The world has changed greatly over the past 15-20 years. Technology has boomed at a pace in which nearly every single person over the age of 10 has a small computer in their hands. The age of information is at its peak, but this can also be a double edged sword. This has changed the landscape in which children are raised and has high influence over young people’s lives where they crave playing video games and scrolling through social media. There has never been a time in the world where instant gratification has been so prominent in young people’s lives. What does this mean for young athletes though? With the performance demand being so high and children lacking the traits to build performance (a lot of these mental), we are seeing a huge increase in instances of mental illness such as anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Today, I want to talk about the development continuum of an athlete through the course of pre-adolescence and adolescence. We will cover both the physical and mental aspects of children and teens during these critical times and how to take advantage of their biology for peak performance.
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.
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.
For anyone that has ever worked with us, they always ask the same question: “Why do you guys work on footwork so much?” Well let us answer that question for you today. If you take a global look at the quarterback position during the course of a play during a game, what does this look like during a pass play? Well, the quarterback takes position either under center or in the shotgun. From there he is scanning the defense to see what the pre-pass look is. Digesting the front, leverage of the linebackers and what type of shell the secondary is in, he is making many decisions before the ball is snapped. Once he decides that they are in a good play, he then snaps the ball.
At the snap of the ball, this is where the magic happens. The quarterback takes his drop or performs his play action footwork, while also now reading the defense post snap. This is HARD! The defense has the ability to disguise what they are doing before the snap so the QB has to digest what is going on in a split second and make a good decision for his team. From the snap to the throw, this is the most crucial period and the footwork is what gets us set up before the throw in order to pick up a big gain downfield. If the footwork is poor, this will lead to bad decision making and poor positioning in a quarterback’s pre-pass position when he does want to throw. This is why we practice!! Let’s look a little further here at how we can perfect this critical period from the snap to the throw.
When most quarterback coaches talk about throwing, they talk about it in reference to throwing from a “platform” or “pre-pass position.” This is the position that quarterbacks stand from in the pocket and then throw from to their receivers downfield. Well, there’s another platform that players throw from as well which is very different from throwing from a stance. This would be throwing on the run! We are very scientific when we break down this position and we have noticed some very big differences in guys that have great ability to throw on the move compared to those that don’t. Today, we explain the why throwing on the run is so different and how you can ultimately improve this ability by improving in certain areas. Don’t miss today’s blog post players and coaches! We plan to blow your minds!
In the second part of this blog topic, we will be talking about how to identify the issues that were brought to the surface last week, along with how to fix them. 99% of football players are going to present with some sort of decreased ankle mobility. That’s just the nature of the beast. Where we go from here is going to determine how much performance you are going to allow yourself to put back on the table, but also how much you are going to decrease your injury risk as well. Quit hiding from this problem players! Do you want low back pain, ACL tears, hip pain, ingrown toe nails, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, or even shoulder issues? Yes, I said shoulder issues because of your lack of ankle range of motion. If you want these problems, then continue to perform with this issue. If you want to be an exceptional quarterback and increase your chance to stay on the field, then you better read this today!