High school and NCAA athletes require sport-specific training to prevent injury. Many injuries can be prevented with regular conditioning and rehabilitation exercises year-round – prior to, and after the formal sports season. Give your favorite high school and college athletes some much needed R&R this holiday season, and throughout the new year! This gift guide is written by seasoned Athletic Trainer / Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach Mitch Hauschildt, the Prevention, Rehab and Physical Performance Coordinator for all 16 sports at Missouri State University.
If you are like me, finding the perfect holiday gift for your favorite people can be a real challenge. This is especially true if they are of high school age, as they can be finicky and inherently difficult to buy for. Regardless of your price point or training demands, there is something on this list for every young athlete in your life. If you are looking for some can’t-miss gift ideas for the athlete in your life, here you are:
This is one of TriggerPoint’s newest products. It’s combination of size, portability, variable settings and long battery life make it the perfect soft tissue tool for soothing aching muscles and improving recovery. Vibration tools are a must have this holiday season for any who is active.
The Speed Sac from SKLZ is one of the most versatile and effective training tools on the market. If you want to improve speed simply place a light load in the sac and get sprinting. If you are looking for strength, load it up and start marching, lunging or backpedaling. Add a handle attachment and you can perform functional upper body and trunk exercises that are only limited by the imagination.
Topical analgesics are a great stocking stuffer for the athlete in your life. You can take your pick between the fire or ice option to sooth those achy joints and muscles to keep training, even when the body doesn’t feel it’s best.
Not only does RockTape do a great job with easing pain*, reducing swelling, and improving movement patterns, it’s also quite a fashion statement that is uniquely appreciated by young people. RockTape offers a variety of colors and designs (blue argyle is a fan favorite) to pick from to match everyone’s style.
The Grid Stik is another easy and affordable soft tissue product from Triggerpoint. It can simply slide into a backpack or travel bag for a quick self-massage or recovery session anywhere, anytime.