I recently wrote up a 3-part “Injury Prevention” series for the folks over at FightCampConditioning.Com. Their site is a great resource for coaches and athletes looking to get results and improve their overall performance.
When being proactive and trying to keep athletes injury-free, I like to target three main areas of the body:
1. Shoulders & Thoracic Spine
2. Hips & Glutes
3. Feet and Ankles
This first write up discusses the shoulder, the importance of screens, as well as a couple videos showing some great mobility and stability drills you can incorporate into your programming.
Regardless of the client, a primary goal is to keep them pain and injury free. Whether it’s my young athlete, my business executive, or my pro MMA fighter, injury prevention is always included during our goal-setting discussions. This objective was paramount during the filming of ‘The Ultimate Fighter Live’ TV show that I was on last year. Due to the nature of the show, we never knew which athlete would be fighting later that week so we had to do our best to keep them in top, physical shape throughout the entire series.
Read the rest of the article and watch both videos HERE.
About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).
He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.
For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.