Coach Daniel Martinez uses the Fibonacci sequence in mathematics as a comparison to athlete development. He dissects the training process in order to detail and show the type of growth that must occur to achieve high performance, the interdependence of the micro and macro relationship, and the keys to effective planning and action.
In this Freelap Friday Five discussion, SimpliFaster talks to senior sports nutritionist Alex Cotie about all things real food: clean eating, digestive health, fasting, team nutritionists, and more. Great nutrition can have a huge impact on an athlete’s strength, speed, mental clarity, and health and wellness, and also reduce the chance of injuries.
By Carl Valle Overspeed may get most of the attention in coaching circles, but assisted speed is perhaps the most missed opportunity in maximal speed development. For years, overspeed towing has frustrated coaches because, while the potential is there, harnessing the benefits has been a tactical struggle. Ask the average coach what assisted speed is […]
Accelerometry and velocity testing on the ice with portable IMUs is leading the next wave of athlete testing technology in the hockey industry.
The sophisticated features of many current software programs allow coaches and athletes to see that runners’ attempts to lengthen stride can result in over-striding and that attempts to influence stride rate can reduce ground force and shorten flight times. Coaches can now present to their athletes visual evidence of what they do mechanically and how their mechanics deviate from the legendary Dr. Ralph Mann’s mechanics template for high-speed running.
The topic of nature versus nurture is a sustained debate in the world of elite sports. Coach Dominique Stasulli takes a look at two main theories—the genetic influence model and the deliberate practice model—and the research supporting both.
Rugby is a highly physical sport, and the ability of players to tolerate repetitive forces is essential. This article examines the underlying reasons that injuries occur in all sports, and especially rugby, along with potential preventative measures. Coach Jamy Clamp discusses the strategy of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) in depth, focuses on the development of the athlete from adolescence to adulthood.
Coach Stasulli examines recent research studies to determine how plyometric training affects the performance and bone health of cross-country runners. Although conservative coaches may need more prodding to include it in their training sessions, there is evidence that plyometrics is beneficial for speed, efficiency, and injury prevention for this class of endurance athletes.
This guide should help answer all of your questions about sleep-tracking technology, including variables in data capture, choosing among device brands and options, and how to use the sleep data that’s collected. We provide an honest look at sleep technology, noting accuracy and usefulness.
While many coaches and trainers equate a higher volume of endurance training to elite caliber athletic performance, research doesn’t support it as absolutely necessary for competing at this level. Additionally, increased volumes of training lead to increased chances of injury. In this article, Coach Stasulli takes a look at the benefits and the risks.