Specialized in Athletic Performance & Health Promotion
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This quick reference guide provides an informative snapshot of the most useful essential oils for fitness and how to use them.
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My name is Ryan, and I am a Sports & Health Scientist that specializes in athletic performance and health promotion. Most of my athletes call me Coach D.
In 1996, I suffered an injury that should have ended my athletic career. Luckily, I had the guidance of an awesome strength and conditioning coach and athletic trainer at the University of Georgia that helped me to recover and return to play. Under their coaching, I returned to long and triple jump competition in less than a year from completing physical therapy. During my freshman year in college, I learned more about training and taking care of my body than all my previous years as an athlete. I wished that I learned those things much earlier in my career.
I became a coach to teach athletes what I have learned. My goal is to reach them within their first few years of sports participation, because the value of this knowledge encompasses much more than athletics. I believe clean eating, hard training, essential oil use, and stress reduction are the keys to optimizing athletic performance and maximizing health. Most athletes will conclude athletic competition in their late teens and early twenties. However, I want to inspire athletes to stay active and pursue an athletic lifestyle into senior adulthood.
Children and adults differ anatomically, physiologically, and emotionally. That’s why it is important to connect your young athlete to trainers and coaches that are specialists. Many trainers and coaches will attempt to use the same approach for adults and children; however, training young athletes requires different training methods and motivational techniques than when working with mature adults.
|Younger Athletes (5 to 12)||Older Athletes (12 to 17)|
|Strength training routines for this age group focus on teaching them basic lifting techniques, not heavy resistance training. I want them to become familiar with the basics of exercise and avoid the common sports injuries that are problematic to this age group.||For older athletes, I emphasize the importance of lifelong sports participation and fitness activities. I focus on the enjoyment of exercise and the fun of sports, while teaching them about the role of fitness & nutrition for building a positive body image, self-esteem, goal setting, and personal achievement. They will learn how to tone and sculpt muscles, improve posture, and master more difficult weight training techniques. Injury prevention is an important topic to this age group as well.|
Our bodies are literally constructed from the foods that we eat. The mind, body, and spirit will never be healthy without clean eating. Glorify God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:20 HCSB); therefore, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31 HCSB).
Unfortunately, the health producing effects of hard training and clean eating can be trumped by physical trauma, and environmental toxins. In those instances, turn to plants and use their leaves for healing (Ezekiel 47:12 HCSB).