Monthly Archives: July 2009
Lacrosse Injuries: New Research Shows That “Mental Fatigue” Increases Risk Of ACL Tears And Suggests That “Virtual Reality Technology” That Immerses Athletes In “Complex Athletic Scenarios” May Help With Prevention
New research shows that training your brain may be just as effective as training your muscles in preventing ACL knee injuries, and suggests a shift from performance-based to prevention-based athletic training programs.
The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the four major ligaments of the knee, and ACL injuries pose a rising public health problem as well as an economic strain on the medical system.
University of Michigan researchers studying ACL injuries had subjects perform one-legged squats to fatigue, then tested the reactions to various jumping and movement commands. Researchers found that both legs—not just the fatigued leg—showed equally dangerous and potentially injurious responses, said Scott McLean, assistant professor with the U-M School of Kinesiology. The fatigued subjects showed significant potentially harmful changes in lower body movements that, when preformed improperly, can cause ACL tears.
“These findings suggest that training the central control process—the brain and reflexive responses—may be necessary to counter the fatigue induced ACL injury risk,” said McLean, who also has an appointment with the U-M Bone & Joint Injury Prevention Center.
McLean says that most research and prevention of ACL injuries focuses below the waist in a controlled lab setting, but the U-M approach looks a bit north and attempts to untangle the brain’s role in movements in a random, realistic and complex sports environments.
The findings could have big implications for training programs, McLean said. Mental imagery or virtual reality technology can immerse athletes to very complex athletic scenarios, thus teaching rapid decision making. It might also be possible to train “hard wired” spinal control mechanisms to combat fatigue fallout.
In a related paper, McLean’s group again tested the single leg landings of 13 men and 13 women after working the legs to fatigue. While both men and women suffer an epidemic of ACL injuries, women are two to eight times likelier to tear this ligament than men while playing the same sport. However, the study showed that men and women showed significant changes in lower limb mechanics during unanticipated single leg landings. Again, the findings point to the brain, McLean says.
During testing, a flashing light cued the subjects to jump in a certain direction, and the more fatigued the subjects became, the less likely they were able to react quickly and safely to the unexpected command.
The research suggests that training the brain to respond to unexpected stimuli, thus sharpening their anticipatory skills when faced with unexpected scenarios, may be more beneficial than performing rote training exercises in a controlled lab setting, which is much less random than a true competitive scenario. In this case, expanding the anticipated training to include shorter stimulus-response times could improve reaction time in random sports settings.
“If you expose them to more scenarios, and train the brain to respond more rapidly, you can decrease the likelihood of a dangerous response,” he said. It’s analogous to how a seasoned stick shift driver versus a novice learner might both respond to a sudden stall. The inexperienced driver might make a slow or even incorrect decision.
- Mclean et al. Fatigue-Induced ACL Injury Risk Stems from a Degradation in Central Control. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2009; 41 (8): 1662 DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31819ca07b
- Brown et al. Differences between Sexes and Limbs in Hip and Knee Kinematics and Kinetics during Anticipated and Unanticipated Jump Landings: Implications for ACL injury. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009; DOI: 10.1136/bjsm.2008.055954
Arizona Club Lacrosse: Winslow Warriors Boys Lacrosse Club Was Formed In 2005 And Now Competes With Teams In Arizona, New Mexico And Utah
(From Lacrosse Magazine Article) Almost 40 years after the Eagles put Winslow, Ariz., on the map, Gordon Beyer is working on putting his town on the lacrosse landscape.
Before Beyer put his stamp on Winslow, the town of slightly less than 10,000 hardly knew the difference between a lacrosse stick and a popsicle stick. Since 2005, the fast-talking native Long Islander has been working hard to change that.
Beyer played the game growing up in the 1980s at Smithtown (N.Y.) High School, Fishburne Military School in Virginia and on the club squad at The Citadel. He moved his family to Winslow in 1996 to become a state highway patrolman.
In 2005, his 8-year-old son Kurt became curious of his STX X2 wooden sticks that were hanging on the wall. Gordon took him into the backyard, and he immediately knew that he had a monster on his hands.
That fall, Beyer decided it was time to bring the sport he loves to Winslow. He created the Winslow Warriors Lacrosse Club, which has been made up primarily of boys ranging from eighth to 12th grade.
He started with 10 boys practicing two or three times a week wherever they could. Although the other parents were novices of the game, they were more than willing to help out in any way they could.
The community spirit of Winslow has helped the club survive and grow over the years, reaching as many as 23 players on the team. In the spring of 2008, the schedule grew to 17 games, mostly in tournaments. The Warriors took on local teams from Flagstaff and Scottsdale, as well as out-of-state clubs from New Mexico and Utah.
With the urging of his wife, Catherine, Beyer entered his club in a contest, sponsored by Great Atlantic and Warrior, to win a free “makeover.” They took pictures in his backyard in which players put paint buckets on their heads and substituted lacrosse heads for fishnets and catcher’s masks.
Beyer then took a Sharpie and wrote a100-word essay on a McDonald’s cheeseburger wrapper as to why they deserved the makeover.
Sure enough, Winslow won the grand prize consisting of 30 jerseys, 30 pairs of shorts, two cases of game balls, 30 helmets, 30 bags and 30 performance t-shirts.
Beyer dreams that the sport he loves will one day turn become a sanctioned high school sport in Winslow with local recreational leagues to boot, but knows that there is a ways to go. With continued persistence, he knows it can happen.
Zip Code: 86407
Destination: Winslow, Ariz.
Location: Northeast Arizona on I-40, just 53 miles east of Flagstaff
Elevation: 4,850 feet
US Lacrosse Members: 23
Lacrosse Contact: Gordon Beyer
Record High Temperature: 109
Record Low Temperature: -18
Claim to Fame: If you’ve turned on a radio, chances are you’ve heard the song. If not, turn your car radio on the local classic rock station and soon enough, you’ll hear the Eagles’ 1972 hit that propelled them into rock and roll immortality.
“Take it Easy” brought Winslow to the consciousness of the nation almost 40 years ago and is still what the town is best known for today. The song was written by Jackson Browne and the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, who is the main vocalist.
The first four lines of the second verse may be the song’s most recognizable. They’re certainly the most important lines for Winslow.
Well, I’m a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
I’m such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowin’ down to take a look at me.
The town has since erected a bronze statue at the corner of North Kinsley Avenue and West 2nd Street in downtown Winslow. It depicts a man leaning against a lamp post with an electric guitar. Behind him is a mural painted on a large wall. A storefront is depicted in the mural, featuring a window that shows a flatbed Ford, driven by a blonde-haired woman in its reflection. An actual red flatbed Ford stays parked on the side of the street, sans the girl taking a look. It’s all part of “Standin’ on the Corner Park.”
Every fall, the town hosts a “Standin’ on the Corner Festival” at the end of September. It features Eagles tribute bands among other musical acts.
Winslow was once a major stop on Route 66, before the construction of Interstate 40.
College Lacrosse Recruiting: NCAA Division I Rules Prohibit Lacrosse Coaches From Returning Phone Calls Until After July 1 Following Junior Year
When is it permissible for coaches to return phone communication with prospects and family members?
Coaches cannot return phone communication to prospects until after July 1 following the junior year (Division 1) or after June 15 following the junior year in Division 2. Division 3 rules are very flexible and coaches are permitted to return phone communication at any time.
College Men’s Lacrosse: Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Kenny Nims’ Game Tying Goal Was Not A Crease Violation As He Was Forced From Behind (Video)
Game tying goal by Kenny Nims of Syracuse in NCAA Men’s Championship Game was reviewed by US Lacrosse officials and the call was correct as he was forced into the crease….
College Lacrosse Recruiting: Team Approach For Lacrosse Student-Athletes Creates A Stable And Efficient Recruiting Process
Beyond having everything in order, how does the team approach help?
More than anything, the team approach accomplishes two very important tasks. Firstly, it creates stability and confidence in the prospect, who knows he has a group of people who not only share his vision, but are willing to work tirelessly on his behalf to assist him in finding the right college match. Secondly, the team approach encourages distribution of duties relative to college recruiting that can become potentially overwhelming and frustrating. The team approach encourages a collaborative system that draws strength from individual participants in a specific area of college recruiting. Think of it like this: It’s very difficult for a baseball pitcher to catch his own fastball!
College Men’s Lacrosse Video Profile: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Freshman Attacker Rob Pannell Scored 3 Goals In 15-6 Victory Over Virginia In 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Semi-Finals
Books About Lacrosse: “Head Case: Lacrosse Goalie” By Dr. Bob Rotella And Sam Chambers Provides “A Realistic View” Of Youth Lacrosse
Help Young Athletes Learn How to Win and Have Fun
“It is refreshing to read a story about lacrosse that gives a realistic view of the sport.”
—Lacrosse Hall-of-Famer Tom Marechek
Max Speyer was on top of the world. At age 10, he had found his passion. He lived for lacrosse, savoring every moment he spent in the crease guarding the goal for the Powhatans, “the select team he had dreamed of joining since he first picked up a lacrosse stick at age six.”
Not only had Max made the team, he had beat out an older and more experienced goalie to become the youngest player ever to secure a starting slot. And now, he had his first chance to prove to his coach the risk was worth it as he faced off against their arch rival’s best attackman, Johnny “Snake Eyes” Bonner.
And then, he blew it.
As Bonner fakes him out and the ball sails through his unforgivably unguarded legs, Max feels himself losing much more than the game. It was like he was cursed—he lost his confidence, his instincts, and, worst of all, his love of the sport. He practiced as hard as ever, but come game day, his fear of letting another player like Bonner get the best of him led to anxiety, exhaustion, and a poor performance.
Luckily, Max can turn to the expert advice of his friendly neighbor, Dr. Bob, a world-renowned sport psychologist who helps Max overcome fear, visualize success and rediscover the joy of playing in HEAD CASE: Sports Fiction with a Winning Edge (Bright Sky Press, May 2009).
In this heart-warming tale by Sam Chambers and distinguished sports psychologist, Dr. Bob Rotella, young athletes will find invaluable lessons on how to play their best, smartest game while still having a good time, using the 10-2 Win principles outlined after the story. Along the way, beginning lacrosse players get a primer in the language, rules, and techniques of the game, both through the story and the handy glossary of terms that follows. With each winning principle reinforced by the story, readers come away with surefire tips for building good character as sportsmen and excellent skills on the field.
In HEAD CASE, Chambers and Rotella teach athletes:
- How to train and trust. Practices are for learning skills. Games are times to trust the work you’ve done and enjoy its payoff, playing the game you love;
- How to set realistic goals to accomplish your big dreams;
- How to practice efficiently and effectively;
- How to be mentally ready for success with a positive focus;
- How to learn to be confident;
- How to learn from and leave behind mistakes and set backs;
- How to be an important member of a team;
- How to have fun and win at the same time;
- And much, much more…
HEAD CASE offers tips to help create skilled, confident, relaxed, and self-aware players who know how to succeed and have fun doing it. Through this non-threatening and accessible format, athletes learn to develop core values as players and as people that will serve them well both on and off the field. It is a must read, not only for developing lacrosse players, coaches, and parents, but also for young athletes everywhere hoping to find a healthy and happy competitive edge.
“Books of fiction that offer lessons through sport are not uncommon. What IS uncommon, though, is a story that teaches us about winning a vitally important, often hidden battle–the inner battle. To this goal, Chambers and Rotella score big. Every aspiring young athlete should read it!”
—Dr. John Eliot, Tampa Bay Rays sports psychologist
About the Authors
After receiving his Masters in Sports Psychology under Dr. Bob Rotella at the University of Virginia, Sam T. Chambers became the Varsity Lacrosse Coach at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas where he created a state-championship program that includes boys from Kindergarten through 12th grades in mentoring relationships. Elected Texas Coach of the Year and Lacrosse Man of the Year, he founded the Team Texas national traveling lacrosse teams, and runs Crease Ranch lacrosse and field hockey camps, and the Texas Recreational Lacrosse League (TReX). He lives in Houston with wife and their two daughters.
Internationally known for his work in the area of sports psychology, Dr. Bob Rotella is consistently recognized as the Top Sports Psychologist in the world. His book Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, the best selling sport psychology book of all time, is one of the three best selling golf books in history. Dr. Rotella’s golfers on the PGA tour have won at least twenty-five of the forty tournaments played for each of the last fifteen years. As a teacher, Dr. Rotella has been selected as one of the top ten golf teachers of the Twentieth Century and directed the leading graduate program in the country for the twenty years, at the University of Virginia. In addition to being on the editorial board and columnist for Golf Digest and contributing editor of Sport Psychology Journal, he is the past president of the North American Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Among professional players, he has helped Nick Price, Tom Kite, Brad Faxon, Scott Verplank, and many more champions.
Sam Chambers and Bob Rotella will be available for interviews upon release of the book. For more information on HEAD CASE and/or to schedule an interview, please contact Adam Rifenberick, Press Box Publicity, via email at Adam@PressBoxPublicity.com or by calling 716.741.8495.
Title: Head Case Lacrosse Goalie: Sports Fiction with a Winning Edge
Authors: Sam T. Chambers and Dr. Bob Rotella
Publisher: Bright Sky Press: http://www.brightskypress.com
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Format: Paperback, 104 pages
ISBN 13: 978-1933979403
Publication date: May 1, 2009
For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2009
Adam Rifenberick, Press Box Publicity
(716) 741.8495, Adam@PressBoxPublicity.com
Southern California Club Lacrosse: Starz Lacrosse Cup Championship Series Playoffs This Weekend For Boys Elite And Boys High School Divisions
A grand array of Summer Starz competition took place over the weekend, with three Summer Starz Cup Champions being crowned.
In the Elite division, the fourth and final Jamboree took place over the weekend, as teams battled for seedings in the Starz Cup. Up North, South Bay, and 101 Starz won out their final set of games, and claim the top two seeds of the Northern bracket. Down South at Cathedral High School, the Laxdawgs sit at pole position in the playoffs after a pair of wins, while Quad Cities retains the #2 seed.
The first official Summer Starz Cup Champions of 2009 were crowned this past Saturday, as middle school teams fought it out for a shot at the title. In the South, a talented RC Silver team notched 26 goals and allowed zero goals from opponents in a two game run into the title game. During the title game played against the Laxdawgs, RC Silver again prevailed 7-3 and are the 2009 Southern Middle School Champions. In the North, SC Starz Gold prevailed over twelve teams to beat out Olympian Storm in the Cup Title game. The game was hard fought, as SC Starz emerged by close 6-5 count capping off an amazing debut Starz season.
The Starz Mini bracket also crowned a champion this weekend, after playing out their Starz Cup on the fields of El Segundo. In the final, the 101 Starz defeated Olympian O’Rourke 5-3, winning the Starz Cup, and finalizing a tremendous undefeated season.
The University of California, Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse team is excited to announce a strong in-coming freshman class. The Gauchos were challenged to fill several positions vacated by graduating seniors, but a successful recruiting season seems likely to fill the gaps. Twenty-five players round out the list, with 19 admitted directly to UCSB and six enrolled at Santa Barbara City College with the intent to transfer.
Head Coach Mario Waibel said, “We are very excited at the level of talent of this year’s recruits. We were able to find players at every position to push our returners and make an immediate impact to the lineup. This is a great group of driven and accomplished individuals and we are confident they will provide both short and long term answers to keep UCSB on the national stage.”
Jamie Bridgman – A – Transfer Stevenson (D3) – All-American 2006, POTY Bay League 2006, 195 Career Pts (HS-Mira Costa)
CJ Jacobs – M – Los Alamitos (CA) – All-American 2009, Sunset League MVP 2009, Runner-up Orange County POTY 2009, 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, First Team All-Orange County 2009, Second Team All-Orange County 2008
Kevin Bowles – A – Sir Francis Drake HS (CA) – Academic All-American 2009, First Team All-League 2009, Second Team All-League 2008, Honorable Mention All-League 2007
Dan Nevitt – D – Coronado HS (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, WSL Boys Elite 25 Honorable Mention 2009, Second Team All-CIF 2009, SD Union Tribune Scholar Athlete 2008
Andrew Noto – G – Corona del Mar HS (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, First Team All-Orange County 2009
Ben Hostetler – G – Milton HS (GA) – 2x First Team All-State 2007-08, Second Team All-State 2009, Third Team All-State 2006
Kenny Smith – D/LSM – Los Alamitos (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, First Team All-Orange County 2009
David Wallace – D – Mission Viejo (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-2009
Will Stefano – D – Cathedral Catholic (CA) – First Team All League 2009, 2x SD Tribune All-Academic Team 2008-09
Andrew Cooney – D – Mountain View HS (CA) – 2x First Team All-League 2008-09
Tommy Finley – D/LSM – Laguna Hills HS (CA) – First Team All-League 2009, 2x Second Team All-League 2007-08
Andy Lihani – A/M – Council Rock South (PA) – Second Team All-League 2008, 3rd Team All-League 2009, Bucks County Courier Times All-star 2008-09, Phillylacrosse.com Male Scholar Athlete Award 2009
Joe Klemme – M – Redwood HS (CA) – First Team All League 2009
Andy Kurstin – M – Loyola HS (CA) – First Team All-League 2009
Kassius Boswell – A/M – Mission Viejo HS (CA) – Second Team All-League 2009
Adam Cook – A – Mountain View HS (CA) – Honorable Mention All-League 2009
Jared Nohra – D – Milton HS (GA) – Honorable Mention All-League 2009
Matt O’Brien – M – Monte Vista (CA)
Matias Eusterbrook – M – Berkley HS (CA)
The following freshmen will be attending Santa Barbara City College with the intent to transfer to UCSB:
Bobby Braun – A – Coronado HS (CA) – All-American 2009, San Diego CIF Player of the Year 2009, First Team All-CIF 2009, First Team All-League 2009, Second Team All-League 2008
Jackson Cusick – M – Coronado HS (CA) – First Team All-CIF 2009, First Team All-League 2009, SD Union Tribune All-Academic 2008-09
Robert Mull – D – Acalanes HS (CA) – All-American 2009, DFAL League MVP 2009, 2x First Team All-League 2008-09
Luke Klein – LSM – Newbury Park (CA) – 2x First Team All-League 2008-09, Third Team All-League 2007
Canyon Grove – M – Agoura HS (CA) – First Team All-League 2009, Second Team All-League 2008
Justice Massara – A – Summit Hills HS (OR) – 2x First Team All-League 2008-09, Honorable Mention All-League 2007