Does Isolated Core Training Improve Sport Performance? by Jonte Brown

[This is a guest blog by Jonte Brown. Jonte is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC with a degree in Sport Management and is currently serving as an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab.] Athletes are constantly working to find new ways to train in order to better their performances at a given sport. This is achieved through different strength and conditioning programs that involve some strengthening of the core. Does core strength and stability help improve performance in athletic competition settings? Core stability relates to the bodily region bounded by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, lower back and diaphragm, spinal extensor muscle, and its ability to stabilize the body during movements. Core stability is rarely the main component of an athletic development program. Rather, a part of a larger overall fitness routine. There are mixed results when it comes to this question on core strength and athletic performance. The lower extremity studies it focused on the lower limb effects of core strengthening, because the core is closely associated with the hip joints, and the crucial role it plays in the stabilization and energy transfer from the lower limb through the the body during movements in squatting and sprinting. Some athletes showed improvements in sport specific skills such as rotational swings, ball velocity and club head velocity in golf, rotational swings tennis players, 40-yard dash sprinters and some baseball pitchers and batters, while some in other sports showed no improvements. The same has been shown for the upper extremities as well. The population of these studies included males and females competing at various levels in the sports of baseball, handball and golf. In 2007, a coach implemented a 12-week medicine ball training program [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Training Info|0 Comments

Psychological Effects on Injured Athletes by Jonte Brown

[This is a guest blog by Jonte Brown. Jonte is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC with a degree in Sport Management and is currently serving as an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab.] Being an athlete requires commitment, determination, and most importantly, passion. Sports can dictate an athlete's life and is a part of their personal identity. When you're an athlete, no matter the level of sport, no player wants to be out of competition for any reason, especially if it's injury related. When injured, an athlete is out for a period of time and can't play. An injury is any harm or damage, an act or event that causes someone or something to no longer be fully healthy or in good condition. Injuries can be caused by a number of different factors: overtraining, impact and contact, overuse, poor preparation, poor technique, or improper equipment. As for competition, injuries are most commonly caused by poor training methods, structural abnormalities, weakness in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and unsafe environments. In the words of a coach Herm Edwards, a former professional NFL player and coach, says "There's a difference between being hurt and being injured." For contact sports such as football or basketball, toward the end of the season, into playoffs, all players are hurting due to the grind of a season and the physical nature, but they are still able to play. Although injuries from sports are physiological, many would overlook the relationship between the injury and the psychological issues related to injuries. Athletes may experience a variety of emotional responses and stress upon being injured depending on the severity, it's important that trainers, coaches, and teammates provide a solid social support system. All [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Training Info|0 Comments

High School Preseason Programs Start December 19th

Athletic Lab is introducing two new programs for high school athletes coming this December. We have developed an 8-week preseason program for the high school athlete centered specifically around their season's start date. For the high school Spring sport calendar, we will introduce a women's soccer preseason program and a men's and women's lacrosse preseason program. Both preseason programs will have a specific planned program leading into the start of the season. Each hour long session will focus on developing sport strength, speed, power, and conditioning in a progressive fashion to ensure maximum results and reducing likelihood of injury. Athletic Lab uses an extensive battery of testing to quantify performance improvements. Along with testing, we use evidence-based, field proven training methods, the latest in sports science technology typically reserved for professionals to provide the best possible training environment for our athletes. Much like the highly successful University Preseason Soccer Prep, these high school preseason programs will be specifically geared toward developing the athlete to be prepared for the start of their upcoming sport season. Check out this past Summer's results  from the University Preseason Soccer Prep Program. The programs will both start on December 19th and finish on February 12th.  The groups will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week (times below). Don't be the one sitting on the couch while others are getting better. 

By | October 19th, 2016|News|0 Comments

When to Stop! The Cost of Playing Through Injuries by Jonte Brown

[This is a guest blog by Jonte Brown. Jonte is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC with a degree in Sport Management and is currently serving as an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab.] At some point in an athlete's career, no matter their level, they're going to get hurt. Most injuries require a medical release to return to competition. For an athlete who plays through an injury, he or she is at the risk of effecting their long-term health. Athletes are looked at as role models and heroes for sacrificing their bodies for the glory to win. Why do athletes take the risk and play injured? Maybe to show toughness? Coaches command it. Maybe for fans or the organization, or they just are not willing to miss out. Playing through pain is something that's been experienced by athletes since sports began. Playing with aches and pains are the norm in athletics, especially in contact sports in which players or prospects are sometimes graded on "toughness." Athletes train to control and master their bodies. A injury may seem like a form of betrayal to them because their body isn't cooperating with the physical demands. In reality, the body is telling the mind it needs a break. An individual's mentality has to be very strong to know when to shut it down and get fully recovered when injured to avoid potentially more severe injuries. The sayings, "there is no "I" in team," "get back out there," "suck it up," or "tough it out" are phrases players might hear when they don't feel 100%. The body isn't built to sustain high stress and impact movements for such prolonged periods. That's why the term "father time" [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Training Info|0 Comments

Recap of the 2016 NC Weightlifting State Championships

The North Carolina Weightlifting State Championships were held this past weekend at Athletic Lab. The meet featured 120 weightlifters from across the state of North Carolina to compete for the title of best lifter in North Carolina. The two day event was the largest state weightlifting meet in history. The Athletic Lab weightlifting team had 9 lifters compete and many had monstrous performances throughout the weekend. Most notably Viviane Papp with a 71kg Snatch and a 96kg Clean & Jerk on her final attempt to win the 69kg weight class state title by just 1kg. Her fellow Athletic Lab team members were close behind, recording PR attempts in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and total: Nicole DeNaeyer - 6kg PR competition total JT Wise - went 6 for 6 with three all-time PRs in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and total. James Gold - 4kg PR competition total Steve Gaudet - A massive 5kg all-time Clean & Jerk PR at 182kg/400lbs In addition to the Athletic Lab weightlifting team, other teams from around North Carolina came to take home some hardware. Congratulations to the following athletes, teams, and coaches: Wilmington Weightlifting Club Best Female Weightlifter - Jessica Newton (Harrisburg Weightlifting) Best Male Weightlifter - Ethan Hom (CrossFit RDU) Best Female Weightlifting Team - Harrisburg Weightlifting Club Best Male Weightlifting Team - Wilmington Weightlifting Best Co-Ed Weightlifting Team - Wilmington Weightlifting Thanks to our sponsors Vulcan Strength for providing the competition equipment, the North Carolina Weightlifting Committee, and Riivet broadcasting company. Athletic Lab partnered with Riivet to provide an HD broadcast of the entire weightlifting meet. Contact them if you'd like to put together a live broadcast for any event. You can watch each session and find [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Athletic Lab is participating in a fund raiser to bring money and awareness to help women in need. We've created a fundraising group with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) that is open for donations through October 24th. Athletic Lab will match all donations to the NBCF from now until October 24th and we're asking our members to wear Pink on October 24th to bring awareness to the cause. The mission of the NBCF is to help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.

By | October 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Sport Performance Podcast: Episode #6 – Keith Scruggs

In Episode #6 we interview Keith Scruggs, a PhD student and Performance Coach from the University of South Carolina. Keith studies Motor Learning and Behavioral Sciences at USC. Keith earned his Master's from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) working under Dr. Mike and Dr. Meg Stone. He has also served as a Performance Coach at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center working with the Bobsled and Skeleton athletes. In this podcast, discussion includes: Diversifying skills in athletics. How and when to give feedback. Early specialization and when it is appropriate to specialize in one sport. The role of practice variability in novice vs elite athletes. Improving and assessing skill retention. You can listen to previous episodes HERE.  

By | October 8th, 2016|Podcast|0 Comments

Mike Young presents at UNC Blue Ops

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently shared his thoughts on periodization with the sport and strength and conditioning coaches of the University of North Carolina as part of the Athletic Department's Blue Ops program. The meetings are held quarterly and Young's presentation on training theory and programming for athletic development was the first of the 2016-2017 academic calendar. If you are interested in having Young or any other member of the Athletic Lab staff speak privately or at an event please contact us for details. 

By | September 28th, 2016|News|0 Comments

5 Million Meter Row for Domestic Violence

Athletic Lab is hosting a fund raiser to raise awareness and money to fight domestic violence. Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. HOW IT WORKS: The participant, person doing the rowing is the "Athlete". The "Donor", is the person(s) giving money. After signing up, Athlete seeks out donations from single or multiple Donors. Athlete should set goal of meters he/she would be able to complete throughout the month of October. Athlete will have the entire month of October to complete their distance and can use Athletic Lab during open hours, it does NOT have to be done in one sitting. Key distances: BEGINNER LEVEL = 10,000m INTERMEDIATE LEVEL = 21,097.5m = 1/2 marathon COMPETITION LEVEL = 42,195m = marathon FOR EXAMPLE: Meters are purchased in 100m increments (minimum). Each 100m costs $2.00 (or 0.02/ meter. It is the athlete's objective to raise enough interest & money from donor(s). The athlete will commit to row the meters equivalent to the money raised. If an athlete receives multiple donors and raises $1,000, he/she will row 50k meters. So are you ready?! How much can you raise? How much can you row?

By | September 28th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Announcing Scholastic Class Schedule Restructure

Athletic Lab is proud to announce that we will be upgrading our Scholastic Sports Performance program offerings effective October 3rd. After careful consideration of the schedule limitations of high school athletes due to class schedules and in-season sports, we are making some changes to bring you a more effective training experience. Beginning October 3rd we will be offering three class types during the school year. The "Strength" and "Speed" class structure will remain unchanged as they are our most popular Scholastic classes. Our third class will be a "Hybrid" class. This class will be an all-around athletic development session designed to provide the most efficient training for the athlete during the school year. We understand that during the school year it becomes increasingly difficult to attend multiple sessions during the week. When an athlete is in-season it is important to maintain and improve upon speed, power, and strength qualities gained in the off-season. Our new hybrid class will accomplish this without requiring the athlete to attend more classes than necessary during their sport season. We feel it will also allow our athletes more time to focus on their school work. The new schedule is as follows: Monday 4PM Strength 5PM Hybrid (Speed-Power emphasis) Tuesday 4PM Speed 5PM Hybrid (Power-Strength emphasis) Wednesday 4PM Strength 5PM Speed Thurdsday 4PM Hybrid (Speed-Power emphasis) 5PM Strength Friday 4PM Speed 5PM Hybrid (Power-Strength emphasis) Saturday 10AM Speed 11AM Strength

By | September 22nd, 2016|News|0 Comments