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  • Three Lessons From 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo That Every Young Athlete Can Learn From

    Three Lessons From 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo That Every Young Athlete Can Learn From

    Giannis is currently the greatest NBA player in the world, now solidified with his first championship. He has been open about his story from poverty in Greece, family hustling on the streets and with a goal to support his family. Lesson #1 - no one makes it alone This is an important lesson. It shows that to make it to the top of the mountain, you need the right people that believe in you, your goal, and will help provide the support you need in order to achieve success. This can come in many forms, from having the right sports coach, the right strength coach, the right sports medicine team, the right team mates. This will create the environment that will help you grow as a person and ....

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  • Specialising Too Early Can Limit Your Teen's Sporting Success

    Specialising Too Early Can Limit Your Teen's Sporting Success

    Early sport specialisation is defined by year-round intensive training of a singular sport at the exclusion of all other sports to facilitate the training and playing demands of their given sport. We want to encourage kids to be playing sports and keeping active to encourage a healthy lifestyle. However, when they become too singular focused on the one sport, they place them self in a compromised position where they are more likely to experience overtraining, overuse injuries and loss of interest in their sport. Here are some interesting statistics: Up to 54% of injuries in paediatric sports medicine are related to overuse; Young athletes who are highly specialised, are 36% more likely ....

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  • Youth Are Becoming Too Specialised In Their Sports Too Early

    Youth Are Becoming Too Specialised In Their Sports Too Early

    We're seeing more and more young people become too specialised in their sports but later on see other kids catch up to them. Some of the best athletes in the world were also very good at other sport. And this is a real common theme across contact and non-contact sports. Some of the potential issues that can come up from playing 1 sport only include: Limits overall athletic development Limits mental and social development The key benefits we see with youth playing 2 or more sports are: Avid burnout Reduce injury risk Creates new and unique experiences Develop athletic characteristics and skills that can carry over into other sports An easy way we go about this at Inner Athlete is ....

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  • 5 Key Components of an Effective Warm-up

    5 Key Components of an Effective Warm-up

    The warm-up is often seen as just a task or roadblock that stands in our way before getting onto 'real work'. Traditionally, the warm-up has looked like running on a treadmill for 10 minutes and then doing some stationary stretching before getting up to workout. Numerous studies have discussed the benefits of doing a proper warm-up and the risks associated with skipping out on this important step. The most common takeaways from these studies illustrated the importance of incorporating the core principles of increasing heart rate, neural drive, muscle activation, improving mobility and practicing technique. As youth athletes and beginners to exercise, you can use the warm-up as a chance ....

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  • The Importance of Resistance Training for Older Women

    The Importance of Resistance Training for Older Women

    The benefits of resistance training is well documented and something that should be done by all, even older women. Often, older adults abandon the notion of strength training in their later years as typically it can be viewed as redundant or possibly dangerous. The typical view is that part of aging is a loss of strength. flexibility and balance although this doesn't have to be the case. Let me give you an example: Linda (60 year old) is a member of Inner Athlete and has been for the last 2 years. She initially came to us with issues with arthritis, inflammation, joint stiffness and being overweight. She is also a mother to 3 kids and a grandmother to 3 grandkids. But we found out her ....

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  • The 2 Step Process of Training Around Injuries

    The 2 Step Process of Training Around Injuries

    As we know, injuries are a part of sport and competition. In an ideal world, injuries and niggles would never occur but unfortunately they are prevalent in any athlete's life. It can be easy to feel downtrodden upon injury, although injury doesn't mean you sit around and heal up, there's always something you can do. Upon proper diagnosis and evaluation by a suitable health professional, training should resume in a collaborative effort between your coaches and your rehabilitation specialist. The first step is having an optimistic mindset: always looking for light at the end of the tunnel. This allows the most crucial aspect of an athletes injury process as maintaining a positive attitude ....

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  • Why Youth Athletes Need to Learn the 'Fundamentals of Movement'

    Why Youth Athletes Need to Learn the 'Fundamentals of Movement'

    'The Fundamentals of Movement' are natural and functional movements that humans perform to physical tasks. These include running, jumping, throwing, catching, skipping, changing directions and a number of strength based movements essential for human physical activity, health, daily tasks, sport performance and preventing injuries. The strength based movements include the lower body, upper body and core that involves pushing, pulling and bracing type movements such as a squat, deadlift, vertical push & pull, horizontal push and pull and ability to stabilise the body's core. All fundamental movements utilise our major muscle groups that are essential for daily tasks, stabilising our ....

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  • Crushing the Myth Teenage Girls Develop Bulky Muscles From Strength Training

    Crushing the Myth Teenage Girls Develop Bulky Muscles From Strength Training

    Strength training is actually greatly beneficial and healthy for teenage girls. Strengthening the muscles during childhood and teenage years are prime due to neuromuscular adaptations and skill development. Although boys may develop bigger muscles during their growing years because of the effects of natural anabolic hormones and testosterone. Females do not carry anywhere near the amount of testosterone and natural anabolic hormones that males do which are essential for muscle growth and increasing size. When girls participate in strength training, they can get stronger throughout childhood and teenage years while gaining all the benefits from strength training without developing bulky ....

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  • How To Avoid Being Sick Over Winter

    How To Avoid Being Sick Over Winter

    As we head into the colder months, there have been many warnings from health professionals that this winter, it's going to be easier to be sick, and we're seeing it already. So it's going to be more important to look after our health over the winter months. One simple thing you can do is make sure you're having a protein source at each meal. Protein isn't well known for improving our immunity as our antibodies are made up of the protein we eat in our diet. Sources of protein include: Red meat Poultry Eggs Dairy - milk, yoghurt, cheese Vegetarian alternatives - beans and pulses Protein powders - why protein, isolate and why protein concentrate New research is beginning ....

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  • Crushing the Myth Youth Need to be Over 12+ Years Old to Participate in Strength Training

    Crushing the Myth Youth Need to be Over 12+ Years Old to Participate in Strength Training

    Although there is no evidence-based minimum age for participation in a youth strength training program. All participants should be able to accept directions and follow safety rules within a gym. We have seen many boys and girls younger than 12 years old participating safely in supervised strength training programs. Generally, youth are ready for sport participation when they are around the ages of 7 or 8 years old. This usually indicates that they have the ability to listen and follow directions of the sport coach. When children start to play sport we believe it is also crucial for athletes to participates in some form of strength training and physical development. Strength training also ....

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