Whether you work in a team gym or a private facility, there are plenty of steps you can take and solutions you can implement to save time—for yourself, other coaches, clients, and/or athletes. Coach Shane Davenport offers up eight hacks for strength and conditioning coaches that have worked well for him.
Do you track your athlete’s body composition? If you do, do you know what to do with the data? In this second conversation between Bob Alejo and Dr. Jordan Moon, they discuss the relationship between body composition and performance, the importance of knowing how to understand and apply body composition measurements, and the value of the body mass index (BMI) for athletes.
Dorman High School strength coach Eric Cash explains how and why they train their athletes using Joe Kenn’s Tier System and Block Zero concepts, which allow for both uniformity in training and variations as needed.
Elite athletes have typically “been there, done that” when it comes to training drills and exercises. Coach Matt Nussbaum makes the case for boxing—and specifically, mittwork—as something new, and relatively risk-free, to develop agility, reaction time, proper breathing technique, and more for coaches to include in their training toolkit.
Eager to design a more robust return to play rehabilitation program? This week’s Friday Five is with Matt Taberner, an internationally recognized rehabilitation expert, who dives into the details of bringing an athlete back from injury and getting them ready for the rigors of the sport.
Sports science can help athletes of all levels reach their potential when used properly. Coach Pickering believes strongly in the power of sports science and writes about how using biomechanics, physiology, and psychology can help athletes reach elite levels.
Strength and conditioning coach Mike Whiteman believes that the timing is one of the most critical parts of long-term athletic development, as is embracing the process instead of fixating on the results. He presents the LTAD model used at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development Academy—a highly refined, nuanced approach that promotes development without devaluing competition and early success.
How did Usain Bolt prepare for one of the greatest performances in sprinting? This exclusive video of Bolt’s warm-up was recorded a decade ago, leading up to his record-breaking 200m race at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
Medium intensity jumps build eccentric jumping capacity while medium-level plyometrics are the best way to increase speed off and into the ground. Speed expert Lee Taft shares his program for progressing jump intensity for mid-level athletes.
While athletes train with an assortment of high-level stressors during the off-season, many coaches and training professionals are apprehensive about including too much high-intensity exercise and development during the in-season. However, based on his experience as a coach, researcher, and therapist, Rob Panariello argues that the application of high-intensity stressors during in-season training may be one of the few advantages remaining in competitive team sports.