The Purpose Q: What does an initial athletic assessment do for you as a trainer/coach? A: It gives you initial information. Q: What does assessing an athlete do for you while they are training or competing? A: THE TRUTH! If you think you have all the answers from your assessment on day one, you are […]
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If you have been in the strength and conditioning field for any length of time, you quickly realize there is an influx of new information always coming in. Some of this information causes a quick and immediate call to action. Then all of a sudden, the pendulum of coaching and training drastically swings. Variability training
Below I have listed three of several speed cutting techniques athletes must become proficient at in order to improve performance and reduce injury potential. Let’s Take A Closer Look Cutting is an example of a natural repositioning movement which allows the athletes to quickly use an appropriate angle to change the path of the body.
What’s a Rep? When defining a repetition (rep), we might define it as the completion of an action. The definition describes what a rep is. It doesn’t describe the quality of that rep. As strength coaches, we need to define the quality of what a rep is in order to have a model of movement
It goes without saying, if an athlete is in a better “athletic stance”, then she can generate more power. But, what does it take to get into a better athletic stance? Mobility for Ankle Power A part of an athlete’s body that is often overlooked and lacking mobility is the ankle. The ankles, due to
Off season basketball begins in June and it is now in session. It is paramount that work on the offensive and defensive systems be mastered. Coaches must understand how important it is for their athlete to move better so they must include speed training into each practice. As all coaches know, there isn’t a lot of time
Body Control Have you ever noticed the way certain athletes change their direction or make quick cuts without seemingly changing speeds? It is so fun for me to watch. When I watch some of the top players in their sports; the world cup soccer players who change directions with the ball in an almost magical
Five Tips to a Successful Athletic Assessment and Evaluation There is no doubt that completing various forms of assessment will enlighten you and your athletes to what needs to be addressed. I have listed five key tips to improving your assessment process. Tip #1 Functional Movement Screen If you are not familiar with the Functional
Strength Training For Athletes Should Be About: 1. Safe Productive Strength- It’s not the program. Too many people hang their hat on the type of program they use rather than the goal of providing results. Simple and to the point. 2. Efficiency- Don’t make the program look great on paper but look awful when performed.
Here is How to Have a Successful Sports Practice After years of coaching various sports teams, I have learned a thing or two when designing my practice plan. Here are a few effective tips to help plan out your team’s practice plans. Tip #1 Always alternate between “hard” days and “breakdown” days. In other words,