Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Applied Sports Science Blog
You’ve heard a lot about Dr. Marcus Elliott and the Peak Performance Project (P3) here lately, especially PAP training. They’ve just launched a blog and, I’m quite certain, is going to be state-of-the-art reading once they’ve found their legs. Shoot, after four posts they’ve already got more superstar references than my blog’s had in five years. Follow it now so you can say you’ve been a fan since their first post. There’s also a pretty reasonable chance that you’ll learn something that helps your body perform better.
In fact, you’ll likely start learning immediately. The current post is about a long term study on hamstring injuries in NFL players. You don’t have to be a football player to benefit from the study’s findings, which include a protocol to reduce injury.
Based on these findings and others, Dr. Elliott introduced a football specific injury prevention and performance programs to the New England Patriots.
The Intervention involved the medical and athletic training staff, conditioning and speed coaches. The intervention focused on 4 conditioning factors: 1) Correct specific muscle imbalances. 2) Train nervous system activation of hamstring with specific eccentric loading (including plyometrics). 3) Train CNS relaxation. 4) Progressive increase in sprinting intensity/volume for speed positions.
Oddly enough, now that Dr. Elliott is involved with us this sounds similar to the logic we’re using on our newest training programs. P3 is slating two to four posts per month and promises to be well worth reading.
"Ronnie Brewer and I were the first Jazz Players to work with Dr. Elliott and P3 three seasons ago. I’ve improved my athleticism after every visit, and learned how my body works, how to take care of it, and the best routes for making it better."
--Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz, who went for 30(points) and 16(rebounds) against Oklahoma City last night.