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The Omegawave Athlete Monitoring System

July 28th, 2015

Are you optimizing your workouts? The level and amount of training elite athletes put their bodies through can often lead to athletic burnout, referred to as overreaching or overtraining. Athletic overreaching refers to a temporary performance detriment caused by physiological and psychological stressors. These stressors can be in the form of training stimuli, or from non-athletic stress from everyday life. A combination of the two is the most common culprit of both overreaching and overtraining. Generally overreaching can be relieved in a matter of days or potentially several weeks. Overtraining refers to a more long term detriment to performance caused by physiological and psychological stressors that often require weeks to months of rest to restore performance.

A lot of factors go into ensuring the body is ready for different aspects of training. An athlete’s readiness describes the current functional state of the athlete. The current functional state that an athlete is in determines their ability to reach their full performance potential. The type of training that we do at Premier Strength elicits many different facets of performance such as: speed, strength, agility, coordination and cardiovascular endurance, all of which put a different form of stress on the body. Every athlete can react differently to specific training stimuli and each individual recovers at different rates. The Omegawave monitoring system works to individualize each day’s training program based on the preparedness level of an athlete’s body for each individual facet of training. By measuring specific physiological markers, the Omegawave system can rate your body’s state of readiness for specific training stimuli. The Omegawave measures the readiness of 5 specific physiological systems as well as the overall readiness level of your entire body as a whole including:

-readiness of the Central Nervous System

-readiness of the cardiac and autonomic nervous systems

-readiness of energy supply systems

-readiness of the neuromuscular system

-readiness of the sensorimotor system

The Omegawave is able to measure your body’s overall readiness through seven scientific methods to perform a functional assessment of your overall capacity to meet the demands of specific forms of training. So how does this technology work? The athlete attaches a monitor to their chest, which measures the readiness of the metabolic and cardiac systems, along with an electrode attached to their forehead and palm, which measures the state of the central nervous system. Resting quietly, the electrodes measure the body’s readiness in only 5 minutes. From there, the data collected is immediately analyzed resulting in values stating your body’s readiness for endurance, speed and power, coordination and skill, and strength training. The data also provides you with functional state levels for your Central Nervous System, Cardiac and Metabolic systems.

So what does all this information tell us? Based on your results from a five minute Omegawave scan, Barry can determine what type of training your body is recovered enough to handle. By having a better idea of how each system in your body is reacting to particular training stimuli, he can monitor and tailor your training to help you perform at your athletic best. Talk to Barry today about Omegawave to see how else you can be optimizing your training.

Injury prevention tips with Athletic Therapist Matt Yaworski

July 7th, 2015

What are the most common off-season training injuries?

Hip flexor, lower back, and groin pain, which all stem from the same source of muscle imbalance.

What are the causes of these injuries?

Muscle imbalance causes a pelvic dysfunction of the ilium on the sacrum, which means low back or muscle pain. Muscle imbalance can be caused by not rolling out or stretching during the season. If you do not manage your muscles after they work hard, they will become tight, and ultimately imbalanced.

Are these injuries preventable?

While there are always injuries that could not be foreseen, 90% of these injuries are preventable through proper stretching, mobility work, and soft tissue massage through rolling and trigger release. There are still athletes that may become injured even when doing all the right things, and those people may just need more hands on work. Training 5 days a week is a strain on your body, and it must be done properly, as your body is being pushed to a point of breakdown.

What can athletes do to negate these injuries?

Pre-activity preparation is the most proactive thing that can be done in injury prevention. In the hockey season you can use the movements and routines we do all summer like foam rolling, specific mobility preparation, movement preparation and dynamic preparation to decrease your chance of injury throughout the year.

In the summer, these pre-activity movements are just as important as lifting heavy weights in the gym. Weight training breaks your muscles down, causing an increased chance of injury.

Wow, Look At All This Free Stuff You Get

August 17th, 2010

Holy Cow, I think my partners over at Prograde have lost their grip on reality.

Not only are they offering you a chance to save 5% on ALL your Prograde purchases, but they’re also throwing in over $700 worth of FREE stuff!

By becoming a Prograde VIP before this Thursday at 11:59pm EST you get as part of your membership a 90 day meal plan from Nutrition Expert Jayson Hunter.

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Yours in health,

Barry Butt, BPE, CSCS, CEP

PS – Seriously, you know Prograde is the one of the few supplement companies out there that I trust. And Jayson Hunter is a world-class nutrition expert so the Meal Plan bonus alone is more than worth the tiny investment in the Prograde VIP membership.

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