Multi-Sport Athletes

When looking for potential quarterbacks, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh often employs unusual tactics. He puts his athletes through drills in fielding baseballs, kicking field goals, playing dodgeball and also soccer. He got this idea originally from NFL coach Bill Walsh. Walsh used to look for his quarterback to be athletic above all other categories. To him, a quarterback should be able to play baseball, basketball, run track, and even play soccer. He saw value in an athlete who was accustomed to different types of movement.

Playing quarterback is not a robotic position, and Walsh needed athletes who could adapt to all sorts of positions. Today, it is even more expected of potential athletes to be “naturals” when it comes to multiple sports. Many college coaches won’t consider high school athletes that didn’t compete in multiple sports. This is extremely important when it comes to youth sports. Many kids are driven to compete in one sport year round in order to gain as much skill as possible. This can be a detriment to both their health and their overall athletic ability.

Different sports/activities train different muscles and movement patterns. In order to be an efficient athlete, there cannot be any weaknesses throughout ranges of motion. An athlete that can move well in all directions has a distinct advantage through all phases of a game, and will have a greatly decreased risk of injury.

Who do you know who is an athlete? There is a good chance they have created multiple deficiencies from repetitive motion. Get their movement screened to see if we can improve their performance and decrease their risk of injury!

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