Taking the big step from recreational sports to high school athletics takes physical, emotional and mental preparation. Some preadolescent and adolescent girls have a hard time making this transition. Many are physically unprepared for the rigors of 2-3 hours of daily practice and conditioning drills as well as several games a week. Unprepared athletes are the first to become injured, either acutely or chronically. Here are seven preparatory “exercises” that you can encourage your child to practice prior to the upcoming season: Push-ups. Many young girls have very weak upper bodies and cannot perform even one push-up well. Push-ups are a good test of core strength and increase the upper body strength necessary to be aggressive and strong on the […]
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Several exciting things are happening here at Personal Best! First, I passed my CSCS exam – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist– and am now among a select few who have this highly regarded certification. CSCS is the primary certification for personal trainers, athletic trainers and physical therapists who wish to work with high level athletes of all sports, ranging from football to soccer, field hockey to cheerleading. I hope to continue to provide you with detailed information and education regarding the fascinating field of sports specific conditioning. Secondly, within the next several months, I will be hosting a cable TV show on Hudson Cable CTV-8. The show will feature instruction on various exercise routines and proper exercise technique, interviews and […]
Gone are the good old days when high school athletes showed up for a fall sport after spending a summer of fun and sun. High school sports are big business now, and the pressure to win and to excel as an athlete is greater than ever. To some degree, I long for the good old days, as the pressure on these young athletes is often way too much for most of them. However, we have learned so much about the importance of pre-season sport-specific conditioning as a preventative measure to reduce sports injuries and heat induced illnesses, that this topic warrants an in depth conversation. Any high school athlete playing a fall sport will be exercising in heat at some […]
The Fit for Golf Workshop was held at Holliston High School, Holliston, MA. on April 28th for Holliston Adult Education with great success. 8 participants came with clubs in hand to work on flexibility, core strength and balance, three keys to a healthy golf game. The workshop was 2 1/2 hours long, and participants were given handouts of the exercises performed in the workshop so that they could begin their own “Golf Conditioning” workout. The materials and exercises used for the Fit for Golf Workshop will be available online soon! Until then, feel free to contact me by phone or email for further information about golf conditioning.