Three Stretches to Prevent Shouder Injuries in Baseball and Softball

It's very common for ballplayers to experience soreness and fatigue in their throwing arms.  Kids are either playing year round, or playing in tournaments that cram multiple games into several days.  Even with league mandated pitch counts, every player throws the ball, especially the catchers.  So what can you do to help your son or daughter maintain a healthy shoulder?  The first, and most important factor, is rest.  When they have opportunities to rest their arms between games or tournaments, it's a good idea to take advantage of it.  This also includes throwing as a part of 

Performance Tips #6: Kettle Bell Overhead Lunges

Performance Tips #6: Kettle Bell Overhead Lunge

Groin Injuries in Hockey

Groin strains are common injuries in the game of ice hockey. Previous reports in the NHL have shown than up to 10% of all injuries sustained have been due to strains of the groin or adductor muscle group. In today’s NHL, it is a little tougher to note since these injuries are now classified as “lower body” and not specific. The main groin muscles include the adductor longus, magnus and brevis and the gracilis. Their primary function is to bring the leg back towards the middle of the body or adduct the hip. Groin injuries can be debilitating as the muscle group is elongated on the skating stride and contracted on the recovery phase, so it is constantly being stressed. Strains of this nature can cause 

Nutrition and Recovery with Lakers Strength Coach Tim DiFrancesco

Below are some of the highlights from Tim DiFrancesco's talk at Compete.

Performance Tips #5: Push Up Box Walks


Christmas Speed Clinic Registration

Compete’s certified Strength Coaches will be using proven techniques to improve acceleration, first step quickness, agility and top end speed. In today’s sports, speed matters. Improving mechanics and technique will allow athletes to move faster with less effort. Participants will be tested at the beginning and at the end of the clinic to show improvement.

Performance Tips #4: Single Leg Box Squat

Performance Tip #4: Single Leg Box Squats

Avoiding Burnout in Sports

The demands placed on athletes today in any given sport has increased immensely over the last ten years. It is not uncommon for California athletes to play on a club and high school team at the same time.  This means three to four practices a week and two to three games a weekend. Not to mention dryland training and private lessons which many older players are also involved with.  Tournament weekends can sometimes mean eight or more games in three to four days. Sound alarming? It should. 

Performance Tips #3: Box Jump Linear and Lateral

The purpose of this exercise is to work on landing technique to prevent knee and ankle injuries. A majority of knee and ankle injuries occur when athletes are unable to land properly or stabilize when landing off a jump. Whether that is heading the ball or blocking a shot, athletes need to be able to land safely

Active Recovery

After a long a weekend of games and you are tired, sore, and everything hurts the last thing you want to is be active. Just because you are tired and sore from training or competition does not mean you just sit and do nothing. That is probably the worst thing you could do; the better choice is to add an active rest and recovery day or two into your regular training program. Active rest and recovery includes exercises such as light bike riding or jogging, dynamic and static stretching, TRX exercises, mini-band exercises, PowerPlate exercises and