Part of my vision when I created Specialty Athletic Training was to provide fun, on-campus internship opportunities for the students of Lewis & Clark College. Every semester we have students apply to serve as Peer Mentors and work along side our personal trainers providing instruction and motivation to our clients during their workouts. Please help us welcome this semester's Peer Mentors; Alex Jones, Kaitlin Mathewson, and Liz Growdon. You can learn more about them by reading their individual bios here.
Progression, progression, progression. It is important to teach a proper progression when introducing a new complex movement to a client. This is the first step that we use when we are teaching a client how to squat. Our clients often are not able to perform a proper back squat for a variety of reasons:
1. Poor hip flexibility
2. Weak core strength
3. Poor activation of the glutes
We use the "Box Squat" or "Sit to Stand" as a way to teach them the proper squat mechanics before adding weight. As their flexibility and strength increases, we will lower the box until proper depth is reached.
1. Feet should be shoulder width a part with toes facing forward and slightly out
2. As you sit onto the box, maintain good posture
3. When standing back up, drive through your heels and prevent rocking up to the balls of your feet.
4. Start with a comfortable height and then gradually lower the box or chair over time.
The USA men's Olympic weightlifting team has not won a gold medal for 56 years, but that could change rather quickly thanks to C.J. Cummings.
Cummings is 5'4" and 150lbs. Last August he clean and jerked 385lbs, something that had never been done in his weight class. Oh, he's also only 15 years old. Coaches say that he is about 10 years away from reaching his highest potential and another 4 years before his first Olympics.
C.J. Cummings. Remember that name because I'm sure you'll be hearing it in another 4 years.
Specialty Athletic Training student intern Jason Luhnow has been selected as one of 48 finalists for selection to the 2016 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team. The final team of 10 men's basketball student-athletes will be selected in February.
Jason served as a student intern for Specialty Athletic Training throughout 2015 and has also volunteered at our "Hoop Camp 4 Kids" and "Lift for Autism" events. He has also been involved in the Parkinson's Resources of Oregon's annual walk since high school and has volunteered for the past several years at the Portland Marathon.
As a volunteer with Specialty Athletic Training, Luhnow has mentored children with disabilities, volunteered at "Hoop Camp 4 Kids" and "Lift for Autism," and assisted with numerous off-campus charitable causes. Since he was in high school, Luhnow has been actively involved in the Parkinson's Resources of Oregon annual walk, as a good friend of his family has been affected by Parkinson's disease. With his collegiate team, Luhnow has also volunteered to assist with setup and operations of the Portland Marathon.
He's a 'show up early, leave late' type of guy. He takes time for his community, not because he's assigned, but because he wants to be there.
If selected, Jason will join the other members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team in being invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2016 NABC Convention and 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston, where they will participate in a community service project benefiting the city.
"Once again as we have a record number of nominees for the Allstate Good Works Teams, it's very evident that our men's and women's student-athletes in college basketball are unselfish and unwavering in their commitment to service," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "From global initiatives in third-world countries to feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless around their own communities, these young men and women are very deserving of the recognition that Allstate provides with this exemplary program."
Special thanks to Ryan Goff, Sports Information Director at Lewis & Clark College, for the information about Jason's nomination.
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the founder and head trainer of Specialty Athletic Training and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. He is a member of the board of directors for the Autism Society of America and the Central Oregon Disability Support Network.