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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

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

Depth Jump: Start by standing on a box with one foot forward and arms up in preparation to snap them back with the hips. Allow yourself to fall toward the ground, and on impact, immediately force the ground away with minimal ground contact. Land on the box in front if you. Your landing position may vary based on goals. Tall, power, or deceleration landings can all be used. Rotation may be used also as a variable as you see @shecks demonstrating below. Speed squats with accommodating resistance: Speed squats with chains or bands

I'm not a huge fan of terms like "skate specific work out" or "strength and conditioning for surfers." At the end of the day, action sports athletes require improvement of the same physical qualities that conventional athletes require. Qualities such as strength, power, flexibility, and energy system development.   For example, a skateboarder may not need a 400-pound deadlift, but he can absolutely benefit from improvements in strength. It's not just his or her muscles that get stronger. The integrity of ligaments, tendons, and bone density improve.  This means when high impact landings occur,

Whether you are a competitive cyclist, weekend mountain bike warrior, freestyle BMX rider or casual beach cruiser rider, it is very important to put POWER into those pedals! From a biomechanical standpoint, most of this power will be generated from HIP EXTENSION, and the main engines for hip extension are the GLUTES. When addressing Glute development for any kind of cyclist, it is important to focus on both: A. POWER - ability to produce force quickly B. STRENGTH - amount of force that can be produced Another reality is that many people who prioritize some

We are a collaborative team of elite fitness coaches, personal trainers, sports performance coaches and physical therapists who specialize in active lifestyle fitness, performance training, injury prevention, personal training and physical therapy. We provide speed and agility training in Carlsbad as well as sport specific programming to take your athlete to the next level. We create customized programs to fit each and every individual and their specific needs and goals. Our clientele includes professional athletes looking to rise above the competition, rehab patients looking to get back to pain-free living, youth

True story. One day, a good-looking young man walked into his doctor’s office. While he was getting his checkup, the doctor explained how his cholesterol numbers were starting to reflect an unhealthy body. The doctor could see the man was not getting it, so the doctor got in his face and said, “Listen, I don’t want you to be the guy who looks real fit on the outside, but then one day falls over while running from a heart attack.” Did you know that you can be blocked on the inside