Coach Mark Hoover is frustrated by some activities and practices S&C professionals engage in that he believes ultimately undermine the profession as a whole. What are they and how can we change them so that the entire coaching community benefits? Read on.
Looking for some innovative training concepts to apply to softball or any team sport? In this week’s Friday Five, Nancy Newell, a leading performance coach in strength development and softball preparation, explains how to take track and field concepts with strength and conditioning and implement them practically in a team setting.
According to Matt Cooper, a coach and sport scientist, just because you can do a lot of stupid things with proprioception training doesn’t mean that you can’t also use it properly. In this article, he explains how proprioception training, done correctly, can be a game-changer for raising the athletic ceiling.
Many of the groundbreaking methods and technologies we use may reflect not so much a new school of thought, but rather a creative refinement of old ideas in a convenient way. What we do today, however, certainly improves on what we attempted to do in the past.
The handoffs in a 4x100m relay are one area in track and field that requires precision. Coach Brumund-Smith discusses how to use the bang step and other strategies for reliable handoffs. He then takes a comprehensive look at key factors for winning, including lane discipline, stance, passing zones, and drills.
Minimum effective dose comes from the unhealthy fear of overtraining. Athletes who train hard and long will reap more reward, which creates an advantage. Instead of using dose-response all the time, maybe we should move toward the concept of rehearsal for performance and modeling to win more often
Want to know what key principles make up an effective strength and conditioning program? In this week’s Friday Five, Keith Scruggs, a strength and conditioning coach for the University of South Carolina, answers all the vital questions regarding strength and conditioning with elite college athletes.
Whether you are interested in a max effort/velocity testing station, a learn-to-train tool for your physical therapy practice, or a self-spotting rack to ease your mind and allow large groups to train in a smaller setting, the XPT Trainer has the potential to fit your needs. Coach Shane Davenport reviews this piece of equipment and presents some alternative uses for it, in addition to using it to train concentrically.
The pre-meet session provides the final chance to polish an athlete’s technical and mental elements before a competition. Coaches Behm and Hettler discuss how and why coaches and therapists should prepare athletes to improve their competitive performance.
Eccentric flywheels offer rotational athletes more effective and efficient ways to increase club speed safely than the more popular methods many are using. Coach Chris Finn explains the results of his team’s recent study looking for better ways to train golfers and other rotational athletes for performance gains.