This past week, I made my annual summer trip back home to Boston where I was able to see some of my family and friends. I was also able to get in some good continuing education and networking. On Thursday afternoon, my wife and I were able to get a training session in at the Boston University Weight room. I was able to hook up and catch up with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Glenn Harris. Glenn has now been at BU for 12 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is a great guy and I will always be thankful to him for giving me an opportunity back in 1998 to do an internship. Friday morning, I was able to observe a Boston University Hockey training session. I try to make it over to watch these guys train every time I get back home. Mike Boyle is the Strength and Conditioning for hockey at BU. Also joining me to observe were 3 strength coaches from other college hockey programs. Mike is another friend/mentor to me who is always doing something new with his guys. I always learn something new when i visit with Mike. Friday afternoon was the 3rd Annual distinguished lecture series in sports medicine at Northeastern University. Art Horne, Strength Coach/Athletic Trainer for Men’s Basketball at NU helped put on an outstanding lineup of speakers. Some of the best speakers/clinicians in the industry including Mike Boyle, Dave Tiberio, Eric Cressey, Dr. Mark Phillipon, and Stuart McGill gave some great presentations. What I really liked about is that there were several presentations given on common areas that I am constantly trying to learn more information about. I picked up a lot of new information that I am really looking forward to implementing with our athletes. In my opinion, whenever I go and attend seminars and visit with coaches, I always judge it upon how excited I am to try new ideas when I get back to training on Monday. This trip didn’t disappoint.