If stretching doesn’t improve range of motion more than other movement forms, why stretch? If this blog title is news to you, here’s a quick update on the science around stretching and its effects on range of motion.
Pain is always created in the brain. 🧠 That doesn’t mean it’s all in your head. It’s still very real – it’s just a lot different to what we believed about pain a couple of decades ago.
We used to think there were “pain receptors” in the body that sent pain signals to the brain. It turns out, this isn’t the case.
Nociceptors send signals to the brain for processing. Nociceptors detect changes in temperature, pressure and chemicals and send “possible threat” messages to the brain.
The brain interprets this and decides how much protection you need. If the brain deems that pain will be protective (get you out of a potentially injurious situation), it will upregulate pain more than if it deems the situation safe.
Unfortunately… Pain can be learned. Our nervous system is great at learning. The brain can start to associate certain movements or situations with pain, even if the movement or situation is not causing tissue damage.
I spoke to Simplifaster about my work with TeamNL, my work in rehab, and my general philosophies around performance and training. I particularly like that they pulled out this quote … Continue reading Siobhan Milner on Simplifaster: Performance Training for Niche Winter Sports
Video is a powerful tool for feedback in your strength training. And you don’t even need any fancy apps. Here’s why I love filming in the weight room! 1. The camera doesn’t lie. You’ll see when bad habits are slipping in. I highly recommend filming a set, watching it back IMMEDIATELY, then re-trying the set with your desired technique if changes are required.
Learn about Siobhan Milner’s approach to Strength & Conditioning for Youth Hockey Athletes
A couple of weeks back, I mentioned that one of my athletes who keeps facing rescheduled, cancelled, and postponed races was asking me about tips for staying motivated. I told … Continue reading Races still getting cancelled? Here’s how to stay motivated to train
I spoke about why it’s so important to keep moving (even when gyms are closed!) and gave some practical tips for busy entrepreneurs to integrate movement into their schedules.
Do you want to achieve your sports goals in 2021? Or are you looking to get a pesky injury under control this coming year? Join my free webinar: Goal Setting and Habit Formation for Athletes on Wednesday January 6 at 18:00 CET!
How to readjust your training goals (because… 2020!). Some tips on how to tweak or redirect your goals in the face of changing circumstances.
I firmly believe that showing up to train on your worst days means you’ll always be there on the best days.
I want to remind you of some of the endless benefits of exercise training, even when it feels rough. I think even when we’re not training for anything in particular, these should be pretty strong reasons for us to keep filling out our training logs.
I often talk about the importance of having a goal to direct your training – but how do you set a goal? I’ve got two methods I usually give to clients. Check ’em out here.
I have always been an outdoorsy mover; I prefer running on trails to the treadmill, ocean swimming to the pool (although lakes tend to be a better option around here!), and cycling on the road compared to a spin bike. So the shift to working outside with COVID-19 restrictions has actually been a blessing in disguise! There’s also something else I’ve been noticing: How it’s improving my sleep.