Archive for April, 2014

Awesome Article on What D1 Lacrosse Coaches Do With Their Own Kids

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on April 30, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nothing is more telling than what we do as a parent. I have said this over and over. We need to lead our kids ( and maybe force them) in the right direction.

In my case my 14 year old daughter plays ice hockey at a national level but plays soccer, has competed in Judo ( Mass State Champ at age 10) as well as swimming and diving. I am just now letting her specialize in her chosen sport, ice hockey.

My 9 year old plays ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse and has done swimming, flag football and soccer.

Take a look at what Division 1 Lacrosse coaches do with their kids.

Thanks to Chris Leavy for this one.

NHL Players Began Specializing Later Than You Think

Posted in StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on April 27, 2014 by mboyle1959

If you are a hockey parent with a 10 year old who played 80 games last year, take a look at this?

Age of Specialization Chart

Is Foam Rolling Bad for You?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2014 by mboyle1959

Just wanted to throw this one up again. Huffington Post had a few anti-rolling pieces so I thought this might be worthwhile to read again.

Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog

Is Foam Rolling Bad for You? ( originally written for StrengthCoach.com )

As is always the case in life on the internet, someone has to decide to take the other side of an argument.

I often think that those who do so are simply looking for recognition in a crowded field.

Recently, we have had two widely distributed “articles” critical of foam rolling. ( Get Off the Foam Roller) . More recently Huffington Post even got into the act with some really bad information. (5 Foam Rolling Mistakes to Avoid)

I find it funny because it seems difficult to me to criticize something that universally makes people feel better.  In one article (which was actually written four years ago), the author makes the very basic case that pain is bad and the foam roller causes pain; therefore, the foam roller must be bad too.

I am not discounting…

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Just Because You Volunteer Doesn’t Mean You Have Any Less Responsibility

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on April 24, 2014 by mboyle1959

Great piece from my good friend Anthony Donskov

I write this article as a Coach, not as a niche strength and conditioning professional, but as a Coach. The word Coach has tremendous meaning and implication regardless of sport or activity, paid or unpaid. We are life changers! We have the ability to instill values, create work ethic, and provide a positive culture for young men and women. Ask any middle aged person and chances are some of the most important and influential people in their lives have been coaches. This is a responsibility, and with great responsibility comes accountability! Regardless if you are a paid professional or a volunteer, you have the ability to change lives! Just because you volunteer doesn’t mean you have any less responsibility!

Most (not all) volunteer coaches have their children actively participating in the respective sport/activity. I’m sure everyone’s heart is in the right place, but consider, youth coaching has a profound impact on overall athletic development. Here’s how:

Motor patterns are groomed
Neuro-muscular patterns are set
Habits (good or bad) are ingrained
EXPERIENCES are remembered! Did the kids have FUN?
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I have witnessed youth hockey practices where young children spend 40 minutes of a 50-minute practice standing in line waiting for drills. Is this fun? Is this organized? Are kids developing? Full field youth soccer scrimmages where athletes never touch the ball. I have also seen 90-minute youth football practices where coaches are talking systems without developing any type of skill set (running, catching, throwing, changing direction). It’s great that young Tommy knows the fly right, catch 22 pattern, but he can’t run OR catch the ball so how the hell is he going to get there? Below are three things that need to be considered before you volunteer as a coach.

Make the Choice: I have tremendous respect for anyone who volunteers his/her time. Everyone has a schedule to keep and volunteer coaches are no different. Time is a huge factor. Having a full time job and family make it difficult to plan and organize practice. If your not organized, your players will take notice. Make the choice to be organized! Whether that’s learning from an experienced coach, stealing practice plans (there are great practice resources all over the internet), or going to a few lectures. This IMPACTS the environment and aids in development! Make the choice! You have a responsibility to do so! You’re a COACH!

Keep Moving: When in doubt, keep kids moving. Jumping, running, throwing, catching, skating, stick handling, shooting, passing are all fundamental movements/skills that must be mastered before any system work commences. It’s also FUN! I call this camouflage work. Kids are having so much fun they don’t even know their working.

FUN: Kids want to have fun! Waiting in line isn’t fun, nor is a 2-1-2 fore-check system for a nine year old or playing soccer without touching the ball. Divide the field/ice. Allow kids to play small area games with the ball/puck. This promotes fast decision-making, running, skating, passing, stick handling, teamwork; ball/puck touches and is a ton of FUN!

Being a Coach is an honor and privilege. It holds more validity than we may ever know to the young men and women that we come in contact with. Just because you’re not getting paid doesn’t mean this doesn’t apply to you. Make the choice, keep moving and have Fun! In twenty years you may have changed more lives than you possibly could have imagined. This is worth more than money can buy!

Anthony Donskov, MS, CSCS, PES, is a former collegiate and professional hockey player, founder of Donskov Strength and Conditioning Inc., (www.donskovsc.com) and Head Instructor/Director of Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning for Donskov Hockey Development (www.donskovhockey.com). He can be reached at info@donskovsc.com .

Ten Things That Truly Passionate People Do Differently

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on April 22, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is a great post from a site called EliteDaily.com that might make some of you feel better about your behavior.

http://elitedaily.com/money/entrepreneurship/10-things-that-truly-passionate-people-do-differently/

Functional Strength Coach 5 is Out

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2014 by mboyle1959

I’m a little late to my own party. You might have gotten this a few times today but just in case you didn’t

http://functionalstrengthcoach5.com

Tracy Anderson?

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags , on April 17, 2014 by mboyle1959

I love this blog post. A little honesty never hurts. One of my favorite pieces of BS ( maybe not specifically uttered by Tracy) is the “this workout will give you long, lean, dancers muscles”. Guess what. The only way to get longer muscles it to get longer bones. Bones determine muscle length, period. Read this, please

My Beef With Tracy Anderson

http://www.bowflexinsider.com/my-beef-with-tracy-anderson/