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Getting Your Body & Your Immune System Ready for COVID-19


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It was pretty brutal, but I made it through!

Yep, I had COVID-19 and I had all the talked about symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Taste & Smell, GONE

Overall, I was entirely blessed because I didn't have shortness of breath. That was the only one I was not looking forward too. 

When I listed Exhaustion above, let me tell you, it was no joke! I could make it until about 1 pm and then I would just pass out. After about 2 days I stopped trying to fight it and just went with it and that helped a lot.

In today's video, we're going over how to really maximize your immune system so you're ready, as best as possible to take on COVID-19. 

Let's get ready to rumble and really beat this thing!

Full Transcript

Dr. Joshua Eldridge (00:04):
Hey, what's going on. My name's Rr. Joshua Eldridge, and I am excited to be here with you now. I just got done with a case of COVID-19 going...

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For Success, Maximize Your Athlete's Sleep



Does your family get enough sleep? Or do you often wake up tired? I know I’ve been in the not enough sleep camp before…but it’s not a good place to be, so I want to give you a few helpful tips on how to maximize sleep. 

Sleep is critical. It will help increase your athlete’s performance in their sport, helps them get ready for school, and helps clear their mind, both physiologically and mentally. It’s like a mental reset that we really need to take full advantage of.

Start by knowing how much sleep your kids need:

  • Under the age of 12, they need 10-12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Over the age of 12, they need 8-10 hours of sleep each night. 

These recommended hours of sleep needed are Non-Negotiable if you want your athlete to be successful. Athletes that get 6 or less hours of sleep increase their chance of injury by over 70%. That is a shockingly high chance for injury! I definitely don’t want to risk that for my kids, and...

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Why Is Recovery So Important For Your Athlete?



Why Is Recovery So Important?

When we don’t get recovery right, our athletes have a big decrease in energy. I see it in the gym and get emails all the time about overuse injuries (heel pain, knee pain, wrist pain, elbow pain, lower back pain, etc.) which are all due to not recovering properly.

When we see recovery become a priority, all sorts of great things that happen!

1. Cells are able to store energy, which will give them lots of energy for the next practice

2. Their body will have the ability to adapt to training and go even above where they were at the start of training

3. Less anxiety, more mentally strong when they are getting fully recovered between practices

The biggest part of recovery (and the base of the Athletic Pyramid) is Nutrition and Hydration, eating the right foods at the right times, and hydrating.

The next step up on the pyramid and The BIGGEST Takeawayfrom this video: SLEEP

If under the age of 12, they NEED 10-12 hours of sleep EACH NIGHT


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Live Question and Answer with Dr. Joshua Eldridge

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Each and every time we do a Nutrition = Performance Seminar with our athletes, Dr. Josh spends time answering all of their questions.

This is amazing because you get to learn exactly what your athlete is thinking about nutrition, but also about performance as a whole.

The great thing is they are a little different each time.

We wanted to share this with you so you can get some great information in a bit of a different!

Here are some of the questions:
- Health benefits to vegan vs. vegetarian diets
- How much water do we need each day?
- Why do we need to sleep?
- What do you eat every day?
- Can we have ice cream every day?
- Can we still eat junk food?
- and a few more!

Here's the best part about nutrition: When we eat the right food at the right time, we see our athletes be able to do amazing things both in the gym (or on the field, court, or diamond) and in life!

If you don't know...

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Top 3 Steps To Great Sleep



Welcome back to Sleep Week! Today we’re talking about the best strategies to make sure your athlete gets the sleep they need.

In our first video we discussed the importance of sleep, and in our second video we talked about the dangers of lack of sleep, but today we talk about the most important topic:


Let’s get into the top 3 steps that we’ve identified.

1. Sleep Routine

As a parent, I know it will be nearly impossible to go to bed every night at the same time, but it is possible to create a great routine that will help your athlete prepare their mind for sleep. A wind down routine will also help them get the best sleep possible.

A nightly sleep routine might look like this:

  • Electronic device off and not in room
  • Brush Teeth
  • Mobility routine
  • Relaxing ritual
  • Time with mom and dad
  • Prayers and thankful thoughts
  • Lights out

A sleep routine like this can really get your athlete’s mind ready for bed and help them fall asleep.


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DANGER: Lack of SLEEP in Young Athletes



In today’s video, we’ve identified 3 devastating issues that can occur when your athlete isn’t getting the recommended amount sleep.

1. Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive impairment means that the brain has a decreased ability to process information. Some studies have even shown that lack of sleep is the same as being impaired by alcohol.

Here’s one of the biggest issues with cognitive impairment…many of your athletes are doing intense work in gymnastics, football, soccer and dance.

We need their brains working at 100%!!!

They need to be mentally in the game, and they just can’t do it when they don’t have the recommended amount of sleep.

2. Decreased Immune Response

Not getting the recommended sleep amount will increase your athlete’s chance of getting sick.

If they’re sick, they’re not practicing. If they’re not practicing, they’re not getting better. We need them as healthy as possible because their...

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Welcome to Sleep Week!



Here's The Deal

Sleeping is the most important part of Rest & Recovery.

Most parents think that sleep is negotiable, and say things like, it's OK if they don't get the sleep they need tonight.

But even one night with a lack of sleep can cause serious cognitive (concentration, processing ability) impairments. It's very similar to your athlete going to school and practice after becoming legally impaired.


Why?!? Because it's dangerous.

It's the same with sleep, but we don't mind negotiating with our athlete's health when it comes to sleep.

So this week, we're talking about how important sleep is, and we've put together 3 critical videos, and on Saturday during our Sports Performance Academy presentation, we'll be helping you and your athlete succeed with SLEEP.

How Much Do They Need?

Our young athletes under the age of 12 years old need 10-12 hours of sleep. If your athlete is over the age of 12 years old, they need 8-10...

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