The Healthy Living Challenge
Athletic Lab’s Healthy Living Challenge is back! The HLC is beginning on January 12th (testing and measurements) and will run through March 2nd. This is a great opportunity to kick off 2013 on the right foot. Let us help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals. Participating in this challenge will help you to learn how to take better care of yourself through diet and nutrition. You will be guided as to what to eat, receive feedback on how to improve your diet through weekly food logs and learn about nutrition. A point system will be put in place to help encourage you to stay the course. Those with the most points win!
You can find more info and register here: REGISTER
Athletic Lab coaches earn USAW Senior Coach Credentials
This past weekend Athletic Lab proudly hosted a USA Weightlifting Senior Coaches Course. Athletic Lab’s Dr. Mike Young and Doretta Gaudreau assisted 1984 Olympic Weightlifting Coach Harvey Newton in teaching USA Weightlifting’s advanced coaches course. Athletic Lab’s Greg Maness and Mike Young attended the course.
Athletic Lab will be hosting our third USA Weightlifting Level 1 certification course on April, 13-14th, 2013. Coaches can register for the LEVEL 1 course here: REGISTER
Level 1 Course Information:
Successful completion of this comprehensive introductory course will result in a Level 1 Sport Performance Coach Certification.
1823 North West Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC 27513
Date: April 13th-14th, 2013
Registration fee is $495.00 and includes the following:
- Course registration and materials
- One (1) year of USA Weightlifting membership
Note: Travel, hotel and meals are not included in registration fee.
ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
Over half of Athletic Lab’s athletes are females. Many participate in sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer that have been linked with very high likelihoods for ACL tears.
[This post is written by Chris Hoina, CSCS - Athletic Development Coach at Athletic Lab]
A large body of literature suggests that gender differences are partially responsible for the high prevalence of ACL injuries in female athletes. It is common knowledge that the female athlete is more susceptible to certain injuries. However, the reasons for why these propensities exist may not be fully known or understood to the athlete, coach or practitioner. The athlete or coach who is constantly keeping up to speed on the latest evidence based research may find themselves perplexed by the number of studies that attempt to determine a causality between genders and ACL injuries. Here we will discuss two studies that provide us with a better understanding of why ACL injuries occur more in females than males.
As indicated by Krishnan, Huston, Amendola and Williams (2008) it has been determined that female athletes have a higher incidence of anterior knee pain and non contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries than males (p. 800). Many of us however are left asking how or why this is possible? However, the answer is not as succinct as the question. It has been postulated that altered biomechanics and neuromuscular control play a significant role in the disproportionate incidence of knee joint injuries (Krishnan et al., 2008, p. 800 ).
Researchers of this study sought to determine if muscular control of the quadriceps and hamstrings varied in males and females. Although the goal of this study was not to determine causes of ACL injuries, some data was discovered that pertains to this problem. Krishnan et al. (2008) discovered that “females recruit a larger number of motor units than males for a given contraction intensity and tend to preferentially recruit new motor units prior to increasing motor unit firing rates” (p. 806). In lay terms, this translates to a broader, less specific and less controlled use of musculature during activities. In conjunction with this observation, Krishnan et al. (2008) have theorized that “the higher level of quadriceps activity observed in females may predispose them to non-contact ACL injuries and help explain the gender disparity in injury incidence” (p. 806 ). This theory suggests that increased quadriceps activity in females leads to a greater anterior tibiofemoral shear load, thus placing more strain on the the ACL (Krishnan et al., 2008, p. 806). This is but one of many in a sea of studies that scratch the surface as to why ACL injuries are more prevalent in females than males.
A second study, conducted by Varadarajan, Gill ,Freiberg, Rubash and Li (2008) identified the gender differences in trochlear groove orientation and rotational kinematics of the knee. In this study, researchers discovered that “females showed a greater external tibial rotation at 0° flexion, smaller internal rotation at 30° flexion, and great range of tibial rotation, during the weigh-bearing activity”(Varadarajan et al., 2009, p. 874). This increased joint laxity has been shown to contribute to the increased Q angle during weight-bearing activity thus causing a shift of contact pressure towards the lateral facet of the patellofemoral joint (Varadarjan et al., 2009, p. 874). Joint laxity along with “increased external rotation at low flexion angles could predispose the female knee to increased ACL impingement with the lateral femoral condyle during pivoting motions associated with ACL injuries (Varadarajan et al., 2009, pp. 874-875). Again, in lay terms, this essentially states that some females may be predisposed to a less efficient and less stable patellofemoral joint.
It appears that many female athletes may be predisposed to ACL injuries for a number of reasons. It is important for the athlete, coach and practitioner to realize that there is not one cause of ACL injury in the female athlete. Theses are simply two studies that point towards causal relationships within the research results, however many more studies elucidate why ACL injuries are more common in females than males. The take home message here, is to realize that some women may be predisposed to ACL injuries, but that these injuries can be mitigated by the inclusion of proper strength and conditioning strategies.
Krishnan, C., Huston, K., Amendola, A. & Williams, G. N. (2008). Quadriceps and hamstrings muscle control in athletic males and females. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 26(6), 800-808.
Varadarajan, K. M., Gill, T. J., Freiberg, A. A., Rubash, H. E. & Li, G. (2009). Gender differences in trochlear groove orientation and rotational kinematics of human knees. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 27(7), 871-878.
There are a few changes made to the schedule leading into the holidays. The classes list as follows:
- December 24th - CF/Performance Fitness 7:00am, 8:00am, 5:00pm, 6:00pm. Scholastic 3:45pm
- December 25th - CLOSED
- December 26th - CF/Performance Fitness 7:00am, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm. Scholastic 3:45pm, 6:00pm
- December 27th - Classes resume as normal.
We hope everyone has safe travels and a happy holiday!
Member Profile: Keri Ackerman
We have an interesting community at Athletic Lab full of great inspirational stories ranging from professional athletes, high schoolers and any-thing but ordinary ‘joe blows.’ Moving forward we’ll be profiling one member a month. Our first, is Keri Ackerman.
Hoina featured in Walter Magazine
Chris Hoina, HPC Elite athlete and Athletic Lab Sport Performance Coach, was featured in the latest issue of Walter Magazine. Chris, a USA Skeleton developmental athlete, with years of training under his belt, looks to take the 2018 Olympic Games head on.
But if you’re Chris Hoina, you duct tape your cleaved chin back together, clean up the blood the best you can and head back up to the start house, because you will not be wasting a run today.
This excerpt sums up Chris’s career and shows the love he has for the sport and his determination to succeed. You can read the entire article here.
Athletic Lab Potluck Dinner
We will be having a potluck dinner at Athletic Lab on Saturday, December 8th at 3:00 pm. We know the holiday season is coming up, so we would like to extend an invitation to all members and family before it gets too hectic. This is also an opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. Mike Young and other Athletic Lab members, if you have not already had the privilege to do so. Mike is the co-owner of Athletic Lab and has been off-site with the Vancouver Whitecaps for the last year. We will have a sign up sheet at the front desk asking how many people will be in your party and for your generosity to bring a dish to share. We hope to see everyone there.
Collegiate Soccer Training at Athletic Lab
Off for winter break and need somewhere to get a leg-up on the competition? Athletic Lab will be holding collegiate soccer training, starting on December 17th. This program will be headed by Stephanie Shaw, four year player at Division I East Carolina University. The training will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00am - 10:30am starting December 17th. Be better than the competition; train while they’re sitting on the couch. Spots filling fast. Sign up here.
Athletic Lab to host USAW Level 2 Course
We are two weeks away from hosting our first USAW Level 2 course. Harvey Newton, 1984 USA Olympic Weightlifting Team head coach, and Dr. Mike Young, Fitness Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) and co-owner of Athletic Lab, will be instructing throughout the weekend. Below is the course information and a link to register:
You can register for the Level 2 course here: REGISTER
Athletic Lab is also hosting a USAW Level 1 course in April 2013. More information here
Level 2 Course Information:
Successful completion of this comprehensive introductory course will result in a Level 2 Senior Weightlifting Coach Certification
1823 North West Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC 27513
Date: December 14th-16th, 2012
Hotel Accommodations: http://bit.ly/usawlevel2 (the special room rate has already been applied) If you are calling, please mention the USAW course at Athletic Lab.
Level 2 Registration Fee: $495.00
The Level 2 Senior Coach Course is the second formalized education course within USA Weightlifting’s Coaching Education curriculum. The course accommodates the needs of coaches who have already qualified as Level 1 Weightlifting Coach (Club Coach) and is generally scheduled over four consecutive days or two 2-day segments.
The aim of this course is geared toward the developing Level 1 Weightlifting Coach graduate who has progressed beyond coaching beginners. The course offers an expanding education for coaches, introducing many Sports Science elements. Instructors will provide candidates with a body of knowledge and practical expertise so that they can develop their lifters from Club standard to National standard and beyond. More emphasis is on programming of training and preparing athletes to compete on the international platform. A more comprehensive biomechanics chapter is included and a number of new topics are introduced such as anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, strength and power principles and general physical preparation.
Prerequisites to taking the course:
- Level 1 Weightlifting Coach or Level 1 Sport Performance Coach certification
- Current USAW membership and certification at the time of the course
*Candidates seeking promotion to Level 2 Coach status can attend and pass the course if they have not fulfilled the athlete requirements listed below. However, they are given a two (2) year period to complete these requirements. Only then will the Level 2 Coach certification be awarded.
USAW Level 2 Senior Coach Certification is contingent on the following:
- Successful completion of the Level 2 Senior Coach Course
- Receive a passing score on the Level 2 Senior Coach Course Test and the LWC Referee Test
- Provide proof of current (accredited) CPR certification (USAW is not responsible for applicable fees) Certification accepted from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council.
- Pass a background check(USAW is not responsible for applicable fees)
- You must coach at least
- Four (4) individual USAW-registered athletes at the National School Age Weightlifting Championships OR
- Two (2) individual USAW-registered athletes at any of the following:
- the National Junior Weightlifting Championships
- National Collegiate Weightlifting Championships
- American Open Weightlifting Championships
- National Weightlifting Championships
- The athletes you coach must have you listed as their coach on their respective USAW membership accounts.
- Active, continued USAW membership and certification at the current level.
Please note the following critical information:
- You MUST be present for the ENTIRE course and exam in order to be eligible for certification.
- The deadline to register for any course is 5 business days prior to the beginning of the course.
- In the event a course is cancelled, USA Weightlifting is not responsible for any hotel, travel or other costs incurred by people who have registered for that course.
- To maintain certification, annual USA Weightlifting membership renewal and bi-annual background checks are required.
Thank You To All Our Members
It’s Thanksgiving and we would be remiss if we didn’t show our appreciation for all of our clients and supporters. We would like to thank all our clients and supporters for trusting Athletic Lab with your health, fitness and athletic performance needs. Without your support and business we wouldn’t be where we are today. We know that you have many options for places to train and we are grateful that you have placed your confidence and trust with us. Thank you and we look forward to providing you with the best possible sport performance and fitness services for years to come. Happy Thanksgiving!