In-season training and conditioning can be a challenge for football players. After all, they’ve already endured rigorous offseason programs followed by preseason training camps in the August heat. Now they face the weekly pounding of games that can continue into December, January, or even February, depending on the level of play. The key is to walk the line between preseason conditioning and shutting down completely.
It’s unrealistic for players to think they can maintain an ambitious program. At the same time, focusing solely on football and ignoring recovery strategies is a recipe for injury.
“As players go further into the season, they can start forgetting about the little things they did at the beginning of the year,” says Nick Winkelman, director of education and performance systems for Athletes’ Performance. “Remember that what got you there will keep you there.” Here are three ways to stay on top of your game, minimize your exposure to injury, and prepare for a long schedule that could end with a run deep into the postseason.
Avoiding weight gain during the holidays can be challenging for even the most dedicated performance athletes. Thanksgiving kicks off a six-week gauntlet of holiday parties and celebrations that doesn't end until New Year’s morning. But rather than resigning yourself to putting on weight and dealing with it as part of your 2014 New Year’s resolutions, formulate some strategies to end 2013 strong—and at or below the weight you began the holiday season. Here’s how.
Well at Work
Just because an employee is skipping vacation days to work, it doesn't mean they're being more productive or they're more satisfied at work than employees that take all their allotted vacation time. In fact, a majority of human resources professionals believe that employees who use their personal time off are happier and more productive, according to a new study from the Society for Resource Management.
There’s nothing easy about flying the friendly skies. In fact, they’re not very friendly at all. But with a little up-front planning, you can make your next airplane trip a happier and healthier experience. As John Wooden often preached, failing to prepare is the same as preparing to fail. Want to ace your next trip? Remember these must-have carry-ons.
Well at Work
Stressed at the office? You're not alone. Stress is the number one workplace issue according to the 2013/2014 Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey, conducted by Towers Watson in collaboration with the National Business Group on Health. While employers ranked stress as the top issue facing employees, above physical inactivity and obesity, only 15 percent said that decreasing stress and anxiety was a top priority of their company's health and productivity programs.
In the News
Athletes’ Performance is excited and honored to announce The Comeback Initiative, a new program dedicated to serving military, law enforcement, fire fighter, and first aid responders who were injured or wounded while serving.
Think you're burning the same amount of calories from cleaning your house as you would going to the gym? Think again. According to a new study published in the BMC Public Health journal, most people overestimate the amount of calories they're burning during housework.
Well at Work
Anyone who has spent their 9-to-5 behind a desk can confirm that lower-back pain is a serious threat to employee performance. And according to new research published in the Journal of Pain, up to 70 percent of us will experience such pain in our lifetimes. What’s worse, many of those symptoms will turn chronic.
It’s practically impossible to avoid candy in the days that flank Halloween. In fact, candy sales for the holiday can reach upwards of $2 billion. So don’t fear the indulgence. But rather factor it into your nutrition goals. Start by following the below advice from Amanda Carlson-Phillips, vice president of nutrition and research at Athlete’s Performance, who tackled three common Halloween-turned-healthy questions.
After clocking hours of practice and putting your body to the test, you're ready to take on the competition. Stay focused, ease tension, and solidify your game-day performance by getting your mind in the game with these simple strategies.
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Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.
When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.
Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance
A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.
Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.