Every Sunday we post the “Sunday Seven” so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week: foam rolling, injury prevention for the shoulder, Kill Cliff recovery drinks, CrossFit and pro athletes, and more!
1. Science Says Foam Rolling Increases ROM and Does Not Decrease Strength (Jeff Barnett)
New research shows foam rolling can dramatically increase range of motion, without decreasing the strength of an athlete. There’s really no reason not to get on that foam roller or lacrosse ball now.
2. Understanding the Shoulder and Bulletproofing It From Injury (Tom Kelso)
Let’s take a close look at all the potential movements we can execute with the shoulder joint. Then, let’s look at how we can strengthen the joint and girdle to protect ourselves from injury.
3. Product Review: Kill Cliff Recovery Drink (Logan Gelbrich)
Kill Cliff isn’t an energy drink. It’s a recovery drink intended to help athletes fight inflammation. It doesn’t hurt it tastes great, too. These guys are full of attitude and a little bit of mystery.
4. CrossFit Makes You Better At Your Sport – Even Pro Athletes (Hannah Caldas)
I believe that even professional athletes can benefit from doing CrossFit – it could make them better at their sport. Recently I met a world-class rower who feels the same and spoke with his coaches.
5. 8 Habits to Build a Better Night’s Sleep (James Garland)
We all know at this point that sleep is vital to both our health and our athletic performance. But do you know HOW to sleep more and better? Here are 8 tips for getting deeper more refreshing sleep. (100)
6. Why and How to Combine Kettlebells and Sandbags (Includes 3 Workouts) (Josh Henkin)
You’ve got a bunch of kettlebells and sandbags. You’ve got some amazing tools and here’s how to put them together. I’m going to explain the science, show you a video, and give you three workouts.
7. Magical Movement: The Importance of Virtuosity (Chet Morjaria)
Virtuosity is defined, as the degree of artistry, or the degree of rhythm and harmony, displayed when a movement is executed to its maximum in terms of style and elegance. Why should we pursue it?
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