While it’s understandable that coaches would want their athletes to have their best performance during a championship, they should also want their athletes to perform well early and throughout the season, not simply at its end. Coach Mario Gomez explores the term “peaking,” and explains how its misuse can affect both athlete buy-in and performance.
Blending research and practical experience, researcher and coach Daniel Kadlec has put together some great thoughts on the puzzle of speed and movement development for team sport athletes in this week’s Friday Five.
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.
Using velocity-based training tools has been a game-changer for Coach Mark Hoover and his high school athletes. From actionable data to better technique to renewed confidence, VBT has enabled his team to improve in a multitude of ways.
The warm-up is a critical period that can go a long way to prepare athletes for both sports practice/games and exercise. Coaches need to consider the age/level of their athletes when planning warm-up exercises, especially for youth athletes, who need more than watered-down versions of approaches used with older athletes. Here, Coach Jeremy Frisch presents the five essential ingredients for a youth warm-up session.
How do boxers develop their devastating punching power? Strength coach and boxing trainer Moritz Klatten walks us through the steps, including the equipment, the exercises, the workouts, and even the mistakes to avoid.
Curious to know what factors make up a great basketball strength and conditioning program? Matt Johnson, the strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Bulls, answers all the key questions regarding strength and conditioning with elite basketball athletes in this week’s Friday Five.
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.
Don’t just perform a needs analysis on a player or position, dive deeper to understand the individual’s playing style and the associated demands and consequences that come along with that style. Then mold exercises and methods to the athlete. This is what true performance training optimization and injury mitigation are about.
According to Coach Rob Assise, there are three cardinal sins that he still sees too many horizontal jumpers commit. He tells us what they are and, just as importantly, some solutions to fix them.