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Stress Fractures in Young Runners: Identifying Risk Factors

Stress fractures are highly common among high school runners.  Like many conditions, certain risk factors emerge to help predict this entirely preventable injury.  Let’s face it, if you run so far and so hard that you break your own bones you’ve probably missed a LOT of risk factors.  But with college scholarships on the line, it’s not surprising that injuries will sometimes occur.  Understanding risk factors can help coaches and athletes navigate that very fine line between injury and optimal performance.      

Hand Position During Ground-Based Exercises

Hand position on the ground is a rarely discussed but vitally important topic for movement.  With a greater recent emphasis on ground-based exercise in many training systems, hand-to-ground interaction merits our close attention.  The hands are hardly a novel discovery, as the link between the hands and the brain is obvious to anyone with a sense of touch.  (Hand shaping is an important part of many skilled hand movements and includes a number of hand shapes (Sacrey 2010))

Shoulder Mobility, Back Pain, and Elite Divers

The joint-by-joint approach to training remains one of the most influential explanatory models in modern strength and conditioning.  Coined originally by Gray Cook and Mike Boyle, this approach is simple way to understand the interrelationships of different joint systems.  No body part exists in isolation, and the interaction of structure and function among the joints ultimately determines how movement is expressed.  (complete Joint by Joint article HERE)

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).

Vision and Attention: Convergence Insufficiency and ADHD

In recent posts we’ve explored the link between vision and movement.   (Vision and Movement and Cranial Nerves) The relationship between vision and movement is natural:  vision is inextricably linked to the brain, both reflecting what the brain is thinking but also regulating sensory inputs.