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An Unorthodox Look at Injury Prevention

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Injury prevention exercises (so called “prehab” exercises) are the rage in strength and conditioning. This is a great approach in a personal training setting or in a high performance facility with a small athlete to coach ratio. This is problematic in a team setting where training time is very limited and there may be 20-100 athletes exercising at one time.   Typically, injury prevention exercises address one of several areas: The shoulder (i.e. rotator cuff strengthening exercises) The lower back...

Strengthening Below the Knee

In the previous blog (http://wp.me/p1XfMm-o) posting, I covered the importance of training the lower extremity. In this posting, we’ll explore several exercises to help train this area. This will include: • Strength training • Shin splint prevention drills • Stability exercises • Low intensity plyometrics After we have covered these exercise, a number of sample programs will be presented. Strength training exercises refer to calf raises. These can be done standing, seated, on a leg press, and even one leg...

The Importance of Training Below the Knee

The muscles and ligaments located below the knee are very important to train as these areas are frequently injured by athletes who engage in sprinting or explosive changes of direction. The two major injuries seen are shin splints and ankle sprains. Shin splints are an overuse injury that develops around the tibia. The literature does not have a consensus about which muscles and/or structures are actually injured during shin splints. As with a lot of overuse injuries, this begins with...