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5 Ways to Improve Stability | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Mar 19, 2015 2:52:00 PM

Stability is a critical component of athleticism. No matter what sport you play, good stability enables you to move quickly, fluidly, and safely. Elite athletes develop this trait to protect themselves from injury, improve their technical prowess, and harness their performance potential.

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Topics: Performance Trends

10 Essential Items Every Athlete Should Own | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Feb 26, 2015 12:06:34 PM

Coaches, athletes, and parents need to know which athletic items are essential to consistent training and performance. While sport-specific equipment can get expensive, these 10 essentials will help athletes succeed without breaking the bank.

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Bulk vs. Strength: Your 5-minute Guide to Optimal Muscular Hypertrophy | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Feb 20, 2015 11:07:00 AM

I was recently approached by an athlete who asked me how to put on more muscle mass. He wanted to bulk up a little bit, and was curious to know how his strength program could accommodate this goal. My usual response to this is, “Do you want to get stronger, or really just bulk up?” for how you define your fitness goals usually affects the end result. Athletes and non-athletes alike should seek to build strength, in which hypertrophy can be a happy byproduct, over bulk. Since these terms are often used interchangeably, let’s take a look at how to distinguish them to fit your strength goals.

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Topics: Performance Trends

What to Expect on Your Recruiting Trip | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jan 29, 2015 12:04:47 PM

Recruiting trips are a great way to get a glimpse of a student-athlete’s life in college. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about collegiate training, facilities, and classes, as well as the team you could be a part of for four years. So what should you expect on your recruiting trip? Athletes who have experienced the entire recruiting process wrote this article to help younger athletes navigate their trips with fluency and ease. Here’s a list of a few things to keep in mind on your recruiting trips:

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Topics: Travel

Avoiding Injury in High-Risk Areas

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jan 15, 2015 7:34:00 AM

Much of injury prevention for elite athletes lies in the quality of his or her conditioning and the adequate balance between training and recovery. However, there are a few common areas of the body that are exceptionally prone to injury for all athletes. Chief among these are the shoulders, lower back, and knees. These areas can be hypermobile, as in the case of the shoulder, prone to bearing excessive load, as in the case of the lower back, or both. With a greater understanding of what constitutes a high-risk joint or muscle group, and which exercises can support these areas, all athletes will be better prepared for training and peak performance.

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Topics: Performance Trends

Hydration in the Winter Season | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Dec 17, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Did you know that dehydration occurs as easily in the winter months as it does in the summer? Shorter days and colder weather may have you fooled. Although you perspire more in summer workouts, the dry, cold air of winter can make you lose excess water each time you exhale, in the form of water vapor. This effect is even more pronounced at higher altitudes, whether you’re skiing or simply sitting. Let’s address your hydration habits in the winter.

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Topics: Nutrition

Time Management for Student-Athletes

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Dec 2, 2014 4:57:00 PM

With school back in full gear, it’s important for student athletes to maintain balance and perspective throughout their busy schedules. Staying healthy, both physically and mentally, can seem like a challenge in the midst of exams and competitions. Let’s analyze a few helpful strategies that you can use right now to improve how you manage your time and energy.

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Topics: Nutrition, Travel

How to Strengthen Your Lower Abs | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Nov 26, 2014 3:50:00 PM

Your abdominal muscles are critical to your core stability and peak power output. However, not all abdominal muscles can be targeted with the same exercise. The muscles in the anterior (front) of your abdomen vary tremendously. These include the external obliques, internal obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominal muscle, and pyramidalis. With a better understanding of your anatomy, you can focus your strength training on underdeveloped areas. Let’s discuss how to target your lower abs.

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Topics: Performance Trends

Glute Activation for Greater Stability | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Oct 13, 2014 9:02:00 AM

Many athletes have naturally over or under-developed muscle groups based on their sport-specific training. Quadriceps dominance, in particular, extends to a variety of athletic endeavors, such as the constant vertical jumping in volleyball or the precise cutting in soccer and other field sports. Because these athletes over-develop and preferentially activate their quadriceps during lower body exercises, the posterior leg does not respond to resistance as quickly. Over time, this movement pattern becomes habit, and the glutes and hamstrings fail to “turn on” since the quads will automatically absorb the load. This uneven strength distribution between the anterior and posterior portion of the upper legs leaves the lower body exposed to injury. Let’s discuss the importance of glute activation for any athlete’s strength training.

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Topics: Performance Trends