Over Rob Panariello’s 40-year career, he has worked with an impressive roster of strength and conditioning coaches, business professionals, and medical practitioners. While he developed lifelong relationships with many of them, he learned valuable lessons from all of them. In this blog post, he shares the lessons that influenced him the most.
When athletes get ill, especially with bacterial infections, medical professionals often prescribe medications in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics (e.g., Ciprofloxacin, Levaquin). However, Rob Panariello cautions that coaches, practitioners, and rehab professionals may want to consider alternatives. Here, he presents both research-based and anecdotal evidence that the use of fluoroquinolones can cause increased Achilles tendinopathy and Achilles tendon ruptures in athletes.
While athletes train with an assortment of high-level stressors during the off-season, many coaches and training professionals are apprehensive about including too much high-intensity exercise and development during the in-season. However, based on his experience as a coach, researcher, and therapist, Rob Panariello argues that the application of high-intensity stressors during in-season training may be one of the few advantages remaining in competitive team sports.
Coach, researcher, and therapist Rob Panariello believes the design of both an athlete’s training and rehabilitation programs should include a philosophical foundation that’s proven successful. In this article, he makes a case for using Al Vermeil’s Hierarchy of Athletic Development for performance enhancement, as well as a modified version of it for rehab.
As colleges across the U.S. work to merge their various independent athletic departments, there’s also been an integration of the sports medicine and athletic performance groups. Just who is qualified to lead this new athletic performance model? Based on his background in business, coaching, and rehabilitation, Robert Panariello has some suggestions for those looking to hire a director to run this new division.