Archive for April, 2010
Filed under: Announcements, Program Design, strength training
By the numbers
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 30th, 2010
This week, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of reading and to look at a gamut of concepts though a critical lens. Today's post is simply some of the ideas that have come up that are "by the numbers." 1. There are four tools that a coach and therapist should learn how to use effectively to improve her clients's outcomes in sport performance. Their minds, their eyes, their hands, and gravity. Failure to utilize these effectively wi...
Filed under: Exercise of the Week
Exercise of the Week: 1 Arm DB Snatch
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 29th, 2010
While it has been a while since I've written about it, training for power is critically important in a number of sports and running is no exception. A lot is made about the Olympic lifts and people argue back and fourth concerning their efficacy in programs. Some assert that they are a sport of their own and should stay that way and others see them as one of the finest ways to develop speed strength and/0r strength speed. I use the 1 arm DB...
Filed under: coaching, Running
Multi-Directional Training and Stress Fractures
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 28th, 2010
Wolff's Law dictates that a healthy bone will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. If a bone is repeatedly stressed, over time, it will become stronger to resist forces in that direction as repetitive elastic deformation results in changes in density and volume of the trebeculae and secondary changes to the cortex. For example, tennis players often have much stronger bones in their dominant arms, baseball players often exhibit bony re...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, coaching, Running
Defending against the stress fracture
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 27th, 2010
Stress fractures are a big problem in the distance world. If a runner gets hurt, odds are good that it will be either IT Band Syndrome, plantar fasciosis, or a stress fracture of some kind. A stress fracture is a partial fracture of a bone due to repetitive microtrauma. Moreover, stress fractures occur when the frequency of microtrauma (stimulus) exceeds the rate of bone remodeling (adaptation). Traditionally, stress fractures are divide...
Filed under: coaching, Program Design
Progressing the Chop and Lift
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 26th, 2010
The Chop and Lift are two excellent exercises with roots in neuromuscular rehabilitation that take advantage of PNF patterns, and have become increasingly popular in the fitness and performance world in the past several years. These exercises challenged the “isolation” paradigm of both worlds, and, instead, emphasize the use of diagonal and spiral patterns of the upper body that are more applicable to real-world movement. The beauty of th...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, coaching, corrective exercise
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 23rd, 2010
People in the fitness world often talk about "Ah-ha" moments, I know I have, but more frequently I get "maybe" moments that occasionally turn into "ah-ha" moments or are forever lost. Today I'll list a number of my "maybe" thoughts with some of my evidence in hopes that you will either destroy or confirm my hypotheses. 1. Maybe I have been reading research a bit less then ideally over the course of my education. In my early days, I'd rea...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Exercise of the Week
Exercise of the Week: Supine Knee Hug with Inferior Push
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 22nd, 2010
This exercise is one that I utilize frequently in the early stages of working with a lot of distance runners who show restrictions in hip flexion or a number of functional patterns to facilitate proper movement of the femoral head and subsequently improve the function of muscles surrounding the joint. While this exercise is good, it is nothing without a program that completely addresses issues. Often it is wise to include some form of mobili...
Filed under: Uncategorized
Shoelessness and Injuries
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 21st, 2010
While I have spent a great deal of time assessing the arguments and the literature concerning the true function of the foot and differences between shod and unshod postures, gait, and movement I haven't really addressed the injury realm extensively nor have I shared with you Boddicker Performance's assessment set that we use to check preparedness for barefoot running. It is commonly asserted that barefoot running isn't a good idea based on the...
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries, Running
Should we reconsider hip flexor stretching?
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 20th, 2010
Runners are subject to a number of dysfunctional movement patterns at the hip and few are probably more frequent than an inability to control the femoral head within the acetabulum. Often in runners, this poor control results in an anterior translation of the femoral head limited only by the soft-tissue structures of the anterior hip capsule (Sahrmann's anterior femoral glide syndrome) presumably as a result of relative stiffness issues and poo...
Filed under: Announcements, Continuing Education
A review of Perform Better Phoenix
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 19th, 2010
As usual, attending seminars is one of the highlights of my year. There are few other places where you get to spend a day with a number of bright minds and talk shop. As usual, this year's Perform Better Phoenix did not disappoint. Presentations were given by Michael Boyle, Alwyn Cosgrove, Todd Durkin, and Gray Cook and I picked some good information from each. 1. Michael Boyle: Preparing to Workout Coach Boyle's presentation, as al...