Youth Athletes: Is Their Fatigue Risking an ACL Injury?

By |2020-02-25T13:15:47-05:00February 25th, 2020|Fatigue, Fitness, Injury, Sports|

Whether our youth athletes compete for fun or intend on becoming professionals, we enjoy having them participate in sport activities. Their enjoyment, as well as their safety, are our highest priorities. That being said, there are thousands of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries every year and most of them are for high school athletes (5). How can this be? A 2005 study (6) found an increased risk for ACL injuries correlated with increased knee valgus. Dynamic knee valgus is when the knee "caves in" due to hip adduction and hip internal rotation. Studies have also related increased risk of dynamic [...]

Sleep Deprivation: Will caffeine get you back on track?

By |2019-12-13T14:48:08-05:00December 13th, 2019|Fatigue, Lifestyle, Sleep, Sports|

Sleep deprivation can be a great concern among athletes. With busy schedules and rigorous training, getting adequate sleep can be difficult. Sleep plays an important part in the recovery and performance of athletes (12). Therefore, it is vital athletes make time to rest. But when sleep is hard to come by many athletes choose to combat their weariness with caffeine. However, are you drinking enough caffeine? How tired are you? Let’s take a look at some of the science: A 2018 study (12), investigated the effect of sleep deprivation and use of caffeine on anaerobic capacity. Anaerobic exercise involves short [...]

Grab and Go Energy: Is RedBull really the key?

By |2019-12-12T12:03:38-05:00December 8th, 2019|Fatigue, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Sports, Wellness|

As an athlete, it is important to be focused and perform your best. Many athletes, as well as exercising individuals, have begun integrating a quick pick me up before their event to enhance performance. In fact, according to some research (3) sugar-free energy drinks have become staples to athletes and health buffs who are looking to get an extra boost to edge out their competition. But do these drinks really work? Can an energy drink really make a difference in performance or is it all in our heads? And more importantly, is it safe? Let’s take a quick look at [...]

Optimal Sleep Equals Optimal Performance

By |2017-09-13T19:11:45-05:00September 13th, 2017|Fatigue, Health, Sleep, Wellness|

Sleep, we all love it, we all do it, but do we all do it well? Ensuring you have a good quality sleep of sufficient length, on a regular basis, is one the best things you can do to help support optimal performance in athletics and in life in general. While sleep is a natural part of life, studies reveal that the majority of adults in the U.S. don’t get the rest they need to function normally.  Consequently, sleep deprivation can lead to fatigue, weight gain and a number of chronic and debilitation diseases. Let’s look at the true impact sleep, [...]

Overtraining: Writing a Check Your Body Can’t Cash

By |2017-09-11T08:27:10-05:00September 11th, 2017|Fatigue, Health, Lifestyle|

An Introduction to Overtraining Dedicated training is necessary to maximize performance whether you are a "weekend warrior" or a professional athlete. Placing increasing demands on the body can improve many factors of performance. For example, enhancement of strength and endurance (both physical and mental), muscle control, coordination and a host of other factors. Proper training management has many benefits for the body. These include increased muscle mass, respiratory function, and cardiac output. There are even anatomical and physiological benefits. If not managed properly the result can be severe fatigue and injury as physical demands are increased more rapidly than the [...]