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Top 5 Athlete Gifts for 2019

It's that time again and we're getting ready to run straight into the holidays where gift giving becomes one of our main focuses.

We get to work with a ton of athletes, and each year we get to hear what they want for Christmas...so we wanted to share with you some of the best gift options for athletes this year! We also want to share the gifts that can make the biggest impact on your athlete this new year. Some of these things are pretty straight forward and some of these will be brand new to you.

Do You Want To Be An Athlete

One of my favorite sayings goes something like this: If you want to be an athlete, you have to start doing what athletes do. 

Now granted, athletes do some goofy things sometimes if they have superstitious habits (wearing lucky socks, rubbing their lucky rabbit foot, or carrying around their lucky stuffed animal) but great athletes all do very similar things especially when it comes to recovery, sleep, and nutrition. We need to pay attention to these habits and actions, and figure out how we can add some of these things into our regimen. 

None of these things can replace the basics; nutrition, hydration, and sleep have to be solid. If you need help with nutrition, give yourself and your family the first gift of great nutrition by getting signed up for Stay Fueled: Nutrition for Busy Families.

So let's jump right in with number 1:

1. NormaTec Compression

One of my absolute favorites to help with recovery. Normatec is the gold standard when it comes to dynamic compression, so if you're looking for the best, look no further. 

Here's a link to check out more: NormaTec Pulse 2.0 Leg Recovery System

Here are some of the benefits of utilizing dynamic compression: 

  • Like a personal, on-call massage therapist
  • Reduce pain and soreness
  • Rejuvenate muscles
  • Boost circulation
  • Recover faster in between training

The cool thing about NormaTec is they've been featured in different studies showing their effectiveness when it comes to recovery. 

Who Would Use NormaTec:

  • Athletes training consecutive days or multiple workouts in one day
  • Athletes having very quick turnaround time in-between events
  • Athletes that are eating and sleeping great, but are still having some issues recovering in 1-3 days

2. Massage Gun (best decision ever!)

Last year I purchased a TimTam massage gun, and I have to say it was my best decision ever! If I had to go back and buy it again, this is what I would buy: Deep Tissue Massage Gun

 

 

 

Oh my goodness...here's what I use a handheld massage gun for and it is amazing:

  • Warm-up
  • Cool down
  • Sore muscles
  • Injured muscles
  • Tight muscles
  • Stretching
  • Relaxing
  • Whenever my back is tight!

This 100% changed my warm up and I've even suggested this to some younger athletes who use it in the car on the way to gym. You could use it on thighs, calves, feet, and hips as you drive to practice.

My favorite application is on my hips because they get so tight. In the Gymnast Care Book on Injuries, I describe techniques using my hands, but using this instead is the way to go!

Click here to check it out: Deep Tissue Handheld Massage Gun

3. The Ultimate Low Tech Mobility Kit

Putting together your mobility kit is huge! What are those things that are going to give you the biggest bang for your buck? Here's my list of MUST HAVE mobility tools for athletes...each one of these opens in a new window so you can click, add to cart and then come back...makes it easy: 

These are just easy ways to get great, low tech recovery items. I use foam rollers and massage balls on a daily basis, not only with patients but with myself. 

4. Water Bottle

This is by far my favorite water bottle: CamelBak Podium Chill. This is my absolute go to water bottle that I use daily, and travels with me around the globe wherever I go. 

Problem: They've created a new version of this water bottle with a new lid/nozzle which I absolutely detest! The link above goes to the previous version which I love and I've been using for several years with great success. I'd pick one of the older versions up before they phase them out completely!

Athletes need to have a water bottle that they love, and they need to be sipping from it throughout the day. Their brains are going to tell them when they need fluids. If they don't have their water bottle at their fingertips, they're not going to drink from it. 

So find a bottle you or your athlete loves, and start sipping!

5. Athlete Performance Training

To me, this is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your athlete. If you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you can't expect new results...you can only expect the same results. 

I don't want this for you. I want to see you have abundance in 2020. I want to see you and your athlete succeed and build habits that are going to last the rest of your life. 

The Sports Performance Academy is a monthly training program to help you and your athlete:

  • Increase energy and vibrancy in practice and competition
  • Significantly decrease the chance of injury
  • Daily solutions to mobility restrictions, and the ability to increase flexibility
  • Build an incredibly strong base, so skills come naturally
  • Create strong goals and daily mindset practice
  • Learn the same skills the Olympians and Pros use daily to make them successful...

Remember, if you want to be successful, you have to do what the best are doing, but if you don't know what that is, it's time to get a coach that understands and works with the best in the world on a daily basis. 

Just this week, I worked with an Olympian athlete on mindset. One of the best ever in their sport and we talked strategy, and actions. This is what the Sports Performance Academy is all about. It gives you access to world class information so you and your athlete can succeed at an incredibly high level of sport, and life. 

So click here to check out the Sports Performance Academy and get started with this amazing monthly training program and give you and your family the gift of high performance! 

 

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