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The Basics of Safe Pitching Mechanics

Even though most pitchers have unique deliveries and mechanics, there are some basics that all pitchers should have in common to pitch safely.  First, pitchers should generate their power from the ground up.  The arm is like a bullwhip.  It is mostly there to direct where the ball is going, and that is dictated by the hand/wrist and the timing of ball release.  Kids should not be trying to "muscle up" on their pitches by using only their shoulders.  The sequential nature of pitching allows for the pitcher to build up power from their legs, hips, and core, and then unwinding this stored power during the acceleration phase.  Now, the arm does need to generate rotation about the shoulder, but the vast majority of the throwing velocity depends on  

 

Compete Now an Official Partner of The Rinks

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February 22, 2017 – Compete Sports Performance and Rehab is proud to announce that they are now an Official Partner of The Rinks. “I’m excited to further our relationship with the organization that I have been involved with for many years. Both groups are committed to growing the sport of hockey in California and I feel we have both made an impact in doing so.” stated Chris Phillips, owner of Compete and former Head Athletic Trainer of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.  Compete has locations inside The Rinks in Westminster and 3100 square foot facility in Lake Forest. They offer sports performance training, personal training and sports injury rehab. Compete clients have had over 75 college commitments since opening in 2009.

The Rinks Marketing Manager, Jesse Chatfield noted

Performance Tips #8: TRX Overhead Squat

TRX Overhead Squat
 

Techniques for a Faster Recovery

As the hockey season begins to wind down, every game becomes more and more important. The tail end of the season can include tournaments, showcases and playoffs where teams may have to play multiple games on the same day or weekend. These busy weekends can take a toll on a players body, causing fatigue and soreness that can lead to decreased performance on the ice as well as injuries. A quality off ice training program includes stretching and cool down exercises at the end of the session to decrease muscle soreness and improve flexibility, but many athletes 

Fitness After a Stroke.

Strokes are devastating, not only physically, but mentally. They change lives, many of which are very young and active. When stroke patients are discharged from physical therapy, many are just beginning to recover physically, especially from a fitness and strength perspective. This is where the experienced Athletic Trainer, Strength Coach or Personal Trainer can make a huge difference in their quality of life.

Both physical and mental aspects must be addressed when entering a fitness program. From the physical perspective, balance, strength, flexibility, coordination and cardiovascular fitness are just some parts that may be incorporated into the fitness program. The mental aspect may be even tougher in addressing fear, complacency and motivation, to name a few.

Chris Phillips is the owner of Compete Sports Performance and Rehab and a member of the Medical Fitness Network. Please visit www.medicalfitness.org for more information.

Hockey Nutrition

Hockey Nutrition: The Right Meals To Help Your Game

Checking the fridge first thing in the morning is not uncommon. Sadly, nothing seems appealing, so you decide you will skip breakfast and feast come dinner hour.

Such decisions are made on a regular basis in all parts of the world. But all meals — especially breakfast — are important if you are going to grow as a hockey player. Part of exceling on the ice is exceling at home as well. Proper nutrition is essential to having energy and making key decisions during a game.

Performance Tips #7: Hip and Groin Stretch

The purpose of these two stretches is to improve hip flexor and groin flexibility to improve performance and prevent injury.  These two muscle groups play a major role in every sport that requires adduction and bringing the knee up (flexing the hip) such as walking or running. Although they are often overlooked in regular training, it is important to focusing on strengthening and maintaining flexibility to prevent common injuries to these areas, such as a groin strain. 
 

Baseball Conditioning

When it comes to conditioning, you should consider the specific demands of the sport you're training for.  For youth athletes, hopefully they're participating in several sports throughout the calendar year.  Multi-sport athletes will naturally perform different types of conditioning simply through playing each sport, and will reap the benefits in their other sports.  However, when it's baseball season, here are some things to consider regarding how to properly condition:

 

New California Concussion Laws for 2017

A new concussion law in California was enacted on January 1st, 2017. It is an amendment of a previous law that covered high school athletes that now covers all athletes under the age of 18. Its’ purpose is to provide specific safety protocols in order to protect athletes from injury. “This bill places California at the forefront of improving concussion management at the youth sports level” said Mike Chisar of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association. “It will help ensure the appropriate steps are taken so our coaches, parents and athletes are educated on the signs and symptoms of concussion, and help minimize the risk of serious injury.”

The new law aims at 

10 Tips to Stick to Your Workout Plan

1.     Choose you.

Aside from the physical and mental benefits of exercise, deciding to start an exercise plan starts with you. Your doctor, your family, your friends, your co-workers can tell you how much you need to workout but it won’t stick unless you decide for yourself that you want to do it. Choose you.

2.     Try something new.

Often we get stuck in a routine and are scared to try something new. Trade out what you have done in the past and try something new like a spin class, go hiking, weight training class, or come into Compete :)

3.     Find a good support group.

You are only as good as the people you choose to surround yourself with. On the days that you don't want to workout or life gets crazy, find family and friends that will encourage you to reach your goals and stick to your workout routine.

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