Ideas, Thoughts & Observations

Posts will probably be a bit brief this week. I am preparing for a one month trip to Australia to lecture and consult. It is a trip that I have been planning for a long time. Just trying to get caught up and get all my domestic travel done before this trip has been quite a task. I am looking forward to Australia because each of the times I have gone there I have learned so much. I think they are so far ahead of us in applied sports science.

There is a great learning opportunity available that is open to all, you do not have to be a certified track coach to attend. Frans Bosch, the author of Running: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice will be the featured speaker at the USATF Advanced Coaching Summit to be held July 1 – 3 at Loyola University in Chicago. Bosch will make presentations to both the Sprints group and the Jumps group. Additionally, Peter Pratt, the national jumps coach for the Bahamas and Dr. Richard Magill, author of Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications will be featured on the program. The Advanced Coaching Summits are being held in conjunction with the USATF Level 2 School. Here is the link to the application for the Level 3 in Chicago:


I spoke to Frans the other day and he is putting a great deal of time into preparing his presentations. These summits are always a good gathering, a great place to exchange information and share ideas. Hope to see you all there.

The Little League has established a strict pitch count. That is great. Now they need to ban breaking balls and not allow kids to pitch for more than one team at a time.

Today is Willie Nelson’s birthday – Happy Birthday Willie!

Why the epidemic of oblique and intercostal strain in baseball?

Why can’t the knee go past the toe in squats and lunges?


At 4/30/07, 9:41 AM, Blogger Joe P. said...

Vern- All my sources are telling me the knee/toes topic is all anecdotal, has never been put through the scientific method. And while I understand the premise, it doesn't make sense to me chain reaction biomechanics wise. Is there any way you could get the one and only Dan Cipriani to post on this issue?

At 4/30/07, 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can’t the knee go past the toe in squats and lunges?

Because people never specify that the heel must stay down or the athlete must stay off his toes when doing lunges and so are getting confused about what the real issue is?

Great blog. Please don't stop!

At 5/1/07, 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the epidemic of oblique and intercostal strains, someone in the body is not doing it's job. They are telling on someone.

At 5/1/07, 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a common scenario in collegieate or pro baseball. We have alot of oblique strains with baseball players. Two of the most asked questions are: Are we not doing enough abdominals? Are we not doing enough core work? The next common step would be to perform more single plane movements to target the weak spot.

Am I missing something here?

Tee Cee


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