I’m a big fan of Lee. I saw him present at Perform Better in Chicago, and purchased a few of his DVDs for our basketball training camp. It just so happens he makes this post right after the Derek Rose ACL injury. Lee is a big believer in teaching kids to slow down before he teaches them to speed up. We completely agree. This article discusses cutting technique as well as a simple progression to reinforce proper technique.
Physical therapist Rick Kaselj dissects a study evaluating the various exercises for the glute medius. If you have knee pain, and notice when you go from two legs to one leg, your hip drops and knee buckles in, you may just have a weak glute medius. Strengthen it, and the pain may go away. If you’ve ever seen us shuffling around the gym with bands around our ankles/knees/feet, we’re strengthening the glute medius. It’s a part of every one of our athlete’s activation warmups.
Strength Coach Charles Poliquin gives us his top ten tips to improve an athlete’s vertical jump. When he talks about training, you better listen. He’s trained hundreds of Olympic athletes over the year, and is regarded as one of the top strength coaches in the world. It’s not surprising that most of his tips involved strengthening the posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings). For some odd reason, basketball players just want to use plyometrics, even though they’re already jumping enough during practice and games. If they’d add a few strength exercises into their regimen, their vertical would explode.