Tag Archives: fitness

Are custom shoe orthotics necessary?

Fitness-Orthotics

MAY 2015 – It is the time of year when kids gear up for soccer, tennis and track.  Novice and experienced runners, cyclists, and triathletes immerse themselves into race season.

Golf courses, tennis courts and hiking trails see increased traffic.  Even summer travel plans require more walking. All this activity increases the frequency of questions I receive regarding shoe orthotics.

The answer depends on your unique needs and goals. 

Solutions for a better, more fluid golf swing

golf-swing

APRIL 2015 – Although I played pro baseball for 16 seasons, including for the Kansas City Royals, my real love in high school and college was golf. I sometimes wonder what might have happened if my life had gravitated towards playing competitive golf instead of baseball.

I was drawn more to golf than baseball because it was more of an individual performance rather than a team performance. 

Stuck with your golf stretching routine?

Golf-stretching

APRIL 2015 – Do you experience muscle tightness during golf?  Does it take you more than 15 minutes to warmup before play or do you tighten up on the back nine?  Has your game flat-lined despite working with your golf pro?  Many golfers struggle with the sensation of tightness despite their golf stretching routine.

Let me start by saying, not all tightness is created equal and this issue is quite complex. 

Golf injuries-performance, practice and professional care

Golf-injury

APRIL 2015 – The game of golf makes very real and specific demands on the body, requiring attention be paid to the physical demands.

Unfortunately, golf injuries and pain are often the catalysts for paying attention to the unique physical requirements of the game. Even before pain alerts the golfer to strain or injury, knowledge of the body’s movement and ongoing care can insure long-term participation, enjoyment of the game and optimal performance.

The sports injury madness of March Madness

ankle-injury

MARCH 2015 – If you love college basketball then you love March Madness.  Is your team a favorite, a Cinderella story, a bubble team or will March end in heartache?  The anticipation and tournament stories excite us.  Who’s going pro vs returning next year?  Which team falls short with a key player sidelined by a sports injury?  Can anybody beat Kentucky this season?

These human stories captivate us and the faces of both players and fans reflect the intense emotions experienced win or lose.  As a movement specialist, I love watching these kids move but there’s another story that concerns me most.  

Fighting the blahs…How to “cheer up” during the winter months

depression

JANUARY 2015 – For the past 3 years, I have offered readers information about the health and nutrition industry. You can read previous articles online at www.kcsportspaper.com beginning with the 12/12 edition.

Being “fit” includes being physically AND mentally fit.  This month I will share some information on a mental condition that most of you have heard about, some of you have experienced or are experiencing, but few understand.

Don’t let your resolutions fall by the wayside!

new year's resolutions

JANUARY 2015 – you started a new workout regimen in January, you’re probably starting to see some benefits from your daily or weekly workouts.

However, you might start seeing some of the downside to them as well. If you are doing the same workout every time, you could be risking an overuse injury by working the same muscles every time.

Keys to Peak Performance – Acceleration, Deceleration and Skill

Acceleration, deceleration and Skill

JANUARY 2015 – Would you get into a fast moving race car knowing it lacked brakes?  Unless you’re a true daredevil the answer is no.

So why do the same thing with your body?  Race car drivers rely on their team to provide three distinct areas of performance: 1) acceleration mechanisms (i.e. engine and fuel injection systems); 2) deceleration and control mechanisms (i.e. brakes, steering mechanisms and tires); and 3) driver skill (sport technique).

During movement your body must also possess efficiency in all three areas to perform at its best.