Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears and reconstruction are very common in the world of athletics. Either you know of someone who has had their ACL reconstructed or you have yourself. (Prior to being a physical therapist, I had mine reconstructed TWICE!)Read More >
A three-part series dedicated to the discussion of long-term athletic development for athletes and coaches. Athletes and new lifters are often beingpushed too hard, too fast. What actually goes into training, coaching, and developing an athlete or lifter from young/novice trainee to a superstar?Read More >
If you are spending all your time training straight line speed, you aren’t trying to get fast...
...unless of course, you are a track athlete. Then, by all means, continue.
But, if you are in every other sport where running speed is a major component of your competition, you need to reconsider your approach.Read More >
All strength coaches, whether in the private sector, high school, college, or professional level, have been asked the following question at some point…
“Do you do sport-specific training?”Read More >
Summer conditioning for football and other fall sports (especially down south where the weather forecast is usually the same day in and day out—hazy, humid, and 90+ degrees) can be a strength and conditioning coach’s worst nightmare.Read More >
There's a huge need for educated strength and conditioning professionals more now than ever. In the last decade we’ve seen more young athletes dedicate themselves to one sport year round, and with year round competition comes increased injury risk.Read More >
One of the fundamental tenants of training is the concept: “transfer of training.” That means to what degree (if any) is training transferring to improvements in competition. Though there are a multitude of reasons why training may or may not be transferring to the field, below I have outlined 12 common reasons.
Before we get started on those specific reasons, sport science researchers Siff and Verkhoshansky describe in detail the "principle of dynamic correspondence" in their book Supertraining. This principle is central to the issue of transferring strength training to continued improvement in sporting performance.Read More >
Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. The question is...how do we optimally train it?Read More >
When I began training athletes from my parents' garage, their backyard, and the local playgrounds, describing the “methods” I implemented as “raw” would be an understatement. It was free weights, stones, bodyweight, hill sprints, jumps, tree logs…Read More >
I have the unique perspective of coaching at a collegiate level (15 years) and high school level (3 years). With this experience, I have worked with many young men who played or want to play at the collegiate level. One of the things that excited me about making the transition to the high school level was the ability to positively affect young men before they got to college.Read More >