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If I asked you to give me your definition of the word “athlete”, what would your response be?
Would it be…
“Someone who competes in a sport/event?”
“Someone who is ‘fit’ or ‘in shape’?”
“Someone who is able to complete a given number of a specific task?”
“Someone who is capable of completing most required physical tasks and is adaptable to any physical surrounding or situation?”
The half kneeling position is a simple but effective way to improve core strength, posture and efficiency in runners of all distances and ability levels. It is a valuable position that recruits a variety of muscles in the hip and trunk (core) that transfer well to running performance.
Consuming protein pre-exercise and post exercise has its benefits. It may improve recovery and hypertrophy. Studies has shown that consuming protein within three hours’ post-exercise will help stimulate protein synthesis, improve muscle development and adaptations to resistance training. In this case, protein supplementation may be beneficial to jump-start muscle recovery.
Routine consumption of sports drinks in place of water during regular physical activity and in the lunchroom or at home can lead to excessive calorie consumption, increase risk of overweight and dental problems.
Soft tissue work is a self-maintenance activity where you implement a variety of strategies and equipment to preserve the health of soft tissue. It is used by endurance athletes to maintain tissue integrity and decrease the likelihood of overuse injuries.
Parents have the most influence on their child’s nutrition. As a parent, it is important to be a knowledgeable about what your youth athlete(s) should be consuming before and after competition.
The first questions you must ask yourself are “why am I including cross training at all?” and “what am I trying to achieve through cross training?”. If you do not have definitive answers to those questions then your current program is not addressing all factors that are affecting your performance.
The youth (6-12 years) or adolescent (12-19 years) athlete goes through many changes in life and in sport through the growth and development process. Many crucial decisions for long term athletic development are made during this time period.
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