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Most of us would agree that exercise is important, whether we put theory into practice or not is another story entirely.  Physical activity has special importance and benefits for adolescents, not just for their physical well-being, but for their emotional state as well.  Here are five scientific reasons why: 1. Exercise helps to release endorphins, aka the “happy chemicals” that the body produces naturally.   While you may feel worn out after an exercise session, there is also a sense of accomplishment and a natural high that you get when you exert yourself

Knee Injury Prevention So why am I getting hurt? Welcome back, nerds. This blog will focus on the agility field/court athletes with lateral movements that include (but are not limited to) soccer, football, rugby, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. These sports are specifically called out because they often have non-contact knee ligament tears that can occur due to either muscular imbalance, muscle fatigue leading to joint instability, or improper/lack of prehab. Muscle imbalance just means to strengthen all the muscles around a joint. SO don’t just focus on your quads - do

Basics of Injury Prevention Do you know the caution signs? If you listen well enough, your body typically alerts you when an injury is imminent, giving you a window of time for prevention. The easiest way to listen is to first understand the 3 categories of caution signs. We’ll use the basic rules of a traffic light, meaning that there will be RED signs, YELLOW signs, and GREEN signs. As I hope you understand, RED signs means STOP, YELLOW means proceed with CAUTION, and GREEN means you’re good to GO. Let’s start

Developing Healthy Student-Athletes at Pacific Ridge School by Macaroni Kid Carlsbad  According to non-profit Common Sense Media, teens consume an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day, with tweens averaging six hours. With that kind of online connectivity, it’s important for adolescents and teenagers to develop healthy physical, mental, social and emotional skills. School athletics can help build all of these, and the best environments are those in which students are supported by athletic and academic mentors, along with their peers. The athletic program at Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School is

Some of NAKOA’s top action sports athletes just wrapped up a bountiful trip to Minnesota, bringing back some serious hardware from another successful run at the Summer X Games.  We wanted to give you a little glimpse into how our team prepares these athletes for one of the biggest events of the year. Our BMX SPARTANS  @chadkerley Both Dennis Enarson and Chad Kerley are home-grown San Diego products and absolute LEGENDS in the BMX world.  That status has only grown since they began training at NAKOA with Coach John Welch. Based on their

NAKOA coaches are working with Pacific Ridge athletes to incorporate strength, conditioning, speed and agility into the school's PE classes. CARLSBAD – In December, Carlsbad resident and Pacific Ridge School sophomore Kai Kelly was playing for his club lacrosse team when his hip suddenly tightened up during a game. "I could tell right away something wasn't right," he said. Kelly and his family turned to Carlsbad's NAKOA Fitness and Physical Therapy for help and he soon started an extensive rehab program for what turned out to be a labral tear in his hip. After 12 weeks of

By now you’ve probably heard of the Keto Diet, a low carb diet that helps the body produce ketones in the liver to be used as energy. Ultimately, if this diet is properly maintained it should bring your body into a state of ketosis — where the body’s cells use fat for its energy source instead of sugars. Try out a few of these beginner Keto recipes and see if you notice the difference not just in your energy levels, but in your physical and mental health as well. Sautéed

Would we be allowed to jump in a car and drive along the freeway at 80 miles an hour without having obtained a driver’s license and/or understand the rules of the road? How about deciding to just start your Ph.D. with no Masters or bachelor’s degree? Dream on… So, how about loading a new client with a 200 lbs barbell compound exercise with no understanding of their current movement literacy? This type of coaching is not only unrealistic, it is dangerous. Insert -> NAKOA Experience <- here! Our NAKOA Experience is an hour-long introductory session

It may not get very cold in San Diego in the winter, but if you are feeling chilly, this posole recipe is perfect to enjoy a bowl of cozied up on the couch. Not only does it taste amazing, you'll see just how easy it is to prepare! Posole Recipe Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion (chopped) 3 cloves garlic (chopped) 1 can roasted diced tomatoes 2 tomatoes (chopped) 4 bone in chicken thighs 2 medium cans of white hominy 4 cups chicken

Two Saturdays ago I found myself arriving home around midnight, after more than a couple celebratory IPAs and an ill-advised whiskey nightcap.  Sleep was in major need but not gonna happen, as I was still buzzing from my friend Keanu Asing’s requalification on the Championship Tour.  So I decided to throw on one of my favorite movies of all time, Platoon.  One of the great scenes in the movie is when Tom Berenger’s vicious Sgt. Barnes walks in on a group of soldiers plotting to kill him.  The scene ends

“I am extremely grateful for the health and happiness of my entire family, especially the lights of my life, Asher and Kieran. I am continually and ALWAYS insanely thankful for our amazing family and community at NAKOA! Bonus thankful shoutouts go to the continued success of all my athletes, the addition of our pup Moose to the family, a successful return to the rugby pitch, and the continued glorious evolution of IPAs