Have you or your child ever even been injured during a sports season?
Nothing will derail your season, hopes and dreams quicker than an injury.
So the question is are you doing the little things to help prevent injuries?
Core training is a very popular topic for injury prevention. A strong core in theory equals a lower risk of injury. So most serious athletes in middle school and up begin working those core muscles for that added advantage. Sadly in many cases they are doing more damage than good.
There are 3 exercises that we have our athletes avoid and those are sit ups, crunches and leg lifts. While they feel great on the core muscles actual research has shown they put an unacceptable amount of stress of the spine and in many cases can cause injury and damage to the very area an athlete is trying to protect. So you’ll hear when an athlete develops back issues they are confused because they have been doing their “core training”.
If those exercise are not ideal for core training then what is? Check out our video for the “Dead Bug”. This is one of our favorite core exercises. It targets the core muscles while not putting that unrealistic pressure on the spine. It also effectively engages your hip flexors and even more importantly utilizes both sides of your brain at the same time which improves coordination. The development of coordination can not be understated as to it’s important.
Perform 1 – 3 sets of 10 – 20 reps
– Actively engage core
– Exhale as you extend leg
– Pause at full extension
– Focus on increasing core tension as you extend your leg
WHO WE ARE:
We are the only dedicated youth sports performance training center in the area. Our mission is to help youth athletes develop the atheticism both physically and mentally to be the best they can be. We strive to create a positive focused environment that helps athletes develop speed, agility and power in order to succeed
Feel free to contact us if you have questions or a desire for your child or self to be a more dominate athlete