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Lifting Weights Overhead is a Privilege, Not a Right

Today’s fitness mindset is evolving. Today, more and more people are doing exercises that require them to lift or hold weights overhead.  In the past, the most common overhead exercise was the military press. People would use that exercise to try to sculpt their deltoids.  

Today, thanks in part to CrossFit and it’s branch-offs, overhead squats, snatches, jerks, and hand stand push-ups are commonly found in many people’s routines.  But should they be?

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The 1 Critical Thing Wrestlers Often Neglect

Double chicken wing in Folkstyle, arm throws in Greco, or an athlete desperately bending his shoulder in an attempt to avoid getting turned… no doubt about it, wrestlers get put into compromising positions that put extreme forces through the shoulder joint. Shoulder stability training is very important in many overhead throwing sports, […]

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The Dark Side of Athletic Injury

I’m sixteen years removed from graduate school. The running joke in my family is I have a Master’s degree, thesis pending. True, I completed my coursework with flying stars and started my thesis… but never finished it. Life events got in the way and I had to focus on other […]

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How to Self-Diagnose Your Athlete’s Arm Pain

Late spring into early summer is one of the most common times we see shoulder and elbow injuries. A lot of parents often ask me what “warning signs” they should be looking for with their son or daughter’s arm pain. Most importantly they want to know if the pain is serious or not.

To a certain extent, we come from a place where we believe the motto “no pain, no gain”, and in some cases, I fully agree with that mindset. But at other times, this mindset can be very detrimental. How do you determine which pain is okay to play through and which pain is not? Here are four common arm pain areas to evaluate and guidelines to help you decide if your athlete should get the area checked out.

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5 Common Pitching Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

I hate seeing young athletes hurt.  There may not be a worse feeling than telling a young, energetic, baseball loving athlete they need stop playing for a while so we can get them through an injury.  Now, I appreciate there are some injuries that are completely unavoidable and these injuries are the nature of playing sports.

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The Proper Use of Ladders During a Workout

We are probably all way too familiar with ladder drills. Most of us may recall doing countless rounds of them during high school or college practices back in the day. In the modern world of workouts are these drills still relevant?

I have many coaches ask me how they can properly incorporate ladders into their workouts and question what benefits they have for their athletes. 

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What Everybody Ought to Know About: Concussion Protocol Evolution

Around 2004, while the head athletic trainer at a Class A high school in Lincoln, NE, I had the good fortune of being part of a research study that was looking at the use of a computerized tool for assessing concussion. The name of the program was ANAM and it assessed things similar to what we know today as ImPact.  In watching football players take this test after sustaining a concussion and comparing it to their baseline, I started to notice something that made me sick to my stomach.

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