Iliotibial Band Stretches for Youth Track and Field Athletes

By Kathrine Smith The iliotibial band (IT band) is a thick band of connective tissue on the outside of the leg. It runs from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip to just below the knee. At the top of the band, by the pelvis, it attaches to two hip muscles the (gluteus maximus and tensor fascia latae). At the bottom,…

Flexibility of the Upper Leg Muscles for Youth Track and Field Athletes

By Dr. Katherine Smith Flexibility in the muscles of the hip and thigh are critical to hip mobility and stride length during in track and field. Having adequate flexibility of upper leg muscles allows athletes to extend their stride and produce forceful muscle contractions to increase their speed during training and competition. Appropriate amounts of muscular flexibility is also essential…

Flexibility of the Shoulder for Youth Track and Field Athletes

By Dr. Katherine Smith While most people initially think of the lower body strength and flexibility in track and field, the shoulders also play a critical role. Maintaining appropriate shoulder flexibility results in good arm swing which helps athletes optimize speed.   Parents can help their children improve their running times by helping them maintain appropriate flexibility and mobility in…

“S.M.A.R.T Goals” for Youth Track and Field Athletes

By Dr. Katherine Smith Being a successful athlete requires determination and constant drive towards self-improvement. Lifestyle changes which support improvements in athleticism are long-term commitments that require significant effort and results in long-term rewards. In a society that emphasizes immediate reward, implementing lifestyle changes that involve delayed gratification is especially challenging. Often times people want to make changes in their…