Strength coach Ian King has made a big impact on sports professionals around the world. This article looks at the reasons we recognize King as a pioneer in sports performance, and an expert in the design of leg strength training programs.
Justin Roethlingshoefer, founder of The Hockey Summit, joins this week’s Freelap Friday Five to discuss load monitoring techniques and a holistic off-season training model for ice hockey players. Motivated to empower change with his athletes, Roethlingshoefer discusses his efforts to create a culture of accountability where players learn to incorporate nutrition, recovery, peak power training, and cutting-edge technology to excel on the ice.
The management of possible concussions at even the highest levels of sports is fraught with indecision and poor decision-making. Concussion protocols differ from sport to sport and non-compliance with a sport’s own protocols is a frequent occurrence. If that’s happening at the pro level, what should a youth sports coach with no medical personnel on the sidelines do? Dr. Steve Horwitz explores the importance of communication in concussion prevention and return-to-play decisions.
Although many sport practitioners have claimed the death of periodization over the years, like the zombies from The Walking Dead, periodization refuses to lie down and die. Coach Carl Valle examines the role of periodization in modern sport coaching methods, and makes a case for its continued existence.
Pole vault has a few exceptionally powerful indicators that help coach it successfully. Among these are mid-marks, which are a simple, effective way to predict the success of a jump and provide immediate feedback to your athlete. Coach Noah Kaminsky explains mid-marks and how they will improve your coaching and benefit your athletes.
Elite youth soccer players at developmental academies play nearly year-round, with short breaks June-July and during December. In this article, Coach Ryan Cotter presents RSL Academy’s six-week training program for the off-season, which utilizes Charlie Francis’s “High-Low Approach,” and explains how each element fits into the high-low model.
Whether you are a coach, an endurance athlete, or a power athlete, a good sports watch is a wise investment. Here are five reasons why.
Interested in learning how to use isometric pulls and jump testing to measure maximal force production and address limiting factors in training? In this week’s Freelap Friday Five, Travis Vlantes of the University of Texas discusses practical methods for managing and monitoring training loads while working to develop ballistic force.
These days, it can often seem like sport coaches and strength and conditioning coaches don’t work for the same team. And when these coaches come into conflict, administration tends to side with the sport coach. Coach Kurt Hester has experienced this all too often, and he has developed a strategy to protect himself, and his staff.
Athletes universally need recovery for sports performance, and we must treat recovery with the same respect and effort as the principles of training. Even though the science is in its very early stages, there are some great studies on athletes that are making a difference. These seven principles will help you improve training outcomes while reducing injuries and overtraining.