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 on the core, as does seemingly everything these days. However, the first exercises listed by the article were seated exercises, like the bicycle sit-up. Continue reading
In our first league game of the season, we went 12/30 from the free-throw line. In our third league game of the season, we shot 15/20 from the free-throw line. In two weeks, we improved 35% from the free-throw line. I am a genius! Continue reading
In the world of education, and coaching, more emphasis has been placed on flipping the classroom or using methods of self-discovery. Rather than tell students an answer, teachers are encouraged to give students the opportunity to discover the answer for themselves. Similarly, new coaching methods favor a constraints-based approach which encourages coaches to pose movement problems for players to solve rather than telling players exactly what to do. Continue reading
On ESPN, Bill Barnwell reviews the decisions of NFL coaches after the weekend. This week, at the beginning of his column, Barnwell opens the discussion of the end of the Green Bay Packers’ game by writing, “You have to evaluate the decision based upon the process that went into the call without evaluating it based upon its one outcome.” Continue reading
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 Medicine and Performance Group conference, Bill Knowles spoke about a performance-based model of reconditioning an athlete after an injury, and contrasted this model with a medical model. The following is my example of what I learned and took away from this talk and how it applies to a current situation. Continue reading
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, “The physio.” When I ask why they need it, they never have a diagnoses of an injury – they feel pain or tightness, and the physio prescribes KT. It’s like the magic spray that soccer players use to go from writhing on the ground in pain to playing again in a matter of seconds. Since I am not a physio, but I do know my way around research, I looked into the magic KT: Continue reading
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 it’s fine now,” he reassured me.
“It’s affecting your performance,” I said. Continue reading
The 24-hour athlete is a term that I got from Vern Gambetta, I believe, and have used with players for years. Essentially, the idea is that as an athlete, you train with your coach for 2-3 hours per day, leaving 21-22 hours of the day to enhance or detract from the training. During these hours, the athlete has to recover, eat, drink, sleep, and prepare for the next training session or game, and the way in which the athlete approaches these hours in between sessions can be the difference. In that sense, even though an athlete trains only 2-3 hours per day, he or she needs to think like an athlete for all 24 hours in the day to maximize the benefits from the training, and ultimately performance. Continue reading
In The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know about Soccer is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally, they wrote about the Maldini Principle, otherwise titled, dogs that don’t bark. For the soccer illiterate, Paolo Maldini is one of the greatest central defenders to play soccer, starring for Italy and Milan. However, despite his acclaim as a defender, Anderson and Sally reported that he made a tackle once every two games. Defenders often are measured or compared by the number of tackles made, with a greater number of tackles reflecting well on the player. How then, did one of the universally-accliamed best defenders make so few tackles? Continue reading