By capturing and evaluating athlete exertion levels in their concussion return to play protocol, Brian Wiese and colleagues have reduced premature returns to full activity at Central Michigan University. Their protocol acts as a safety net catching athletes who are unable to meet the exertional goals or whose symptoms return during the process, preventing them from moving to the next step of the protocol.
Nobody could deny that athletics is big business these days, especially at the collegiate and professional levels. Therefore, strength and conditioning practitioners need to run their unit like a business, and a brand. Coach Alejo presents detailed steps to do just that, including changes you should make to your handbook, performance reviews, staff education, and much more.
The driving force behind “Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science” is the belief that sports science fails to deliver on its inflated promises. The book, by Dr. Fergus Connolly with Phil White, aims to change the prevailing philosophies on the application of sports science, technology, and analytics to team sports.
The hex bar is a great performance tool for jumping but limited for deadlifting, despite its current popularity. To determine how to best use the hex bar with your athletes, Coach Valle describes the training applications that enhance sports performance.
The size of many gyms and training facilities often limits the drills that athletes and fitness clients can do inside. Strength and conditioning coach, Derek Hansen, shows you how to train acceleration and overall sprint mechanics within an indoor space, including specific drills and the use of a curved-profile manual treadmill.
Training with flywheels works scientifically and you can place it into a program practically. This article will present the science behind the way the body remodels from specific flywheel training, and instruct you on using a flywheel system more beneficially.
While training with supramaximal eccentrics helps to specifically improve strength, high-speed eccentric training helps athletes improve their power, change of direction, cutting, and jumping abilities, as well as their strength. Don’t overlook the importance of speed in your athlete’s eccentric resistance training.
In the quest to set yourself apart as an innovative and tech-savvy sports practitioner, don’t lose sight of the importance of classic coaching methods or forget that the athlete’s improvement is your ultimate goal.
Traditional weight training using gravity-dependent tools leaves a gap in preparing an athlete to manage all aspects of performance. Without eccentric overload, an entire cascade of neural, physiological, and muscular adaptations are neglected and underdeveloped. Flywheel training applies eccentric overload in a task-specific environment that captures the next level of improved performance otherwise unattainable.
In this follow-up to his examination of the phosphagen system, Coach Assise looks at the glycolytic and aerobic energy systems. His assessment covers athlete training structures and methods, as well as programming to include and avoid.