Running mechanics can be broken down into infinitesimal levels and require athletes to generate a deep connection with their bodies in order to make changes. These changes often only occur as a result of months of training and re-evaluation, but they can bring great benefit. Luckily, there are some simple changes you can make that
Be it shin splints, patella-femoral syndrome, IT band syndrome, or hip tendonitis, most running injuries share a common mechanical breakdown. Most of us can recognize it in ourselves, particularly as we get tired. The hips begin to droop to one side and the knee collapses inward. In the PT world, we call this a “valgus
So often I see runners make mistakes that athletes in other sports easily avoid. One of the most common ones is implementing variability into their training – or lack thereof! It’s fairly common knowledge that we shouldn’t go to the gym and spend all week just lifting for the arms; you’d break down, not give
As the start of a new school year approaches, we are seeing an increasing number of basketball athletes enrolling in our performance training programs to prepare for the upcoming season. We thought it would be a good time to share how we approach training these athletes and what considerations we take when designing their programs.
What exactly is Sports Performance Training? The easiest way to explain sports performance training is: training to increase an athletes effective range. An athletes effective range is the amount of area around an athlete that he or she can control. If you think about a young athlete (like a 4-7 year-old), they can barely control
How fast can you get your foot back on the ground??? Today we are talking about the downward (negative) speed of your foot at the ground during your sprint stride. Often when we think about running speed we only focus on how fast we flex our hips (pump our knees), but that neglects a huuugeee
An athlete is only as good as their “effective range” – the range in which they can get out and back from where they are currently at. This includes 360 degrees so you have to be able to move laterally to dominate your competition in most sports! Shuffling is 1 of the 2 means of
Preparing our foot to strike the ground is often overlooked in speed development. Ground contact can enhance or be detrimental to our sprinting performance! Here are some tips to consider when training: Toes up Heels stay a credit card width off the ground Foot strikes directly underneath the hips Spend as little time in contact