While athletes typically train for speed, coaches need to see more than speed to identify hurdling and jumping talent. Coach Graham Eaton programs three general drills—the hurdler rain dance, gallop and field frolicker, and standing triple jumps—into warm-ups to both teach the basics of the jumps and hurdles and reach all athletes.
Do sex hormones influence endurance running performance in female long-distance track and field athletes? This literature review identifies key physiological requirements for performance and how they are influenced by sex hormones. It also discusses ethical considerations for hyperandrogenic females in elite long-distance running performance.
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.