Category Archives: Athleticism

The media, experts, and seeing what we want to see

Yesterday, I read a somewhat entertaining article on ESPN about baseball scouts. Of all the red flags that Jerry Crasnick identified, this statement stuck out:

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Abilities, Skills, and Media Experts

After I wrote “Athleticism, Movement, and Skill,” a friend forwarded an article from ESPN that attempted to determine the degree of difficulty in every sport. I could not ignore the ineptitude of the article without a comment. 

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Athleticism, Movement, and Skill

On this blog, I have written about athleticism in relation to Steve Nash, Roger Federer, and Jimmer Fredette, and argued that the media and others misunderstand the terms athletic and athleticism and use athletic as a synonym with power. Steve … Continue reading

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Why not to do Sit-ups?

As a personal trainer, clients immediately ask for abdominal exercises. Sit-ups are the most over-done exercises and probably the worst exercise done in most gyms. Dr. Stuart McGill is the world’s leading expert on the spine. In this video, he … Continue reading

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Jimmer Fredette: Hype, Potential and Athleticism

After writing about Jimmer this week in Newsletter 5.9, several articles and comments about his athleticism and potential have been published. Pete Thamel of the New York Times wrote “N.B.A. Scouting Report on Jimmer: Good but not Great.”

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Athleticism in Youth Sports

I started jiujitsu last month, and my struggles have given me an appreciation for wrestling. I have advocated martial arts for all young, aspiring athletes, and now I would throw wrestling into the same category with martial arts and gymnastics … Continue reading

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Roger Federer’s Athleticism: More to athleticism than power

During the Australian Open, a fan poll asked viewers to vote for the quickest player on tour between Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal, Gil Monfils and Novak Djokovic. I cannot explain the absence of Roger Federer, but Nadal captured over 50% … Continue reading

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Athleticism and Athletic Flaws

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 4. Stability, Sport and Performance Movement by Joanne Elphinston concludes with a couple important points: “Technical problems are not ‘personal style’ just because the athlete is a high flyer. The best performer is … Continue reading

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