Dynamic Soccer Warm-Up to Enhance Athletic Performance

Posted by Sarah Connors on Jun 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A proper dynamic warm-up is an important step to prepare an athlete’s body to perform at maximum intensity during a workout, training session, and competition. In the past, a traditional warm-up routine involved a light jog followed by extensive static stretching. Studies have shown that too much static stretching lengthens muscles and nerves, which in turn decreases athletic performance for up to two hours. Unlike this “sit and stretch” method, an active dynamic warm-up increases body and core temperature, increases blood flow to muscles, focuses the athlete’s mind on the task ahead, and enhances coordination and motor ability. Thus, an effective dynamic warm-up should incorporate sport-specific movements and cause athletes to break a sweat in order to optimize athletic performance.

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Topics: S+C, Competition, Soccer, Training

The Physiology of Naps and the Impact on Athletic Performance

Posted by Shelley Harper on May 22, 2017 9:43:00 AM

Whether you incorporate naps into your daily routine or choose to opt for them when you are overly exhausted, naps can have a profound affect on alertness and performance. But when should you nap and for how long? The answers to these questions depend on the individual, and the following will help you determine the perfect nap in terms of time and length that is best for you.

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Topics: Competition, Sleep

Endurance Nutrition: Are You Fueling for Long Runs?

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on May 2, 2017 10:55:00 AM

Endurance athletes face a unique dilemma during training and competitions. Their races are so long that their bodies can effectively burn through all their energy stores unless proper attention is given to fueling up before and even during competition. Not surprisingly, athletes can have trouble pairing a long, grueling race with eating and drinking. Let’s look at how you can replenish muscle glycogen stores and why pre-run fuel is essential to your performance.

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Topics: Nutrition, Competition

Championship Season Swimming

Posted by Nick Folker on Mar 7, 2017 10:44:51 AM

Championship season beckons. Over the next 3 weeks, the best of the best will converge for the biggest tournaments of the year. It is time to quiet your thoughts and really trust in the work you have done to get to where you are. Getting to this point requires a great amount of dedication and time invested by you as an athlete, your coaching staff, and your family. So believe in yourself and the work you have done.

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Topics: Competition, Swimming

3 Steps to Better Sleep during Competition | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jan 31, 2017 2:20:00 PM

 

Elite athletes know how to minimize the negative side effects of traveling for competition, including how to sleep well on the road. You’ve put in all the hard work—now let’s discuss a few simple tips to help you rest and recover the night before you compete.

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Topics: Competition, Travel

Lacrosse Preseason: Dominating in the Cold

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jan 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The season is just around the corner, but the winter weather hasn’t lightened up. During these dry, cold weather months, your training, recovery and game performance are affected by both mental and physical challenges. Try these tips to be ready to perform at the highest level even in the lowest temperatures.

 

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Topics: Nutrition, S+C, Competition

Winter Training: Staying Fueled

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jan 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

2017 is here: make this the year that all the hard work pays off.

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Topics: Nutrition, S+C, Competition

The Volleyball Dynamic Warmup

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Nov 21, 2016 2:05:36 PM

Whether you’re looking for ways to help your athletes improve their performance or reduce injury, a full dynamic warmup before competitions and training sessions is a simple way to start. It can be easy to skip this key step at the beginning of every practice because it takes time and sometimes seems less relevant to the rest of the training program. However, warming up can play a key role in priming the body for quicker reactions and giving joints a wider range of motion. Here’s a deeper look at why daily warming up and cooling down are critical for sustained high performance.

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Topics: S+C, Competition

Sports Science: Deliberate Mental Practice Through Imagery

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 15, 2016 1:45:39 PM

 

This month’s edition of Sports Psychology builds on the Plan stage of the Learn, Plan, Perform Model, discussing how mental training through the practice of imagery is a fundamental part of achieving long-term skill goals.

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Topics: Competition, Sport Science