Every year, we hear the same misguided arguments about the limits of strength and conditioning training on performance and injuries. Ignorance and false logic often dictate how training should be done, casting aside science and reason in favor of bias and tradition. Coach Carl Valle suggests ways to defeat arguments based on bad logic.
The ages of 12-18 offer a tremendous opportunity for soccer players to develop as athletes. Yet in the US, we hardly maximize this training window. We’re struggling to close the international play gap, but we’re still constrained regarding physical athlete development. We can do better.
Sand training is a modality that seems to come and go, but does the science support its use? Sand training has some unique properties that are worth exploring, as Coach Valle explains, especially for early-stage return to play programs.
While SimpliFaster has comprehensively covered the art and science of medicine ball training, this article looks at med balls for conditioning—a limited, but valuable, endeavor.
Coach Valle believes that the overhead squat is one of the best teaching tools you can use in strength and conditioning. Although it may not have great direct transfer value for sports performance, the overhead squat can make a big training difference with athletes. Read on to find out how.
Coach Carl Valle extolls the virtues of both the reverse leg press machine and the corresponding movement, which has a core benefit of effectively training the posterior chain in a way that transfers well to the field.
Continuing education is necessary for all sport professionals, and it can take many forms. Carl Valle looks back at the five coaching seminars and clinics that were his personal gold standards—influencing and changing his beliefs and practices to this very day.
Wondering whether pneumatic compression solutions are worth the investment? Read this updated look at the NormaTec 2.0 recovery system, a compression device that manages training soreness and helps athletes feel better during periods of demanding training and competition.
While a casual look at Formula 1 racing would seem to suggest that it has nothing in common with team sports, there are actually many winning lessons and advantages coaches can take away from this high-stakes and high-speed sport. Here are seven of them.
As a follow-up to his first article on “Top 20 Hacks for Strength Coaches in 2018,” Coach Valle talked to other coaches to find out their tweaks to proven training methods. While this list of 20 additional hacks won’t transform a bench-warmer into an all-star, they work, and some of them can even make coaching more fun for you and your athletes.