Sorry for the brief hiatus in posts – I was on vacation deep in the boonies with some family, far from almost any kind technology (except for chainsaws, tractors, and guns – yup, I was a hillbilly for a week and loved every second of it). During my time away, my RSS feed filled to the brim with excellent posts, research, and webinars to review and enjoy. If you don’t have an RSS feed, I highly recommend setting one up (I use Google Reader) because it saves a lot of wasted time going to EVERY site you typically read and ensures you won’t miss anything. For those of you who aren’t familiar with an RSS feed, it basically acts as your own personal set of headlines, from whatever websites/blogs you subscribe to (you can include this one by clicking on the “Posts” menu below “Subscribe To”). Whenever new content is put up, it comes up on your RSS feed, all your sites in one neat area. Like I said, I use Google Reader and recommend it because it’s simple, effective, and free. You can mark articles as favorites or share them with others, plus it allows you to see all you’ve missed if you say…went on vacation in the deep and dark for a week.
I bring all this up because I have spent the past two days going through my RSS and seeing all I missed and wow, I missed a LOT this past week. Below are some of my favorites and I believe everyone should check out.
Eric Cressey Webinars – This was pretty exciting to me when I first saw it. Eric is incredibly sharp and well rounded as a coach, researcher, writer, and athlete. When he puts up material it’s usually very high in quality, these webinars are no different. As of now, he has put up three different (and free) webinars, which you can access here.
Sports Medicine Research – Injury & Research – During my time in Lexington this season working with the Houston Astros Minor League Affiliate, I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ben Kibler and Aaron Sciascia. The timing couldn’t have been better, as they were conducting some impressive research on shoulder health, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. SMR published a two-part article on their research on scapular function and evaluation, which is loaded with great information. Be sure to read both Part 1 and Part 2 as they both contain useful information for any coaches working with overhead throwing athletes.
Additionally, SMR produced an interesting piece on Knee Injuries and Knee Osteoarthritis, highlighting the importance of injury prevention programs for the long-term health of athletes. Even though it’s impossible to “prevent” injuries from happening, it is imperative to make every effort in reducing the likelihood of an injury occurring and protect the long-term health of athletes.
T-Nation – Maximal Strength, Minimal Equipment – If pure, raw strength is your goal, it’s hard to find better results than those at Westside Barbell. John Gaglione does a good job of detailing a Westside program in this article and shows how powerlifting guru Louie Simmons continually produces world-class powerlifters. While I would advise against using as the sole basis for an athlete’s training program, it certainly is a good tool to have for reference. You can find the article here.
Michael Boyle – Dealing with Hamstring Injury – Last but not least is this good piece by Michael Boyle on how to train to reduce the occurrence of, or recover from, a hamstring injury. An overlooked aspect of hamstring training is the eccentric contractions during sprinting and other activities. If the hamstring is unable to handle this force, a strain or tear is all but inevitable. Far too often, coaches are too focused on the concentric movement of the hamstrings – such as their deadlift strength – and not on the muscles’ ability to handle force during elongation.
These weren’t the only items to pop up on my feed, but they are the ones I feel deserve the attention of coaches. I hope you can derive the same benefit from them that I have.
If you have any questions about the above items, or if you know of a good article I missed, please feel free to contact me. If I can ever be of assistance to you or your program, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email, message on Twitter, or phone call.
All the best,
Drew Henley, CSCS, USAW