Why Wait Until You're Injured? Most Are 100% Preventable! with Dr. Kelly STARRETT
Expert GamePlan Session: (USA) NYT & WSJ BEST SELLING AUTHOR, Former US Canoe Team Member, Co-Owner of San Francisco CrossFit & MobilityWOD.com
February 20, 2015
A few years back during one of my volleyball seasons, I started to have these random knee issues and I had no idea what actions I needed to take. I came across Dr. Starrett and his “mobility stuff”online and I didn’t know what any of it was. As I continued to research, I found so many things from him that has helped me throughout my career over the years, so I guarantee to all of you who are listening, you will be able to take many lessons away from today’s episode. We will get into all of the basic things athletes, or anyone in general, need to have or do on a day to day basis when it comes to maintaining a high fitness level and staying healthy. He talks about the importance of having a ball sport in your repertoire as a kid as well as being involved in a sliding sport (ie: surf, skate, ski). Today you will learn why Dr. Starrett says that “the first wealth is health.”
- Born, Kelly Starrett, currently living in San Francisco, California.
- Married to Juliet Starrett, together they have two children
- Kelly is former USA Canoe Team Member, the Co-Owner of San Francisco Crossfit along with his wife. Also the Co-owner of MobilityWOD, a resource for learning how to fix old and prevent new injuries with instructional video.
- A New York Times and Wall Street Journal’s Best selling author including, Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing and Optimizing Athletic Performance. New book is Ready To Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Healthy
- He trains top athletes as well as Olympians around the world
- ReebokONE Official Trainer
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Key Discussion Points:
How do we prevent injury and prolong our athletic careers?
The importance of kids having an aerobic base?
As far as training and conditioning in youth teams, what are things that can be done to make sure the athletes are being taught the correct technique, as it is often overlooked?
The importance of reinforcing good mechanics in training?
Why is MCE the new recovery for injuries?
If its not from contact, most injuries we see are 100% preventable
We don’t know its a problem until its a problem
It is important to have a ball sport in your repertoire as a kid
As an athlete, there is no OFF button; athletes have a tendency to push through knowing something is wrong, coaches need to pay for attention
Its important to enforce good mechanics when training youth
“So what we are seeing is people are reinforcing these bad mechanics, and when it matters most, under the highest levels of stress or when there is fatigue..there’s gonna default to those practice states..and that’s where we can immediately start to make these huge changes.” KS @ 16:20
As a more experienced athlete, it is important to share what you have learned with younger athletes
When conditioning properly, we can get leading indicators, signals of possible injuries that may come in the future
“How do we know we have a problem? Pain, swelling, numbness and tingling, loss of forced production..that gets our attention, but those are lagging indicators. What we get from better conditioning is a set of leading indicators.”KS @ 21:38
Conditioning is where you reinforce the fundamental positions of particular sport
Technique in training is key
“The best technique actually mimics the physiology of the human..now coaches, because we’re obsessed with going fast, and jumping the highest, and hitting the hardest, most technique ends up matching perfectly the physiologic expression of how the human being works.”KS @ 22:44
Ready position is ready position and its the same in all sports
Training isn’t always about strength, but more so efficiency
Icing doesn’t necessarily cure an injury
“There is not a single piece of research that shows icing helps an injury”KS @ 41:03
We reduce swelling by elevation, compression, and squeezing the inflamed/swollen area
Anything you put a brace on is eventually going to become weaker
Charity/Organizations They Add Value to:
Past; USA Canoe Team
Stacy Sims ;)
Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing and Optimizing Athletic Performance by Kelly Starrett
Ready To Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Healthy by Kelly Starrett
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Definition of an Athlete?
"Who picks up a new skill the fastest...can be coached and apply the set of skills over and over, understands that they have to perform basic maintenance."
-Dr. Kelly Starrett
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