If you are an endurance athlete – specifically a runner – chances are you are either currently training for your next event, or rehabilitating a recent injury. If we were to play the odds, you are more likely to be in the latter category. Research shows that up to 56% of runners will experience an injury in any given year that will keep them out of training for a period of time. Of these injuries, up to 75% are due to overuse – in other word, no contact. This is an alarming number, as non-traumatic injuries are almost entirely preventable.
In a technology-filled society that operates around the clock, sleep has become a scarce commodity. Rather than recharging their bodies’ energy systems with adequate rest, millions of Americans are choosing to work or entertain themselves – despite the well-known fact that humans need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. However, a lack of sleep may be more harmful than the most people realize. Sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, cravings, poor job and athletic performance, illness, and possibly even mortality. Choosing to operate a daily lifestyle centered on a healthy sleep pattern may be the missing link which holds back many people from achieving goals of successful athletic or workplace performance.
The squat – one of the most primal and necessary movements of the human body, yet one of the most poorly coached and performed movements at your local Lifetime Fitness. This is primarily due to lack of mobility in sedentary individuals, but also poor coaching from personal trainers and coaches. The following is a list of three coaching cues for the squat, why these cues are flawed, and alternative cues to help reduce injuries and improve performance.