. We all have. Hundreds, maybe thousands of times. It happens in big box, “McFitness” health clubs. It happens in “boxes.” It happens in boot camps and “transformation centers.” It even happens in… Continue reading Essential Law 1: Better is Better
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
It’s logic…and science! If your movement skills improve, your sports skills will follow. After all, what are all sports skills based on, built on and dependent on? MOVEMENT SKILLS! Better multi-directional movement skills will make athletes better…every time! So, before you spend $80-$100 on another hitting or pitching lesson, or $500 on another soccer, lacrosse… Continue reading Want Better Sports Skills?
So I got my butt handed to me today by these seemingly simple and innocent looking tools (missing is my Trigger Point Therapy ball – it was too mean to me to include haha) I’ve been dealing with a nagging left hamstring strain for several weeks now. It would improve, then backtrack, and got pretty… Continue reading These LOOK Innocent, but…