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A Defense for Ice Baths?

Ice baths have been a controversial topic in sports.  Despite their long history in the training room, the formal evidence has been mixed on their effectiveness.  Many athletes swear by them for recovery while others who detest the frigid waters welcome any excuse to avoid them.

Single Leg Stance and Gait Stability

Running is complex gait pattern but can be distilled into high repetition single leg stance.  Further, the ability of the young human to balance on one leg is a critical motor milestone that retains importance at all ages.  Modern biomechanics has given us tools to break down movement with painstaking detail.  But despite this detail, we must never stray from the basics, one of which is supporting the body on one leg. 

Audio-Visual Synchrony and Athletic Sensory Integration

In previous posts we’ve surveyed the role of vision in movement.   Vision is often a missing link to elevate performance to new heights but can also unlock persistent limitations.  However, vision does not exist in isolation.  To harness the full potential of vision, we must consider vision in concert with other senses.   

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Sport II: Review and Recap

Recently we attended DNS Sport I and II in Los Angeles, again taught by Dr. Petra Valouchova from Prague and hosted by Dr. Craig Liebenson with teaching assistance from Dr. Yoav Nagar and Dr. Michael Rintala.  Katherine attended Sport I for two days and then I joined for Sport II to conclude the week.  (Please go HERE for a recap of Sport-I, which I attended in September).

Coaching and Music: Play your Part

Effective coaching is very much like performing in a musical group.  It’s a team effort in which everyone must play their part.  Unless you’re solo act, you don’t get to carry the melody in every song.  Sometimes you play the melody and sometimes you play the harmony.  Your role may even change many times within the same song.  However, if you don’t have sheet music telling you what notes to play, good musicians can still improvise.  But even without a written part, each musician knows when to lead the group and when to follow.