Shoulder impingement is a common problem among athletes, especially those involved in heavy resistance training. As such, today’s topic will focus primarily on shoulder impingement and acute (key word here: acute) partial rotator cuff (RC) tears for younger individuals involved in regular athletic activity. Shoulder pain, a common injury that affects millions, is the second … Continue reading Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff Injuries: An Overview
Now I know I don’t need to be the one to tell you that an effective training program is critical for success and making performance improvements (no brainer, right?) -- but you may be wondering where to start. Well first, it’s important to understand that each program will vary by sport and an individual’s training status, … Continue reading Designing Your Own Training Program? Read this First.
There’s a lot of info out there about stretching and how to warm up for performance. Stretch before? Stretch after? How? How long? Believe it or not, how you stretch can either hurt or help your performance. So before you start copying what someone else does in the gym, let’s clear confusion and go over … Continue reading Warm ups, Cool Downs, and Stretching Basics
Last week, I shared an example of a great lower body warm up. And this week, I'll be demonstrating some of my favorite upper body movements. As I've said before, warm ups should be tailored to individual needs (sticking points, mobility restrictions, under active muscles, etc). Anyway, here are some of my favorite movements I … Continue reading Upper Body Warm Up
Before I get into this, I have to mention that warm ups should be tailored to individual needs (sticking points, mobility restrictions, under active muscles, etc). Some people need a lot of warming up, others not a whole lot. But since I get asked about warming up quite a bit, I thought I'd include … Continue reading Lower Body Warm Up
Must Remember: Make Time for What Is Important Time is very precious: every minute, every hour counts. We don’t want to throw time away. We want to make good use of the minutes and the hours we have left. When we focus our attention in the here and now and live simply, we have … Continue reading Monday Musts
Must do: T-Spine Extension and Mobility Let's address some t-spine TLC, specifically, thoracic extension. Whether you are fixing posture (think slouch, rounded shoulders, forward head), recovering from an injury or working on injury prevention, the thoracic spine is something almost everyone needs work on. Give it a little love, and it might also help address … Continue reading Monday Musts