Best of October 2015
We’ve compiled a list of some of the “best of” new research, articles, and videos that we found on the internet over the past month. By no means is this list exhaustive, just some of the things that we came across and liked in October 2015.
Quotes of the Day / Motivation
Below are our top 5 favorite “Quotes of the Day” that we posted in October as well as a few things that motivated us this month…
- A look into the mind and practices of one of the greatest athletes ever, Kobe Bryant. There’s a certain obsession (borderline madness?) to greatness, and this article, by Darren Hardy, gives us an inside glimpse into it. Definitely motivated us:
- Kate Galliett riffs on making life choices, trying new things, and finding ways to remove hurdles from your way:
Interesting New Research
- For baseball pitchers, shoulder injuries and shoulder surgeries are a common, but scary, part of the game. Because of this, it’s exciting anytime we can find out what causes these injuries, and use that information to help prevent them. This month The American Journal of Sports Medicine looked into shoulder ROM as it relates to injuries and surgeries in pitchers. What they found is definitely relevant and useful:
- For many people, asthma attacks are a real burden, and a barrier to being able to exercise and train regularly. But can exercise actually be an effective treatment method for asthma? A new study suggests that this may be the case. 30-minutes of exercise can actually relieve asthma symptoms:
- What cues you use with yourself and your athletes influences performance. This month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research we saw some research confirming this idea:
- A very thorough and in-depth update on some of the latest research regarding tendinopathies. Put together and presented by Dr. Peter Malliaras:
- Stop icing after exercise. It doesn’t help, and it actually can reduce the effectiveness of your training. Thanks YLM Sports Science for the infographic on this study.
- Why do we pick the running shoes that we do? This month, the British Journal of Sports Medicine dispelled some popular myths and came up with a couple of new theories:
- One of the biggest issues that we face today is what do we do when we get injured? What do we do immediately after it happens, what do we in the first few days, when do we start using that area again, etc… Unfortunately, much of what we learned in school and the common practices are being shown to not only not work, but to actually delay healing. Luckily, we’re beginning to evolve the way we look at injuries, from devilifying inflammation to learning that using an injured body part (while still protecting it from further injury) can be beneficial in recovery. While some of the issues are cut and dry, others, such as icing, we’re still debating. This month, Dr. Mario Novo posted one of the most complete and forward-thinking articles that we’ve read on the subject. This is a must-read article for all practitioners, athletes, and coaches:
- A couple of awesome articles from Ben Greenfield from October 2015:
- Successful people get a lot done. That’s how they become successful, and how they’re able to stay successful. In order to get a lot done, you can’t be stuck doing a bunch of mundane daily tasks. You have to find a way to outsource these tasks so that you can spend your time doing what you love and what you’re good at. This month, Ben gave us some insider tips on how to be more productive and not waste time:
- We got into temperature this month and using extreme temperatures to increase health and performance. One of our (and Ben Greenfield’s apparently) favorite practices is using a sauna. But is there actual science supporting the proposed benefits of sauna? Yes, there sure is. Ben goes over why he loves taking a daily sauna, and some of the science behind it.
- We oftentimes get so carried away with trying to determine the exact anatomical structure that is the cause of someone’s pain and dysfunction, that we miss the big picture. What those on the forefront of thinking for health and performance know is that our anatomy and form is determined, in large part, by our behaviors. Patterns of thinking, patterns of movement, and patterns of daily being are seared into our nervous systems and ultimately influence everything about us. The answer then, as Dr. Seth Oberst points out so well, is to dig deeper and address the underlying habits and patterns that are the cause of abnormalities and pain:
- In the research section above we posted an article looking at the effect that different cues have on athletic performance. This month we also read an awesome article by Chandler Stevens looking at this exact idea. Stevens proposes that because we are so disconnected from our bodies and movement, our language regarding movement is suffering as well. We’re lacking the verbiage that’s necessary to accurately communicate good movement. He also proposes that we take a closer look at the cookie cutter cues that we use in our everyday practices. If we can develop effective ways of communicating proper positioning and movements, we’ll be able to create better movers. One of the better articles we’ve read recently and definitely worth checking out!
- ACL injuries suck. They’re painful, season-ending (if not career-ending), and they’re oftentimes tough to rehab. And, ACL injuries are more common today than ever before. Our attempts to prevent these types of injuries are apparently not working to well. But could a structured strength and conditioning program that focused on proper biomechanics and motor learning be the ticket? We think so. This month Dr. Greg Schaible wrote an awesome article about it. Worth checking out if you’re a sports medicine practitioner, coach, or athlete:
- A really nice article from James Dunne highlighting an effective game plan for rehabilitation and return to running practices for the dreaded metatarsal stress fracture:
Podcasts / Videos
- Recently we’ve really gotten into The Iceman, Wim Hof, and his methods for controlling his own physiology. He’s known for being able to perform incredible feats such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest in shorts, as well as his ability to increase his body temperature and immune system with his mind and breathing alone. You may recognize him from the article that we wrote this month on the benefits of exposing yourself to extreme temperatures. Not long after we wrote that article, he sat down with Joe Rogan for this must-watch conversation on The Joe Rogan Experience.
- There are certain people who’s work we pay very close attention to and who inspire us and our ideas. Movement master Ido Portal is one of those. He’s essentially the Bruce Lee of movement and his methods and ideas have completely changed the way that the world views movement and performance. This month he sat down with Brian Rose from London Real. Some of that awesome conversation can be seen in the video above. For the whole video, you’ll have to head over to London Real Academy and create a free account. Do that with this link:
- This month we got into Dr. Michael Gervais‘s podcast Finding Mastery. As huge nerds for all things related to sports psychology and mindfulness, this podcast is a gold mine. If you don’t know who Dr. Michael Gervais is, he’s one of the leading sports psychologists in the world and has worked with some of the best athletes around. His podcast is basically him sitting down with some of these elite performers to get inside their heads and talk all things related to the mental game. The insights are incredible. Below are the three episodes that he put out this month. We listened to all three, each is uniquely different and worth checking out.
New from Higher Performance Network
This month we added a variety of information into the mix. We shared two of our favorite books with you guys, we added to our Lessons from a Houseplant series, we wrote an article about why the best practitioners are also teachers, and we wrote an article looking at why we need to rethink our idea of what a transcendent performance is. Check out all of those articles below.
- We looked at why we have traded comfort for adaptability when it comes to temperature. We also looked at some of the physical and mental benefits of safely exposing yourself to extreme temperatures. We then looked at some specific methods for doing so and gave you some resources to get started.
- We as a culture are obsessed with transcendent performances. We love nothing more than when people smash our preconceived notions of what’s possible and take things to a higher level. But can we reframe our thinking so that we can have these moments in our own lives as well? We look at why you don’t have to be the best in the world at something to have a boundary-shattering performance.
- We continued the ideas of an article that we wrote back in January that the best doctors (and all other practitioners and coaches) are teachers. We looked at the importance of not only helping people to get better, but also giving them the tools to maintain themselves and continue to improve on their own.
- Here are a couple of our favorite books that we shared with you this month:
As always, we appreciate your feedback. Recently we’ve been getting a lot of you guys sending us awesome content that you have found and think should be in our Best of the Month. We love it! Keep it coming. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, please join Higher Performance Network below so that you can be the first to be notified when our Best of the Month and other content comes out! Thanks, and let’s have an awesome November!
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