I’ve been outspoken about the importance of achieving and maintaining optimal hip mobility (read: range of motion) as a means of improving rotational power (important for skating fast and shooting hard) and preventing hip-related injuries like groin and hip flexor strains, sports hernias, and low back pain. This is one of my favorite hip mobility… Read more
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A couple weeks ago, my colleague Dr. Jeff Cubos told me to check out a relatively new assessment protocol called the Bunkie Test. I had never heard of it before so I took a look and found some interesting stuff. We haven’t integrated these “tests” into our assessment protcol at Endeavor, but I am integrating… Read more
On Monday, we went over the difference between muscle length and muscle stiffness. If you missed it, check it out here: Muscle Properties: Short vs. Stiff The big question I left you with is: Is stiffness a bad thing? There isn’t a simple answer to this complex question. A few considerations: 1) Over the years,… Read more
A couple months ago I came across Carson Boddicker’s site and was blown away. He’s a really bright coach and has a lot of unique ideas about training athletes. I asked him to write something for you on the importance of developing proper breathing patterns, which is probably the most overlooked aspects of sports performance… Read more
An overly bold statement? Not in light of experimental and “in the trenches” experience. Research has shown that adductor (groin) strains result from a strength imbalance between the hip adductors and hip abductors (or the muscles that pull the leg toward the midline vs those that pull it away from the midline). There is also… Read more