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Strength Training: When is it Safe to Start?

It’s the age old question. When is it safe to start strength training? Let’s start with the difference between strength training and weight lifting. In my opinion, weight lifting is just one aspect of strength training. Weight lifting can mean a wide variety of things, but is typically associated with lifting free weights to increase muscle size. The Mayo Clinic states “when done properly, strength training offers many benefits to young athletes, but 

Sport Specific Training

Sport-specific training is an important topic that has been researched and discussed more in recent years. Simply defined, it is focused on training programs that incorporate in muscle groups and exercises that will help an athlete within their particular sport.

Exercise of the Month

Frontal plane agility, power, and stability

The Impact of Coaching

Everyone who has played a sport at any point in their life has had a coach. In order to have a team, the team must have a coach. We all have had coaches in our lives that have helped to impact us in positive or negative ways.

Knee MCL Injuries in Ice Hockey

Knee sprains of the MCL or medial collateral ligament seem to be on the rise in competitive ice hockey. High profile Anaheim Ducks players Cam Fowler, Corey Perry and Ryan Miller have all suffered this injury in the last two seasons as reported by cbssports.com. The MCL is a ligament that attaches the thigh bone or femur to the shin bone or tibia. 

ACL Prevention

One of the most dreaded injuries in all of sports would be tearing of the ACL (which stands for anterior cruciate ligament). This ligament crosses the front portion of the knee along with the PCL, which sits just behind it to form an “X”.

Dealing with Pregame Anxiety

It is extremely common to hear about athletes getting anxious before games. I know that I often felt that way before my soccer games in club and in college. Often times, there is a phrase that is used for these feelings, and that would be “pregame jitters” or “nerves”.

Exercise of the Month

Single leg RDL with weight transfer

Life after competitive sports

Competitive athletes need to consider and prepare for life following the end of their playing careers

Avoid Overtraining

Athletes need to allow adequate recovery in between training sessions to avoid the negative effects of overtraining. 

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