Category: Injury Prevention

A new focus at Valley Health Clinic

A new focus on sports acupuncture at Valley Health Clinic in Albany, Oregon

I’m excited to announce a brand-new look to our website. I hope you’ll find it easier to get around and learn more about what we do.

Plus, you’ll see a new focus on serving athletes of all levels. It’s long been a passion of mine to help people achieve their best in whatever sport they choose, and I’ll be looking forward to working with more of them.

We offer individualized programs for athletes with nagging injuries who might feel like their performance level has been permanently reduced. For most people, I’m happy to show them it’s not true.

I also love working with sports teams, especially young people, and we’re dedicating a page to our agility training programs designed to help those young athletes perform at their peak level while avoiding injury.

Please take a look around and let me know what you think. If you are or know someone suffering from an injury that has impacted their game, get in touch. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Speed, Agility & Injury Prevention Coaching for Young Athletes

Speed, Agility & Injury Prevention Coaching for Young Athletes

Even better, the same training that develops young athletes’ ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction quickly also helps prevent injury, so they can stay in the game well into adulthood.

While of course coaches and parents want their kids to stay injury-free – and kids light up at the idea of being able to run faster – this kind of training is rarely part of the routine.

We make it easy for you to change your speed and agility routine

Inspired by his passion for sports and his commitment to effective preventative care, Valley Health Clinic’s Will Sheppy is offering concise, evidence-based coaching sessions for athletes of middle school age in the Albany, Oregon area. Learn more or schedule your workshop today.

About Will Sheppy

In addition to being an outstanding acupuncturist, Will is also a speed and agility coach certified with Athletes Acceleration. You can find his full bio here.

“No one thinks you need to teach someone how to run, and yet you can and it will make them better human bodies with real world ability and less injuries if we do. [Since the workshop with Will Sheppy, they] literally run faster, and they also run safer and with less impact. The most improvement came from my least athletic [kids] which means you can teach athleticism and balance. I can now build my drills and warmups around that knowledge, confident that what I am doing is prolonging their athletics into their own adulthood. I’m excited that they’ve got a better chance of not telling of that old high school injury which prevents them from A, B, or C when they’re grown up.”

Short workshops that make a big difference

Over the course of just 2-3 hours, Will teaches basic agility and proper movement mechanics, with a focus on linear lateral and multidirectional movement. Each workshop is custom tailored to your team’s age and skill level. Will is fantastic with kids and gets them engaged right from the start.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll see your team run faster and show better form – and you’ll be able to build on these results in your practice going forward. It’s an enormously worthwhile investment of a few hours that will pay off for decades to come.

Learn more or schedule your workshop today.

Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic stretching means slow, controlled movements rather than remaining still and holding a stretch. They include simple movements like arm circles and hip rotations, flowing movements as in yoga or walking or jogging exercises. While studies have not clearly proven this, increasing numbers of experts agree that dynamic stretching is the best stretching routine before a workout or competition.

Warming Up Before Stretching

You should never stretch a cold muscle in any way. Start with some mild aerobic warm-ups to get blood to the tissue before doing any stretching Warming up increases blood flow, which increases the temperature in muscle, which makes the collagen fibers more elastic like a rubber band.

Dynamic stretching is the best stretching routine before a workout or competition

Dynamic stretching means slow, controlled movements rather than remaining still and holding a stretch. There are two types of flexibility receptors: a static receptor, which measures magnitude and a dynamic receptor, which measures speed and magnitude. Dynamic activities that require movement, such as running, jumping or kicking use the dynamic receptor to limit flexibility. Therefore, a dynamic stretch that stresses the dynamic receptor is more beneficial when preparing for a warm-up when performing a dynamic activity. Dynamic stretching also includes constant motion throughout the warm-up, which maintains the core body temperature, whereas static stretching can see a drop in temperature of several degrees. Another benefit of dynamic stretching is that it prepares the muscles and joints in a more specific manner since the body is going through motions it will likely repeat in the workout. It also helps the nervous system and motor ability since dynamic motions do more to develop those areas than static stretches.

Static stretching before a workout may decrease your strength, power, and performance

After your workout or competition, then do static stretches. Too many people do static stretching before and then nothing after. This is the most common mistake. After your work out is when you should lengthen muscles and improve your flexibility. Hold static stretches for about 30 seconds.