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Sports science’ works wonders for Eagles

THE SPORTS SCIENCE COORDINATOR

I’d be remiss not to mention Shaun Huls, the man who holds the title of Eagles’ Sports Science Coordinator. Along with Kelly, he’s becoming a somewhat mythical figure around the NFL. Huls, a civilian who became a Navy SEAL and knows Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, sounds more like an action hero than a scientist, which makes his hiring especially intriguing. Kelly also keeps a lot of what he and Huls have learned from the process, and how they use all the data they’re collecting, within the walls of the organization. All this makes it hard to discern all the pieces of the sports science strategy the Eagles employ, and adds mystery, which is where myths are born.

DATA-DRIVEN

Aside from the actual tools, which are listed below, there is a specific aspect to the ways they are deployed that drives what the Eagles are doing. The training regimen is all based on science and biofeedback. The players can access their data on their computers. They can track their health in real-time. The genesis of how this came to be is covered wonderfully by Sports Illustrated here; it is a good read if you’d like to know more about Huls, who has been doing stuff like this since the late 90s. Access to this kind of data encourages a different kind of training. The secret Kelly keeps is really how they apply what they learn from the data, since at this point anyone can set up a system similar to what the Eagles do, which includes but certainly is not limited to:

  • Full-speed practice instead of walk-throughs the day before games. The Eagles are training to be fast, so they practice fast.
  • Obsessing about recovery methods. Many are traditional, such as ensuring players are hydrating enough, but this level of attention to detail is rare – each player has their own water bottles to ensure proper hydration.
  • Personalized performance smoothies. Yup, each player gets a smoothie with a nutritional value that matches their specific needs.
  • Daily massage therapy and regular core strengthening. Again something that many teams do, but few track it the way the Eagles do.
  • Sleep monitors; if the player isn’t sleeping, they won’t perform, and this allows the team to correct any issues caused by sleeping problems.

FOUR OF THE EAGLES’ SPORTS SCIENCE TOOLS

The Eagles – and other teams in various leagues – are using the tools below. But only the Eagles use them along with all of the lessons Huls brings with him from years of studying and implementing sports science practices. With the data these tools collect, the team can accurately measure and analyze how practicing and playing football impacts each individual player. These tools are changing training and nutrition regimens, and optimizing the performance of individual athletes – not just Eagles.

Catapult Sports OptimEye Sensor
There is no way to tell it from the Catapult site, but this is only the size of a matchbox with a lot of goodies inside. There is a GPS, accelerometers, and the ability to monitor things like velocity, heart rate, distance, and basically any movement (including acceleration/deceleration). And it is all transmitted wirelessly about 100 times per second.

Polar Heart Rate Monitors
There is no information on exactly how the Eagles use these, but it can be inferred that they’re another way the team is monitoring their players’ performance and progress. Depending on the monitor, they can track more common things like heart rate, but also less obvious things like time spent in a given heart rate zone, or even how relaxed a player is.

Omegawave
This system measures an athlete’s readiness for training and competition by analyzing the metabolic and cardiac system. Readiness is determined relative to an athlete’s heart rate, gas exchange in the circulatory system, metrics from the central nervous and hormonal systems, and other data. It gives trainers insight into when to say things like “Push it!” or “Hold back for a bit.” Collecting real-time data gives trainers the ability to do things like pull players off the field when they see any red flags.

EliteForm
A weight-lifting technology with 3D cameras that record bench sessions to show how much an athlete is lifting and how quickly he is doing it. This allows trainers to understand how explosive the athlete is, and measure their power. With that data they can then customize weight lifting regimens for the athlete.

YOU CAN OPTIMIZE YOUR TRAINING TOO!

One thing I noticed about all of these tools is that they seem to be fully available to any organization or individual that is inclined to purchase them. Not everyone is training to be a professional athlete, but anyone that is looking to train – whether for a triathlon or physical therapy and recovery – can benefit from the depth of data they receive from these tools.

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10 Athletes and Teams You Might Not Think Would Practice Yoga

 

10 Athletes and Teams You Might Not Think Would Practice Yoga

When you think of a person who practices yoga, you probably imagine an individual of petite stature, most likely female, who is flexible enough to pull her legs over her head while she’s flat on the ground. Although this type of person certainly exists, as a yoga stereotype it no longer holds true.
Lately, sports teams have been pushing their players to practice yoga. The Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants have even added yoga instructors to their staffs. Giant, hulking men holding steady in “crane” pose or stretching in “downward facing dog”are now a common sight in pro football training facilities. Here are 10 athletes who might surprise you with their yoga skills.
Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA player
Now retired, the 7’1”, 315-pound behemoth turned to yoga as his career wound down to help preserve his body. Shaq’s most famous yoga moment came as a Cleveland Cavalier during the 2009-2010 season, when he strolled into Cleveland Yoga and settled in for a class. The big man wasn’t too pleased with his performance though. He told the Associated Press that he was the “worst yoga student in the history of yoga.” When you are roughly the size of a cargo ship, you might get a pass on not mastering yoga on your first try.
LeBron James, forward for the Miami Heat
No small specimen himself, LeBron also began his foray into yoga during his time in Cleveland, and he brought the practice with him when he took his talents to South Beach.
“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me,” James told the Cleveland Plain Dealer back in 2009. “I had some lower-back problems a few years ago and once I started to do the yoga, it has helped them go away for now.”
Rarely getting more than five minutes of rest per game during his career as a basketball player, James recently credited yoga as the catalyst for his incredible stamina. “Does it work for everybody? I don’t know. But it works for me,” said the King.

Ray Lewis, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens
For over a decade, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has roamed the middle of the football field, daring any wide receiver to come galloping across his territory. When a collision occurs, things usually don’t end in the wide receiver’s favor. Although the menacing linebacker is one of the last people you’d expect on a yoga mat, Lewis has actually been practicing yoga for a few years now. He uses it not only to prolong his career, but also to broaden his horizons.
“I do it for a lifestyle, and that’s a better motivation,” Lewis told ESPN in 2010. “If you’re gonna be training for a lifestyle and to be a man, then you try all these different things.”
It’s nice to know that Lewis has some other interests besides annihilating receivers.
Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the New York Giants
The young receiver turned heads last year with an incredible season, ending in a Super Bowl victory for his New York Giants. As the year progressed, the undrafted receiver became Eli Manning’s favorite target, racking up more than 1,500 yards and nine touchdowns.
Cruz can thank yoga for at least part of his meteoric rise. The Giants have had yoga instructor Gwen Lawrence on their payroll since 2004, and Cruz regularly works with her. Positions like the hero pose with toes tucked help create flexible ankles and lessen foot pain, allowing Cruz to avoid injury and flourish into one of the game’s best wide receivers.
Mike Krzyzewski, men’s basketball coach
The legendary Duke and USA national team basketball coach is an intense guy on the court. He’s coached some of the best basketball players on the planet, from Grant Hill to Kyrie Irving to Kevin Durant. As he’s gone about racking up four national championships and two gold medals, Coach K has rarely shown emotion on the sidelines. How does he stay so calm? Well, over in London this summer for the Olympics, he was caught by USA point guard Deron Williams in one of his quieter moments. Williams snapped this picture of the 65-year-old in a relaxing yoga position.

New Zealand All Blacks, rugby team
“Rugby” and “yoga” are two words that rarely appear in the same sentence. Giant men slamming into each other and leaving the playing field covered in mud are usually not the same men doing “child’s pose.” The New Zealand All Blacks team is a prime example of how far the practice of yoga is spreading. Recently, after the Blacks had failed to perform in big moments, the club hired yoga instructor Lyndsey Benn to work with the players. Benn told MSN earlier this year, “They all really loved the relaxing aspect of the yoga. Anything that grounded them and could get them laid down, relaxed and doing visualizations of the game ahead.”

Evan Longoria, third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays
One of the premier young hitters in the game, Longoria has embraced yoga with open arms. He was drawn to the practice both as a way to stabilize his body at the plate and to give himself peace of mind.
Longoria told MLB.com earlier this year, “To be strong in general doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be strong from a baseball standpoint . . . When you’re hitting, you want to be as stable as you can and use the three-dimensional aspect—the rotation in your core—to actually translate to power.”

Kevin Garnett, forward for the Boston Celtics
On the basketball court, the Boston Celtics forward is a whirlwind of adrenaline. He bangs his head against the foam padding on the basket stanchion. He slaps the ground emphatically when he switches off his man to pick up the point guard on defense. He even barks at opponents taking the ball out of bounds. His in-game intensity can be so high, it almost seems like KG is about to bolt out of the arena and run 15 miles. Fortunately, the nine-time All Star has a secret.
Turns out KG has been doing yoga since 1995, using it to focus his breathing and center his energy.
“Yoga helps me calm down and helps me center my energy so I’m balanced instead of going out there and just spreading my energy all over the court,” Garnett is quoted as saying in the bookReal Men Do Yoga. “I’m zeroed in on the game and have my mind set on what I need to do.”
Vernon Davis, tight end for the San Francisco 49ers
The dreadlocked star tight end of the 49ers has come a long way since 2008, when then head coach Mike Singletary sent him to the locker room in the middle of a game because he didn’t like his attitude. Now the Maryland graduate is a focal point of the 49ers’ aerial attack. Davis is built like a tank and as manly as they come. But yoga, specifically Bikram yoga, is a big part of his life. Davis told Muscle & Body that Bikram, or “hot yoga,” keeps him mentally fresh during the grueling NFL season, along with meditation and prayer.
Kevin Love, forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves forward and double-double machine spends most of his time on the basketball court, banging down low and jostling for rebounds. But Love decided to add yoga to his training regimen, telling Yahoo Sports in 2011 that it has improved his strength and stamina, and saying, “There are so many aspects of yoga that can help you when you step out onto the hardwood.”
Love works with Kent Katich, who has also brought yoga into the lives of other NBA players such as Dirk Nowitzki and Baron Davis.

 

 

 

The 10 Nutrition Rules To Live By for Soccer

The 10 Nutrition Rules To Live By

1. COME BACK TO EARTH: Choose the least processed forms of food such as fruits, veggies, whole grains and high fiber carbohydrates.

2. EAT A RAINBOW OFTEN: Eat fruits or vegetables with each meal. Choose a wide variety of colors for the biggest benefit.

3. THE LESS LEGS THE BETTER: Include a LEAN protein source with each meal.

4. EAT HEALTHY FATS: Include healthy fats in your diet like olive oil, nuts, natural nut butters, seeds, avocado, fish, flaxseed and flaxseed oil.

5. EAT BREAKFAST EVERY DAY: When you eat within 30 minutes of waking up, you jump start your metabolism. This gives you more energy to get your day going.

6. THREE FOR THREE: Eat smaller portions more often, spread evenly across the day. No excuses – you should be eating 4-6 meals/day! Aim for all three macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fat) every three hours for optimal fueling.

7. STAY HYDRATED: Dehydration = Decreased Performance. Drink at least three liters of non-caloric beverages (water/green tea) every day.

8. DON’T WASTE YOUR WORKOUT: Have a post-workout recovery meal or shake that combines both carbs and protein immediately after your training.

9. SUPPLEMENT WISELY: Fuel first and supplement second. If you are not getting what you need through food, add a multivitamin supplement into your daily routine. Create a smart supplementation program that improves your performance without compromising your health or draining your wallet. Before you take any type of supplement, make sure to check in with your doctor or registered dietitian.

10. SLEEP: Aim for eight hours of sleep. If you can’t get eight hours daily, consider power naps when you can. The body recovers and repairs best when it is sleeping.

And to finish off …

The 80/20 Rule: Each meal and snack is an opportunity to fuel your body optimally. Choose the foods that are best for you 80% of the time and incorporate some of those foods that may not be the best, but are your favorites, 20% of the time! – See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/mens-national-team/2012/01/10-nutrition-rules.aspx#sthash.Do2xFNXi.dpuf

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