MMA Fighters, Coaches We Are Here for You!
On this page, you'll find multiple resources from nutrition; improving strength and cardio; sports psychology to improving performance; how to better protect fighters from injury; to picking a great coach.
Check out the links below.
This section deals with current issues that expose athletes to a higher incidence of concussion and associated progressive neurological disorders in Mixed Martial Arts and what measures we need to take in order to make it a safer sport.
Injuries, surgery, rehabilitation, medications, performance enhancing drugs and more.
Weight loss and gain, nutrition, supplementation.
MUSCLE, STRENGTH, POWER AND CARDIO
Building muscle, power, strength and cardio. Training routines, recovery and more.
Picking a Good Coach
Not all coaches are created equal. Any person can walk in a gym off the street and call himself a trainer -- you don't want that! You want quality.
Protect the Pug offers a Pug Ed Certification for MMA Coaches.
Send your current coach to Pug Ed Certification or Find a new, certified coach here.
The Brain and its Role in Sports Performance
As a fighter you know the importance of training to build your muscles, your reflexes - diet and nutrition to maximize muscle mass and minimize body fat. But if muscular development and minimal body fat is all that it took, then a great athlete would not only be great in boxing, he would equally be great in all sports - gymnastics, tennis, football - which is not the case.
What few athletes understand is that the ability to perform well in one sport - is more dependent on the neural pathways that are developed in the brain by practicing a specific sport than the actual muscles that are developed or the body fat that is minimized.
This means that you as fighter want to do two things:
1. Minimize trauma to the brain that enables you to be World Class.
2. Maximize neural pathway development so you can be world class.
This section of the site will address these two topics so you can maximize your potential as a fighter.
Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that incorporates knowledge from many related fields including biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affects psychological and physical factors. Besides instruction and training of psychological skills for improved performance, applied sport psychology includes work with athletes, coaches, and parents regarding injury, rehabilitation, communication, team building, and career transitions. Given its importance, Protect The Pug has created Pug Psychology where field experts are invited to proffer their expertise and wisdom to help athletes achieve their fullest potential.