Train Movements, Not Individual Muscles

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be released this summer.   Sports performance is the result of coordinated movements. Casting a fly rod, spiking a volleyball, paddling a boat, skiing moguls, and hiking … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: Sports Conditioning Training Pyramid

Alignment is the Foundation of Strength and Athletics

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be released this summer.   Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS, researcher, national lecturer, and author, developed the “Optimum Performance Pyramid” as a model to understand movement. It … Read More

9 Reasons to Support Local Athletic Events

Earlier this month my husband and I rode the Moab Century, a 100-mile bike tour, on our tandem. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery, well-stocked aid stations, and camaraderie of being out on the roads with several other cyclists from around … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Age is not to blame for sports injuries

Age is Not To Blame for Your Sports Injuries

Many people will blame injuries and pain on their age. I’m here to tell you that giving up sports is not a certainty of growing older. Sports are not to blame for your injuries, either. Sports are not bad! We … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: The Color Run

What is Athletic Toughness?

Is athletic toughness pushing through the pain and possibly compromising your body for future sports participation to compete in a race? OR Is athletic toughness having the integrity to listen to your body, make self-respecting choices and think beyond today’s … Read More

Many Athletes are Dysfunctional!

Professional golfer Tiger Woods pulled out of the first round of the Farmers Open last month due to back pain. He blamed his pain on lack of glute activation.   “My glutes are shutting off and they they don’t activate … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: 4 Reasons You Don't Want to Get Hurt

4 Reasons You Don’t Want to Get Hurt

Ankle Taping“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ben Franklin said these famous words in 1736 in reference to fire prevention. The same philosophy, however, can apply to sports injuries. For several reasons–beyond the obvious–we want to … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: Knowing When to Let Go of a Sports Goal

Knowing When to Let Go of a Sports Goal

BalloonLetting go is hard. In my experience it is much more difficult to coach someone to postpone participation in an event than to continue ahead with strenuous training. I’ve also struggled with this personally. Consider this . . .   … Read More

Should you stretch a tight muscle?

Seems like a silly question with an obvious answer, right? Wrong! When we stretch a tight muscle we make the assumption that the muscle is tight because it is shortened and needs to be lengthened, but this is not always … Read More

Cross Train for Better Posture and Performance

Postural deviations are typically the result of not enough motion or too much of the same, repetitive movements. Years of being hunched over a bicycle combined with a desk job caused my shoulders and upper back to take on a … Read More

Are you racing out of fear?

Why do you race? I have been asking my friends, teammates and clients this question for years. Yet, I have not heard a satisfactory answer. I recently had a conversation on this topic with a client, which was the impetus … Read More