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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Take a few minutes and watch this “full ice” video from USA Hockey before you demand that your kid play in a “real game”.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/12/31/great-follow-up-video-on-full-ice-hockey/
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Parents hate cross ice hockey. It’s not a “real game”. The kids don’t follow the rules ( no icing, no off sides ) etc. etc. Guess what, parents are not very smart. Every good coach I know is a cross ice fan ( I know that list does not necessarily include your sons current full ice coach).
You know what happens in cross ice hockey? Kids touch the puck ( a lot), kids score goals. kids have fun.
Here’s a great read from Ferris State Coach Bob Daniels on Cross Ice Hockey
PS- If you are not a cross ice fan, just imagine having a conversation with another parent about your current field of expertise ( accounting, law, medicine, manufacturing) and that parent acting like they knew all about your field. Guess what, that’s what you sound like when you talk to a real hockey coach about hockey. Watching your local pro team does not make you a hockey expert any more than shopping at CVS makes you an expert on medicine.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/12/28/cross-ice-hockey-is-better-for-kids/
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Friday, December 26, 2014
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Thursday, December 25, 2014
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I’ve written previously about running cadence and the use of digital metronomes in helping to coach subtle increases in stride frequency at a given speed, and this improve stride length. This primarily helps to stop a runner from over striding, as well as gently improving limb stiffness.
Working on cadence where appropriate provides a simple cue for a runner to practice as ‘homework’ in between technique coaching sessions!
For more information on the research surrounding running cadence read this:
Also, be sure to read this short piece on heel striking, and why it’s not all bad!:
from Run Coaching, Ironman and Triathlon Specialists - Kinetic Revolution http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KineticRev/~3/PUn_J1vS5BY/
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
A recent NSCA Journal article was summarized in Science Daily
The gist of the article was that strength and size increased while speed and power did not?
Two questions for anyone familiar with the study or, the Oklahoma State S+C program.
1- What type of training was done?
2- Did the study look at power just by VJ and 40 time or, did they look at relative power via Sayers/ Lewis formula.
I believe that an athlete who gains size and maintains speed and VJ gains power?
Feedback would be appreciated.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/12/24/football-players-gain-size-and-strength-over-4-years-but-not-power-and-speed/
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Monday, December 22, 2014
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Friday, December 19, 2014
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Monday, December 15, 2014
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Friday, December 12, 2014
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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I just got this question in a private Facebook group so I’d though I’d post the link here also.
When people used to ask me to explain the difference between a squat and a deadlift, I’d always give a simple, straightforward answer: In the deadlift, the weight is in your hands.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/12/10/squat-or-deadlift-whats-the-difference/
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I want to briefly introduce a simple concept I refer to as: Minimum Effective Change .
Recently I’ve been involved in a number of exchanges on Twitter with coaches, physios and others discussing Running Gait Re-Education, a topic I’m particularly passionate about. The conversations usually start in the context of injury rehab, and often turn to discuss running efficiency. I thought I’d take to the blog to share my thoughts…
Path of Least Resistance
The way I see it, each and every one of us runs with our own particular style for good reason.
Your running gait (walking gait and any other movement pattern for that matter) is a dynamic expression of your combined:
- Areas of Restriction
- Areas of Mobility
- Stability & Instabilty
- Neuromuscular Control / Co-ordination / Timing (or lack thereof)
- that’s just for starters…
Not to mention the habits we pick up along the way through pain (current or previous) and daily postures we hold ourselves in.
Taking all the above factors into account: as we run, your body will try to follow the path of least resistance. For example in terms of mobility, finding movement from the areas most willing, or strength-endurance, often emphasising imbalances…
Biomechanical Efficiency & Performance
As coaches, therapists and athletes let’s not get too hung-up on subtle changes in efficiency (real or perceived) that come with changing an athlete’s running gait…
The sparse research I’m aware of that investigates the effects of ‘x’ vs ‘y’ technique, footstrike pattern, footwear etc… in terms of running efficiency, suggests that changes in efficiency for given conditions are fairly minimal. Some examples here and here.
There are plenty of fast and theoretically ‘inefficient’ distance runners. Biomechanical efficiency doesn’t make a given runner faster… CONSISTENT TRAINING DOES
Thus we should be more concerned about what we can do to affect a positive change to the factor that normally most limits an athlete’s training consistency: INJURY & PAIN
Minimum Effective Change
Firstly, consider these points in combination:
- Most of the running injuries we see fall into the overuse category, meaning that tissue stress plus training load has overloaded a certain tissue.
- We know that with altering running gait, the kinetic and kinematic changes result in forces being redistributed around the body. Taking load away from one area, adding to another. The classic example being the differing external and internal joint moments acting upon the knee and ankle in early stance phase when heel striking vs forefoot running.
- Appreciating that while we can modify the load on injured tissues through changes in gait: when we’re coaching these changes to running form, the further we move away from the athlete’s habitual loading pattern, the more of a ‘shock to the system’ this is going to be for other tissues in the body.
- Given that the athlete’s previous gait pattern demonstrated their body’s path of least resistance, the further away from this we deviate, the harder it’s potentially going to be for them to sustain the desired changes… at least in the short to medium term while they should also be working on improving the physical traits that dictated their path of least resistance in the first place!
We have to ask ourselves not just why we’re coaching each athlete to make any given change, but perhaps most importantly to what extent we need the given change to occur to see a change in their symptoms…
If we take a given athlete, understand their current and historical injury status and individual biomechanics, then work towards the concept of Minimum Effective Change to elicit a desired outcome, we can reduce stress / strain on a given tissue while achieving a modified running style that they can sustain effectively.
Take a Patellofemoral Pain suffering marathon runner for example:
Once we manage to get them pain free, I’m not overly interested in how ‘pretty’ their gait can look for for 400m on the track*, or a ten minute trial on the treadmill in the lab. Instead I want to see how well they maintain form sufficiently across 26.2 miles on race day, or an 18 miles long Sunday run to be able to run pain free!
*That said, if interval sessions were the aggravating factor for their pain, then of course I want to work on form in this state as another primary focus.
In fact in such an example as this marathon runner above, if sacrificing a little bit of running efficiency is required to run pain free and achieve their goal, then so be it. They will be able to train, and fitness will come… More on this here.
For me, the sweet spot is the change we can make to an athlete’s gait which does enough to reduce stress and strain on their ‘weak link’, yet is subtle enough to sustain on a long run… after a bit of practice, of course
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Monday, December 8, 2014
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Friday, December 5, 2014
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Thursday, December 4, 2014
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I realized that this post is number 1000 for me. Amazing. Anthony Renna ( www.strengthcoachpodcast.com) talked me into blogging four or five years ago and now we have 1000 posts and are approaching 2 million views ( about 1.8 million as of today). Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has read and subscribed.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/12/04/my-1000th-post/
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I got an email the other day asking if I could provide a “philosophy” for a class. I remembered I had posted this a few years ago.
1- First we will do no harm.
As strength coaches and personal trainers our athletes and clients trust us to make decisions for them. Much like Hippocrates in early Greece we must first agree to not intentionally or unintentionally harm them.
2- We will train no further than technical failure.
There is a difference between training to failure and training to technical failure. In truth even training to technical failure may be more intensity than an athlete or client needs. However, no client needs to train beyond the point of technical failure. After technique has failed the potential for injury rises drastically. Reps done after technique has failed are simply asking for trouble. You may not trouble right away but it will find you eventually.
3- We will deliver the minimal effective dose
The minimal effective dose is a medical term but, the implication is fairly obvious. If one aspirin is needed, take just one aspirin. Don’t encourage someone to take the whole bottle. The key to delivering exercise is knowing how much is needed to create a training effect. Any more is wasted and, potentially dangerous.
As you can see, two of these concepts come from the world of medicine. I think we are the greatest medical society in the world and have more power to heal than any drug company or hospital. Unfortunately much like Superheros we must learn to use our power wisely.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/12/03/our-philosophy/
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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Hydration is just as important as breathing! Be sure to educate yourself on importance if water!
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Monday, December 1, 2014
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A forum post on my StrengthCoach.com site got me thinking about this article
so I thought I’d add it to the free articles section. I think it will make you laugh and/ or think. Take a second and click.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/12/01/guidelines-for-young-athletes-to-reduce-injuries/
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Saturday, November 29, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
Spring marathon season will soon be upon us!
Holly and I will be running the Barcelona Marathon in March, and many of our friends and clients will be chasing PBs in London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Paris… the list goes on.
Many of the runners I meet at this time of year have secured charity marathon places, raising money for their chosen causes. Each one of these selfless runners is starting on their own journey, often with very emotive personal motivations.
Three Common Mistakes of the Charity Runner
At the risk of making sweeping generalisations, many of the charity runners I meet are closer to the beginner end of the spectrum than the high performance end. As such, they are possibly more susceptible to making mistakes in training and on race day that could jeopardise the outcome of their journey.
I asked Neil to put together his top three pieces of advice for such runners. Here goes…
Charity runners: you’re awesome! Take Neil’s advice onboard and enjoy the process.
Image via Julian Mason
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Thursday, November 27, 2014
The hardest part about giving thanks is hoping not to miss someone.
I’m thankful for my wife Cindy, my children Mark and Michaela, Bob and Diane, Carrie, all our amazing staff, friends, family, and all the amazing athletes ( and some non-athletes) that I get to work with.
If I missed you I’m sorry. I’m really thankful to be living a dream every day.
from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog http://strengthcoachblog.com/2014/11/27/giving-thanks/
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