I’ll admit that the arched-back bench press looks strange. Kind of like a back injury waiting to happen. However, when done correctly, it’s safe and is the preferred technique used for powerlifting. Why? Because the arched position shortens the range of motion needed in competition to push a heavy barbell upward. Is it necessary? Depends on your training … Read More
Reaching Peak Performance [ARTICLE SUMMARY]
I’m loving the early edition of this paper in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. There’s no doubt that athletes need to train hard to reach peak performance. But how hard? And how fast should that training ramp up? Thanks to Tim Gabbett for this excellent commentary. In my very humble opinion, clinicians, coaches, and athletes all need … Read More
Vertical force production: what it is and why training it will make you better at soccer.
[ P O W E R, E X P L O S I V E N E S S, Q U I C K N E S S ] To be a better soccer player, all of these are needed. Think about what’s. required to beat an opponent to a ball or a header. Vertical force production is the physics … Read More
Concussions are complicated [INFOGRAPHIC]
The most common symptom of a concussion is a headache. These injuries can affect many other body systems, however, causing other symptoms and sometimes leading to prolonged recovery (and time lost from sports). Read more below.
RECOVERY: the biggest buzzword in sports science right now
As athletes continue to push the boundaries of their bodies with training, recovery becomes even more important. Why? To reduce fatigue and enhance athletic performance. In theory, if you can recover faster, you can train harder (or more often). But, unfortunately recovery is complex. There’s no one way to do it effectively. This is because it depends on a LOT … Read More
On-field injury rehab: how to safely get back in the game [INFOGRAPHIC]
One of the reasons I started CLE Sports PT & Performance was to work with athletes in their own element. I’ve always felt it provided a more complete recovery and return to their sport. The literature shows that “on-field rehab” does just that. ACL injury. management, done in this manner, has been shown to be associated with: superior muscle strength … Read More
Perfect Your Training Intensity For Your Best Results Work smarter? Or harder? Balance is key to optimal performance and decreased injury risk.
Which are you… The person who never stops training? The one who tries to outwork the competition? Or the person constantly looking for a way to hack the system? (The one taking a break from Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body to read this post?) Which is better? Or, from a health perspective, which increases injury risk? Overtraining or undertraining? … Read More
Why my week was #BETTER 7.28.17
Happy weekend everyone! I spent last weekend at Chautauqua Lake with family and one (very happy) dog named Buddy. Looking forward to this weekend’s long run with Fleet Feet Cleveland and this amazing Filipino feast at The Plum Cafe. Hope you all have an amazing weekend too! Here’s what made this workweek #BETTER: Want to master toes-to-bar? I do! I’ve been … Read More
Research Roundup: Pain in Marathoners, Second ACL Surgery
Research Roundup- Week of May 2, 2016: What CLE Sports PT is reading to give athletes #BETTER care Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Pain in Marathon Runners Who Compete at the Elite Level. 75% of 199 elite marathoners had running-related pain, most often in the lower leg. Age, experience, and training volume had no effect on the presence of pain in these runners. … Read More
The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Early Sport Specialization- Part 2
In part one of this series, I discussed the myth that single-sport athletes are more successful than multi-sport athletes. I also examined the risks of specializing in one sport too early. See this link if you missed it. So now the question… If specializing in a sport early is not good, then how DO we set our kids up for long-term athletic … Read More
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