Posts Tagged ‘athlete’

The Post Game Handshake – Tim Fox

The post game handshake is the last opportunity our players get to acknowledge the other team’s players and coaching staff.  It is vital that, during this handshake, players learn eye contact, respect, and sincere gratitude.    Not only do Extreme teams thank the opposing team and their efforts, but also the umpires.  These umpires value the post game handshake more than we may think.  It can set you apart from other teams, make people remember you, show your respect and the kind of character you have as an individual. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, the handshake shows you’re a professional and in it for the right reasons. You are capable of taking defeat and showing respect just as you are of coming out on top and still having that respect. Let us show our Extreme Pride through this post game handshake to opponents and umpires alike.

As always, culture is a big component of a successful organization, business and life. You are who you surround yourself by and those people can drive you to make you better, happier and the best you possible. Or they can bring you down, hold you back and not allow you to grow. There are a few points of the Extreme culture that we take pride in. Stay tuned and continue to check on our blog for topics that our Network Trainers and Coaches think make the Extreme great!

Extreme Sponsor T-Shirts – Brett Swip

The topic for today is Extreme Sponsor T-shirts. Coach Brett Swip explains the importance of representing our E.3D.Lightsbrand through Extreme Sponsor T-Shirts. Culture is an important piece of the puzzle in our approach. There are lots of things that separate each team, however, a few bring us together as an organization. Proper attire can set an organization apart from others in the area and in the country. Coaches representing wearing our Extreme sponsor t-shirts are a big part of that. Coaches are looked up to, followed and can be seen as the face of the organization. It all starts from the top so we ask that our coaches represent so their players follow suit. There is a lot of pride in our organization and every person is a part of it. Thank you for being a part of Extreme and making it great.

 

There are a few topics that we strive to be consistent throughout our organization. Leaders of our club will answer the call of what they think is important and why. Stay tuned for more videos from our coaches, network trainers and more on these topics. As you see them, watch our program grow and culture change as we become even more unified than ever before. Thank you.

Determining Caloric Needs

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In December, the Extreme Elite high school program received an impactful presentation from Extreme Network trainers, Josh Nimmo and Chris Thomas on nutritional topics specific to the athlete.  The takeaways for our high school coaches, players and families were powerful and have immediately benefited the group.
As a reminder, the key takeaways from the presentation that our athletes have benefited from include how to:
1) Calculate your athlete’s specific caloric need (specific to their individual performance goals)
2) Implement a pre-workout, intra-workout, and post-workout nutrition plan that allows our athletes to receive full benefit of the training they are participating in
As an Organization, we are constantly monitoring the output that is created from the input that is put in to our program (in this example, what nutritional changed behaviors are initiated in our Organization from the information that was presented to us).  The Organization has determined there is still more room for us to implement and benefit from these takeaways.
Our Organization asked Coach Nimmo and Coach Thomas to video live examples of the takeaways to better train our coaches, players, and families on these topics.  Please view these videos as a family.  Many of these topics will be discussed in upcoming training sessions in our older programs.

 

Injury Risk & Prevention

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Baseball & Softball athletes deal with an increase risk of injury due to the constant strain the game puts on their bodies. From planting, rotating, exploding, stabilizing, core activation, and arm whip their bodies are constantly being challenged to stay healthy.   We have refocused on injury prevention for our athletes as we launch the Extreme’s 17th year.

 

Professionals brought in through the Extreme Network have been brainstorming on the trends of our sport & the strengths and weaknesses of our Midwest athletes. They have created a standardized warm-up system that is tailored for our program goals and needs.   The depth of professional input that was used to create these standards is a first for our program on this large of a scale.   Our program now benefits from a professionally designed program with 2 purposes: 1) to increase our athletes’ velocity and 2) to decrease their risk for injury.

Extreme Baseball and Softball teams go through a consistent warm-up that progresses and reinforces movement and athletic positions that every viable and healthy baseball or softball athlete need to enjoy years of competition.

The Extreme Baseball & Softball Warm-up System focuses on increasing the temperature of the muscles to increase the speed of nerve impulses, making our athletes faster. They will also experience an increase in range of motion at the joints reducing the risk of tearing muscle & ligaments.
Here are the basic themes of the warm-up that all of our athletes complete:

  1. Increase Heart Rate
  2. Dynamic Stretch
    1. After we increase the heart rate and pulse the muscle temperature has increased and are more elastic, reducing the risk of injury.
  3. Agility & Coordination
    1. Agility requires a combination of balance, speed, strength, & coordination.   After our dynamic stretch athletes are primed to work on increasing their rhythm and output in these areas.girls
  4. Shoulder/Rotator Cuff warm-up prior to throwing
    1. Increase blood flow to the shoulder prior to throwing reduces the risk of injury.
  5. Throwing Progression with focus points on mechanic efficiency + proper force and inertia increase as quantity of throws increase.
    1. Many athletes come out and throw the ball as hard as they can from the start. Doing this increases their potential risk for injury greatly. By taking our athletes through a progression with focus points around mechanics, force, velocity, and timing we build healthy habitual habits they will lean on for years to come.
  6. Cool down for our athletes includes mobility focused stretching + flush exercises to help increase range of motion and recovery.
    1. Mobility and flexibility of the joints, muscle tissue, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joint is crucial for maintaining a healthy body that can withstand large quantity of reps and temperature changes prevalent in the mid-west.

Our game is being increasingly challenged to be safer. The Extreme Baseball & Softball Warm-up System will be one solution for our coaches and players to increase our athlete’s safety.