Whether you incorporate naps into your daily routine or choose to opt for them when you are overly exhausted, naps can have a profound affect on alertness and performance. But when should you nap and for how long? The answers to these questions depend on the individual, and the following will help you determine the perfect nap in terms of time and length that is best for you.READ MORE
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This video is the first in the 4-part Bridge Travel Series. Included are 5 stretches that I like to include in a pre-travel routine to prep the body for the journey ahead. Remember, these are just a few examples from the overall routine that I have found to help combat the travel blues.
Bridge coaches & athletes: competition travel and the holiday season are once again upon us. We are, therefore, shifting our focus in the Weekly Video series from breaking down exercises to offering suggestions for you on how to overcome the rigors of travel. Happy Holidays and good luck from all of us at Bridge.READ MORE
I recently returned from two weeks of travel, and despite spending those weeks relaxed on vacation, I found my body didn’t feel quite as healthy as I am accustomed to. Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure, or competition, keeping your diet consistent can be challenging. I’d like to give you a few tips on how to keep your body healthy while enjoying your travel.READ MORE
The Power Clean Pull is the first pull exercise in the power series. Following the Dumbbell Jump Shrug, this exercise is the next step in the progression from a strength phase to a power phase. The Power Clean Pull is a compound exercise that helps the athlete develop power and speed through the hips.READ MORE
The Impact of Caffeine on Sports Performance
Americans consume an average of 300mg of caffeine per day, amounting to roughly 3 cups of coffee. With respect to using caffeine as a means to boost performance, two questions commonly arise: how much do I take, and when do I take it? Elite athletes strive to understand how caffeine affects their specific sport, position, or distance, as athletes in time-based sports, for example, respond differently to the substance than athletes in stop-and-go team sports. READ MORE
Concussions in Football and Beyond: Learn Why they are in the News and Why they’re Important to you.
If you watch ESPN, or have ever seen a football game live, you’ve probably seen a horrific concussion. Recent attention in the media towards concussions may beg the question of why this is relevant to you. A concussion is, by an increasingly loose definition, a mild traumatic brain injury that includes any trauma induced alteration in mental status that may or may not involve a loss of consciousness. Moreover, this is purely a clinical diagnosis, meaning no test exists today that can concretely detect concussions. In fact, when doctors analyze CT scans and MRI results, the absence of brain abnormalities on the images helps convince them of a concussion-free diagnosis. READ MORE
The jump shrug is an ideal movement to work on vertical power. This exercise is key in the transition from a strength work phase into a speed phase. Dumbbells are utilized in lieu of a barbell for developmental athletes, or with athletes that are trying to generate more hip speed. Keep in mind that the focus is hip speed; do not use dumbbells that are too heavy, as this will not allow you to achieve optimal velocity or power.READ MORE