This course was originally developed for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club's (BABC) Nike EYBL team. It's focus was to prepare the athletes for the grueling AAU and EYBL season. However, THE SCOPE OF THIS COURSE IS OF TREMENDOUS VALUE TO ANY TRAVEL TEAM ATHLETE or ANY ATHLETE WHO WANTS TO KNOW HOW TO RECOVER MORE EFFECTIVELY.
Do you play basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, volleyball, tennis or field hockey?
Do you compete as a fencer, boxer, wrestler, ice skater, Taekwondo, judo,or BJJ competitor?
If you answered yes to any of the above, male or female, this course is for you.
You will know how to:
- Maximize your recovery between games.
- Optimize your diet for maximum energy when you need it.
- Use your breath to recover quicker and increase your game time performance.
You will have:
- 2 specific routines to eliminate back and hip pain.
- A 10-minute warm-up routine with will relax and loosen your muscle, while activating your CNS and strengthen your tendons. You will instantly boost your performance and reduce the risk of spraining your ankles or injuring your knees with this simple and time effective routine.
- 2 mental prep MP3 that will walk you through how to get your mind where you need it to be to play your best in a matter of minutes. Reduce stress and anxiety, eliminate mental distractions, and laser beam your focus.
Why Me? Why FREE?
I have had the good fortune for over a decade to work with a number of athletes who inspire on and off their court or field of play. I have also had the privilege of being the athletic development and rehab coach for New England's premiere boys AAU Basketball program, The BABC. They all share two things in common: 1) They have taught me a lot. I learn so much from each and everyone of them. 2) They have come to me injured. Most from with performance crippling pain that did not have to be. No athlete was worse off than Dennis Clifford of Boston College.
“He (coach DeGroat) wanted to get it out of my head that I had this chronic condition,’’ Clifford said. “He wanted me to focus on how my body was moving, what muscles I was using, what weaknesses I had that was causing tension and pain.’’
It was a gradual but painstaking process to “re-sync my body,’’ Clifford said. But one morning this spring he got out of bed pain-free.
“Usually, I’m crawling out like an 80-year-old person,’’ he recalled. “The first day I squatted out of my bed without pain, I remembered looking around and going, ‘Holy smokes, that’s something I haven’t felt in the last two years.’ That was like a miracle. It felt like I was getting out of a wheelchair.
“So that was really cool for me, to be able to do normal stuff throughout the day, like walking to class and going up the steps, getting in and out of a desk pain-free, that was like amazing. I felt I was ready to come back.’’
Excerpts from “Dennis Clifford’s return boosts BS basketball” – Michael Vega, Boston Globe Oct 30, 2014
It was a real privilege to work with Dennis and see his hard work and focused effort get him back on the court when it was doubted by many. BUT THE TRUTH IS I'M TIRED. I'M TIRED OF SEEING YOUNG, HEALTH ATHLETES HURT, PLAYING IN PAIN, AND ROBBED OF BEING ABLE TO PERFORM AT THEIR BEST.
I'm one man. I don't have the time, energy, or desire to change a broke and damaging system. But I do have the desire, experience, and knowledge to pass on tools and understanding to athletes who want to perform at their best. When I was your age I had people reach out to me and help me pursue my athletic dreams. Offering this course to you at no cost is my way of paying it forward.
Train Smart - Live Well - Play Often
The goal of this course is simple: GIVE YOU THE TOOLS AND UNDERSTANDING YOU NEED TO PERFORM AT YOUR BEST. More specifically the tools and understanding you need during an event with limited recovery between games.
The current structure of many AAU and Showcase tournaments puts you the athlete at an increased risk of injury. And they don't allow you to showcase at your best. Let me ask you this question, "When was the last time you played a tournament weekend and felt healthy and athletic the whole weekend?" When was the last time you finished a weekend tourney and after your 4th or 5th game said to yourself, "I feel good. I'm ready to play one or two more."?
The truth is if you are like most athletes, at best you are dragging after you last game. At worst, you've injured yourself and need to take time off. More often then not though, you are somewhere between nursing aches and pains that you have come to believe are just part of being an athlete. "No Pain. No Gain", "Pain is Weakness Living the Body", etc.
I am all for mental toughness, finding limits, and pushing through barriers. However, THERE IS NO REASON OR JUSTIFICATION FOR YOU AS A HIGH SCHOOL AGED ATHLETE TO BE SUFFERING WITH CHRONIC SOFT TISSUE PAIN.
The Problem is: OVER THE COURSE OF MULIT-DAY EVENTS IS THAT YOUR BODY IS UNABLE TO FULLY RECOVER BETWEEN GAMES. The inability to fully recover leads to decreased performance and increased risk of injury. There are four main causes that lead to this:
- Deconditioned - you come into the event undertrained and lacking the fitness base to properly compete.
- Overtrained - you come into the event overstressed from to much training before the event. Your body is actually in a recover and repair cycle when you are trying to compete.
- Poor Mechanics - poor body mechanics (generally running) put the body in a mechanical disadvantage. These disadvantages cause muscles to work inefficiently and fatigue quickly.
Inadequate Recovery Game Plan - you fail to address the full matrix of mental and physical recovery needs between games. Given the short time between each game a negative accumulation of stress occurs.
You need to address the first and second causes of insufficient recovery with a proper training cycle before an event. To insure that you are peaking when you want. Your training cycle before an event can not and should not simply be "working hard".
IF YOU WANT TO MAXIMIZE YOUR TALENT, POTENTIAL, AND PERFORMANCE YOU MUST HAVE YEAR ROUND TRAINING SCHEDULE THAT PROPERLY UTILIZES TRAINING PERIODIZATION AND SUPERCOMPENSATION. To address those issues is beyond the scope of this course. If you need help creating a specific Strategic, Individualized, Blueprint (S.I.B) contact me or a professional coach near you. The same is true for addressing poor bio-mechanics. Again, you can contact me directly or seek out a professional athletic development coach or rehab specialist to address your specific needs.
The aim of this course is to give you the understanding and tools you need to address the third main cause of insufficient recovery, an Inadequate Recovery Game Plan. Over the course of five lessons you will learn how to properly REFUEL your body, RELEASE muscle tension, RELAX and REBOOT your mind between games to maximize your recovery time, decrease your risk of injury, and increase you performance.