Andy Ryland has years of experience helping to develop programs that prepare young athletes for the sport of football. This week’s Friday Five talks to him about specialization, weightlifting, tackling, and more, as well as the importance of age-specific training of youth athletes for any sport.
Author: Rob Schwartz
Rob Schwartz, M.Ed., CSCS, RSCC*D, CISSN, USAW, is the Director of Human Performance for the U.S. Air Force Special Warfare-13ASOS in Fort Carson, Colorado, and owner of Athletic Fighter LLC. During his 19-year career, he has directly coached athletes who have won seven professional World Championships in boxing, as well as 88 Olympic/world medals in more than 20 sport disciplines. He has been Director of Strength & Conditioning for the United States Olympic Committee–Combat & Acrobatic Sports and Northern Arizona University–football, basketball, and soccer. Additionally, Schwartz has been an assistant with three Division 1 programs, working with football and basketball athletes.
Schwartz has presented for multiple internationally recognized organizations and has been featured in Men’s Journal and Time magazine and on NBC, HBO, Showtime, and multiple websites. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter @CoachSchwartz8.
Many coaches think of pacing in vague terms and have trouble defining it, placing it into that category of “I’ll know it when I see it.” All sports incorporate some level of pacing, so figuring out how to train it can give your athletes a distinct advantage. Coach Carl Valle gives an extensive overview of pacing and details five ways to develop it.
Are you relegating nutrition talks to soundbites because of lack of time? When it comes teaching nutrition, full-time consistency beats part-time intensity. Coach Missy Mitchell-McBeth shares her athlete nutrition education program to help time-crunched coaches. It’s detailed, simple, and on-point.