Optimizing a Champion

International heavyweight boxer Fres Oquendo is gearing up in Orlando, Fla., for his next big fight. RockTape Instructor Danny Porcelli (@ddporcellidc) is prepping him to go stronger longer with RockTape, RockBlades, RockFloss, and more. Check out behind-the-scenes footage to see how we help a Pro Boxer prepare for a match. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1f0iYe_hQw For more info on products mentioned in this article …

Why do we need more research into Strength Training?

The great thing about strength training is that it works. Want to lift heavier things? Strength training is the only way you can do that. Want bigger muscles? Lifting weights does that. Are you rehabbing a musculoskeletal injury? Resistance training of some sort will probably be involved. Want to improve your general health? Try out those weird machines at the …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

What can jumping teach us about muscle growth? Part 1

The mainstream fitness industry is plagued by myths and superstitions about how muscle growth happens, and about how we should structure workouts to maximize gains. In contrast, the serious bodybuilding and professional strength and conditioning communities are far better educated, and very well grounded in the science of hypertrophy. Even so, there is still one misconception that creates a barrier …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Psychological Measures for Return to Play Following ACLR- Part 2

Last post we learned that kinesiophobia (fear of movement) is bad, especially if an athlete exhibits kinesiophobia when returning to sport following an ACL reconstruction. According to the Paterno et al Sport Health 2018 athletes who score 19 or above on the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia, they are 13xs more likely to reinjure themselves with return to play. For those of us …

Dr Trent Nessler Personal Trainer Physical Therapist

Dr. Trent Nessler

MPT, DPT, Founder/Developer the Athletic Movement Index™ and Developer TheraBand CLX ACL Kit

Shoulder Rehab Phase 4: Return to Activity or Sport

Phase 4: Return to Throwing Phase 4 of the rehabilitation program encompasses the progression and continuation of the ITP and is designed to systemically allow the athlete to progress to unrestricted throwing activities. It is important for the clinician to continuously monitor and assess the athlete’s mechanics and intensity of effort throughout the throwing program. Position players progress throughout the throwing …

Dr. Kevin Wilk

PT, DPT, FAPTA

Exercise Progressions for Proprioceptive Training

Exercise Progressions for Proprioceptive Training Proprioceptive training programs can help to prevent injuries of the ankle, knee and hip. Here are a series of exercise progressions that can help to improve balance and stability of these areas. Click on the images to watch the videos or to share them on social media. These exercises are part of our exclusive content …

Friederike Aprea

Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Business Development at WebExercises, Inc.

Psychological Measures for Return to Play Following ACLR, Part 1

According to a 2012 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, 20% of athletes who return to play following ACLR re-injure within the first 2 years. Further, Wiggins et al Am J Sport Med 2016 showed that one in four youths who tear their ACL will suffer another ACL injury at some point throughout their athletic career. With odds like this, …

Dr Trent Nessler Personal Trainer Physical Therapist

Dr. Trent Nessler

MPT, DPT, Founder/Developer the Athletic Movement Index™ and Developer TheraBand CLX ACL Kit

Phase 3- Rehab Exercises for Overhead Athletes

Shoulder Rehab Phase 3: Advanced Strengthening Phase The advanced strengthening phase is designed to initiate aggressive strengthening exercises, augment power and endurance, advance functional drills, and gradually initiate throwing activities. Full shoulder ROM and flexibility should be maintained throughout this phase; failure to maintain motion and flexibility at this point is a potential pitfall that can result in recurrent symptoms. Muscle fatigue has been shown to decrease neuromuscular …

Dr. Kevin Wilk

PT, DPT, FAPTA

Phase 2- Rehab Exercises for Overhead Athletes

Phase 2: Intermediate Phase Along with progression of the strengthening program, the goals of the second phase in dealing with patients with shoulder pain, is to increase the flexibility, mobility, and ROM of the shoulder joint complex and enhance the patients’ overall neuromuscular control. An EMG data driven exercise program designed by Wilk et al, the Thrower’s Ten, is implemented during this stage to permit a …

Dr. Kevin Wilk

PT, DPT, FAPTA

4 Phases of Rehab Exercise for Overhead Athletes

The rehabilitation of the shoulder has evolved over the past 20 years. In the past, the rehab program focused on strengthening the rotator cuff muscles. Then Dr. Kibler and others taught us to also treat the scapular muscles and scapula posture. Since then numerous articles have been published suggesting GIRD (glenohumeral joint internal rotation deficit) was the cause of shoulder …

Dr. Kevin Wilk

PT, DPT, FAPTA