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Seated Deadlift


Reinforce Your Passion
Friday, January 19, 2018

Rick Scarpulla - Building the Ultimate Athlete
Rick talks about the accident that changed his life for the better, and about looking towards the future with his family and fellow athletes.

The Explosive Way to Improve Your Bench Press With a Medicine Ball
Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Med Ball Explosive Press is one of the easiest and most effective exercises to build a more powerful upper body and increase your Bench Press strength.

This med ball exercise is a bit different from a standard Med Ball Throw, for which you hold a med ball at your chest and throw it. Rather, you have to decelerate the med ball to your chest and explode up to throw the ball. It's all about transition speed, not how much weight you can handle or how hard you can throw the ball against a wall.

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Prevalence of knee injuries among high school soccer players
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cornwall's Chrissy Cannella, a midfielder, played at a U.S. soccer team camp in 2012 in Carson, Calif. Then 14, she turned wrong during a drill and felt a "pop" in her right knee. Cannella had torn her anterior cruciate ligament. In August, she tore her medial collateral ligament in a scrimmage with her travel team. Times Herald-Record file photo

Chrissy Cannellas soccer future appears bright. She received several Division I offers. She has played for travel teams and in national camps.
Cannella, a Cornwall senior, refuses to let her right knee stop her despite it sparking an emotional August conversation with Cornwall coach Amanda Greenblatt.
A midfielder, Cannella played at a U.S. soccer team camp in 2012 in Carson, Calif. Then 14, she turned wrong during a drill and felt a pop in her right knee. The pain forced her into shock. Cannella had torn her anterior cruciate ligament. She needed more than a year to fully regain health.


Rate of overuse injuries continues to rise among high school athletes
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Chris Lyn, director of the New York Xtreme FC travel soccer program, tries to prevent overuse injuries by holding just two practices a week and competitions on the weekend.

Although the larger impact of sub-concussive hits is unknown, athletes who participate in soccer year-round clearly risk overuse injuries. The rate of overuse injuries continues to rise while the average age of kids affected by such injuries decreases, according to the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Protection) Sports Injuries campaign.
Overuse injuries arent exclusive to soccer. But Rick Scarpulla, a sports trainer and owner of Ultimate Advantage Training in Fair Oaks outside Middletown, says he most often sees soccer and basketball players suffer consequences of playing one sport year-round. That includes emotional perils.

In my experience, a large percentage of athletes that play a sport year-round with no shutdown period rarely make it to the upper levels of playing their sport, Scarpulla said, because theyre so sick of it that the sport they once loved as a child is something that they can hardly stand the word of now.


STACK Fitness Weekly: The Guide to Building a Big Bench Press
Thursday, June 25, 2015

In this episode of STACK Fitness Weekly, Rick Scarpulla provides a detailed explanation of how to build a bigger Bench Press by altering your technique and approach to the exercise.

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Understanding Your CNS & Recovery Needs
Monday, March 02, 2015


Understanding Your CNS & Recovery Needs

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Understanding Your CNS & Recovery Needs
Working with athletes online allows me access to a wide range of folks I may otherwise not ever have the privilege of working with, and many of them are CrossFitters. Often people contact me when they are not making the progress they want and they need help  usually they are frustrated with their training or their box. I truly enjoy working with these folks in particular.

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The Art of Strength and Conditioning Coaching
Monday, February 09, 2015


What makes a good strength and conditioning coach? How can you tell a good coach from a bad one? Can anyone become a good coach? Should good coaches, or coaches in general, be judged purely on wins and losses? What is the most important attribute of a coach?

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31 Fitness Experts You Should Follow in 2015
Monday, January 05, 2015


Many of the best strength coaches regularly share their techniques and offer tips via social media. Although you may not work directly with these coaches, you can get a glimpse of what they are doing to help their athletes get better. So whether youre an athlete, team coach or strength coach, it would be wise to follow these experts in 2015.

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