Proper Habits at a Young Age
For anyone lucky enough to spend an hour in The New York Giants locker room, you quickly realize that they employ a new and unique method for conditioning. Without prior knowledge, you wouldn’t understand why most players periodically grab this 24″ white rolling pin device and aggressively rub it on different muscles of the body. And every now and then, you see head strength coach Al Miller instruct a player to get this stick and work a specific muscle group. It may be triceps tendon or the quadriceps or the hamstring or the calf, but whichever muscle group it is, the players eagerly follow his direction.
The exact tool they use is not the issue. The reason it’s being used is the issue. Coach Al Miller works on the cutting edge of sports science. He understands the role that “trigger points” play in modern day athletics. In fact, Coach Miller states “Trigger Points dictate sports”.
Trigger points are accumulations of waste production that form “knots” in the muscle of athletes. Although this accumulation is normal, advanced knowledge shows that the elimination of these “knots” on a consistent basis dramatically
- increases flexibility
- speeds recovery
- speeds healing of injuries
- prevents injuries
- allows for superior performance
The application of this approach at a young age will allow a youngster to not only reach it without the same degree of injury potential. A clean muscle is necessary for maximum flexibility, speedy recovery and peak performance. A new product known as The Stick® is just one of the new tools that will help an athlete to elevate performance potential. The New York Giants have found that The Stick® is a necessary addition to their total conditioning program and would recommend this to all young athletes.