A new study published shows that only 25% of adolescents aged 12-15 get 60 minutes per day of physical activity. Reasons for such a low activity rate are attributed to increased stresses in social life and academics coupled with increased sports specialization - kids who have been playing a sport don't make their school or travel teams and drop out. Without a good foundation … [Read more...] about Only 1 in 4 Teens are Active Enough
“The core” Nowadays, “strengthening the core” has become a very popular concept among various populations ranging from elite athletes to chronic pain patients. the concept at heart is a good one-the idea that having a stable base to operate from makes one a more efficient mover. However, there are quite a few popular misconceptions present, particularly in athletes, … [Read more...] about Core Strength – Popular Misconceptions
common games and activities such as hopscotch, jumping rope and jumping jacks can also be characterized as plyometrics
In my college fencing program, we used a lot of plyometric exercises in our pre-season workouts. Our fall semester workouts would follow a pattern of a good bit of aerobic and interval training for conditioning, with the plyometric exercises mixed in. (The calls by Coach Miller to head to the racquetball room were generally met with groans for what we knew was to … [Read more...] about Using Plyometrics for Youth Training
Teaching coaches the early warning signs of developing heat illness makes a huge step toward prevention.
INDIANAPOLIS – As another school year is under way and practices for fall sports begin, young athletes – and not just football players – are challenged by the hot weather and face significant exertional heat illness and injury risks, say experts from the American College of Sports Medicine. Education, planning and preparation, acclimatization, modification, and close … [Read more...] about Preventing Heat-Induced Injuries
SAN FRANCISCO – Constant jumping, acceleration and deceleration can be harmful to the patellar region over time. For athletes who jump and land repeatedly, such as basketball and volleyball players, overuse commonly results in patellar tendinopathy. The condition is more commonly referred to as jumper’s knee, an injury to the patellar tendon, the cord-like tissue connecting the … [Read more...] about Infrapatellar Strap Reduces Pain In Athletes with Jumper’s Knee