Off-Season Training: Overhead Athletes

Last week, we laid out some general guidelines for athletes heading into their off-seasons. You should read it, if you haven’t already. Today, we’ll delve into some specifics for overhead athletes (i.e. baseball, softball, javelin, shot put, swimmers (though it seems as if they never have an off-season), etc.). Shoulders are rather complicated and annoyingly fickle joints that can develop irritation easily which is why proper attention MUST be paid to shoulder mechanics and care during the off-season. There is nothing “natural” about throwing a heavy object (or a light one really, really fast) and shoulders can get all kinds of whacky over a long, repetitive season. I’m going to keep it sweet and simple. 1. Restore lost mobility and […]

Overtraining Part 1: Symptoms

This month’s theme is in-season training since the spring sports are starting up.  All the  practices, games, and tournaments start to add up to over time, not to mention any weight room sessions the coachs’ require of their athletes. Lack of proper awareness and management of physical stressors can lead, very quickly in some cases, to overtraining… which leads to poor performance, lost games, increase risk of injury, and a rather unpleasant season. The subject of overtraining is a vast one and we won’t be able to cover all the aspects that contribute, but by the end of this two part series, you should have a decent grasp on what overtraining is and how to avoid it. Today’s post will be […]

The Fallacy of More Is Better

Let us travel back in time… not that far, just to Monday’s post. Building on the theme of “Magic Bullet” fitness, there’s another fallacy that runs alongside Magic Bullet, kinda like those weird fish that attach themselves to sharks: It’s the mentality that more is better, if you’re not gasping for breath and barely able to stand after the workout, then all is for naught! Oh, ho my friends! How far from the truth does that little fish swim. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy a good heart-pounding, sweat-pouring workout now and again (they’re fun) or that you should never push yourself beyond your comfort zone. What I am saying is that progress and the value of […]