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Creating a Plan for Success: Off-Season Ball Handling and Shooting

Basketball is a skilled sport. If you only pick up a basketball during the season, you risk falling behind the players you compete against. This doesn’t mean that you can’t play other sports, but you must continue to work on your skills year round. Read More »
Sports Medicine · McKennan

Beat the Heat!

As the weather continues to promise spring conditions, now is a good time to talk about how heat affects us, especially since many people and athletes are looking forward to some quality time outdoors. Heat illness takes many forms, from mild to severe. Read More »
Sports Medicine · McKennan

Athletic Republic: Enhancing the Dynamic Athlete

With the purchase of an Athletic Republic Sports Performance Training franchise in 1994, Avera Sports became the first in the region to enter the sports training market — and we continue to set the pace as the region’s leader in the development of speed, strength and conditioning for male and female athletes of all ages and sporting backgrounds. Read More »
Sports Medicine · McKennan

5 Fast Tips for a Faster Track Block Start

December is upon us, which means track and field is right around the corner! December through February is the optimal time frame to start gearing up and getting ready to hit the track again. These tips can help an athlete get the most out of his or her block starts this year. Read More »
Sports Medicine · McKennan

Preventing a Season of Shin Splints

Your star runner on the track team is losing her speed. Once unintimidated by races and long runs, she now struggles to jog a simple mile. She may be enduring a shin splint. What are shin splints? Shin splints are a common lower leg injury for runners. Read More »
Sports Medicine · McKennan

Run Faster, Jump Higher: Training for the Upcoming Track Season

Train the Proper Energy System Many people assume that whether an individual athlete hurdles, jumps, sprints, throws or runs endurance events, all athletes should have an “aerobic base” as the foundation for a season’s worth of  strong showings. While this approach may hold true for distance runners, sports scientists report that using a “long, slow” distance training approach for sprinters and jumpers holds little value. Read More »
Sports Medicine · McKennan