Posts Tagged ‘recovery’

Sleep is part of everyone’s daily routine, some more than others, but is often how we spend one-third of our existence on this planet. It’s been reported through the years that sleep is closely related to physical and mental health, cognitive processes and metabolic functions (Samuels, 2008). For the athlete...

If you want to throw hard and throw accurately you must throw hard and throw repeatedly. However, your shoulder and arm must have time to heal and adapt to the imposed demand. Progression too rapidly in the throwing program will DELAY your recovery and return to sport. Always pay careful attention to your throwing...

During my four decades in MLB, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous catchers and coaches who were former catchers. Most notably among these were Yogi Berra, Tony Pena, Brad Ausmus, Ivan Rodriguez, Pat Borders, Benji Molina, Bruce Bochy and Scott Servais. A few, Bochy, Ausmus and Servais, are...

Given that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your chances of eating breakfast improve when you plan a meal that is both yummy and offers nutrients that will help you perform well.  This recipe is a favorite from Gale Bernhardt, cycling and triathlon coach. What makes this an “athlete’s” omelet is...

Although science weakly (at best) supports snacking for health in the general population, regular snacking by collegiate and professional athletes can improve performance in both sports and academics. The Importance of Snacking for Athletes Collegiate athletes have higher energy needs than nonathletic peers, making...

The Fueling and Hydration Game Plan presented below was developed by Leslie Bonci, certified specialists of sports dietetics who has worked with the Pittsburg Steelers, Pittsburg Penguins, Pittsburg Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, University of Pittsburg, The University of Texas at...

Despite being more of a target for education programs, as compared to their non-athlete counterparts, collegiate student-athletes have been found to drink more and do so more often than the general collegiate student population.1 Neither the education efforts directed toward nor the competitive motivation of student...

Assessing anti-rotation pillar strength is important prior to loading the spine with torsional activity. From a tall plank position, you can assess torsional control by observing this test/exercise. Beyond observation, this technique can be used a conditioning exercise to improve anti-rotational pillar strength and...

Protein is a popular topic among both recreational and competitive athletes, many of whom are confused about how much protein they need, when they should eat it, and the best kinds of protein to choose. The following information will answer some of the questions that athletes often ask about the role of protein in a...

Adaptation is the process that the body goes through to improve the functioning of a specific system in order to meet the demands placed on it.  The body will adapt to the stresses that are applied.  Adaptations can be positive or negative.  Positive adaptations occur when stresses is appropriately applied and...