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 […]
Meet Donald. He’s 38, a basketball player, an avid shoe enthusiast, works three part-time jobs and is committed to reaching his fitness goals.
The truth is, if your player is in a good program that is tailored to them, then strength training and conditioning can be powerful in helping their performance in-season on the field or court. In breaking down this parent’s question as it pertained to her son, here are five reasons why I said “yes” he can and should be training.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As anyone knows who has ever been in one of our clinics, our physical therapists including myself like to chat it up with our patients. I feel like in the 9 years of Athletes’ Training Center being open I have talked with patients on just about every topic…many times over.
Therefore, most things do not tend to catch me off guard. However the other day during a conversation with a patient of mine, I heard something I was not prepared for.
I don’t know about you but I love those workouts when you finish and you think to yourself, “Yep, I crushed it!” But for me, then the inevitable would happen. Later that night or the next morning I would feel my back start to tighten and before long that low-grade nagging pain would return in my lower back.
The push up movement is one that I see many of our members struggle with. It isn’t because they are not capable of doing them.
I think most of the time they struggle because they are not aware of what a proper push up should look like.
We are here to direct you on the right path to doing a shoulder friendly and strong abdominal push up.
Let’s dive into 3 common mistakes that we see our members make when they are trying their push ups.