16 Action Items for Healthy Sport, Fitness and Life

The world’s leaders in exercise science and sports medicine met in Minneapolis at the 65th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. The result: BIG news and reliable, evidence-based recommendations for physical activity, health and the reduction of … Continue reading

The Brain: Wired for What?

The brain is an amazing organ, a one-of-a-kind instrument, a magnificent work of art. If you doubt it, just look at how it’s protected: a bony skull, liquid cushion, and multiple selective membranes all combine to prevent anything from damaging … Continue reading

Our Secret Weapon Against Stress: Rebooting the Brain

I am angry. Feeling hurt, let down, used, abused, dismissed. I am panicked. Do it now! I don’t care if you’re ready.  I am embarrassed. Everyone is looking at me. What if I mess up again? Everywhere we go in … Continue reading

It’s not Conditioning It’s Training, as long as…

It’s not conditioning it’s training, and not even training, if we are not teaching. Conditioning is Pavlovian. That is, every time I do this, they do that. That’s not training. It’s brain-washing, manipulating, mechanizing, automacizing. Is that what we are … Continue reading

The Most Powerful Advice I Ever Received: “Just because it failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure”

Just because it failed, doesn’t mean you’re a failure. I heard this for the first time when I was in my early 20’s. Having completed an arduous laboratory experiment which required many repetitions over weeks of work, I could draw … Continue reading

Ice Skating for Fun, Fitness and Sport Begins with a Good Teacher, by Cecily Morrow

Editor’s note: Cecily Morrow, accomplished professional ice skater and expert instructor, offers the first of her guest posts regarding safe and healthy ice skating. Cecily and I share a love of sport and a desire to teach it in a … Continue reading

Add Injury Prevention to Your Dynamic Warm-Up in 2 Minutes

Are you doing all you can to protect your players from tearing their ACLs? Instituting a regular dynamic warm-up is an important first step toward keeping our athletes healthy. In my last post, The Dynamic Warm up, Why Do it?, we looked at the … Continue reading

Are we returning injured players to sport too soon?

Why do so many kids not only keep getting injured, but keep getting re-injured?! The biggest risk factor for injury isn’t over-training or lack of fitness, poor coaching or poor preparation. It isn’t even reckless play. The biggest predictor of injury … Continue reading

Because We Care More About the Kids than the Soccer

I did something I have never done before at a Fit2Finish soccer session recently. I scrapped my complete injury prevention training plan, and we spent the whole 40 minutes talking, stretching and mending. Why? Because all but one of the players … Continue reading