The foot and ankle have very specific functional and structural segments that contribute to overall foot function during gait. It’s now common to see multiple athletes injured and out for the season, or most of it, because of non-contact injuries from pre-season training and games. This discussion explores the reasons and methods to evaluate and modify the structure and function of the foot using foot pressure mapping technology.
The Right to Dream Academy in Ghana has turned out many national and international level soccer players, including Joshua Yaro. It does this by focusing on more than just soccer skills—including healthy behaviors, character development, education, and self-reliance. Freelap USA talks to the RtD Academy’s Richard Evans about player development, as well as the future outlook for the sport.
Done right, manual therapy has the potential to beneficially alter an individual’s posture and movement in order to relieve stress on the body as a whole. These changes can become permanent through the reinforcement of habits and preferences, and by slowly allowing the entire system to adapt to the reorganization.
Sports analytics is an extremely important tool to help with coaching and training athletes. In this installment of our weekly Freelap Friday Five, Ryan Smith, owner of sports science technology company, The Park Sports Facility, discusses the use and usefulness of several data collection tools for gathering and analyzing ice hockey metrics.