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Does Kinesiology Tape Work?

Posted by Sarah Connors on Jul 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Kinesiology tape is used by athletes of all ages across all sports. Commonly seen on the shoulders of volleyball players and knees of runners, kinesio tape comes in a variety of bright colors and is intended to improve athlete performance. Although this tape is a popular wardrobe addition, the real question is: does the tape actually work? Injured athletes will try anything if it means they can return to the game, and this tape may or may not be the answer. 

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Topics: Sport Science, Recovery

Improve Athlete Performance: Planning, Nutrition, Hydration, and Sleep

Posted by Juan Pablo Reggiardo on Jul 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Your athlete is generally only training with you 2-10 hours per week. This leaves over 160 hours left in each seven day week for them to be negatively impacting their body and their training. With this in mind, the most important thing you can do as a coach is to educate your athletes on the different processes they can control every single day that will enhance performance. Below is a list of BridgeAthletic's tips to improve athlete performance and help control for the many factors that may inhibit athlete training.

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Topics: Nutrition, S+C, Sport Science, Recovery

Sports Specialization: Striking the balance between performance and injury prevention

Posted by Dr. Emily Kraus on Jun 29, 2017 9:48:41 AM

 

Ask active young athletes who they look up to and good chance you’ll get the name of an Olympian, professional athlete, or perhaps the next rising star in their sport. Many aspire to achieve elite status, or a future collegiate or professional career in a specific sport. This can lead to an excessive amount of pressure by the athlete, coaches, parents, and teammates to pick a sport to specialize in early and put in hours of training year-round. Is this the only way to achieve the skill and experience to make it to the top? What are the downsides of this? This sports science article will provide some background on sports specialization, discuss the risks of early sports specialization, how early versus late influences performance, and, finally, provide some recommendations to coaches, athletes, and parents on training.

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Topics: S+C, Sport Science, Recovery

Sport Psychology: Journey to Achieving a Successful Outcome

Posted by Brian Alexander on Jun 19, 2017 8:15:00 AM

This month’s edition of Sport Psychology is for coaches and individual athletes who want to plan for success and set long-term goals with short-term objectives.

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Topics: Sport Science

Soccer-Specific Training to Prevent a Player's Worst Nightmare

Posted by Sarah Connors on Jun 15, 2017 8:15:17 AM

Soccer players all over the world cringe at the thought of tearing their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Unfortunately, this season-ending injury is very common amongst soccer players. In the United States alone, there are between 100,000 and 200,000 ACL ruptures per year (Friedberg). The ACL connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and serves as an important stabilizer in the knee to prevent bones from over-extension and over-rotation. However, typical movements in soccer can put an immense amount of stress on a player’s knee causing injury. An ACL rupture is certainly one of the most serious knee injuries in soccer, but after surgery and rehabilitation athletes can return to play within 6-12 months. Additionally, soccer specific training reduces the risk of injury. 

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Topics: S+C, Sport Science, Soccer

How to Reach your Athletic Goals in the Heat of Summer

Posted by Shelley Harper on May 1, 2017 3:30:00 PM



For athletes, there are many difficulties that go along with exercising in hot temperatures. Whether you are a football player, track athletic or a year-round swimmer, it is extremely important to consider the environment in which you train.

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Topics: S+C, Sport Science

Imagery Enhances Consistent Peak Athletic Performance

Posted by Brian Alexander on Apr 17, 2017 9:42:44 AM

This month’s edition of Sports Psychology is a further look into the Perform Phase of the Learn, Plan, Perform Model. This article focuses on imagery for peak performance, though this skill can be used at any time throughout the Learn, Plan, Perform model. Athletes can use this skill to learn how to perform in the present moment with the automatic knowledge stored from it.

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Topics: Sport Science

Mental Resetting in Competition

Posted by Ami Strutin Belinoff, M.A on Apr 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Volleyball Psychology: Being mentally ready happens even before you step on the court

With the season in full swing and Junior Nationals upon us it is vital to cover all your bases to give your team the best chance at winning. This is where competition ramps up and each point is vital. The mental aspects and demands upon a player and team quickly accumulate in high pressure moments.

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Topics: Sport Science, Volleyball

Sport Psychology Case Studies: Coaching High Performing Teams

Posted by Brian Alexander on Mar 21, 2017 6:45:00 AM

This month’s edition of Sport Psychology focuses on how to coach a team that has made it to the Performance Stage. This is the stage in which the team has come together around a set of goals and norms, allowing them to play as one unit rather than a group of individuals.

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Topics: Sport Science