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3-D Hamstring Stretch

Flexibility Mini-Series Part 2: 3-D Stretching

Part 2 of our Flexibility Mini-Series discusses 3-D stretching. The concept of 3-D stretching was introduced to me by renowned physical therapist Gary Gray, and I now use some version of it with just about every athlete I train. To take advantage of 3-D stretching, all you really need to know are some basic stretches […]

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Perfect Stretch

Flexibility Mini-Series Part 1

This is Part 1 in a mini-series on flexibility.  While flexibility is certainly an integral part of athleticism, perhaps too much has been made of its importance to speed and agility. Many coaches and trainers believe that increasing flexibility as much as possible will allow the muscles to move more freely through their range of […]

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Hip Rotation

Hip Mobility

Flexibility is a very common issue with athletes, especially young athletes who are still developing.  When range of motion is compromised in the hips, power output and performance are limited.  The hips allow movement in a many planes, but one of the most common planes of motion is in the sagittal plane.  If range of […]

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Vision Training is Now Practical and Meaningful

Training an athlete’s vision has come up over and over again through the years.  Books have been written about it.  Products have been created.  Programs have been proposed.  Unfortunately, there has never been a proven method that was easy to implement, practical to use and affordable. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Nike headquarters […]

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The Foot and Ankle: An ATC’s Perspective

Ross Cooper has been Head Athletic Trainer at Detroit Country Day School since November of 2005. He has been a certified athletic trainer (ATC) since June of 1997. In addition to his role at DCD, Ross continues to be active in the sports medicine and orthopedic research community with several prominent local physicians. He has […]

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New Laser Therapy – MLS Laser Therapy

Multi-Waved Locked System – MLS Laser Therapy An orthopedic surgeon the metro-Detroit area is offering a new kind of laser therapy for injury rehab, pain management and recovery after surgery. Apparently, it has no known side effects and the only contra-indications are the belly of a pregnant woman, a known cancer cell and an open […]

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Treating Basic Sports Injuries

Michigan Athletic Trainers Sports-related injuries have dramatically increased over the last decade. Treating and caring for sports-related injuries can not only promote the healing process and recovery time, but return you back to the competitive sports environment in a short period of time. When an injury occurs, it is important to follow these simple guidelines: […]

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Recovery Methods – Ted Rath: Detroit Lions

Recovery is probably the single most overlooked aspect of an athlete’s training program. Unfortunately on top of being the most overlooked piece to the puzzle it is also the MOST IMPORTANT! The misconception that you grow while you work is still common in today’s athlete. Strength Training and Conditioning workouts are the stimulus that allows […]

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Preparing for Two-A-Days and the Start of Football Season

Drink plenty of fluids—Athletes should be consuming 8-10 glasses of cold fluids per day. When athletic activities begin, 12-20 glasses should be consumed. Cold fluids should not include beverages with caffeine (i.e. pop, coffee, or tea). Athletes should stay hydrated throughout their activities and should have access to water frequently. As temperatures increase outdoors, it […]

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