It’s hard to find information about the differences among types of medicine ball release styles. Some coaches swap out the terms as if they were synonymous with each other, but a true difference exists in how we project a ball into time and space. Those who want to see relevance and true function will see progress in their outcomes by applying at least one of these seven principles.
There’s a chance you haven’t read some of these strength and conditioning books, as they are a mix of newer and older texts. But don’t let their age or popularity stop you from adding them to your reading pile this year, as each of these 10 books has something to offer both an experienced coach and a coach just starting out.
Coaches have a vast opportunity to continue to stay educated and grow both personally and professionally. This guide presents some direct sources and quality options for continuing education in the field.
Burnout doesn’t scare people like it should. Burnout can lead to other problems if not carefully managed, such as a premature retirement or injury. Managing a career is knowing how to pace everything, not just the training mileage or the amount of weight lifted. Coaches also burnout and should be just as vigilant with their careers as they are with their athletes.
While EMG is not for everyone, those seriously interested in the benefits it can provide must have realistic expectations as to what the data can tell them and what they have to do to get it. Carl Valle presents electromyography’s value, as well as its limitations, and also provides guidelines for its use.
For total body actions in sport, the barbell hip thrust is not as potent as it was promised to be. This exercise is a good option for early career development or early in the training season, but as an athlete advances, it’s likely to have less of an impact. I don’t include this exercise in my programs because I like other options better, as described in this article.
Strength and conditioning coaches at all levels should read “Intent: A Practical Approach to Applied Sport Science for Athletic Development.” Find out why Carl Valle recommends it.
Now and then a coach will ask me about different ways to evaluate practice. In this article, I will touch on the five common ways of giving objective feedback from a temporal angle, meaning how quickly objective information is given to the athlete and in what form.
The growing use of force plates, and the need for more useful athlete data, have made the isometric mid-thigh pull a great testing option to measure maximal strength and RFD in athletes. In fact, the IMTP is the best training assessment for team sports environments that find it difficult to test lower body strength.
Circuit training provide a wellness benefit for athletes and supports higher intensity work outside of light conditioning and running. Coach Valle explores the pros and cons and gives practical advice for constructing effective and efficient circuits.