All strength and conditioning coaches should receive three things from their supervisors: a timely observation, a clear definition of their job, and a comprehensive performance review. Unfortunately, not all S&C practitioners get some, or all, of these things. Coach Bob Alejo examines the importance of all three elements for the protection of the student-athletes, the institution, and the S&C coach.
Drs. Andy Fry and David Szymanski weigh the pros and cons of game-day lifting for baseball players at the high school, college, and pro levels, considering such issues as player position, schedule, season length, physiological factors, overall performance, and more.
Two important issues in the field of athletic performance concern nutritional timing, frequency, and makeup, and creatine supplementation as a protective measure against traumatic brain injury. Power Lift Sport Science Educational Board members and nutrition science experts Shawn Arent and Doug Kalman weigh in on both topics.
Game-day lifting can provide extra nervous system awakening for experienced athletes whose typical profiles don’t require extra volume or additional intensity. For developing athletes, game-day lifts add extra volume and intensity. When you take caution with game-day lifts and also assess your results, your benefits will be fantastic.
In this second part of this virtual Power Lift Strength and Power Development Roundtable, Bob Alejo asks Bryan Mann, Tim Suchomel, and Mike Young to give their input and insights to the question: “How strong is strong enough?”
Bob Alejo convened a virtual roundtable of Power Lift’s Sport Science Educational Board members, and asked them two of strength and conditioning’s biggest questions. In this first part of the Strength and Power Development Roundtable, Paul Comfort, Bryan Mann, Tim Suchomel, and Mike Young discuss how to determine if an athlete has reached a sufficient strength level to switch the focus of training to a different performance quality.
Body composition measurements are impacted by testing protocols, especially changes in body fluid and hydration. In an interview with Bob Alejo, Dr. Jordan Moon explains specific steps we can take to ensure we get accurate data that we can use effectively.
While the fundamental goals for coaching at the pro and college levels are essentially the same, the strategies for achieving these goals can be quite different. Coach Bob Alejo talks about the differences and similarities he found between the two levels of sport, especially as they had to do with strength and conditioning, and the athletes themselves.
Many programs dedicate time to specifically train grip. But just how important is grip strength to athletic performance, and would an athlete have a glaring weakness without it? Coach Bob Alejo looks to his experience, and years of research studies, for the answers.
All too often, debates on social media get heated and personal. Coaches can have educational and enlightening conversations on Twitter and other platforms by highlighting facts over opinions and experience over emotion. Coach Bob Alejo presents what to say and what not to say in an online debate.