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  • The Best Way To Train For Your Upcoming Season

    The Best Way To Train For Your Upcoming Season

    With fall sports season rapidly approaching, many athletes are now working to prepare for that first August practice. There are so many elements of being 'in shape' for your sport that a workout can take many different forms. You could be focusing on any one or more of the following: - Speed - Strength - Mobility - Balance/Coordination/Athleticism - Conditioning - Core Stability - Explosive Power Although it would be wonderful to train for excellence in all those areas, the reality is we have limited time and energy to devote to our workouts. Especially since this list does not include sport skill development, jobs, academic demands, and all the other things that ....

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  • 3 Strength Training Mistakes For Athletes To Avoid

    3 Strength Training Mistakes For Athletes To Avoid

    In the past, strength training was something that was mostly used by football players as a development tool. Today, parents and coaches in every sport recognize its benefit in developing more successful athletes. The workout programs themselves come from a combination of different specialties - bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic lifting and functional athletic training are the four most common. Depending on who is designing the workout program, the strength training you do comes from one or more of these areas. With the understanding that no one workout program is perfect, there are many ways to properly develop an athlete's useful strength for their sport. And, of course, there are ....

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  • What Causes Knee Injuries?

    What Causes Knee Injuries?

    Knee injury rates for youth sports continue to rise, according to a 2018 study . The rehabilitation can take up to a year in some cases, leading to lost playing time and endless frustration for kids whose positive self-image may be strongly tied to their athletic performance. About half of these injuries occur due to contact (tackling, being bumped by another player, etc) and are very hard to avoid. Sometimes you just get hit the wrong way at the wrong time. However, more than half of the severe knee injuries reported came from non-contact events. An athlete simply lands the wrong way after jumping, or makes a cut and their knee buckles. It is those non-contact injuries that we ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint - Part 4 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 4 of 4

    In the final part of our Speed Training Blueprint, we touch on the four most critical technique areas for a young athlete to master. For anyone who wants to read Parts 1 - 3, you can go back and check them out here: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - A quick Google search of 'speed drills' or 'agility drills' reveals a very wide range of ideas that you could use to do technical work. How are you to make sense of all this information, or any others in a speed and ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint - Part 3 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 3 of 4

    Here in the 3rd installment of our Speed Training Blueprint, we'll cover some of the best ways athletes can develop speed on their own. In case you missed the first 2 parts of this series, you can go back and check them out here: Part 1 - Part 2 - Today, we want to focus on habits that athletes can do on a regular basis to raise their speed and agility potential. Just like we've seen our best hockey players shoot thousands of pucks on their own time, soccer players endlessly dribble in their yard (or in the house!), golfers hit shots in ....

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  • Summer 2019 Speed Clinics

    Summer 2019 Speed Clinics

    Join Us This Summer For A 3 Day Speed & Agility Clinic & Bring Your Game To The Next Level
    Power Source will run Speed & Agility Development Clinics in July 2019 for athletes ages 14 to 19, and for ages 10 to 14. No matter what your current speed or skill level, we can help you make improvements in your sprinting and cutting technique. For The Athlete Who Is Already Considered Fast For the athlete who is already quite fast compared to their peers, you may not feel like speed training can do anything for you. But the truly elite athlete is constantly looking for that edge, that advantage which helps them to not only stand out against average competition, but against the ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint - Part 2 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 2 of 4

    In the first part of this (now 4 part) series, we discussed the common misconceptions surrounding speed development. If you missed that, you can check it out here . This section will build the case that speed can be improved by breaking down all the elements that go into being a truly fast athlete. Those elements are:
    Total-body strength in relation to body mass
    Explosive power
    Core and hip stability
    Ankle Rigidity
    Proper sprinting and cutting mechanics Improvement in any of the following areas can lead to gains in speed. Developing all six areas, which a well-designed athletic development program should do for you, can lead to transformational change in time. So let's ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint -  Part 1 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 1 of 4

    This post is the start of a 5 part series on developing elite speed for sports. It is a skill that is highly coveted by coaches and scouts. We've all seen that more playing time, better scholarships and bigger contracts are given to players who are faster than their peers. And yet you see so few people focusing on it with their training. Athletes either just play their sport, lift, stretch, go for distance runs, or some combination of the above. I believe a big reason it isn't worked on often enough is because there are a series of myths surrounding speed development that cause most people to think it's a waste of time. Let's briefly look at each to understand why they may not be a ....

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  • Why Athletes Should Begin With The End In Mind

    Why Athletes Should Begin With The End In Mind

    Author Steven Covey coined the phrase 'Begin with the end in mind' in his legendary book, 'The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People'. He suggested picturing your last day on Earth, and what it is you'd like people to remember for having done with your life. Then, go out and dedicate your life to achieving exactly that. This makes it easier to make good decisions on a daily basis, and it gives you motivation knowing that these daily acts are taking you one step towards where you ultimately want to end up. Taken to the world of athletic development, beginning with the end in mind will help you to follow more purposeful workouts and provide motivation in helping you see exactly what your ....

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  • Free Functional Mobility Clinic for Adults

    Free Functional Mobility Clinic for Adults

    As we spend so much of our time and energy training athletes, it is exciting to say we have a free clinic upcoming that specifically targets the needs of the parents of our athletes and any other adults interested in eliminating nagging pain. Our new adult fitness coach, Lindy Hume, will run a free 45 minute mobility clinic on Monday, May 6th at 9:00 AM
    here at our Leominster facility. This class will cover a new and very unique training concept - going beyond just flexibility by using strength in the end ranges of your joint motion to build true, effective mobility? Another way to think of it is Pilates 2.0, something that can truly do wonders for pain you thought you'd be living ....

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