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Copa America Centenario 2016

Posted on by Mike Overturf

Athletico’s involvement with Copa America Centenario

At 100 years old, the Copa America Centenario is the oldest international continental “football” competition. For the first time it is being played on American soil, having only been played in South America in the past. Read More

How Swimming Can Help Improve Your Health

Posted on by Brian Whittington

Swimming continues to grow in popularity as one of the aerobic exercises of choice. With as little as 2.5 hours of swimming a week you can significantly decrease your risk of chronic illnesses. Read More

Coaching Body Contact in Hockey: Defense & Working the Boards

Posted on by Steve Chmielewski

Hockey is a graceful game that requires players to participate in manner that requires body contact regardless of whether checking is permitted. Any avid hockey player can acknowledge the difference between a “body check” and “body contact” but occasionally the line can be blurred when a player’s skill level is questionable and when an official’s subjective interpretation is applied to the game. Read More

Hockey Training Tip: Off-Ice Balance Training

Posted on by Steve Chmielewski

Lower extremity strength training is a priority when considering a comprehensive training program for youth hockey players. Most coaches consider dynamic stretching, functional strengthening and plyometric training to be enough. However in a sport where agility and balance are essential it is important to consider how players can improve these components off the ice. Read More

5 Ways Sleep Improves Athleticism

Posted on by Dave Heidloff

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, articles profiled Tom Brady and the regimen he has to aid the longevity of his football career. One thing that popped out at me was his devotion to getting to sleep by 9 pm every night. It reminded me of an article I read about the Blackhawks and how they felt napping played a huge role in their success. While increased amount of rest is common knowledge at higher levels of sport, it is commonly overlooked at lower levels. When it comes to improving athleticism in younger athletes, so much of the focus is put on strength training methods, diet, and supplementation, while little focus is put on sleep. There is a growing body of evidence that indicates that forgoing sleep might is a huge misstep. Read More

5 Tips for Running in Cold Weather

Posted on by Michelle Helberg

For the avid runners who are determined to keep their mileage up despite colder temperatures, it’s time to get prepared. Running in colder temperatures is not a problem as long as you stay smart, healthy and alert. Read our 5 Tips for Running in Cold Weather below:  Read More

6 Tips for a Healthy High School Gymnastics Season

Posted on by Athletico

The gymnastics and cheer seasons’ are underway! Check out our second blog focusing on staying healthy during the gymnastics and cheerleading season. Our second blog by Melissa Winterhalter, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, specializes in gymnastics and performing arts. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Read More

Minimalist Shoes: Are They Right for You?

Posted on by Michelle Helberg

As the colder weather approaches, moving indoors to train might be on the radar for some. For many elite runners, preparing to running through the frightful weather may be the usual, but as the temperature drops, most of us are ready to move indoors to avoid the cold, the elements and the runny nose. Having the right kind of shoe for running indoors can help improve your desired training results. Read More

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