Jake Purdy

The Squat Wedge, multiple uses within the High School setting

When dealing with 13 to 18-year-old students in a high school you come across thousands of different movement patterns, abilities, and issues.  During my career I have observed with a many athletes a dysfunction of the lower extremities when asked to perform athletic movements, traditionally related to issues with their ankles.  A squat wedge can …

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The Better you are backward, the more protected you are forward, But why?

Imagine two athletes at the base of a hill, told to run up the hill backward. Now imagine that Athlete A zooms past Athlete B. In fact, Athlete B looks completely awkward because Athlete B lacks the knee strength to easily get up the hill backward, whereas Athlete A has no problem and needs no warm-up to …

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More thoughts on the issues of Velocity Based Training

Definitions Traits Mean Velocity Absolute Strength < 0.5 m/s Accelerative Strength 0.5-0.75 m/s Strength Speed 0.75-1.0 m/s Speed Strength 1.0-1.3 m/s Starting Strength 1.3 m/s This is nonsense. What does this really mean? What do these categories/traits really mean? The laws of physics are what dictate movement. Having a “deficiency” in one of these categories …

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What’s the real difference between rubber and urethane free weights?

introduction Fitness spaces have come a long way from the days of sweaty dungeon gyms full of rugged equipment and loud cast iron plates crashing onto the floor. These days gyms have a different sort of aesthetic. A typical commercial or specialty gym will usually have rubber or urethane encased weights. At the same time, …

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The Impact of Flooring on Acoustics in Athletic Facilities

introduction Athletic facilities are growing in popularity across the country as demand for more wellness and physical activity increases. The types of activities people engage in for exercise, as well as how they incorporate it into their daily lives, are rapidly changing the way athletics environments are constructed. Educational institutions now incorporate fitness into their …

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