Endeavor is proud to announce the recipient of our summer scholarship, due to his hard work, his dedication and his work in the community, to Justin McNichols!
Every season Endeavor offers a performance training scholarship for 3 months at our main facililty in Pitman, NJ to an athlete who may not have the resources to pay for this service. We make our selection based on academic performance, scholastic leadership, dedication to sport, involvment in the community, and honors and awards.
Endeavor Sports Performance would like to thank its professional level alumni as well as local organizations and community members that have graciously provided the sponsorship for this scholarship fund.
Justin is an example of everything Endeavor embodies through its athletes of all level. He shows a high level of maturity for his age, and pursues excellence relentlessly.
Congratulations again, Justin, it is well deserved!
Endeavor Sports Performance is pleased to announce that David Lasnier has been promoted to the position of Director of Performance. David has been a top performance specialist at Endeavor for 7 years, and is a former Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. As the Director of Performance, David will be responsible for designing and implementing custom strength and conditioning programs for our clients. "David has a proven track record of exceeding Endeavor athletes' expectations in terms of quality programming, excellent coaching, and extraordinary results," says Endeavor CEO Jared Beach. "He truly cares about each and every athlete that trains at Endeavor, and brings the knowledge and passion necessary to ensure our athletes always leave a training session one day better."
Endeavor is also pleased to announce that David Klemic will be joining the Endeavor Family as the Director of Business Operations and a performance specialist. Klemic is a former NFL football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, who ran one of the all-time fastest 40 yard dash times at the NFL Combine. A disciple of legendary speed coach Chip Smith, Klemic works with NHL players such as Dennis Seidenberg, Jeff Carter, and Justin Williams; as well as top NFL prospects including 2016 2nd round NFL Draft pick Austin Johnson. "David Klemic is a welcome addition to our Endeavor Family. His training expertise in the speed department will prove to be invaluable for our athletes, and his business acumen and professionalism will help position Endeavor as the go-to training facility for aspiring athletes in the mid-Atlantic region," says Jared Beach.
As we move forward under the leadership of David Lasnier and David Klemic, the entire Endeavor Family would like to thank Kevin Neeld for his years of dedicated service. We wish him well as he pursues the opportunity to become a Strength & Conditioning coach with a professional hockey organization.
It’s official! We've launched our new apparel line, Endeavor Athletic!
Endeavor Athletic is a unique line of apparel that integrates today's most advanced apparel technology, including proprietary moisture and heat management technology originally developed for NASA, with specific designs intended to support functional movement.
As James Mohan, our Head of Design and Brand, often says, “We don’t think of our clothing as athletic apparel, we think of it as equipment.”
This line was really developed with YOU in mind. It's strategically designed to support your most intense training efforts, to eliminate distractions caused by heavy or "sticky" clothing, and to manage moisture to help you better regulate your body's temperature while you push yourself to new limits.
We invite you to experience the performance enhancing benefits of Endeavor Athletic for yourself.
As a thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support, we want to hook you up with a 15% discount on your first purchase.
Use coupon code "ENDSPRT15" (no quotation marks) at checkout to save 15%!
It's been a busy few weeks for college hockey. As teams are eliminated from the playoffs, players are starting to make the transition from the NCAA to various levels of pro.
In the last few weeks, 5 endeavor hockey players: Kyle Criscuolo (Harvard), Kyle Smith (UNH), Eamon McAdam (Penn State), Trevor Mingoia (Providence College) and Harry Quast (UNH) all signed pro contracts. You can read more about each at the links below:
We're incredibly proud of the hard work these players have consistently produced over the years (the two Kyles have trained with us every year since before our first facility was opened in 2009) and are excited that their efforts have opened doors to opportunities at the pro level. Good luck guys!
It takes months and months of dedicated practice. But continuous progress doesn't just require effort; it requires the humility to recognize that there may be a better way to achieve your goals.
A more direct, albeit rarely "easier" path.
The only way to discover a new path, simply, is to look for it. To recognize that you don’t know everything, and to ask for help from those that have the information you’re seeking.
We expect this from our clients, from you. We expect you to constantly be evaluating whether your actions are consistent with your goals. We expect you to embrace the "One Day Better" concept, to take one step toward your goals every time you walk through our doors. And we expect you to trust us...to trust that we have your safety, health, and goals in mind when we design and coach you through your program.
We also expect it from ourselves. This is why every member of our staff is constantly pursuing new information in an attempt to make slight improvements to our programs, and why we meet regularly as a staff to ask the simple question, “What can we do better?”
I hope that you also expect this from us. This is what our slogan “Raise Your Expectations” is all about.
Not only do we think you should expect more from yourself (you’re capable of much more than you give yourself credit for), we also think you should expect more from the people you entrust your physical health to, or in this case, from us.
It's not an accident that this is the first thing you see when you walk into our facility
It’s important to our staff, and to me personally, that you feel like you’re not just a client, but part of our community, a member of the #EndeavorFamily.
If there’s something we can be doing better, we want to know about it.
With this in mind, we recently developed a quick survey to get feedback about your experience with us.
Even if you haven’t been in for a while, it would mean a lot to us if you could take a few moments to fill this out. It will take less than 5 minutes, and the feedback will go a long way in helping us improve our level of care.
Playing overhead throwing sports like baseball, softball, tennis, and football (if you’re a quarterback) puts a tremendous amount of stress on your shoulder for multiple reasons. Overhead motions stress the extremes of shoulder range of motion, and do so at exceptionally high velocities. For example, Seroyer et al. (2010) demonstrated that the shoulder can reach internal rotation velocities of up to 7,000-9,000 degrees per second during the pitching motion. Going through these motions repeatedly puts stress on all the structures of your shoulder including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the bones. If you play such sports for multiple years, the stress keeps building up, and for a lot of athletes it can lead to injury.
Taking care of your shoulder is extremely important if you want to stay healthy and be able to keep playing your sport for as long as possible. Here are some important factors to take care of to keep a healthy shoulder in the long run:
Thoracic Spine Mobility
When going through a throwing motion (or when you serve the ball in tennis) your arm reaches overhead before releasing the ball in front of the body. When reaching overhead you want to make sure you have the right amount of thoracic spine (t-spine; upper back) extension.
A lack of t-spine extension range of motion will prevent your shoulder blade from rotating into a position that allows your arm to explore overhead positions. This will put the athlete at risk of compensating some other way, typcially overextending at the lower back or overstretching the front of their shoulder.
Notice how the example on the right has a limited overhead range of motion because of his lack of t-spine extension.
Here is a great drill to improve t-spine mobility as it relates to the overhead throwing athlete:
Along the same lines, in order to have proper overhead range of motion, you need to have proper rib positioning/alignment. Remember that the ribs attach to your spine, so poor positioning of the spine or the ribs will influence one another.
Also, the ribs provide the foundation for your scapula (shoulder blades) to sit on, so poorly positioned ribs will influence the positioning and control of the scapula. This is especially important because the scapula holds the socket that your arm moves in.
If you connect all the dots, you’ll quickly see that spine/rib positioning and range of motion can have a profound influence on shoulder range of motion. Ensuring proper rib positioning will help the shoulder blade maintain it’s ability to upwardly rotate, which is a requirement to control overhead motions without impingement.
Notice how the shoulder blade rotating upward moves the arm up, even without any actual movement at the shoulder joint. This is a great illustration of the importance of scapular rotation.
Ribs postioned improperly can negatively affect the “normal” function of the scapula on the thoracic cage. One of the most common issues we see is ribs positioned with a “flare” in the front, which is related to an excessive arch through the lower back.
Breathing exercises are a great way to help restore full rib range of motion and abdominal control, which ultimately leads to a better rib positioning with movement. PRI (Postural Restoration Institute) teaches a lot of effective exercises to address this. The 90-90 hemibridge done with a balloon helps provide feedback and resistance to your exhalation, a commonly deficient part of the breathing sequence, which effectively engages the abs to pull the ribs back and down in the front.
Another factor to consider in overhead throwing athletes is the importance of hip dissociation, the ability to rotate the hips forward while allowing the shoulders to “lag” behind. It may not be obvious at first how hip dissociation can affect the shoulder, but if you think about the rotational movement that happens when you throw a baseball or a football, for example, you’ll realize that the hips normally initiate the movement.
Notice how the hips are engaged and the arm is still back.
This simply means that the lower body and the hips are responsible for a good amount of the force production that is then transferred to the arm during the throwing action.
If you lack proper hip dissociation, you won’t generate as much “ground up” force through your legs and hips, which will require you to generate more force from the shoulder as a compensation. This added stress can lead to an increased risk of breakdown over time, similar to how erosion can slowly eat away at rock.
Medicine ball work can help teach hip dissociation and force transfer from the lower body and the hips:
Shoulder complex stability
Last but not least, strengthening the muscles around the shoulder in a way that mimics their true function is of the utmost importance. This includes the muscles that control position and movement of the scapula (rhomboids, trapezius, serratus anterior, etc), as well as thoe rotator cuff, which functions to stabilize the shoulder in the socket. Proper functioning of these muscles helps take stress of the labrum, ligaments, and tendons within and around the shoulder.
Those muscles should always be trained in the way we want them to act during the throwing motion. Here are 2 good examples of shoulder stability exercises that will help keep the shoulder strong.
Challenging the rotator cuff to control the shoulder in the socket with perturbations
Improving the muscles around the shoulder blade's ability to control full scapular retraction and upward rotation
Maximizing durability at the shoulder requires a much more comprehensive approach than just strengthening the muscles around the shoulder. Factors such as hip mobility, lower body strength/power, thoracic rotation and extension, and rib position/control will all influence the stresses placed across the shoulder. It’s important that overhead athletes have a strategy to both assess and train these factors.
Not sure how to go about this? Let us help! Our semi-private training packages include a comprehensive assessment to help identify weak links so we can design a program based on your specific needs! Click here for more information:Semi-Private Training
David Lasnier is a Performance Specialist at Endeavor Sports Performance. For more information about how Endeavor can help you achieve your performance and health goals, click the "Services" tab above.
Seroyer, S., Nho, S., Bach, B., Bush-Joseph, C., Nicholson, G., & Romeo, A. (2010). The Kinetic Chain in Overhand Pitching: Its Potential Role for Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention, Sports Health, 2(2), 135-146.