Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I just wanted to let everyone know about a course I am doing on Recovery and Sports for NYCC

Course Title: "Recovery and Sports"
Date: October 15-16, 2011
Cost: $275 Drs,10% alum disc,free to NYCC studts, facul
Session: 1 weekend
Class Hours: Sat 1-7, Sun 8-2
Credit Hours: 12
Coordinator: Rick Rosa, DC, DAAPM, CCSP
Location: Levittown, NY
Chairperson: NYCC
Phone: 800-434-3955 x132, 135
Contact: NYCC Post Graduate Registrar x132 / 135


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Recovery and Sports

Dr. Rick Rosa is a Sports Recovery Specialist and will be presenting his course on Oct 15-16 at the New York Chiropractic Colleges Levittown health Center in Levittown NY .

 The role of a sports chiropractor has expanded and increased significantly over the past 20 years. From treating the many local weekend warriors to professional and Olympic level athletes, I feel that we as chiropractors are best situated to act not only as the team doctors but as recovery specialists. While working with athletes over the past few years, it has never ceased to amaze me the amount of focus that is placed on training and performance of an athlete’s daily life. This is not a bad thing, of course, as the strides that have been made in sports science are constantly improving performances. But why not have an all encompassing approach that goes beyond the best post-workout sports drink? 

If the medical and coaching staff intensified the monitoring and augmentation of recovery as the second part of training, then athletes could recover faster and train harder. Early on in my career I began to think that I could do a lot more for my athletes as it relates to performance and prevention of injuries by looking into the recovery side of training. Every day in my clinical practice we are constantly looking at improving the recovery of patients, not only in an effort to speed up the process, but also to help prevent exacerbation and re-injury. What if we approached athletics the same way? What if we looked at the workout as a traumatic event and did everything we could to promote healing, not only for speed of recovery, but for proper recovery as well? There is a reason some athletes get injured all the time while others have very few injuries during their careers. I feel this is an issue that needs to be addressed, and can be done so by focusing on recovery.

 Throughout my career, I began to develop the concept of six separate pillars of recovery. Using these six pillars, I have established recovery plans for athletes that will encompass all aspects of healing and not just one. 

The Goal of this course is for you to gain an understanding of all the aspects of recovery based on Dr. Rosa’s Six pillars of recovery: 1. Awareness of state 2. Rest 3. Play 4. Nutrition 5. Physical 6. Psychological Dr. Rosa will demonstrate how to use each of the pillars to maximize the recovery process for athletes, thus enhancing their performance. In addition, he demonstrate the latest and most effective techniques including two awesome new technologies that will enhance any sports practice; Dartfish Software & Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. The use of Dartfish High Definition Video Motion Analysis system will be demonstrated and its use to evaluate athletes from bike fits, treadmill analysis, to basic movement assements. The second, highly favored by Dr. Rosa, is the use of MSK Ultrasound. MSK Ultrasound gives an in-office view while on the field that provides a tremendous insight to extremity injuries. What are some of the new devices and treatment modalities that are being used to aid the athlete? -Dartish High Definition Video Motion Analysis -Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrsound -Restwise -Suunto's MovesCount -Blood, Urine and Saliva Testing -Kineso Tape -Biofeedback, -Graston -Level III & IV lasers -Supplements -Nutrition.

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Recovery and Sports


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ten Minutes of Dynamic Stretching Is Sufficient to Potentiate Vertical Jump Performance Characteristics

Ten Minutes of Dynamic Stretching Is Sufficient to Potentiate Vertical Jump Performance Characteristics

Turki, O, Chaouachi, A, Drinkwater, EJ, Chtara, M, Chamari, K, Amri, M, and Behm, DG. Ten minutes of dynamic stretching is sufficient to potentiate vertical jump performance characteristics. J Strength Cond Res 25(9): 2453-2463, 2011—

The current literature recommends dynamic rather than static stretching for the athletic warm-up. Dynamic stretching and various conditioning stimuli are used to induce potentiation in subsequent athletic performance. 

However, it is unknown as to which type of activity in conjunction with dynamic stretching within a warm-up provides the optimal potentiation of vertical jump performance. It was the objective of the study to examine the possible potentiating effect of various types of conditioning stimuli with dynamic stretching.

 Twenty athletes participated in 6 protocols. All the experimental protocols included 10 minutes of dynamic stretching. After the dynamic stretching, the subjects performed a (a) concentric (DS/CON): 3 sets of 3 repetition maximum deadlift exercise; (b) isometric (DS/ISOM): 3 sets of 3-second maximum voluntary contraction back squats; (c) plyometric (DS/PLYO): 3 sets of 3 tuck jumps; (d) eccentric (DS/ECC): 3 modified drop jumps; (e) dynamic stretching only (DS), and (f) control protocol (CON). Before the intervention and at recovery periods of 15 seconds, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 minutes, the participants performed 1-2 maximal countermovement jumps. The DS and DS/CON protocols generally had a 95-99% likelihood of exceeding the smallest worthwhile change for vertical jump height, peak power, velocity and force.

 However, the addition of the deadlift to the DS did not augment the potentiating effect. Time-to-peak potentiation was variable between individuals but was most consistent between 3 and 5 minutes. Thus, the volume and the intensity associated with 10 minutes of dynamic stretching were sufficient to provide the potentiation of vertical jump characteristics. Additional conditioning activities may promote fatigue processes, which do not permit further potentiation.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Mike Easton Getting Ready For UFC in Washington DC

Another Clinic of one of Mike Easton's training session
This was on one of Mike strength and conditioning days. What a long way he has come from the rehab we preformed on his corrective elbow surgery this past spring. Since I have been getting emails asking about Mike's for I can only say that he is a "beast" and can't wait to watch him continue to improve. Check out my website RecoveryDoc to see all of the ways I can help your team. 

Whole-Body Vibration no apparent benefit

The Effect of Whole-Body Vibration Training and Conventional Strength Training on Performance Measures in Female Athletes

Jones, MT, Parker, BM, and Cortes, N. The effect of whole-body vibration training and conventional strength training on performance measures in female athletes. J Strength Cond Res 25(9): 2434-2441, 2011—

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of regular whole-body vibration (WBV) training on lower body strength and power. National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III softball athletes (n = 9) completed the 9-week protocol as part of their off-season strength and conditioning program.

The athletes were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. Week 1, pretesting included 3 repetition maximum (3RM) back squat, standing long jump (SLJ), and vertical countermovement jump (VCMJ). Phase I training (weeks 2-4) consisted of either WBV training (group 1) or conventional strength training (CST, group 2). The primary programmatic difference between WBV and CST was the inclusion of WBV sets after squat sets. Posttesting (3RM squat, SLJ, VCMJ) occurred at week 5. Phase II training (weeks 6-8) consisted of either WBV training (group 2) or CST (group 1). Posttesting was repeated at week 9 after the completion of phase II. Three 2 × 2 mixed factorial analyses of variance were computed. No significant differences (p > 0.05) were found between groups or between groups and testing period for the SLJ, VCMJ, and estimated 1RM back squat. Increases (p < 0.05) were observed in SLJ, VCMJ, and back squat from pretest to posttest 1. Back squat increased (p < 0.05) from posttest 1 to posttest 2. All the athletes experienced significantly greater (p < 0.05) percent changes from pretest to posttest 1 for SLJ and VCMJ.

These results indicate that the inclusion of WBV as part of an off-season strength and conditioning program has no apparent benefit over CST methods for collegiate softball players.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mike Easton getting ready for his UFC fight in DC

Some of you may remember me doing Mike's Rehab post elbow surgery and now I am working on his recovery and advising the coaching staff. This is a video during one of mike's training sessions

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