Mandi has also has taught group fitness and spin throughout the community including Fit On, Spectrum, Gorilla Sports, LA Fitness, Crunch and 24 Hour Fitness. Mandi has been in the private training industry training kids for over 12 years.
Mandi Lawson Collins
Prime Athletes Founder and Owner
Preventing the problem
Along with research on why injuries occur, studies have been done to see if the risk of injury can be reduced. The answer, a strong, YES! Several programs with hundreds and over a thousand athletes have demonstrated that both the biomechanical risk factors and the actual rate of ACL injury can be reduced.
Safer deceleration skills
Most injuries occur during the decelearation. Acts of deceleration include landing from a jump, cutting to change direction, and stopping during a sprint. Since females don’t bend their knees as much as males do in these activities, the pressure on the knee joint is increased. The knee is exposed to higher forces per pound of body weight.
Learning to decelerate safely is a skill that can and should be taught early. This includes good technique in landing from jumps and staying low with bent knees and hips during cutting/stopping movements. These maneuvers are motor skills that can be learned, practiced and improved, just like a free throw or serve.
Muscle Control Techniques
Many female athletes use their quadriceps muscles when they are changing direction rapidly without adequately co-contracting the hamstrings. This can put enough force on the shinbone to tear the ACL if the knee isn’t bent enough. By strengthening and using the hamstrings rather than the quadriceps muscles, female athletes can reduce their risk of an ACL injury.
The neuromuscular reactions that help trigger the muscles to protect the ACL while moving can be trained. Increasing the agility of the athlete will reduce stress positions the knee may be in. Proper resistance training will improve the speed at which the muscles fire and inter/intra-muscular coordination to protect the knee.
Injuries happen more often when an athlete is fatiqued. Neuromuscular coordination is reduced, reactions slowed and muscle strength diminished. Both good and general conditioning and specific power/agility training are important to prevent these injuries.
Pick from the exercises below to create a personal routine for warm-up. Spend 4-6 minutes on your routine from the following exercises:
Dynamic Stretching x5 each or on x5 each side:
- Inch Worm
- Duck Walk
- High Knee Hug Walk-come up on toe-squeeze glute of bottom leg
- Glute Cradle –Grab knee and ankle-shin is more parallel to ground
- Lunge/Elbow to Instep
- Alternating Quad
- Handstand Hamstring or Inverted Hamstring Stretch
- Backwards Lunge Reach through Core
- 1-2-3 Scoop
- High Knees
- Kick Butt
- Fast Kick Butt
- Skip big arms reach up and around
- Fast skip
- Power Skip
- Backwards Drop Skip
- Pillar Skip Forward
- Pillar Skip Lateral x2
- Karioca x2 or Tapioca x2 (snap hips, stomp feet)
- Shuttle Rt (Don’t let heels touch-quick feet)
- Shuttle Left
- Goose Step March to Skip it out
Personal Training Program for Volleyball: For our Volleyball clients it is very beneficial to schedule back to back sessions of strength, injury prevention and VertiMax jump training followed by volleyball skill training.
We offer Personal Training based solely on your individual needs and goals. Our goal is to improve an athlete’s ability to reach their full potential, minimize injuries and increase gains in strength, power, vertical jump, speed, agility and overall fitness and conditioning for their sport.
Our Facility Includes a Personal Training Gym with the most current training equipment to train like the Pros including the Vertimax, TRX, Weight Vests, Battling Ropes, Kettlebells and many more!
Your program is tailored to your personal needs, but will include a variety of exercises including:
Vertical Jump, Overall Athleticism and Power with the Vertimax: