Jordan Lappin and Grace Nelson win Lacrosse State Championship

Athletic Lab athletes Jordan Lappin and Grace Nelson of Cardinals Gibbons High School finished off an outstanding lacrosse season by winning the 4A state championship this past weekend. This state title is their second in a row. Grace, who is committed to Ohio State University, said that she “knew from our first game this season that we wanted to make it back to states and win for the second time, and as a team we had never worked harder for that.” Jordan and Grace were the two top goal scorers for the team this past season with 87 and 44 goals respectively. Jordan, who will be playing for Boston College in the fall, said that while the games look easy sometimes, “there was a lot of hard work put in on and off the field from each member of our team that made the repeat possible.”

By | 2017-05-25T11:27:39+00:00 May 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mike Young speaks at USOC High Performance Strength & Conditioning Symposium

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young was one of 14 high performance practitioners selected to speak at the US Olympic Committee's High Performance Strength & Conditioning Symposium. The 3 day symposium was held in Colorado Springs, CO at the Olympic Training Center. Nearly 90 coaches, sports scientists and high performance directors from around the world were hand selected to attend this exclusive event. Representatives from the NBA, MLB, NFL NHL, NASCAR and national teams from Australia, Canada, England, Wales, Ireland and more were present. The topic of Young's talk was "Using Subjective & Objective Criteria to Monitor, Measure & Adapt The Training Stimulus in the MLS." Dr. Mike Young presents at the USOC High Performance Strength & Conditioning Symposium Young will next speak at an Athletic Lab hosted event on June 3-4. The 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development 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. Additionally, 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.

By | 2017-05-24T16:26:14+00:00 May 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

2017 Memorial Day Schedule

In respect of Memorial Day, Athletic Lab will have a modified class schedule on Monday May 29th, 2017. Please be advised that the class schedule is changed as follows: Performance Fitness: Performance Fitness Foundations 9:00am Performance Fitness CrossFit 9:00am Performance Fitness CrossFit 9:30am Performance Fitness CrossFit 10:00am Performance Fitness CrossFit 10:30am Weightlifting 11am Sports Performance Scholastic Speed 10am Scholastic Strength 11am Open Gym 9am-12pm Thank you for your cooperation and have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

By | 2017-05-24T14:22:08+00:00 May 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

YouthFit at Athletic Lab

Welcome to beautiful North Carolina in 2017. We have miles of sandy beaches, beautiful mountains, quaint towns, and the 23rd highest overweight and obesity rates among children aged 10 to 17 in the nation. More specifically, about one in three (32.3%) North Carolina high school students are either overweight or obese (Eat Smart, Move More NC). One in three! In other words, if your high schooler has two best friends, it is likely that one of the three of them is overweight or obese. Our nation is currently experiencing an obesity epidemic. The definition of an epidemic is “a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.” The startling point is that obesity is a disease within our control. Although I am just one person in our world of more than seven billion, I am making it my mission to do what I can to tackle the childhood obesity issue and put a dent in this epidemic. The obesity epidemic has numerous effects on our nation, from our health to our wallets. The chronic disease costs the United States approximately $190 billion in health-related bills each year (Understanding the American Obesity Epidemic). Our ever-growing bodies are developing Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, respiratory problems, in addition to social and psychological problems, to name just a few. But you knew that. Everyone knows the risks, yet we keep letting ourselves and our children eat more, exercise less, and, all the while, grow bigger and bigger. In the table below, you can clearly see this trend of rising percentages of obesity prevalence in American adolescents over the past three decades (The Psychiatric clinics of North America). The current generation [...]

By | 2017-05-20T09:44:19+00:00 May 20th, 2017|News, Training Info|0 Comments

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