March 17, 2019
For most sports, enhancing hip strength and power is a key aspect of improving performance. Strong hips are required to transfer force effectively from the lower body to the upper body in many sports, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, throwing events in track and field, and football. Furthermore, hip strength is also important for injury prevention. While athletes may not suffer injuries to their hips as often as their knees or shoulders, just like other joints, the hip joint is susceptible to injury when weak.
Strength and Conditioning
March 16, 2019
Husband Aaron Burkart is in his third year with Texas State as the head football strength and conditioning coach after having served as the director of football strength and conditioning. Wife Chelsea Burkart became the first sports dietitian hired by Texas State’s athletics program and provides nutrition consultation to athletes. “I would say the number one goal when it comes to strength and conditioning is to prevent injury,” Aaron Burkart said. “A lot of people would balk at that and say, ‘Well I thought it was bigger, faster, stronger.’”
Sports Medicine
March 16, 2019
A patient after an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) faces higher risk of osteoarthritis, and that's especially concerning to athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals because research suggests that athletes are more prone to osteoarthritis than the general population.
Strength and Conditioning
March 16, 2019
When was the last time you heard an athlete say they needed to work on strengthening their hips? Rare is the athlete who thinks about training this vital area. Instead, they often focus on training the "glamour" muscles like their biceps and pecs. But the truth is, in most sports, enhancing hip strength and power is a key aspect of improving performance. Strong hips are required to transfer force effectively from the lower body to the upper body in many sports, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, throwing events in track and field, and football.
Optimum Performance
March 14, 2019
Athletes—and Strength/Conditioning Coaches and Sport Coaches—are taught one guiding principle that extends well beyond athletics: The harder you work, the more success you'll achieve. It's a principle that is generally very accurate. However, there's another phrase that also holds true for all facets of life...including athletics: Taking something to the extreme is bad for you.
Sports Medicine
March 13, 2019
Note: This is the first of a two-part article. by Ashley Campbell and Michael Voight

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