Small-sided games, injuries, and too many games

July 23rd, 2015

After reading the above on Twitter, I knew that 140 characters would be insufficient. However, to answer the question accurately requires two additional questions: Read the rest of this entry »

The problem with ACL prevention programs

May 8th, 2015

During the spring soccer season, nearly every girls team has warmed up with some form of an ACL prevention program. Whether specifically designed for purposes of ACL prevention like the FIFA11+ or PEP programs, or just a basic dynamic warmup that looked similar, every team’s initial warmup period was fairly similar.  Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Julie Eibensteiner

February 2nd, 2015

This interview is excerpted from Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 6.

Julie Eibensteiner is a physical therapist and owner of Laurus Athletic Rehab and Performance LLC, an independently-owned practice specializing in ACL rehab and prevention in competitive athletes. In addition to being an educational contributor on topics of sport injury and prevention, Eibensteiner is actively involved as a coach in both college and competitive youth soccer settings.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Game Plan to Prevent Knee Injuries

January 16th, 2015

Originally published by Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, January/February 2015

The post on the local prep sports message board started innocently with a poster offering his condolences to a young high-school basketball player who tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a spring league game. The thread continued with overwhelmingly positive messages, encouraging the player that she will return like nothing had happened, and she will have time to earn her college scholarship that appeared likely. Though the messages were supportive and positive, they were equally disheartening. Read the rest of this entry »

ACL Injury Prevention and Task Complexity

December 11th, 2014

An article published in the Strength & Conditioning Journal based on my presentation at Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group.

Task Complexity and S&C article

After clicking on the link above to read the article, below are videos of exercises that fit with the concepts.

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By Brian McCormick, PhD
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League
Author, Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development

Pain, Injury, and Rehabilitation

February 5th, 2014

Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, January/February 2014.

Injuries happen. If you play sports long enough, you will hurt something at some point. It is part of the game. I coach basketball, so ankle sprains are the most common injury. What happens when we sprain an ankle? When we land on someone’s foot, we feel pain. However, according to Dr. Adrian Luow, pain is a construct of the brain. When we land on someone’s foot and sprain our ankle, the proprioceptors and nerves in our ankle signal danger, not pain. As Dr. Luow said during his presentation at the Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group (BSMPG) conference in May 2013, pain is a decision by the brain, and it is determined by how you think. The pain that we feel in the ankle is really a perception of threat.  Read the rest of this entry »

No pain does not mean a healed ankle sprain

September 5th, 2013

During a form shooting drill my my u20 team last night, I walked over to a player and asked about his ankle.

“When did you hurt your ankle?
“It’s fine,” he answered.
“When did you hurt it?”
“Last year, but it’s fine now,” he reassured me.
“It’s affecting your performance,” I said. 

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Injury prevention programs, training right, play, and childhood

June 17th, 2013

This weekend, I attended the Seattle Sounders Sports Science Mentorship Weekend, which is a very good event for the burgeoning field of sports scientists in the United States. The best speaker, to me, was Charlie Weingroff. I have heard Weingroff speak a couple times, including last month at the Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group conference, and he combines common-sense thinking with loads of practical experience and intelligence to substantiate his remarks and his opinions. Read the rest of this entry »

The Underlying Importance of Sleep

December 6th, 2012

Originally published in Los Angeles Sport & Fitness, December 2012.

In college, I set my alarm for 5A.M. so that I could wake up, grab a banana, and drive to the Marina Del Rey boathouse to be on the water with the crew team by 5:30 A.M. Rowing early in the morning was a matter of practicality, as the water was calm before the hubbub of the daily marina activities. Rowing early in the morning also was practical because our meets were in the morning; we trained in a similar state to our performance state in terms of our Circadian rhythms. Read the rest of this entry »

Basketball Sports Medicine Coach and Parent Education: Concussions

June 2nd, 2012

While teaching my undergraduate introduction to coaching course, we did a unit on safety and injury prevention. The class concluded that leagues should provide parents and coaches with education about concussions when children begin their athletic participation. Read the rest of this entry »