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Getting Started with Bands and Chains for Performance

By Carl Valle | Mon, Mar 19

I had never been a huge fan of accommodating resistance, but after a month of testing athletes who performed a full cycle of chain and band work, I am a believer. To me, accommodating resistance was useful for advanced athletes, but now that I have seen it used at the high school and college levels over the last two years, I recommend it for developmental athletes as well.

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Primary Pattern Programming: A Simple System For Better Results

By Charles Staley | Mon, Jan 29

As strength and conditioning coaches, we all need programming strategies that deliver both safety and predictable results in the most efficient manner possible.

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How To Structure Speed and Power Training for Advanced Athletes

By Joel Smith | Mon, Jan 15

“Anything works” when you are dealing with novice athletes.

You can do 5-3-1, Starting Strength, 1x20, Triphasic, Husker Power, APRE, and the list goes on. There are also plenty of vertical jump programs and 40-yard dash workouts that will deliver good results for those who haven’t done much serious training.

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5 Ways To Reduce Injury Risk In Team Sport Training

By Nic Gill | Thu, Dec 21

When it comes to injury prediction and prevention, there is no magic bullet (despite the almost universal acceptance of heart rate variability or HRV monitoring as the oracle for athlete recovery, readiness, and preparedness).

Despite the adoption of such monitoring, players are still getting injured. Every game, every practice session, it seems like you hear of an athlete who’s down for the count and ruled out of an upcoming match...or longer.

The simple yet inconvenient truth is we’re never going to be able to accurately predict all injuries, much less prevent them.

But over the course of working with a range of athletes, I have a few simple guidelines for physical preparation that are important to help reduce injury rates. These tips don’t just apply to rugby, but to players of any sport and at any level.

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8 Landmine Exercises For Athletic Performance

By John Garrish | Thu, Dec 14

As high school strength and conditioning coaches, it’s essential for us to make great use of our time. But in a room that may have 8 to 10 young men or women at each work station (50-60 in total) and sessions ranging anywhere from 15 to 70 minutes long, sometimes that’s easier said than done.

To enhance session density and improve session quality in my programming, we use the many tools our room has to offer to keep our students moving. These tools include the more traditional barbells, racks, platforms, dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, PVC pipe, and more.

One of the less "conventional” tools we place a great emphasis on has gotten some recent well-deserved exploration: the landmine.

The ability to manipulate and master movements in all planes of movement makes the landmine perhaps the most efficient tool we have.

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A Scientific Approach To Building Strength In All Planes Of Motion

By Ryan Leibreich | Mon, Dec 4

We can no longer think and train linearly. Humans were built to move - and that means move in all directions. Sports are becoming more competitive by the day, and I do not want my athletes getting blown by and ending up on the sidelines.

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Crush The Chaos: Here's 10 Tips To Run A Better Large Group Training Session

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Nov 27

Running a training session in a facility full of crazed athletes, crashing weights, and time constraints is not necessarily a walk in the park.

Luckily, I have had the past 5+ years to figure out a flow to help monitor, administer, and effectively train large groups efficiently.

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5 Reasons Every High School Should Hire a Full-Time Strength Coach

By Micah Kurtz | Thu, Nov 16

EDITORS NOTE: This article was co-authored by Micah and Luke Kurtz.

There is no better place to arm young people with the tools to be successful in life than through a training program in the weight room. And there is no better person to faciliate this growth and learning process than a full time, qualified strength and conditioning professional.

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Is Early Sport Specialization As Bad As You Think?

By Mike Robertson | Mon, Nov 13

One of the most heated talking points in our industry today is that of early sport specialization, or ESS. It seems like nowadays everyone and their mother wants to jump on the bandwagon and talk about how ESS is ruining our kids.

And you know what – they’re not totally wrong.

But here’s the thing – I don’t think they’re totally right either.

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Use This Linear Speed Teaching Progression For Game Breaking Acceleration

By Dave Reynolds | Mon, Nov 6

You know that speed kills. And as strength and conditioning professionals, we're always racking our brains trying to get our athletes faster. Here's a four step teaching progression that works wonders for new athletes.

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