AAI founder/CEO teaching Pure Performance in Panhandle
     2012-03-22      By Terry Gaston    news@geringcitizen.com
John Underwood addresses direct questions following his presentation in Mitchell Tuesday. Pictured here from left to right are sophomore Taylor Peters, Lehla Ehler, 7, Assistant Track Coach Carlye Johnson, Jayda Ehler, 11, Assistant Basketball and Golf Coach Brock Ehler, and seniors Andrew Thomas and John Russell. 
The founder and CEO of the American Athletic Institute (AAI) has been and will be conducting workshops throughout the Panhandle this week.

After opening his week at Western Nebraska Community College on Monday, John Underwood of the AAI, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., presented his program at Bridgeport High School on Tuesday morning and at Mitchell High School on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Wednesday had Underwood making presentations at Chadron State College and at the Chadron middle and high schools. He will spend all day Thursday at Sidney High School, and on Friday, Underwood will conclude his week with a workshop at the Prairie Wind Community Center in Bridgeport.

AAI's Pure Performance presentation illustrates the negative physical, psychological and physiological effects of drugs and alcohol on the athlete. The presentation is designed to tap into not only the individual’s athletic motivation but also address the concept of team and collective responsibility, all of which are in step with Hansen’s Social Ecology Theory.

Life of an Athlete / Pure Performance is a system that communities and schools adopt and sustain themselves beginning with athletes but applicable to all co-curricular activities. By showing scientific research done exclusively on top athletes and presented by people who have competed at the highest levels of sport, the impact is significant.

This presentation is designed to educate an athletic program in order for them to realize optimum athletic potential. However, the benefits will be felt off the field as well as on. The presentations will also be designed to assist community members, parents, school administration and prevention members how to inspire their community and schools with this information.

These programs can help reduce injury, allow for quicker injury recovery, better muscle development, improved training effect; in brief, produce better athletes, better performances, and thus better teams. Off the field benefits would include academic improvement, a decrease in disciplinary problems, criminal matters, accidents and deaths while simultaneously developing good will within the community and help present a positive public image at large.

AAI's research has uncovered some of the following:
•Drinking to intoxication can negate as much as 14 days of training effect
•Training hormones are diminished for up to 96 hours following alcohol consumption (four days)
•Drinking alcohol after training negates training effect
•Drinking alcohol after competition hinders recovery
•Residual effect of alcohol from elite athlete lab test shows effect on Heart Rate, Lactic Acid / Muscle Performance and Respiratory/ Ventilation levels
•Muscle protein synthesis (repair of muscle fiber) is diminished, predominately in your fast twitch muscle fibers
•B vitamin deficiency resulting from diuretic effect of alcohol and subsequent dehydration affects recovery and conversion of hormone precursors into androgenic training hormones
•Reaction time can be affected even twelve hours after alcohol consumption.
•Players that drink are twice as likely to become injured
•Alcohol compromises an athlete's already vulnerable immune system
•The associated residual effect of the alcoholic hangover has been shown to reduce athletic performance by 11.4 percent

Workshop schedules and registration information are available online at www.trainingacademy.info.

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