A look at the data for the 2019 NFL pre-season shows a significant reduction in the number of ACL injuries as compared to the previous seven seasons. Is this the start of a trend or merely an incongruent blip on the radar? Coach Derek Hansen examines the influence of several factors and protocols that may have led to these numbers, as well as the bigger picture going into the 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In an age when armchair quarterbacking has reached a fevered pitch, thanks especially to social media, professional sports medical-performance teams are under ever-increasing scrutiny. Couple that with professional athletes who have a roster of personal experts looking after them and you have a recipe for conflict. But it doesn’t have to be that way: Here, Coach Derek Hansen looks at the impacts of both private sector and team-based care, and ways that they can work together.
The term “orthobiologics” refers to the use of biological substances to help heal musculoskeletal injuries faster and more completely. Derek Hansen and Dean Kotopski illustrate the “art” of orthobiological support for athletes, using modalities like platelet-rich plasma injections, electrical muscle stimulation, and more in an integrative, multi-practitioner approach.
If Coach Derek Hansen had a wish, it would be that every health, wellness, rehabilitation, and performance practitioner could have a high-quality electrical muscle stimulation unit in their hands. Read his key reasons for promoting electrical stimulation as a “front-and-center” feature of his return-to-play process.
While there are many techniques and technologies directed at strengthening the hamstrings, Coach Derek Hansen explains why short sprints are a better means of addressing the specific strength needs of the hamstrings for athletic performance and return to play. This includes basic coaching techniques for sprint and acceleration training to use as part of in-season protocols.
The size of many gyms and training facilities often limits the drills that athletes and fitness clients can do inside. Strength and conditioning coach, Derek Hansen, shows you how to train acceleration and overall sprint mechanics within an indoor space, including specific drills and the use of a curved-profile manual treadmill.
I’ve had exceptional results using EMS not only for improving performance but also managing injury. By keeping the nervous system off balance and adaptive (plastic), we can advance athletes more quickly and profoundly without changing many other elements in their training program. We also use EMS to teach athletes to relax muscles and minimize pain.
EMS works best when integrated with a conventional training program that requires a coordination component for more efficient transfer of the training adaptation. You will achieve the best results by supplementing conventional voluntary training with EMS sessions in proper proportions, supported by general conditioning and recovery.