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4 Athlete Mobility & Flexibility Tips to Reduce Injuries & Perform Better

  • By info
  • 03 Apr, 2017

Dick Hartzell stretching hamstrings with his Jump Stretch Bands.

ALL Athletes should get a heavy jump stretch band and perform 10-15 minutes of daily stretching. This is a BIG component of your training and many who complain of tight hips or lower back stiffness are the same athletes who do NOT stretch at home.

REMEMBER: You MUST be a self thinker and self doer. Do work on your OWN, that is the mark of a successful athlete and overall, a successful person.

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4 Strategies to Stay Mobile During The School Year

By: Andrew Wary

Tight backs and hips, aching knees, these are things that should not plague the high school athlete, but they do. There are many things to blame such as sitting in school, busses to and from games/matches, playing video games etc. No matter the reason and or excuse there are some simple fixes that you can employ throughout the day to save yourselves from aches and tightness.

  1. Posture is everything.   Not only will it keep your body aligned properly, a good posture will exude confidence. Whether sitting or standing, your posture will aid you or destroy you. Here’s a checklist to keep yourself proper:
    1. Chest up
    2. Shoulders back
    3. Chin up
    4. Hips positioned even from side to side
  2. Stretching,   to an extent, will help undo the havoc that being cramped in a desk, car, or chair all day causes.  Yoga is tremendous for student athletes. Now I am not saying to go to a hot yoga studio with a bunch of 30 year old women, instead save your money and YouTube search hip opening yoga, it’s free and it’s like magic for your back and lower body. If you do not have confidence to perform yoga here is a list of stretches to focus on. Perform these 30 seconds at a time, 2-3 times a day:
    1. Couch Stretch
    2. Pidgeon Pose
    3. Cobra
    4. Elevated Hamstring Stretch
  3. Release techniques such as foam rolling should be used. Doing this will help to ensure less ‘tight’ muscles along with aiding warming up and recovering from intense workouts. Roller techniques should be taught by your coaches, and if they have not, make sure to ask and we will teach you!

  4. Movement is obviously important to staying mobile. During off days from practice and training, you should still be moving. Moving doesn’t have to be anything crazy strenuous, simple things like walking outside, hiking, a bike ride, or a pickup game of football will suffice. Moving more when possible instead of sitting around will help with chronic mobility issues and general muscle tightness.

Student athletes must realize that in order to be the best, they have to do what it takes to be the best. This includes staying mobile and uninjured.

Take advantage of these 4 strategies to keep your body ready for anything during the school year.


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Testimonials

By info 11 Jul, 2017

Coach Belford,

  My son, Justin Ciambrone, is extremely interested in continuing his baseball career with Full-Count. In the past year with the program his skills have developed dramatically. In addition his respect for the game continue to grow.

  The program is well structured with committed leadership and coaches. The level of teaching has been excellent.

Justin has often said this is where he wants to play until college. In my mind that speaks volumes to the example the program sets for him. As a parent to watch his focus, drive and determination develop and strengthen is extremely rewarding.

  The coaching staff is excellent, they demonstrate professionalism and the boys are able to see how to always conduct themselves . In addition they are very patient about teaching and coaching to allow the boys to become their best.

  Hoping to hear from you soon that he is invited to stay with the club.

  Regina Ciambrone

By info 03 Apr, 2017

ALL Athletes should get a heavy jump stretch band and perform 10-15 minutes of daily stretching. This is a BIG component of your training and many who complain of tight hips or lower back stiffness are the same athletes who do NOT stretch at home.

REMEMBER: You MUST be a self thinker and self doer. Do work on your OWN, that is the mark of a successful athlete and overall, a successful person.

_______________

4 Strategies to Stay Mobile During The School Year

By: Andrew Wary

Tight backs and hips, aching knees, these are things that should not plague the high school athlete, but they do. There are many things to blame such as sitting in school, busses to and from games/matches, playing video games etc. No matter the reason and or excuse there are some simple fixes that you can employ throughout the day to save yourselves from aches and tightness.

  1. Posture is everything.   Not only will it keep your body aligned properly, a good posture will exude confidence. Whether sitting or standing, your posture will aid you or destroy you. Here’s a checklist to keep yourself proper:
    1. Chest up
    2. Shoulders back
    3. Chin up
    4. Hips positioned even from side to side
  2. Stretching,   to an extent, will help undo the havoc that being cramped in a desk, car, or chair all day causes.  Yoga is tremendous for student athletes. Now I am not saying to go to a hot yoga studio with a bunch of 30 year old women, instead save your money and YouTube search hip opening yoga, it’s free and it’s like magic for your back and lower body. If you do not have confidence to perform yoga here is a list of stretches to focus on. Perform these 30 seconds at a time, 2-3 times a day:
    1. Couch Stretch
    2. Pidgeon Pose
    3. Cobra
    4. Elevated Hamstring Stretch
  3. Release techniques such as foam rolling should be used. Doing this will help to ensure less ‘tight’ muscles along with aiding warming up and recovering from intense workouts. Roller techniques should be taught by your coaches, and if they have not, make sure to ask and we will teach you!

  4. Movement is obviously important to staying mobile. During off days from practice and training, you should still be moving. Moving doesn’t have to be anything crazy strenuous, simple things like walking outside, hiking, a bike ride, or a pickup game of football will suffice. Moving more when possible instead of sitting around will help with chronic mobility issues and general muscle tightness.

Student athletes must realize that in order to be the best, they have to do what it takes to be the best. This includes staying mobile and uninjured.

Take advantage of these 4 strategies to keep your body ready for anything during the school year.

By info 19 Aug, 2016

Matt,  of course Tim will be in college this fall so he will not be playing with Full Count. I can not thank everyone at Full Count enough for all that you have done for Tim. Because of you asking him to play in Select Fest, he was noticed by St John Fisher.  

Tim could not be happier and more excited about going to this college from every aspect-baseball, academics and everything else about the school. My wife and I also can not happier about where he is going. We were up there this week for orientation and we all feel even more strongly about what a great school he is going to.

 Thank you again for all that Full Count has done for Tim and our family. If there is anything we can do to help Full Count or promote Full Count (other then that we already tell a lot of people how great it is), please let us know. 

Ken Geissel


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Cole would definitely like to continue. Nick has been a major influence and a large part of why Cole was able to get college interest. I’d be happy to speak with you at anytime to express my sincere feelings about Nick.

 

Thank you,

Scott Benner


By info 01 Aug, 2016

 Hi Matt,

I wanted to let you know DJ McGuinness is interested in staying with FC for the Fall season. We appreciate you and your coaching staffs professionalism and organization . I’ve personally watched DJ grow as a ballplayer with the help of your organization and coaching staff. Specifically, Coach Graticos is a class act, hard-worker, excellent coach and positive role model for these boys. I hope he stays with the 15U team as DJ and all the boys have learned a great deal from him.

I can’t say enough positive things about your program and I hope the referrals help to express my gratitude.

Please feel free to contact me anything if you ever need anything or have any questions.

Thank you,

Dennis McGuiness

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