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Riley Rogers and John Evans join Athletic Lab staff

Athletic Lab is proud to announce the addition of Riley Rogers and John Evans to our coaching staff. Both coaches are familiar faces at Athletic Lab and are products of our Coaching Mentorship program. I'm excited to add Riley and John to our coaching staff. Athletic Lab has one of the most experienced and credentialed coaching staffs in the country. Our standards for hire are more rigorous than practically any facility in the country. Both Riley and John went through our rigorous mentorship program and also have extensive coaching experience elsewhere. In Riley, we bring in a young coach who is passionate about the field, has put in the time to hone her craft and has great rapport with all our members. In John, Athletic Lab gains someone I've known for almost 10 years. His technical expertise will be a great addition to the staff and like Riley he is passionate about helping others. These two have proven themselves as excellent coaches and great fits for our community. It's rare we can bring in two coaches who are already familiar faces and so well deserving of their positions. Our coaches are the cornerstone of everything we do at Athletic Lab and I know Riley and John will uphold this standard and make Athletic Lab even better. - Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Director of Performance & Research Meet Riley Rogers Riley Rogers joins the Athletic Lab staff as a Sport Performance Coach. Riley completed our Coaches Mentorship program in the Summer of 2016 and working as an associate coach at Athletic Lab while she completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill. Riley is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer from the American Council on Education. She also previously worked as a team manager for the UNC [...]

By | 2017-05-18T12:46:38+00:00 May 18th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Frontal Plane Knee Motion and ACL Tears by Chris Graham

[Chris Graham is currently a graduate student at The University of Texas at Tyler where he is studying Kinesiology. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA and is currently a coaching intern at Athletic Lab.] Over the last decade or so, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears have skyrocketed even with increased training programs. A reason for this is that a disproportional amount of ACL tears occur in female athletes, who have increased participation in sport since the passing of Title IX. But why do so many ACL tears occur to female athletes? There has been research for many variables including looking at Q angles, hormonal differences, whether the athlete is menstruating, and also muscular imbalances. In this article, I’m going to explore the role of frontal plane motion at the knee in preventing ACL injuries. When it comes to ACL tears there, has been a significant correlation between excessive dynamic valgus forces and tears in elite female athletes (Hewett, 2005). This excessive abduction of the knee is considered to be a neuromuscular inefficiency as when they compared trained female and male athletes they found that there were different landing patterns between the genders. Joseph et al. found was that during a drop jump followed by an immediate vertical jump, the timing and organization of ankle eversion, knee valgus, and hip adduction varied significantly between the two groups. In the women’s group, they found that they went through first knee valgus, then ankle eversion, and finally hip adduction whereas the men went through ankle eversion, knee valgus, and then hip adduction. This pattern, shown by the male group, is more optimal since we touch the ground with our feet first and the [...]

By | 2017-05-14T16:23:50+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Training Info|0 Comments

Member of the Month: James Gold

There is nothing Athletic Lab and its staff is more proud of than its members. That's why every month we highlight one of our members who has done something special.  Athletic Lab has members from all walks of life and all fitness and sport backgrounds. On any given day you can walk in to Athletic Lab and find professional athletes and teams from more than a half dozen sports, kids as young as 8 participating in our Lab Rats program, stand out high school athletes participating in our Scholastic Sports Performance Program or adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives in our Performance Fitness classes. For the month of May we've selected James Gold as our member of the month. James has been a member at Athletic Lab for almost 6 years. He started at Athletic Lab looking to get in shape, went on to join our CrossFit Competition Team and now is a member of our Weightlifting team. James is the defacto leader of the group and always ready to provide support to his teammates. He has competed at multiple Masters Weightlifting National Championships and the Masters Pan American Games. Most recently James competed in the National Masters Championships in March. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: James Gold Age: 36 What city were you born in? Rocky Mount, NC What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I eat!  I build and restore Jeeps...and my favorite: I hang out with my wife and crazy daughter. How long have you been a member at Athletic Lab? I've been a member since 2011. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? My favorite things is everything but cardio. My least favorite thing is [...]

By | 2017-05-01T17:26:06+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mike Young delivers Speed-Power Workshop in Dublin, Ireland

For the 4th time in as many weeks, Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young lectured to international coaches. In a workshop organized by Ireland Strength & Conditioning, Young provided a one day workshop for coaches at University College Dublin. Young provided 5 lectures and 2 practical sessions on the advanced speed and power methods that are used on a daily basis at Athletic Lab. Earlier in the month, Young lectured in Gloucester, England for the Proformance Child to Champion Conference; Jersey Channel Island at the Jersey Sport Foundation Conference; and Dublin, Ireland at a private workshop for the Sports Surgery Clinic. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details. Additionally, Athletic Lab is set to host the 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development Conference. This conference will feature speakers from 3 countries including Dr. Mike Stone, Dr. Brad DeWeese, Dr. Matt Jordan and Dr. Young. It is expected to be one of the top learning events of the year for coaches. You can register for the High Performance Athletic Development Conference HERE.

By | 2017-05-01T17:43:29+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Soccer University Prep Program Begins in June

Athletic Lab's highly successful University Prep Soccer Program will be returning this summer. This eight week program will take place from June 5th to July 28th. This program is for all current and incoming collegiate soccer athletes. Athletic Lab is the official Sports Performance Training Center for the North Carolina FC and North Carolina Courage. This program allows high school and university to train like the pros! This program will focus on soccer specific and injury prevention training to prepare college athletes for the upcoming season. Each 90 minute session will develop soccer strength, speed, power, and conditioning. The program is in its sixth year and has had tremendous success preparing both high school players transitioning to college as well as current collegiate players for the rigors of the season. We will incorporate the ball and game-like decision making to develop soccer-specific fitness that will have direct transfer to the game. The planned programming will be developed and coached by Dr. Mike Young. Mike is currently the Head Fitness Coach for North Carolina FC and the North Carolina Courage. Previously, Mike was the Head Fitness Coach of the 2012 & 2013 Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS and the Carolina Railhawks from 2009-2011. In these roles, Mike worked directly with the first team athletes in the weight room and on the field to aid in their physical development, injury prevention, and recovery. He has been an invited guest at Real Madrid, Fulham FC and Liverpool FC and has lectured around the United States as well as Jamaica, Canada, Ireland, England, Japan, and Korea on soccer-specific fitness training. Dates: June 5th-July 28th Schedule: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri @ 9am-10:30am Cost: $649.95 Eligibility: Incoming and Current College Players Questions: Email info@athleticlab.com This program ensures [...]

By | 2017-04-30T10:12:26+00:00 April 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mike Young delivers private workshop at Santry Sports Surgery Clinic

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young provided a private workshop for the strength and rehabilitation staff at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin, Ireland. The Sports Surgery Clinic (SSC) is a world leading center for the treatment of orthopedic, spinal, sports and exercise related injuries. The SSC delivers new standards for excellence in patient care using enhanced patient diagnosis, treatment and recovery modalities. Dr. Young with the SSC Staff Young provided a one day workshop on Training Theory and Sports Technology. Young previously spoke at the at the SSC at the 2014 Sports Surgery Clinic Football Conference. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details. Additionally, Athletic Lab is set to host the 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development Conference. This conference will feature speakers from 3 countries including Dr. Mike Stone, Dr. Brad DeWeese, Dr. Matt Jordan and Dr. Young. It is expected to be one of the top learning events of the year for coaches. You can register for the High Performance Athletic Development Conference HERE.

By | 2017-04-28T06:49:03+00:00 April 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mike Young provides Keynote at JSF Conference on Jersey Channel Island

Two weeks after speaking in Gloucester, UK. Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young lectured at another international conference. Young provided a Keynote Speech at the 2017 Jersey Sport Foundation Conference in Jersey. Jersey is a small channel island located off the coast of France and England. The Jersey Sport Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2014 with the goal of improving sport and the community in Jersey. The Jersey Sport Foundation provides professional support to emerging and established athletes, Sports Associations and the Jersey community. The International Conference featured speakers from Canada, England, Wales and the United States. Mike presented on Development of Physical Capacities for Speed-Power Athletes. If you are interested in having Dr. Young or any other Athletic Lab staff speak at your event please contact us for details. Additionally, Athletic Lab is set to host the 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development Conference. This conference will feature speakers from 3 countries including Dr. Mike Stone, Dr. Brad DeWeese, Dr. Matt Jordan and Dr. Young. It is expected to be one of the top learning events of the year for coaches. You can register for the High Performance Athletic Development Conference HERE.

By | 2017-04-30T08:38:01+00:00 April 28th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mike Young lectures at Proformance Child to Champion Clinic in UK

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently returned from Gloucester, UK where he gave two lectures to the coaches in attendance at the Child to Champion Conference. The conference was hosted by Proformance Strength & Conditioning. The International Conference featured some of the top minds in the world on Long Term Athlete Development. Leading practitioners working across the developmental continuum shared their experiences from various settings including Professional Sport, Professional Academies, Primary and Secondary Schools and Private Settings. Attendees represented institutions such as Leicester Tigers, Arsenal FC, West Bromwich Albion, and the English Institute for Sport. Mike presented on Means and Methods of Eccentric Training and Implementing a Mechanical Model for Plyometric Progressions. Proformance is a UK based company that is partnering with Athletic Lab in June to host the 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development Conference. This conference will feature speakers from 3 countries including Dr. Mike Stone, Dr. Brad DeWeese, Dr. Matt Jordan and Dr. Young. It is expected to be one of the top learning events of the year for coaches. You can register for the High Performance Athletic Development Conference HERE.  

By | 2017-04-24T19:32:07+00:00 April 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

High Intensity Interval Training by Matty Golden

[Matty Golden is in his third year as a sports strength and conditioning student in Setanta College, Ireland and is due to graduate in May 2018. He is currently an Athletic Development Intern at the Athletic Lab.] High intensity interval training is a method used to supplement maximal efforts in training. This is a method of training that involves repeated bouts of high intensity efforts that range from 5 seconds to 8 minutes followed by recovery periods of varying length of time. It is quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by rest periods. HIIT trains the body at high heart rates which aids the burning of fat in shorter periods of time. As quoted in a study done by Martin, J Gbala, “High Intensity Interval Training is a little pain for a lot of gain”. Billat (2001) points out that as early as 1912 that Olympic long distance runner, Hannes Kolehmainen, was employing interval training in his workouts. Often times high intensity interval training is emphasised as “less is more”. Meaning a fast paced 30 minute workout is more beneficial to fat loss then something of a slower pace with a longer duration. In a paper done by Micah Zuhl and Len Kravitz they explain how HIIT can not only provide performance benefits but it can also improve the health of recreational exercisers. They go on to state that it is also very suitable for endurance training or continuous aerobic exercise.  HIIT is a method of training I have used in Ireland both with sport teams and individuals. With highly trained athletes and individuals, increasing volume of the training does not appear to further enhance their endurance performance or peak their oxygen uptake. I am [...]

By | 2017-04-19T09:47:11+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab to host High Performance Athletic Development Conference

Athletic Lab's Mike Young presenting at the 2016 HPAD Conference. Athletic Lab Sports Performance Training Center is proud to host the second annual Proformance Strength & Conditioning High Performance Athletic Development (HPAD) Conference. For the second year in a row, we will host a world class speaker lineup. The HPAD Conference will take place on June 3rd and 4th in Cary, NC. World Renowned Researchers and Coaches The conference will have a mixture of applied sports science and practical 'in-the-trenches' coaching information from leading practitioners. This years lineup has assisted countless Olympic, professional and collegiate athletes. The conference will be an unmissable event on the Strength & Conditioning calendar bringing together coaches from the US, Canada and the UK to offer an unparalleled opportunity to learn, share and connect with some of the best practitioners from around the world. Confirmed speakers for HPAD 2017: Matt Jordan presents at the Strength and Power Performance Course put on by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. Dr. Mike Stone (bio) Head of Exercise & Sport Science at ETSU Dr. Brad Deweese (bio) ETSU / Former Sport Physiologist & Coach for US Olympic Committee Dr. Mike Young (bio) Athletic Lab Director of Performance / Proformance Strength & Conditioning Dr. Matt Jordan (bio) Jordan Strength Athlete Performance / Canadian Institute for Sport Ethan Reeve (bio) Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance / CSCCa President James Baker (bio) Proformance Strength & Conditioning / St. Peter's R.C. High School, Gloucester, UK John Grace, MS (bio) Athletic Lab Assistant Director of Performance Tentative Schedule Day 1 Catered Continental Breakfast Dr. Mike Stone: Potential Physical & Physiological Adaptations to Resistance Training for Sport Dr. Matt Jordan: Eccentric Muscle Actions/ Eccentric Deceleration Ability Ethan Reeve: Escalating Density Training Catered Lunch   John Grace, MS: Olympic Lifts for Sport - Progressions, Techniques, [...]

By | 2017-04-16T12:28:52+00:00 April 13th, 2017|News|0 Comments