Half of Youth Sports Injuries Caused by Overuse and Preventable, According to Doctors

It stands to reason that young people who play organized sports are going to get injured. But while young athletes are susceptible to the ankle sprains, wrist fractures and other acute injuries that are common among competitors of all ages, numerous studies indicate that approximately half of the sports-related injuries among children and adolescents in… Continue reading Half of Youth Sports Injuries Caused by Overuse and Preventable, According to Doctors

Speed Testing Mastery: New Course From the IYCA!

Speed testing is a huge part of sports. Whether you agree with it or not, athletes get tested on how fast they can run. The 40-yard dash is the centerpiece of the NFL Combine and the 60-yard dash has become the gold-standard in baseball. Even Major League Soccer now tests the 30 meter sprint, and… Continue reading Speed Testing Mastery: New Course From the IYCA!

10 Reasons Why You Just Gotta Deadlift!

Nobody is lukewarm on deadlifts. You either love them or hate them. In fact, a lot of people love them and hate them while many others love to hate them. Let’s face it, they challenge you in ways that no other exercise can. Deadlifts don’t care what college you went to (or whether you did,)… Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Just Gotta Deadlift!

Warm-ups: What’s the Purpose?

With regard to warm-up activities for youth athletes, what’s the main purpose? Is it to stimulate an increase in cardiorespiratory rate and “get the blood flowing?” Is it to improve movement, enhance the stable ROM in major joints? Is it to “get them in here” and fully present to the activities to come? Or is… Continue reading Warm-ups: What’s the Purpose?

Quality of Life Matters for Injured or Concussed Youth Athletes: Study

When we think of the recovery period in adolescents with a sports injury, we tend to focus on milestones marking relief from symptoms, restoration of strength, and perhaps return to play. But what about the effects of sports injury on other aspects of the young athlete’s life? How is the young athlete’s quality of life… Continue reading Quality of Life Matters for Injured or Concussed Youth Athletes: Study

Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?

Early Sports Specialization is a phrase every coach and trainer has heard. Even many parents are familiar with the term. But what does it mean? Is it a bad idea? What are the risks? Are there rewards? On this episode, I offer a few thoughts about early specialization and what it can mean for athletes.… Continue reading Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?

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