Random Thoughts: January Edition

1. Corrective exercise is the icing on the cake, not the actual cake. Various mobility and stability drills are great and they are needed in a lot of cases, but they aren’t as important as the big/core fundamental movements. Getting strong is still the best corrective out there. If the big/core fundamental movements you are using are the right movements, a lot of the corrective stuff will take care of itself. Focus on the big stuff.

2. Crawling, more specifically bear crawls, are underrated yet huge when it comes to shoulder health. Do more of them.

3. If you want to be the best and continually raise the bar you are going to ruffle some feathers along the way. Do it anyway. Maintaining the status quo simply breeds mediocrity.

4. Our number one goal as strength coaches is to keep our athletes healthy. Athletes can’t perform when they are injured. Athletes can’t make progress when they are injured.

5. To piggyback off the previous thought, the goal of strength and conditioning is not to bench and squat a ton of weight. The goal of strength and conditioning is to develop athletes that are durable and can handle the rigors of their sport while improving sport performance. If a teams best players are playing all year there is a good chance the team is going to be successful.

6. Dr. Andreo Spina’s 90/90 Hip External Rotation/Internal Rotation stretch is awesome if you are someone that works with larger group. We know a lack of hip internal rotation is a major cause in low back pain. We know a lack of hip internal rotation is common with most people. There are also very few hip internal rotation stretches that can be done in a group setting. The stretch makes the cut almost every single session with my groups.

7. Culture is everything and should be the biggest thing you are trying to develop as a leader of a strength program.

8. Strength coaches get so caught up on numbers and how “strong” an athlete is. I am a firm believer that athletes need to be strong/powerful relative to their own body weight – and I think chin ups and vertical jump might be the best indicators of relative strength/power.

9. Not everyone should be performing every single lift the same exact way. Biomechanics matter.

10. After spending close to a year working with volleyball and trying to learn as much as I can about the shoulder, I have reached the conclusion that the shoulder much more complex then people realize. The more I learn about the shoulder the more questions I have – it’s actually kind of exciting.

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