Training Athletes and Patients for Explosive Strength

Training Athletes for Explosive Strength

Since strength training was first studied as a method for preparing strength and power athletes for competition, it has been recognized that peak force takes some time to reach. And yet some athletic movements are completed in just 100 – 150ms. Therefore, the rate at which force is developed is likely at least as important for athletes as maximum strength. Training …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Optimizing Movement Efficiency in an Unnatural Environment

Optimizing Movement Efficiency in an Unnatural Environment

With an increase in barefoot-only training facilities, athletes prepping barefoot, and even top educators touting the benefits of barefoot training, we must remind ourselves – why barefoot? Yes, barefoot is more “natural” but if we live in a shod society and spend our days pounding the pavement. I am faced with this question often as I continuously promote barefoot activation and barefoot …

Dr. Emily Splichal

Dr. Emily Splichal

Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist

Stretching at the gym

Intro to Soma Training

Dr. Guy Voyer, a world-renowned osteopath and the creator of the Soma Therapy/Soma Training programs, says it best, “why address the contents before correcting the container?” FASCIA Undoubtedly, within the last decade, across the US, there has been an increase in awareness of fascia in manual medicine and performance therapy. Yet, this global connective tissue is nothing new to the …

Jason Amstutz

Dr. Jason Amstutz

Doctor of Chiropractic, CCSP*, RTP, CSCS

Can Stretching make you stronger?

Can Stretching Make You Stronger?

Whether to do static stretching or not can be a very contentious issue. On the one hand, static stretching (especially intense stretching lasting >60 seconds) is known to reduce force in subsequent exercise. Many strength coaches therefore recommend against doing static stretching before a workout, or before a practice or competition, when working with athletes. On the other hand, inter-set …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

March Recap

Highlights From Our Month

It’s the final week of March! For us, it was an exciting month as we welcomed the spring season and attended #IHRSA2017. We published more than ten new articles so far this month, but if your clinic was madness due to new clients and you couldn’t read them all, we’ve recapped some of our favorites for you below! We encourage …

Exercises to Reduce the Risk of Ankle Sprains

Exercises to Reduce the Risk of Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and physical activity, estimating to be about 25% of all injuries across sports. Of all ankle injuries 85% involve the lateral ankle ligaments. There is strong evidence suggesting you increase risk of re-spraining your ankle two fold within the first year of spraining your ankle. Every year in the US, lateral …

Arash Rex Maghsoodi

Arash Rex Maghsoodi

Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate at the University of Southern California

Youth Sports

Are Adolescent Athletes Prepared for Their Level of Sports Participation?

A great number of present-day adolescent athletes (girls ages 12 to 18 and boys 14 to 18) participate in organized team sports. Many of these young athletes partake in a common theme of sport “specialization” whereby the selection of a specific sport of participation is played year-round, 24/7/365. Many of these young athletes aspire for their sport participation to evolve …

Robert Panariello

Robert Panariello

MS, PT, ATC, CSCS, Founding Partner & Chief Clinical Officer of Professional Physical Therapy

Hamstring Strain Exercises

The Top 4 Modifiable Risk Factors for Hamstring Strains

4 Reasons “Tight” Hamstrings Lead to Hamstring Strains Have you ever strained your hamstring before? You’re not alone! Hamstring strain injuries are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injury in the United States. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. One study found that …

The Prehab Guys - Michael Lau, Arash Maghsoodi, and Craig Lindell

The Prehab Guys

Doctor of Physical Therapy Students and Strength and Conditioning Specialists

Better Golf Posture vs. Better Golf Posture

Don’t Let Golf Be a Pain in Your Back

Injuries to the back are by far the most common in golfers, regardless of age. The causes for back pain vary, however, with amateurs getting injured from poor mechanics, pros getting injured from overuse, and Tiger Woods getting injured from…well, you can be the judge of that. Whenever I am evaluating a golfer, injured or not, I always check hip …

Lindsay Becker

Dr. Lindsay Becker


High Intensity Fitness Programming

Six Versatile Items For High-Intensity Fitness Programming

Clients join a specific gym or club for many different reasons. Some like the social aspect of group exercise, while others choose a facility based on high-end equipment or other factors that align with their goals. Facilities offering high-intensity fitness programming, regardless of what they name the class, need certain products that might not be required for other classes. If …