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Maintaining Strength During a Competitive Season

 

One challenge during a competitive season is maintaining strength gains.  Like many things, it’s a delicate balance between too much and not enough.  Do too much and you fail to exploit the benefits of a taper; do too little and you potentially lose the benefits of all the work you’ve done and perhaps set yourself too far back to begin the next training cycle. 

Vitamin C, Immunity, and Athletes

 

With early-year cold and flu season in full swing, athletes are all looking for ways to improve immunity and avoid illness.  The simple answer is to train appropriately, get rest, and eat a healthy diet.  However, since most people can’t cloister themselves away from humanity, it’s critical to find ways to bolster our defenses beyond common sense life habits.

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.