Improving Performance with External Focus

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One of the most overlooked aspects of coaching is verbal cuing. Words that invoke pictures or images that inspire the athlete to increased levels of performance, while also creating clarity regarding how to best execute the task, can be extremely beneficial when working with younger athletes that may not fully understand the task. This could

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Seeing the Big Picture – Visualization

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As athletes are recovering from an injury, visualizing movement (mental imagery) has been shown to be beneficial in maintaining skills, decreasing stress, increasing self confidence, and increasing motivation to train to return to their sport (Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, Vol. 78, Sept. 2007, Pg 351-363). There have also been studies that show how

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ACL Series: Return to Confidence (Post Surgery)

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Even with the best programming for risk reduction, ACL injuries still happen. And when they do, it is the responsibility of the therapist or performance coach to rebuild the athlete’s confidence as well as their strength. Quite often, there is a lack of confidence or the physiological factor that contributes to the athlete’s ability to

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ACL Series: Programming Phases to Reduce Risk

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Programming for Risk Reduction and Improved Performance:   There are many programs out there that have been shown to reduce the risk of injury when used in the pre-season. But… “Results suggest that training duration may be an important factor to consider when designing injury prevention programs that facilitate long-term changes in movement control (Padua,

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ACL Series: Risk Factors

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Over the past few years much of the research, including a recent review (Bien, 2011) named the several biomechanical/neuromuscular risk factors for non-contact ACL injury, as well as the most effective programming implementations for prevention. Here are the area’s we focus on in our program model: Hip and Knee Pathomechanics Hamstring Activation and Strength Deficits

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ACL Series: From Rehab to Risk Reduction

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Annually in the US alone there are over 80,000 ACL tears occurring primarily in athletes 15-25 years of age that participate in sports that require aggressive pivot based movements (Griffin, 2000). In the past 12 years we have had over 3000 female athletes come through our program, and in that time we have seen 11

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4 MILE INTERVAL WORKOUT

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As we are continuously in search of a way to assess game based soccer fitness in a training environment, we have played around with many different styles of conditioning drills. In the past we have created activities such as our repeated sprint interval, our Soccer FITness Interval, 90-second interval and now the 4-mile interval is

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4 Mile Curve Interval (2,4,6,8 Workout)… Testing one’s toughness can be fun!

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For those of you who follow the AthleteFIT Owners on Twitter (@athletefitcoach and @ttillette) you may have noticed some friendly smack talk over the last week with @WoodwayTreadmil Director of Sales and Marketing Eric Weber about a new Athlete FIT Challenge Workout. In the past we have put up Challenge Workouts utilizing the Cybex Arc

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