There has been a lot of focus over the last few years in the coaching community about sport specialization. The research behind sport specialization is pretty clearly negative and has shown increased psychological stress, overuse injuries, and burnout (Jayanthi et al., 2013). Despite the negative research, it is unrealistic for specializing to go away. Many factors, including college recruiting, will keep specializing alive. I do think as the research continues to be talked about, and multi-sport athletes are being advocated by major college coaches we will see an uptick in multi-sport athletes.
Progress comes with adaptation. Adaptation is quite often painful and uncomfortable, mentally and physically! Correcting movement, lifestyle habits, and increasing training volume all aid in the progress clients are looking for, but dialing in mindset will lead to harder work ethic and improved behaviors OUTSIDE the gym. The correct mindset will help change the perception of pain and the uncomfortable feelings that come with change and lead your clients down the path of progress.
It’s pretty commonplace to hear that the knees traveling over the toes in the squat is dangerous for the knees and can lead to frequent nagging pain. After looking into what actually happens at the knee joint we were able to debunk this misconception. Healthy athletes can perform the squat to full depth without worrying about hurting their knees given proper training methods.
The truth is we don't have long term data on many of the sugar substitutes.
That being said, the consensus that they are healthy is a poor attempt at making us feel better about what we’re doing.
Using them daily in small doses probably isn't good or bad for you. But most people don't do this thing called moderation.
When you pack your diet full of sugar substitutes you’re not really changing the thing that got you there in the first place.
ATHLETE PERFORMANCE VS. GYM PERFORMANCE
Oftentimes we see evidence that coaches believe the number on the bar or weight lifted is the biggest dictator of an athletes success and performance. We are here to argue that point.
Instead we are focused on posture, position, and learning how to create speed throughout the lifts. Compensatory acceleration training refers to minimizing the turnover time from eccentric to concentric while continually gaining speed as leverage favors the athlete.
A large part of the battle we face with our health is psychological. This has become more and more apparent to me the longer I work with and train people in these research studies. Understanding the underlying physiology is important, but it isn’t the whole picture. Our mindset dictates how we feel about ourselves and influences our physical health. Let’s give ourselves the best chance for success by framing the good behaviors positively.
Your health isn’t your weight, or your fatness, let’s stop associating the former with the latter.
Specializing in sport is a double-edged sword. Your athlete will be able to fine-tune the small nuances of technical skill, but at the cost of diversity in demands and performance. Without proper recovery and physical training regimes to counteract the repeated demands of the chosen sport, your athletes are at high risk for injury.
Jealousy and fear combine for an ugly reaction that causes businesses to shut themselves off from “competitors” that are open to collaboration and teamwork. The way we view it at HansenAthletics is that each and every business brings a unique aspect to the industry and through lead sharing, collaboration, and specialization not only can you drive MORE REVENUE to each organization involved, but your business will grow and develop through opportunities that were unforeseeable alone. Your local industry will thrive as a collective while engaging and providing further value to your community.
When you are not harping technique it is time to shut up and listen. Let your clients tell you how they feel. Empower them to communicate by asking strong open-ended questions and then actually listen to their response and jot it down after the session. You will be able to draw on this information later and it will probably help you more than you think. Bringing up a topic that was important to the client a session or two down the road will show them that you are listening and care about what they are saying.