Nutrigenomics in sport is the foundational building block by which we can help athletes reach their genetic potential through implementation of dietary and supplement strategies, such as caffeine use, that are aligned to their genome. When it comes to sports nutrition, this emerging science is the nutritional competitive edge of our future.
Optimal performance relies on the ability to simultaneously mix all the elements of performance training, including strength, speed, and efficient movement patterns. Former NFL linebacker Brady Poppinga presents the XPT, a training tool that uses the propulsive movement of throwing a loaded barbell without having to catch it, allowing coaches to train speed and strength at the same time.
Want to see how a coach of legendary high school 4×800 teams uses universal training principles to optimize running results? Check out this week’s interview with John O’Malley of Sandburg High School.
Keep MMA athletes primed between fights without wearing them down by cycling between intensive and non-intensive, sport-focused cycles. A compressed supramaximal sequence sustains an athlete’s strength and power levels and works well with their unpredictable schedules.
What if there were a conditioning test for athletes in stop and go sports, which stress the glycolytic energy system, that easily shows coaches the relative fitness level of their athletes? Coach Pata discovered such a test and uses it to personalize conditioning programs for his athletes and to help decide how to manage substitutions during a competition.
Most important to the process of adaptation are the shared principles and collaborative approach of guiding and managing an athlete through the process of dose response and improvement. Just as adaptation takes time, so does this collaborative model, which also relies on productive communication to be effective.
Want to get a world expert’s take on modern hot topics in sports performance, such as periodization and functional asymmetry? Check out this latest Q&A with Dr. Matt Jordan.
One-time LSU coach Boo Schexnayder is a font of invaluable information for all coaches. A recent workshop emphasized four areas of particular concern: Treating speed as a priority, the need to contrast training more, lactate training design, and general neuromuscular adaptations. Boo covers these points in a clear, straightforward manner without dumbing down.
If you want to compare pole vault technical models, the best place to observe a difference is in the movement of the athlete’s hips because they represent the vaulter’s center of mass. In this second in a three-part series on critical indicators for pole vault, Coach Noah Kaminsky compares the two most used models, the Champion and 640, to analyze and cue vaults based on hip movement.
As performance coaches, skill coaches, and therapists, we must ensure our athletes are ready to recover, not to speed up recovery. If we train them to recover like we train them to adapt, we improve their ability to restore homeostasis. Our bodies do not care about getting stronger or faster if we’re constantly in a recovery deficit. Rather, we need to ensure there are enough resources and energy available for tissue repair and adaptation.