How Does Sleep Affect Speed?

No matter their sport, athletes are constantly looking for an edge. To shave a second or two here or there. To jump a millimeter higher. And they’ll do anything to achieve their goals: try new supplements, hire expensive trainers with avant-garde workout method, you name it.

Most athletes, though, overlook a fundamental thing that costs nothing and can improve performance far faster, and far more effectively than any newfangled diets and training methods:

Sleep.

It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? The body needs energy move. It follows then that running faster and longer requires more energy. And a good night’s sleep can do wonders for our energy levels. Several recent studies have examined the effect of sleep patterns on the performance of athletes in various sports. The overwhelming majority of evidence shows that consistent, plentiful sleep has a positive effect on things like coordination, motor skills, reaction time, form, and speed.

So, as you look for ways to gain an edge and increase your speed, take a look at these six ways you can improve your sleep patterns and wake up stronger, faster, and speedier in the morning. Continue reading “How Does Sleep Affect Speed?”

Is Barefoot Running For Everyone?

One of the hot topics with runners, podiatrists, and sports physical therapists now is the trend of barefoot running. With more shoemakers jumping on the minimalist bandwagon after seeing the success of others, the question that needs to be posed is whether or not barefoot running is appropriate for everyone? Continue reading “Is Barefoot Running For Everyone?”

Introducing: Jacon Chun – Clinical Specialist

We are very pleased to announce that Jacon Chun has recently joined the AlterG team in the role of Clinical Specialist.

[Jacon will be blogging regularly for us regarding medical issues, injury prevention strategies, training recommendations, and any other pertinent clinical topics. Feel free to contact us with suggestions and follow us for updates on his blogs.  Here is his first blog] Continue reading “Introducing: Jacon Chun – Clinical Specialist”