Congratulations to a former play who I had the opportunity to work with and who is now the Head Coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. I got to work with Danny for 2 seasons as a player and 1 season as an assistant coach in the minor’s. I always had a hunch that he would get into coaching when he was done playing. He has quickly climbed the ladder in the ultra-competitive coaching profession. He was a guy who played with passion and had an unbelievable amount of enthusiasm for the game. If he can continue to bring that positive energy everyday, the Penguins will certainly succeed.
I was driving down the street the other day and went by a billboard. It was an add that featured a picture of Rick and Dick Hoyt- some really inspiring people to me. For as long as I can remember, I always recall seeing a man pushing a boy in a wheelchair in the Boston Marathon. I remember thinking to myself that “Man, that must be hard”. To this day, they are still doing it amongst other challenging events such as triathlons. Please take the time to check out their site and read their story. You will be inspired to.
Great article in Wednesday’s USA Today on University of Texas basketball player Dexter Pittman and Strength and Conditioning Coach Todd Wright. It talks about how Dexter has dropped 93 lbs and transformed his body to help him be the player he is today. It also mentions how he now mentors young overweight people who are inspired by him. Its great to see athletes be positive role models, especially in regards to fitness and health. He probably couldn’t have done it without the help of Todd, who has been there for Dexter every step of the way. Todd, who is an outstanding strength and conditioning coach, has influenced several players who have gone to succeed in life and the NBA. I really like his vertical core ideas which he frequently gives presentations on at seminars. He is always learning and doing whatever he can to help his guys.
Congratulations to the Boston University Terrier hockey team that won the Beanpot last night beating Northeastern 5-2. BU has now won 29 out of the 57 Beanpot championships played. I thought it was a great game up until midway in the 3rd period with BU up by 1 goal and Northeastern on the power play. BU responded with 2 short handed goals :30 apart to get a big lead. While BU has consistently been a good team under Head Coach Jack Parker and under the direction of Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Boyle, you have to give Northeastern and their coaching staff credit. They certainly looked like a team that his heading in the right direction under Head Coach Greg Cronin. Maybe these 2 teams will meet up down the road sometime because BU is ranked #1 while Northeastern is #3. You never know.
I am going to meet up with my friend Guido Sendowsky today. I haven’t seen Guido in a long time but have kept in touch. He and I worked together a few years back when he was an intern athletic trainer. Guido has really good people skills combined with being a very bright athletic trainer. He has been an athletic trainer at Riverside Community Collegenow for a few years. I think it is important to maintain friendships and connections the best that you can. Obviously we all face busy times with daily responsibilities. However, it doesn’t take long to drop a line here and there to say hello. I always try to keep up with my friends and colleagues through phone, email, texting, and now facebook. It is always great to connect with people who you may have crossed paths at one time or another.
I went to see my friend Dr. Ron Higuera, an A.R.T. practitioner yesterday in Anaheim. Ron is one of the best in the business. He has an unbelievable passion for helping people get better. I have learned a lot from him since I’ve been seeing him as well as referring close to 50 hockey players to see him. Everyone of them has seen positive results. For me, I usually get him to help my low back pain by releasing my psoas, hip rotators, rectus femoris, multifidus, and back extensors. He’s always learning and coming up with ways to help his clients. I highly recommend A.R.T. for any nagging soft tissue injuries that won’t go away with traditional rest and treatment.