Females need to take extra precautions when undergoing heavy training loads to avoid iron-deficiency anemia, amenorrhea, and stress fractures for both their well-being and their athletic longevity.
Both genetic and adaptive factors affect an athlete’s efficiency. This article breaks each phase of a distant runner’s performance into its biomechanical components, looking at common errors that affect the athlete’s form. The goal is a better understanding of what it takes to improve running economy to minimize energy expenditure over long distances.
Endurance athletes who primarily train their legs experience increased endurance capacity in their upper body. Learning the overhand throw of a baseball makes it easier to learn to throw a football. And physical therapists and trainers can train a healthy limb as a way to train an athlete’s injured limb. Why? Coach Stasulli explains the science behind learning so we can help our athletes improve.
Antioxidants and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) help maximize training gains and minimize recovery, especially when taken after exercise. In the appropriate dose, antioxidants accelerate recovery by reducing inflammatory damage. BCAAs also accelerate recovery and help synthesize muscle proteins.
Spend time on the sidelines of any youth sport these days and you’ll see multiple styles of parenting. There are the parents who place too much emphasis on winning, and their excessive “coaching” often makes their child-athlete anxious, leading to a loss of interest in the sport.
An amazing concept in neuroscience that’s not fully understood is the brain activation that results from visually imagining a particular action or scenario. For example, an elite athlete can quickly envision each possible outcome from directing a soccer ball downfield with numerous passing opportunities. This happens in split-second imagery before even touching the ball.
Accommodated resistance is growing in popularity with both individual and team-based sports. In the weight room, it helps develop power. On the field, it improves sprint power and acceleration mechanics. And in the pool, resisted swim training improves swim sprint performance and muscular strength.
Not all races and competitions are the same—something that both athletes and coaches should take into consideration when comparing performances. For instance, temperature, humidity, altitude, wind resistance, and whether an event is indoor or outside, all influence performance outcome.
Coach Dominique Stasulli provides a short guide for coaching hurdle technique. Instruction of this complex motor skill must be done in a simplistic fashion, where each component phase is broken down and trained separately. Proper form is essential for the safety and efficiency of the athlete, and the athlete’s well-being always comes first.
Over the last decade, the athletic gear market has become dominated by compression garments. Coach Dominique Stasulli takes a look at the research on compression to determine how effective wearing this type of gear is in speeding recovery and enhancing athletic performance.