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Customize Recovery: Professional Athletes

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jul 14, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Recovery is an important process to implement in training programs for athletes at all levels in order to prevent injury, reduce fatigue, and enhance athletic performance. Immediately after a practice or competition, athletes should actively cool-down and recover using certain methods. All recovery techniques are valuable for athletes at any level, however there are some unique methods that should be emphasized at the professional level.

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Topics: Performance Trends, Recovery

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: Recovery, Sports Technology

#BridgeLIVE Recap: Preparing for the Big Stage

Posted by Grace Anne D'Amico on Jul 10, 2017 2:30:11 PM

Last week at the 2017 Swimming World Championship Trials, we held our first #BridgeLIVE event with our co-founder, Nick Folker. While on deck in Indianapolis, Nick answered questions that were sent in from athletes and coaches about preparing for the championship event. Here is the LIVE video and a recap of our #LIVEwithNICK.

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Topics: Competition, Recovery, Swimming

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, Performance Trends, Recovery, Sports Technology

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: Performance Trends, Recovery, Sports Technology

Good Nutritional Habits for Student-Athletes

Posted by Grace Anne D'Amico on Jun 14, 2017 9:11:41 AM

Nutrition is one of the most, if not the most, important aspects of being an athlete. The way an athlete treats their body before and after workouts on a daily basis can transform overall performance from being good to great. It is imperative to take time to prioritize and plan nutrition in order to keep your body healthy and happy!

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Topics: Nutrition, Recovery

Vitamin D: A Key Player in Bone Health, Sports Performance, & Recovery

Posted by Dr. Emily Kraus on Feb 13, 2017 9:44:02 AM

 

With the high amounts of snow and rain this winter, it’s been especially challenging to get outdoors, raising an important question: are you getting enough Vitamin D? Studies have found that 56% of athletes have inadequate Vitamin D levels.1 Vitamin D, commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” is not only essential for normal body function, but new research on athletes demonstrates an important role in sports performance and injury prevention. This article will focus on how athletes acquire and metabolize Vitamin D, its effects on performance parameters, bone health and immunity, and the controversy of optimal levels and supplementation. 

 

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Topics: Nutrition, Recovery, Sports Technology

Take Your Shot at Greatness: Recovery

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jul 19, 2016 2:49:43 PM

Recovery is one aspect of sports that separates the elite athletes from the rest. The best athletes dedicate time and attention to their recovery, not just in the minutes following competition or training but also in the other 20+ hours of the day. Proper recovery demands a multifaceted approach ranging from the passive components like sleep and stretching to active components of rehydration, refueling, and foam rolling. To be successful, you must treat your recovery with the same attitude as in training: set goals and be consistent. Let’s touch on the primary pillars of recovery that you’ll use to hit peak performance day after day.

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Topics: Performance Trends, Recovery

3 Ways to Recover and Refresh Post-Season

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Aug 12, 2014 9:23:00 AM

With Junior Nationals, Futures, & Sectionals fast approaching, many athletes will soon reach the time of the year for rest and recovery. In this narrow window of time between the end of long course season and the beginning of short course, learn how to maximize your time off by mentally and physically recharging. Here are a few tips to make the most out of your post-season.

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Topics: Performance Trends, Recovery