When it comes to stride parameters, coaches typically focus on splits and maybe jump tests. However, contact length may be the most important variable in sprinting. In this article, Carl Valle delves further into contact length and its value, explaining who it matters for and why.
Do you want to see how a leading coach in basketball physical preparation has advanced his process with technology, screening, and integration? Check out this week’s Freelap Friday Five with Ryan Horn of Wake Forest.
Applying complex training methods, many coaches neglect to individualize an athlete’s optimal recovery interval and instead utilize a blanket time frame. This article highlights the potential benefits of using just two testing sessions to identify an individualized intra-complex recovery interval to optimize the implementation of a PAP protocol, thus increasing the overall efficiency of the training program.
The VertiMax is one of the most visible training devices today, so many coaches and parents wonder if, and how, it works. In this article, Coach Carl Valle looks at the research studies done on the VertiMax system, as well as the science of elastic cord jump training.
Everything is context-specific, including exercise selection for athletes. Planned variation and program changes from general to specific elicit the highest possible adaptations. Bryan Mann demonstrates how the lunge—typically thought of as a general exercise—can become more specific through a set of carefully planned and followed progressions.
Coaches can monitor athletes using high-tech solutions, low-tech solutions, or a combination of both, as long as the science is valid and the process is sustainable. No program is perfect, and no monitoring solution is either, but results come from knowing what factors assist or impair the process. This article will help those new to athlete monitoring start the right way, and those that have already started monitoring do it even better.
What are some of the modern methods and techniques that will unlock athleticism in your athletes? Find out as Michelle Boland, a strength coach and Ph.D., covers points that distinguish athletic performance from simply lifting barbells.
A recent well-research study concluded that post-training cool-downs have no demonstrated value. Does that mean coaches should no longer include them in post-training sessions? Coach Carl Valle looks at the science and benefits of cool-downs for athletes.
While studies have shown the adverse effects that sleep deprivation can have on all people, many of us still don’t get enough quality sleep. Here are some tips to enable each of us to sleep like a professional athlete.
With proper planning, organization, and communication, high school decathletes and heptathletes can be huge assets to any high school program. Here are five essential training elements to help these athletes succeed in multiple events.