ATHENA STUDY: Redefining knee injury prevention Training for Adolescent Female athletes

By Jordan Smothermon   Female adolescent athletes are three times more likely, on average across all high school sports, than their male counterparts to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The severity, cost, length of recovery, and emotional and mental toll ACL tears (and other knee injuries) take on young, developing athletes provide considerable […]

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Multi-Mode Lactate Threshold Testing In Mountain Sports

by Mike Wolfe   Abstract: This was an experiment to test whether athletes display different lactate thresholds (LT), and heart rate levels (HR) in three different mountain sports: mountain running (uphill), ski mountaineering (skinning uphill), and hiking (uphill with weighted pack).  All experiments were tested in a controlled gym environment where the subject was on […]

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Social Media Dawns a New Adventure

  By Mike Wolfe Last week, the world was able to watch for the first time—in real time—two climbers scale the longest and hardest free climb ever completed.  Armed simply with smartphones and numerous photographers rappelling in to capture their progress, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson were able to share their monumental effort over a […]

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Green Beret, Pro Ultra Runner, Mentor at SSD

By Rob Shaul Recently retired Green Beret Sergeant Major, Todd Wilhite, and The North Face Global Team member, Mike Wolfe, are both completing 2-week focused mentorships at Strong Swift Durable. Todd retired after 25 years of US Army service in September. Over 22 years of that time was in the Special Forces and includes six combat deployments to […]

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Can you train staying calm under stress?

By Rob Shaul We’ve been working intensely with both military and mountain athletes since 2007 and over the years we’ve applied what we’ve learned working with one community to the other. As a result, the work we’ve done for both has continued to evolve and improve. This week and next, two high level representatives of both communities […]

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I Blew My ACL. Now What?

  By Meredith Eades   “Pop!” The sound associated with something bursting, perhaps a thought, a vision or a dream. It’s also the sound you hear when you tear your ACL. I have many friends that are familiar with the sound first hand, but I had never personally experienced it, until a week ago. Twenty […]

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