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News & Insights: Thursday

• Good luck competing with this guy for a header. How Cristiano Ronaldo scored his incredible headed goal against Manchester United in last week’s champions league showdown at the Bernabeu. How did Cristiano Ronaldo score his incredible header (Telegraph UK) • iPads will neither cause nor cure concussions but the NFL wants to put software on the tablet computers to immediately diagnose cognition after players take big hits. The league regulates what coaches and teams can do with tablets and this opens the door for more injury-prevention and health-related sideline apps. NFL turing to Apple’s iPad to diagnose concussions during …

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In-Season Development of Professional Baseball Athletes

Portions of the following post have been adapted from a presentation given by Dr. Marcus Elliott at the American Sports Medicine Institute’s 31st annual injuries in baseball course. The course was chaired by Dr. James Andrews and attended by a number of baseball’s leading athletic trainers, biomechanists, physical therapists, sports physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches. This was Dr. Elliott’s second consecutive years presenting at the conference. Last year he presented on “concepts in lower body development of the baseball athlete”, and made the following cases: 1) Lower body development is essential in baseball and comparatively under-trained. 2) …

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Performance Enhancing Drugs and the NBA: Part 3

The final installment in an AppliedSportsScience series. In part 1, P3 performance specialist Matt Aronson touched on the potential for PEDs in the NBA, specifically the parallels between the cultures of the MLB in the 1990s and the growing NBA resistance weight-training culture. In part 2, Matt examined the potential risk factors for NBA athletes being drawn to and relying on PEDs. In the following, Matt provides strategies for contending with the advantages that PEDs can provide. By Matt Aronson The P3 approach: Each athlete at P3 is put under the microscopic – we take a medical approach – acquiring …

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Performance Enhancing Drugs and the NBA: Part II

The second in an AppliedSportsScience series. In part 1, P3 performance specialist Matt Aronson touched on the potential for PEDs in the NBA, specifically the parallels between the cultures of the MLB in the 1990s and the growing NBA resistance weight-training culture. In part 2, Matt dives deeper into the potential risk factors for NBA athletes being drawn to and relying on PEDs. By Matt Aronson The scarce few athletes in the super-elite realm of the NBA, are truly amazing athletic specimens. Many NBA athletes are born with the most improbable of genetics: some can grow to be nearly 7 …

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Performance Enhancing Drugs and the NBA: Part 1

The first in an AppliedSportsScience series, inspired by a recent ESPN truehoop.com post and the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency stating the NBA’s anti-doping program is insufficient, P3 performance specialist Matt Aronson examines the potential for PED use in the NBA. By Matt Aronson It’s another perfect day in Santa Barbara, California. Though you could never guess from the serene calm of empty streets and yet-to-be-opened store fronts, this is going to be a pivotal day in a young basketball player’s life. For this young man it is the day of his initial physical assessment at the Peak …

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Hard work and unique movement skills allow DeQuan Jones to beat the odds and earn an NBA roster spot

The work ethic displayed at P3 paired with DeQuan’s self-belief, motivation and ability to utilize his athletic assets against NBA competition were ultimately the reasons he earned an roster spot with the Orlando Magic. Given that DeQuan relies so much on his movement capabilities we thought it would be interesting to show some of the science behind his athleticism and how he stacks up to the other NBA wings in our movement database.

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P3 Highlight Analysis: Jeremy Evans’ unique combination of length, accleration and elasticity leads to amazing block-dunk sequence

Last night, P3 athlete Jeremy Evans had one of most amazing displays of athleticism you will ever see on a basketball court. To perform this impressive sequence of athletic events, Jeremy utilized lower body drive, acceleration, length and the elastic properties of his muscles and tendons to story and release energy. While Jeremy’s length is not particularly unusual for an NBA player, his acceleration, elastic series properties and length relationship is truly unique. When Jeremy first showed up to P3, he was one of our better approach athletes (touched 12’2.5″ during approach vertical testing) and had a great deal of …

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Preventing Hamstring Injuries on the Gridiron

Hamstring injuries that occur during sprinting are a significant concern in football, not just because of the frequency with which they occur, but also because they are notoriously difficult to rehabilitate, which underscores the need for effective prevention through targeted exercise programs. By Charles D. Kenyon, MS, RSCC, and Marcus C.C.W. Elliott, MD Originally published in the Lower Extremity Review Among US team sport athletes, football players are particularly prone to injury as a result of the ballistic demands of their sport. As such it is imperative to identify areas within all levels of football that provide high-yield opportunities for …

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The Development of Power Lies at the Foundation of All Movement, Especially Athletic Performance.

At P3, our primary focus has been on peak performance and injury prevention in U.S. professional power-based sports, including baseball, basketball, football, volleyball and soccer. Power is directly proportional to distance and force, but indirectly proportional to time. Its development is paramount, regardless of the specific sport and percentage of each energy system involved, because many critical movements are executed as forcefully and quickly as possible. Even intermittent sports of long continuous duration, such as basketball, soccer and rugby, involve repeated explosions. Although these explosive movements are a major component of sports, a significant part of many athlete’s conditioning has …

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Utilizing Advanced Technology and Knowledge of Biomechanics, and Physiology to Gather the Movement Fingerprints of NBA Athletes.

Basketball becomes very relevant at P3 this time of year, as it is normally (NBA is currently in a lockout) the heart of the NBA off-season and the best time for players to improve their athleticism. Most NBA teams and players don’t have a science based and or movement based model for improving athleticism and decreasing preventable injuries and therefore are not able to take full advantage of the off-season. A common practice in the NBA is for players to go their own way once the off-season begins, and to the best of our knowledge P3 is the only place …

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Peak Mental Performance – The Science Behind Brain Performance Training

It is well known that an athlete’s mental ability plays a huge role in performance. Although mental and physical systems are interlinked very tightly, P3 paid little attention to the mental side of performance as compared to the physical side, due to the fact that it had been next to impossible to quantify. Thanks to breakthroughs in neuro-technology, this is changing. Recently, P3 partnered with Neurotopia as a means of better understanding and improving peak mental performance of athletes. Neurotopia provides our athletes the worlds most advanced neuro-diagnostic technology, along with the leading experts in Quantitative EEG and neuro-physiology. The …

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