Athlete Warm Up

20 Jul Mobility Training Programs for Sports Performance

Performance training for the athlete requires a comprehensive approach to mobility training for each joint within the kinetic chain. A review of the Mobility/Stability Pattern of Human Movement indicates the ankle, hip, thoracic spine, gleno-humeral, and wrist joints require large ranges of motion in order for optimal movement during athletic performance. As a result, the strength and conditioning coach should look to develop a mobility program incorporating a multifaceted series of exercises and modalities to develop the range of motion...

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Piriformis Stretch

11 Jul Figure Four Piriformis Stretch

Extensibility of the soft tissue surrounding the hips allows for this joint to move through a large range of motion. The hip is a classified as a ball and socket joint allowing for this joint to perform operate in the frontal, sagittal, and transverse planes of motion. Limitation to the extensibility of the soft tissues surrounding the hips can limit the ranges of motion the hip is capable to move through in the aforementioned movement planes. These limitations lead to movement...

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Mountain Climber with Bosu Ball

11 Jul Bosu Ball Mountain Climber with Rotation

The ability of the core to efficiently transfer energy through the kinetic chain, generate power, and maintain postural positioning during athletic actions requires segmental stabilization. Segmental stabilization is the ability of any system to remain unchanged or aligned in the presence of outside forces. Segmental stabilization is contingent upon strength development within the muscular system and efficiency within the neural system. It is the combination of these two physical components which allow for the kinetic chain to achieve the aforementioned requirements...

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Golf Fitness

07 Jul Exercise Ball Table Top with Arm and Leg Extension

The rotary athlete, golfer, tennis player, and baseball player are all required to generate speed and transfer this speed through the kinetic chain into a ball, bat, club, racquet, or stick. In order for speed development to be maximized and transferred efficiently, segmental stabilization of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex is required. In order for the athlete to develop segmental stabilization of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex commonly referred to as the "core" utilizes exercises where the athlete is required to maintain a neutral spine...

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Baseball Player 2

14 Jun Power Training for the Sport of Baseball

Power in the most basic of formulas is strength plus speed. It is the combination of these two entities cohesively working together that allows a sprinter to sprint fast, a pitcher to throw hard, and a hitter to swing with power. The scientific definition of power states it is the ability to generate the greatest amount of force in a short amount of time. (Vladimir Zatsiorosky, Professor Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Pennsylvania State University) Quite often when the topic...

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Sean Cochran - Junior Golf Exercise Book

13 Jun Bent Knee Leg Swings Sports Performance Exercise

The ability of the rotary athlete to move through the transverse plane movement patterns associated with their sport is integral. In order for the athlete to complete these rotary based movement patterns it is necessary for large range of motions to be achieved by the hips. The process by which the athlete can develop and maintain these ranges of motion is via the utilization of modalities such as self myofascial release exercises, static stretching, and dynamic mobility exercises. Why It's Important:...

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