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Random Friday Thoughts: 4/24/09

Written on April 24, 2009 at 5:35 am, by Eric Cressey

1. It’s been a crazy week ever since Anna and I got engaged on Sunday.  You never truly realize how many people you know until they all try to email/call/text you at once to say congratulations.  With my cell phone and email inbox going crazy, I kind of felt like Jerry Maguire – minus the whole weird scientology and jumping on Oprah’s couch stuff.

2. On Wednesday, I got out to watch two high school games where CP athletes pitched, and then headed to Fenway to watch the Sox beat the Twins.  In Game 1, Weston High Sahil Bloom had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings before giving up a bloop single, and then Auburn High’s Tyler Beede threw six innings.

3. Next week, I’ll be publishing the first installment of a collection of nutrition articles from Eric Talmant.  Eric has some very forward-thinking ideas to share, and it’ll make a nice weekly addition to EricCressey.com.  Be sure to check them out.

4. I’m getting really excited for this year’s Perform Better Summits.  I’ll be speaking in Providence, RI and Long Beach, CA (there is also one in Chicago); I’d definitely encourage you to check the events out if you live in that neck of the woods.  My presentations should question the “diagnostic norms” – in much the same way that I did with this week’s newsletter.

5. Speaking of newsletters, I got several inquiries after I ran this one about the medicine ball training we do with our pitchers. In particular, folks were curious about the medicine ball we used in drills like this:

The medicine balls in question can be found HERE.

6. I’ve written quite a bit in the past about how a glenohumeral internal rotation deficit can be one contributing factor (among others) to medial elbow injuries in overhead throwing athletes.  The other day, someone asked me if I had any scientific evidence to support this idea.  The answer would be a resounding YES.

Very simply, if you lack internal rotation, you’ll go to the elbow to “regain” that lost range-of-motion.  It’s the same reason that ankle mobility deficits can lead to knee pain, and hip mobility deficits can lead to knee and lower back pain.

7. I don’t really “get” how this whole Delicious bookmarking thing works, but Jon Boyle (who helps out with the blog) recommended I start sending him recommendations of good stuff I’ve read.  You can find some of my recommended reading/viewing off to the right-hand side of the page.  If there are books you recommend I check out, by all means, please post suggestions in the comments to these blogs; I’m always looking for new reading material.

Have a great weekend!

4 Responses to “Random Friday Thoughts: 4/24/09”

  1. Todd Says:

    “The Effect of Selective Muscle Fatigue on Sagittal Lower Limb Kinematics and Muscle Activity During Level Running” – JOSPT Journal Article, March 2009, Number 3 – written by Kellis and Liassou

  2. Tim Dallinger Says:

    Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. It examines the research, history and fallacies relating the recommended Western diet to chronic diseases of society. While a bit technical at times, it is certainly elightening.

  3. Josh Heenan Says:

    Mind Gym : An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack. Very easy read and gives amazing insight to the psychology of sports and some of the best players to ever play the game.

  4. Mimo Says:

    Well, i think you’ve read everything oi can recommend, however, i really love these ones(they are my latest readings):

    John wooden: Practical Modern Basketball

    John wooden: On leadership( the man is brilliant and there are great lessons, here.

    Sapolsky;: Why zebras don’t get ulcers

    Jens Bangsbo: Fitness training for soccer, a scintific approach(soccer ain’t that big over there, but…)

    Jeremy whitlle: Bad blood, the secret life of the tour de France

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