Category Archives: Injury Prevention

Return to play after an ankle sprain

Last night, I watched our u18 girls play. Late in the first half, a player twisted her ankle and left the game. With her eyes tearing, she went to the end of the bench where her best friend attempted to … Continue reading

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Problems with the principle of specificity in sports-specific training

Last week, I read an article that focused on training tennis players, especially in relation to injury prevention. Beyond the science and statistics, the article suggested some exercises to help prevent the common injuries, especially shoulder injuries. The article focused … Continue reading

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The performance model of injury rehabilitation

Note: I am not a medical doctor, physical therapist, or athletic trainer; I am simply a skeptic who thinks there is a better way. The following is in no way meant as medical advice. Last spring, at the Boston Sports … Continue reading

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Should basketball players use kinesio tape?

For whatever reason, the last two European clubs who have hired me have relied on kinesiotape (KT) like it is a magic elixir. Nearly every day, I see a new player wearing KT. When I ask, the answer is always, … Continue reading

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No pain does not mean a healed ankle sprain

During a form shooting drill my my u20 team last night, I walked over to a player and asked about his ankle. “When did you hurt your ankle? “It’s fine,” he answered. “When did you hurt it?” “Last year, but … Continue reading

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Injury prevention programs, training right, play, and childhood

This weekend, I attended the Seattle Sounders Sports Science Mentorship Weekend, which is a very good event for the burgeoning field of sports scientists in the United States. The best speaker, to me, was Charlie Weingroff. I have heard Weingroff … Continue reading

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Should I ice an ankle sprain?

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To stretch or not to stretch

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, 5.24 Based on information suggested by well-known coaches and students in my classes, people are married to the idea that static stretching prior to intense activity is the best way to warm up … Continue reading

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Some research on patellar tendonitis for basketball players

Knee tendonitis is a common ailment for basketball players due to the repetitive jumping and landing on a hard surface. Knee tendonitis, often called “jumper’s knee,” is most prevalentĀ in sports characterized by high demands on speed and power for the … Continue reading

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Improving ankle and hip mobility for better basketball performance

I work with a couple players who are so tight that I don’t know how they even play basketball. Several guys are unable to get into a full squat position. You never play in a full squat in basketball, but … Continue reading

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