Arm Care – With Foam Rolling, a Lifetime of Results for 20 Bucks – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (B.A. CPT, NASM, FMS, PES)

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Beginning with this post, I will be providing a series on Arm Care for pitchers and overhead athletes. These write-ups provide the basis of our Pitcher’s Program, which cover various topics from every day care to strength and conditioning to warm-up routines to reviewing various potential injuries and ways to avoid them.

When you work with as many pitchers and other overhead athletes as we do, you hear the same complaints day in and day out. Things like “my shoulder hurts right here” or “my elbow hurts when I try to straighten my arm”. Much of this discomfort comes from residual stress associated with throwing (or swimming etc.) and can be avoided with the use of a foam roller or lacrosse ball.

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Off-Season Training… (Part 2) – Creating Stability and Power in Hockey Players

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

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In today’s post we are covering Part 2 of Off-Season Training for Hockey Players.  In case you missed Part 1 please click here.

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote, “the hip is to the hockey player as the shoulder is to the baseball player. Unless you want a short hockey season, you need to take care of it.” I guess, I am saying it again.

With hockey players, the hip is everything. Name a great hockey player and I will guarantee you a strong and powerful hip. A complete off-season hockey program should include these 4 “bang for the buck” exercises. [Read more…]

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Success = Genetics x Environment

By Nunzio Signore (B.A. / N.A.S.M. / F.M.S. / P.E.S.)

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I get tired of hearing people say “his father was an ex All–American” or “that entire family is athletic”.

True, genetics does play a part in an athlete’s development, but being great isn’t just about winning the genetic lottery.  It’s a combination of a few other things that are equally important and sometimes trump genetics completely.

I recently read the book “Talent is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin in which he talks about genetics (born with it) and environment with “deliberate practice” (we’ll get back to this in a minute).  Colvin said that it basically boils down to this simple equation:

Success = Genetics x Environment  (w/ Deliberate Practice)        [Read more…]

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