Archive | January, 2013

Do Kinesio-Tape Results Match the Hype?

(AAOS Now 11/12) It started showing up in earnest at the 2008 Olympics-tape on athletes-not white cloth wound around ankles, but swatches in various colors applied in seemingly haphazard patterns to the body surface. By the 2012 Olympics, the tape was regularly seen not only during the London games but in sports leagues, tournaments, and […]

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When Can My Youth Athlete Start Strength Training?

I get asked this question at least once a week and my response tends to shock people at first. Most parents of athletes have at least educated themselves enough on the subject to know enough that heavy weights shouldn’t attempted until they hits thirteen or so. They have been told or heard that the heavy […]

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10 Cortisol Management Strategies

What is Cortisol and Why Should I Care? Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal glands. Most famous for being released as part of our flight or fight response (hence described as the “stress” hormone), cortisol is a vital hormone and has import well beyond just the fight or flight response.   Cortisol has […]

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OUR TEAM JUST GOT BETTER

If there is one thing we get to brag about, it is our team. ICON Performance is VERY proud to announce that John Sardos is joining our training staff. John is currently the Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Birmingham Southern College. John will train both athletes and individuals wanting to become more fit. He has […]

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10 Things You Need To Know About Potassium

Tip #1: Negative Effects of Cortisol-Will Raise Your Blood Pressure: Causes the body to retain sodium and excrete potassium Tip #2: The following nutrients are found in adequate amounts in the diet and are usually not needed in a supplement: biotin, chloride, phosphorus, potassium (normally), and sodium Tip #3: The RDA for potassium is 4700mg. […]

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Concussions in Athletes. Are They Preventable?

If your child or athlete plays a contact sport, you probably have noticed the recent increase in media attention on concussions. In sports medicine, this is not a new phenomenon but rather an old lingering problem with a new resurgence in awareness. In the state of Alabama, if an athlete is “suspected” of having a […]

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10 Tips on Estrogen and Fat Loss

Tip #1: Beer is THAT estrogenic. Before someone asks, if you must drink, red wine actually prevents aromatization-Pinot noir/merlot are good choices Tip #2: BPA is estrogenic, meaning it mimics the hormone estrogen in the body and binds to estrogen hormone receptors, altering hormonal balance. BPA exposure led to lower testosterone and poor sexual function […]

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10 Tips on Deceleration Training

Tip #1: Reducing force (deceleration) should be the first step in ANY plyometric program Tip #2: Remember in deceleration training, training the athlete to stop is different than training to cut and change direction and land from a box / jump Tip #3: A factor which determines how much deceleration is needed, is the implement […]

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