It’s truly amazing how fast a year goes by. Dusty and I started The QB Docs Podcast one year ago and we are now 104 episodes in. We have had 27,000 downloads across a span of 50 countries. It’s been amazing to see the response. We truly thank any of you that are reading this that listen to the podcast as well. We have been able to talk to many great guests that surround the football arena from physical therapists to college coaches. We even got to talk to some yoga experts and strength and conditioning experts. With that said, we want to recap the top 5 downloaded podcast episodes from this past year.
How much do you care about getting better? What types of sacrifice are you willing to make? For quarterbacks, there has to be a great sacrifice for a sustained period of time. That’s why there’s not many people that want to play the position. Not only do you need to physical attributes, but there comes a level of grit, perseverance, and mental toughness that is needed to have success. What are some things to aid in this process though? The life of a QB is a long road and sometimes a lonely road. Today, we want to give you 3 secrets in how you can increase your body and mind’s abilities performance to become the best QB you can be!
Upper crossed syndrome is a term that most of you reading this haven’t heard before. This is a common term for us in the physical therapy world and definitely a term that we need to define and tell you more about because it relates directly to the quarterback position a great deal. The problem is that nearly EVERY quarterback we work with exhibits either a piece of this syndrome or has this syndrome full blown. If you present this way, you are automatically putting yourself at greater risk for injury and also putting a ceiling on your performance. You don’t want to do that do you quarterbacks? Check out today’s very informative post on what this is and how to fix it!!
Whenever thinking about the quarterback throwing motion from the outside in, it looks pretty simple to most. What if I were to tell you that the QB throwing motion is just as intricate as the golf swing? Well, it is! Quarterbacks of all ages will develop different motions based off of pre-requisite mobility/stability that they have, how they are taught, and the different motor patterns that they will acquire as they practice. No two quarterbacks look exactly the same, but as long as they follow a base set of principles in relation to the quarterback throwing motion, they will give themselves a chance to be successful. One part of the QB throwing motion that is often overlooked is the deceleration phase into the follow through. It’s great to be powerful and explosive to throw with velocity, but if you can’t control the body after the throw, you are setting yourself up for failure. This is like driving a Lamborghini without brakes. This doesn’t sound fun does it? Any time a QB fails to decelerate, he puts himself at high risk to be very inaccurate and also puts himself at high risk of injury. Check out today’s post to see what proper deceleration is and how to improve it!
Where are you in your life currently? Is it during a time of extreme happiness? Is it during a time of struggle? My brothers and I have all had times in our lives where we have felt like we were on top of the world and also at the lowest of lows. Did you know that it’s important to have these ups and downs of life from a biological perspective? Many times there our thoughts and way we live our lives dictate the decisions we make. Some people think about the mistakes they made in the past and get stuck on the “woulda, shoulda, coulda” mentality. If I would’ve just done this one thing differently or if I would gone down this certain road. Others are “forecasters”. They spend tons of mental energy prepping for the future and trying to plan. This could be for wealth, family, or whatever goal they have in mind. If you fall into either of these categories, you are most definitely in the wrong because the best time to live is the here and now! Check out today’s blog post to see why this is advantageous for your body, mind, and spirit!
Are you someone that gets nervous before games? Are you someone who analyzes every different situation, and most of the time it’s thinking about how a situation can go wrong during a game? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I used to be this way as well. Before every football game I would throw up. During warm ups I couldn’t even put my mouth piece in my mouth because it would trigger my gag reflex. Talk about anxiety huh? Was I extremely prepared? Yes, I most definitely was. What about physically prepared? Absolutely. Then you might ask me “where was all of this nervousness and anxiety stemming from?” Well, it was from a lot of places and most of it was my own fault. We will talk about all of the different reasons for having anxiety before/during competition and how you can combat it in today’s blog post!