Archive for April, 2009
Filed under: Running, strength training
Distance Runners and Hurdle Work
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 22nd, 2009
I've always been a big fan of hurdle stepping and skipping. In fact for the past year, I've programmed hurdle stepping to the tune of 2-3 times per week for myself and my athletes. Sometimes I use it to warm up and other times I use it to cool down. There are times that I'll also include it in an extended dynamic training session to replace a run. But lately, something has creeped in and made me begin to re-think it's implementation. ...
Filed under: Continuing Education
Little League Burdens
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 21st, 2009
I just read an interesting piece in the Arizona Republic regarding the tough economic times and a reduction in little league enrollment. It's certainly a sad story for the individuals who are unable to compete due to financial hardships. You can read it here. Personally, I see youth sports as a very necessary thing now days, especially with many Arizona schools considering cutting back on PE classes or eliminating them all together. As a...
Filed under: nutrition
Echinacea and Performance
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 20th, 2009
Echinacea-induced erythropoiesis: Effects on oxygen transport and exercise performance by Whitehead, Malcolm Todd, PhD, THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, 2006, 142 pages; 3225241 Abstract: Echinacea is an herbal supplement primarily utilized as an immunostimulant. Evidence from animal and cell culture models indicates that Echinacea may increase oxygen transport capacity. The purposes of this investigation were (1) ...
Filed under: Continuing Education
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 17th, 2009
It's an exciting day here at Boddicker Performance. Here's what's going on: 1.) I have accepted an internship at Athletes' Performance for the summer. For those who are in the industry, you are likely aware that AP turns out high quality athletes time and time again with well proven and high level methods. I look forward to expanding my knowledge pool as far as possible. Check it out at www.AthletesPerformance.com 2.) I just had my fir...
Filed under: strength training
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 16th, 2009
After a nice dinner last night, I checked my e-mail one last time for the day. My inbox is typically full of newsletters, updates, and a few jokes from friends and family here and there. One of my personal favorite newsletters comes from James Smith of Diesel Crew, and last night he did not fail to disappoint. He posted the following video: I see this exercise to be extremely worthwhile for the distance running population for two reason...
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries, Program Design
Returning to Run Post SH
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 10th, 2009
In returning to high level training following sports hernia rehabilitation, it is necessary to be incredibly patient and cautious. What I've noted in working with my post SH athletes is that easy running tends to be relatively safe, but as the velocity of training increases, so does the incidence or relapse. As I don't like to lay a bunch of volume down with inadequate hip flexion, I typically suggest keeping continuous runs relatively short an...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, injuries
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 7th, 2009
I recently had a discussion regarding joint stability comparisons between the elbow and knee. I believe that without a doubt the knee is a more stable joint in comparison. Here is my rationale: The way I see it, joints have two types of restraints: active (contractile elements) and passive (connective tissues, size, etc). While the flared olecranon process in an elbow is a strong passive restraint, it simply does not have the active restrai...
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries, strength training
Females and Knee Injuries
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 2nd, 2009
Recently I've spent a lot more time working with an athletic female population. I've always been aware of the greater risk of non-contact ACL injuries in females due to Q-angle, menstrual cycle, and poor strength, but until recently I never realized just how pronounced it can be. There is a significant need to protect these athletes with smart training programs. The vast majority have the tendency when squatting to drop into adduction and inte...
Filed under: motivation
The Last Lecture
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 1st, 2009
A while back in a post I gave you a few fun Carson Boddicker fun facts. If you recall I mentioned that "The Last Lecture" is something that changed my life. I thought to make things easier for those who don't have time to read the book (though you should make time) I'd just post a video of the initial lecture. If it's still too long, go and check out the version done on Oprah. Regardless of which medium you take, I am sure you'll come away wi...