In order to understand the best ways to strengthen the core, we must first understand what muscles make up the core.
When you hear the word “core”, you probably think of “abs” or “six-pack”. However, the muscle that leads to the 6-pack look, the rectus abdominis, is just one of the many muscles that make up the core.
It’s Day 2 of Nationals and your team has a great shot at winning. They had a great performance Day 1 and are currently in the lead. Everyone on the team is very excited and ready to show what they have been working so hard for all season. During warm ups, several athletes on the team are talking about how important this performance is and how much the team needs to hit the routine to win. Unfortunately, once the team hits the floor, they have a less than stellar performance and end up dropping several places.
One of the best ways to help motivate your team or an athlete is to develop goals for them to achieve. Here are my Top 10 tips to creating goals that are not only attainable, but will lead to increased motivation for your athletes.
While there are many benefits of exercise or a hard practice, often times athletes may experience some discomfort. When this occurs, it is important for the athlete to be able to distinguish between soreness and pain. Perhaps you have heard the term delayed onset muscle soreness, but what does this mean? Muscular soreness is a healthy and expected response to exercise. While pain is an unhealthy and abnormal response. Experiencing pain following a hard practice or workout may be indicative of an injury.
So, how Do You Tell the Difference?
Heat and ice are treatment options that are recommended frequently by medical professionals when athletes are dealing with injuries. I often hear people saying that they have been told to use whichever one feels better or to switch back and forth between the two. However, there are right and wrong times to use each. So how do you know which one is best?
To help understand the reasoning behind when to use each, I will first describe the physiological effects of heat and ice, or what each one does to the body.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in cheerleading, and sports in general. There are several things that athletes can do to help prevent ankle sprains from occurring. Here are my Top 5:
One of the most important aspects, if not the most important part of dealing with concussions, is knowing when an athlete can return to their sport. If an athlete is rushed back too early, this can create an increased recovery time, and even put the athlete at risk of further, more severe brain injury.
Now that you have recognized the symptoms of a concussion in one of your athletes, what is the next step to take? Managing the symptoms of a concussion appropriately is the best thing you can do to get that athlete back into their sport.
The concussion is an injury that is gaining more attention over the past few years, especially with the increase in exposure in the media. It is estimated that concussions account for 8.9% of all high school athletic injuries and about 7% of all sports-related injuries. However, it is likely that the total number of concussions estimated is low due to under-reporting of injuries as many athletes will not seek medical attention following a concussion.
So you had an athlete get a hit to the head during practice. Maybe they were basing a stunt and the flyer came down on their head, or they were tumbling and collided with a teammate. What should you do? One thing about concussions is that not everyone presents the same way. There are many different possible symptoms that can be present, and any one person can have any possible combination of those symptoms.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is compiled from a variety of professional sources as well as the author's own experiences. The information should NOT be used in place of a visit to your healthcare provider or used to disregard any advice provided by your healthcare provider.