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Megan Fischer-Colbrie

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The Importance of Warm Up and Cool Down for Athletes

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 24, 2017 10:14:00 AM

Going through a complete warm up and cool down before and after competitions and training sessions is a simple way for athletes to maximize their athletic performance. Even though it takes just an extra few minutes, it is easy for athletes to fall into the habit of not warming up or cooling down. Pre and post workout exercises play a crucial role in preparing the body for activity and assisting in full recovery.

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Topics: S+C, Recovery

Pull-up Progression to Improve Strength to Weight Ratio

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 21, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Strength to weight ratio is an important concept for all athletes to keep in mind. In sports that place high value on both endurance and speed, such as swimming and running, the strength to bodyweight ratio is a good measure of overall athletic efficiency. In gymnastics, strength to bodyweight ratio is incredibly critical to an athletes ability to suspend themselves throughout various positions. In general, a high strength to weight ratio is favorable. To develop strength without gaining excessive body mass, bodyweight exercises are the way to go about doing so. These movements will increase an athlete's functional strength: strength that utilizes the whole body rather than isolating parts of it. Most strength programs will have a combination of bodyweight and regular weighted exercises to achieve various strength goals. To delve into this topic further, one extremely valuable bodyweight exercise: the pull-up.

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Topics: S+C

Achieve Peak Performance and Replenish With Electrolytes

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 21, 2017 11:52:00 AM

 

On average, athletes sweat much more than the standard, untrained person. When the body starts to overheat the nervous system stimulates sweat glands, which prompts the body to begin perspiring in an attempt to cool the body down. Recent studies reveal that the reason athletes sweat more, and produce more sweat than the average person, is because they are more fit, and participate in more anaerobic activity which requires the body to work harder to pump oxygen and blood continuously to their muscles. Whenever the body produces perspiration, it depletes necessary nutrients and lowers hydration levels, so it is essential that athletes refuel throughout and most importantly, after a workout to give the body what it needs to recover and return to equilibrium and healthy hydration levels.

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Topics: Nutrition

Is it Best to Strength Train Before or After Practice?

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 21, 2017 9:37:00 AM

Many athletes and coaches wonder whether strength training produces better results when performed before or after practice. In many sports, practice is the cardiovascular portion of a workout, and combining cardio with strength training in one session can be extremely taxing to the body. Importantly, there is little scientific research to date favoring one method over the other, but read more to learn about both theories in context.

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Topics: S+C, Recovery

Designing a Strength Program: Importance of Sports Periodization

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 19, 2017 9:20:00 AM

Sports periodization is the planning of athletic training using a progressively cyclic format with the goal of timing peak performance during the athlete’s major competitive events. Cyclic training organizes a team's approach, protects against overtraining, and enables athletes to continue to improve. When designing a strength program, coaches should implement different training cycles in order to maximize athlete performance when they need it most.

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Topics: S+C

Stretching Improves Athletic Performance and Health

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 18, 2017 11:17:00 AM


Stretching can improve circulation, muscle flexibility, range of motion, and consequently, help athletes perform better in workouts and in competition. When exercising, muscles repeatedly flex and contract. Stretching causes muscles to lengthen and relax, resulting in the ability to maximize muscle engagement in the next workout. Stretching also boosts the body’s circulation by increasing blood flow throughout the body.

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Topics: S+C, Recovery

Preparing for a Championship Season: Athlete Development

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 18, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Pre-season is an exciting time of year for athletes. The extensive hours spent in training and the grueling intensity help athletes build up a base for the coming season as well as a common bond with their teammates. For athletes to make the most out of their preseason, it is important to start by setting realistic goals to start the season off, and adjust those goals throughout the season. 

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Topics: S+C, Competition

Dehydration and Athletic Performance

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 17, 2017 10:37:00 AM

Every athlete should know that hydration is a critical aspect of training, and also important in maintaining a healthy well being, before and after exercise. Proper hydration is necessary for athletes, as it regulates body temperature and lubricates joints for athletic movements. Water also helps transport nutrients throughout the body, these nutrients give the body the energy it needs to be able to sustain any athletic endeavour. Staying well hydrated should be a high priority for athletes, throughout the day, and not before it’s too late.

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Topics: Nutrition

In-Season Strength and Conditioning to Build Speed and Power

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM

What happens in an elite training program as athletes move into the thick of their competition season? In short, it depends on the sport. From the golf swing to the first 15 yards of a sprint, explosiveness and acceleration are traits that can be perfected with proper training. Once athletes have a basic technical skill set, then they can begin to build strength and power.

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Topics: S+C, Coaches