Sport General or Sport Specific:

Sport General or Sport Specific:

What are the research and practice telling us about working with Athletes?

With all of the information and “research” (albeit real or pseudo) it is difficult for parents, kids, and sometimes even professional and elite level athletes to know how to best approach training for Sports Performance. While the research is pretty solid and difficult to disagree with the fact that training (strength training, power training, core training, etc.) is beneficial and valuable for athletes, how to approach that training and what systems approach is most likely to create the best environment for long-term success is a bit elusive and confusing.

In a recent seminar at Optima (the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s National Conference), I addressed and explored this issue. I have attached the following slides of the presentation so you are able to get a feel for the topic, the field, the progress (and sometimes lack thereof) in discipline, and where we have landed at Prevail Conditioning with our systems approach to athletic and sports performance.

And just in case you don’t want to look through the entire presentation (although I think you should!), I’ll save you some time and sum it up with this quote from Mike Boyle:

“Sport-specific programming is one of the greatest misconceptions in athletics today. The notion that each sport needs its own individual program is fundamentally flawed. The majority of team sports and even many individual sports have similar general needs. All rely on speed and power, with strength as the underlying base. The development of speed, strength, and power does not and should not vary greatly from sport to sport.”

Link to Presentation:

OPTIMA 2017 Sport General or Specific

123chrisChris Ecklund, MA, PES, CSCS, USAW, TPI

Muscle KO: The Reason You’re Doing Scap Pushups

What you need to know12paq

  • The serratus anterior is dagger shaped muscles that protract the scapula.
  • They are critical stabilizers for all pushing movements.
  • Scapula pushups are a corrective movement that targets the serratus anterior.

For Part II of the Muscle KO series we’ll be looking at the serratus anterior, the “boxer’s muscle”, which is incredibly important for stabilization during pushing movements. In the figure, Manny Pacquiao’s serratus anteriors are the dagger-shaped muscles that run along his rib cage. The most important function of these muscles is to protract (shift forward) the scapula.

The reason scapular stabilizing muscles are so important is that the scapula does not have 12retrastrong bony attachments like other bones. Instead, the weight of the scapula and arm is supported by attachments to the clavicle which attaches to the sternum. This arrangement allows for increased scapular mobility but decreased stability. Muscles then take on stabilizing roles and, if weak, can lead to dysfunctional movement.

12scapIn cases where patients have a weak or dysfunctional serratus anterior, “winging” of the scapula is observed when they push against a wall (see figure). This is to say that loss of control of the serratus anterior leads to destabilization of the scapula and inability to brace when pushing.

At Prevail, the serratus anterior is most obviously worked in the scap pushup (see figure below). These pushups are done with locked elbows and build up the serratus anterior and improve scapular mobility. Corrective exercises like the scap pushup prepare your stabilizing muscle groups to assist in bigger lifts.


Work Cited

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Anatomy Course 2017

 Tyler Paras12tyler

B.S. – Cellular Molecular Biology (Westmont)

M.D. Candidate – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Tyler was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and began training at Prevail in October 2016. While at Westmont he graduated summa cum laude, led a student-run homeless outreach program, and volunteered with Hospice of Santa Barbara.

After Tyler’s mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), he became interested in the cellular mechanisms behind the disease. He conducted his Major Honors project at Westmont and conducted summers of research at Harvard Medical School studying RA. Tyler is interested in orthopedic surgery and is currently conducting a systematic review on the outcomes of reverse shoulder reconstructions. His research has resulted in seven presentations, three at national medical conferences.

Chinese Herbal Medicine at Prevail Conditioning


In our efforts to expand services and provide more tools to help you succeed, we have adopted Chinese Herbal Medicine as another therapeutic tool to assist you in overcoming health obstacles. If you ever thought about herbal medicine, you might conjure up the image of a witch stirring a cast iron pot, a wood fire boiling up a strange concoction of twigs, leaves, and maybe a random bat wing floating about. To be honest, that is not too far from the real thing! Everything but the bat wing and cast iron is accurate. More on cast iron later…

The benefits of using Chinese Herbal Medicine are numerous:

1.     First and foremost, herbal medicine is one of the oldest form of medicine known to humankind. Traditional Chinese Medicine herbalists have been refining the art of herbal formulations and studying the human body for over two thousand years, using empirical human data to separate what works from what doesn’t.

2.     Chinese Herbal Medicine is very close to food itself, so your body understands how to fully utilize the constituents in it. Its effects are gradual and focused on long-term health, as opposed to quick fixes or aggressive health overhauls.

3.     Chinese Herbal Medicine can deal with almost any form of health imbalance. Whatever is going on in its full expression is unique to you and is treated with that same level of respect and consideration.

4.     Where Chinese Herbal Medicine truly shines is in strengthening your body to the point where it will need less medical intervention when it is faced with health challenges in the future. Instead of chemical dependency, it aims to establish sovereignty for your health.

Now that I have piqued your interest here is how you can you can get started on your own regimen:

·       Step 1: Set up an appointment for an Herbal Consultation. This is a one hour comprehensive health evaluation using Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic tools. I will define the pattern of balance and imbalance in your health and then design a custom herbal formula for you to take over a period of time to move you in a direction to improve your health.

·       Step 2: Set up an appointment for an Herbal Consultation Follow Up. This is where I will address the changes that came about from the usage of the formula and decide whether modifications are needed to nudge your health in the direction it needs to go.

Bottom line is that with access to all of the information available today, there is no reason to accept living a life short of reaching your full potential. With Chinese Medicine, you can learn about your body and use what nature has provided for us to thrive day in and day out.

123diegaDiego Garcia – Performance Coach


Diego comes from a varied background of fitness and martial arts including resistance training, acrobatics, Capoeira, saber fencing, hand-balancing, and high-intensity interval conditioning. As a coach, Diego acknowledges the mental and spiritual transformation that goes hand-in-hand with athletic training and helps cement positive habits into real personality traits. Whatever your training goals may be, Diego can help you find the safest and most effective path to realizing your fitness dreams.

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