Jump Training

A progression of plyometric training meant to move from introductory weight and force acceptance. It starts with basic hopping (alternating legs and small distances), progresses to same leg hopping before moving to more advanced jumping (vertical height emphasis), then on to even greater demands of bounding (horizontal distance emphasis). ALL of these with focus on motor control and always landing in an “athletic position”. This means slightly flexed knee, flexed…

Youth Baseball – What the research says about injury risk

For anyone who is interested in youth baseball or softball, I urge you to pay attention to the numbers…some of the data is staggering.  I would like to make this entire post HIGHLY based in the available research and evidence – not my opinions.  I am basically summarizing what has been researched and published in this post.  Of course, I will elaborate on a few things along the way, but I…

Injury Risk vs. Injury Prevention – What’s the difference?

Preventing injuries.  Is that a realistic claim?  At this time, I am not convinced that it is… First, I think we need to talk about why a prevention/prediction model is difficult and what has to be accounted for if we wish to eventually build one.  While injury prevention is our long term goal, we have too many variables to control for at this point.  Here are a few points highlighted by Kitman Labs,…

Return To Sport – “In-Season” Considerations

In life, there are numerous factors in any given situation – context, background, timelines, conditions, goals, etc. that all need to be considered.  This is no different than decisions needing to be made in sports medicine with regards to returning an athlete to their sport.   In my last post, there were some assumptions made that we could work in an ideal scenario with the luxury of time and resources.  More often, there…

Return to Sport – Training

When considering all aspects of Return to Sport, one thing the profession of physical therapy does a very poor job of (in my opinion) is addressing the fitness and training demands required of the athletic population.  In fact, I would argue that the medical community in general lacks guidance in this avenue.  We FAR too often tie the hands of our strength and conditioning professionals by telling them, “no cutting/pivoting,”…