It is now the middle of November and most of you are starting to prepare for your off season programs as the season comes to a close. After taking a couple weeks off, how are you going to structure your program? Do you even know where your weaknesses are? Most times, someone within the football program will structure a workout for the entire team, but guess what? You have individual needs as a QB! You need to know how to fix your individual flaws so you can perform better on the field as a QB. That’s the whole point of why we go into the weight room to begin with, to improve our skill set to aid in performance on the field. Today, we want to give you 3 exercises that every quarterback can greatly benefit from when creating your first off season program.
Any time you walk into a gym these days, this is what you see. Guys in tank tops on the bench press doing half reps, the keto freaks taking selfies of themselves while they do hammer rows, and girls standing in the mirror looking at themselves pose while they do tricep kickbacks. That’s all well and good if you want to do that, but what each of these people has in their ear while their doing this is the problem. Headphones and ear buds are now the new workout craze. If you walked into a gym right now, nearly 90% of the people in the gym are listening to their own music through these devices. While that might sound good to the gym goer, here are a list of reasons why people MUST STOP wearing their head phones at the gym in order to get better performance and live a more fulfilling life.
Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that the season just started, but it’s already almost November. I honestly can’t believe that today is Halloween. With that said, a lot of you are going into your off season routines after getting knocked out of the playoffs. Have you even thought about the off season if you’re not playing basketball? Most of you are shaking your heads, but here are 4 important questions I want you to ask yourself going into the off season.
In spirit of our online course “The QB Docs Shoulder Solution Series” dropping this past week, we wanted to cover another aspect of preventing shoulder pain for you guys. The shoulder is a very complex set of joints that depends on other areas of the body to do their jobs so it can do it’s job. If this doesn’t happen the efficiency of the shoulder while it is being used won’t be there and there will be a lot of wear and tear injuries that happen over time. Today, we are asking y’all three questions that you should be asking yourselves to help decrease risk of shoulder pain and inefficiency of the shoulder. (Also, if you haven’t accessed the course to decrease shoulder pain, you need to right now. Link is below!)
The shoulders are always very distinctly talked about for quarterbacks when it comes to their performance. Rotate the shoulders, point the shoulder, and close the shoulder are always terms that you hear quarterback coaches say when coaching the position. What about the actual shoulder complex though? We have talked a lot about how power is generated from the ground up, but what specific questions need to be asked in regards to performance of the actual throwing shoulder during the performance of a throw for a quarterback? We ask these questions in today’s blog post!
As soon as a child comes into the world, it’s every parent’s instinct to protect them from harm. The time that it takes to take care of them as a baby is extraordinary, then time goes by and they need less and less support for their daily lives. What if the parent remains protective though? What happens when parents want to shield their child from all the little harmful things that can happen during the course of pre-adolescence and even adolescence? Yes, the times have changed a little bit, but we need to understand the reasons why it’s ESSENTIAL for parents to put their kids in challenging situations. It’s not only essential to put them here, but also let them remain here for a period of time, even if that means failure in the end. In today’s blog post we put our focus on the modern child and why it’s important to take the reigns off of him/her for proper development.
The follow through is a very important part of the throwing motion that all athletes and coaches need to grasp for both injury prevention and increased performance. From an injury standpoint, if the muscles that we use to throw the ball at high velocities don’t eccentrically contract (slow the arm and body down) properly, then this could mean issues in the low back, hips, shoulders, or elbows. From a performance standpoint, if there are impairments in mobility and stability within the body, it will make it very difficult for the body to be in the proper positions to decelerate after the release point of the ball. Today, we want to outline three areas that need to be commonly improved during the follow through of the throwing motion and also give exercises to fix those flaws.
Over the course of time span of about ten years, us Kiel brothers were able to experience the college football recruiting process. This was a journey filled with many highs and lows in trying to learn what this process was all about. Ten years is a long time, so we were able to meet many people and gather a lot of information that was beneficial to make this process easier. I was a 2 star recruit and was fortunate enough to play at Illinois State. Fast forward five years to Gunner who was the number 1 quarterback in his class with the ability to go anywhere in the country. I would say that Gunner was a better player than I was, but the difference between our talent levels was not 3 stars in my mind. What was different was the process that was taken by Gunner vs the process that was taken by myself. Over the years, we started to understand the dynamic much better which allowed Gunner to have more opportunity. How much opportunity do you want to have? Well, we want to give you three extremely valuable resources to help you through this process starting now!
The quarterback throwing motion is a very complex motion where athletes can tend to have a lot of issues if they aren’t taught the right things. As quarterbacks are developing their skills as throwers, it’s important to identify common problem areas where issues can arise. One of these areas is the knee on the plant leg of the quarterback. Pain in the knee can persist for long periods of time for quarterbacks if some of these dysfunctions aren’t cleaned up. Guess what though? There’s a pretty good chance that the knee isn’t even the primary issue that is causing the problem for the quarterbacks. Better read the rest of this blog post to see what we mean!