Single Leg Strengthening to Improve Performance

For ages, the squat was the most widely used exercise to improve lower body strength. As the Strength and Conditioning profession has evolved, the emphasis on many programs has switched to single leg exercises to improve 

Use These Three Exercises to Help Prevent ACL Injuries

An ACL tear is one of the most feared injuries in sports. Various research report anywhere from 80,000-250,000 ACL tears per year in the United States. The injuries occur in athletes from common sports such as soccer, basketball and football, but also occur in less common sports such as cheer and snowboarding.  They occur in pro athletes all the way down to pre-teens.

Sports Performance Training vs "Working Out"

Playing a sport and working out are two different spectrums. Working out is recreational exercise for general health and wellness, which consists of going on a run, or a bike ride, or lifting weights at the gym. This is great for the average person, but athletes are not average. They require a specific skill set that allows them to excel at their sport. The foundational athletic skills consist of speed, agility, strength, power, endurance, and flexibility; all which are tapered and refined depending on their sport. The training for 

Heiden Jumps to Improve Power in Hockey

Power can be defined as the rate at which work can be done. Simply put, how fast can you move an object? That object could be the puck being blasted into the top shelf, an opponent getting checked while skating down the wing or your own body skating across the ice. In today’s game, power is 

Building a Challenging Strength Program

When building an athletic performance program, rehab protocol or even a sports practice, there has to be a start and finish. Where does it start? How does it progress? What are the goals? These are only a few questions that need to be answered when establishing

Former Hockey Trainer Turns Strength and Performance into Business Success

Opening a new business when the economy began taking the worst downturn since the Great Depression may have prompted many people to believe that Chris Phillips had taken too many pucks to the noggin during his 15 years of professional ice hockey.

Phillips had become a board certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach, and for six years was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Mighty Ducks. He had worked with many of the top NHL

Utilizing the Foam Roll to Prevent Injury and Improve Performance

Foam rollers have been around for years and can be an integral part of your workout whether you are a pro athlete, high school star or weekend warrior. They can be found in most Athletic Training Rooms, Physical Therapy Clinics, Strength and Conditioning facilities and even your local gym. The rollers are 

Two Simple Tips to Get Faster

Speed is the one attribute that just about every athlete strives for. Think of some of the best athletes out there. My guess is most of the ones you’re thinking about are fast. Speed is based on stride length x frequency. So how far and how fast you stride will determine how fast you are. These tips 

Mental Performance Series: Recovering from a Mistake

In sports mistakes are a large part of the competition. On any level of sports mistakes will be made whether in pee wee league or to the highest level of elite performers. In this article we will focus on the 3 R’s of recovering from a mishap during competition. 

Tips on Fitting Your Hockey Helmet

As a former Athletic Trainer in the National Hockey League, I have seen all types of helmets, good, bad and useless. The purpose of the helmet is to prevent head injuries during hockey games and practices. There is a ton of information on the web regarding which helmet is the most protective or which one will reduce concussions, but in my opinion