Plyometric training has been around for awhile. For the last few decades, explosive lower body efforts have been used to elicit improvements in maximal sprinting velocity in amateur and professional athletes. While this type of training is imperative for high velocity sprinting and long term athletic development in youth sports, there are some very important … More Jump Training for Youth Athletes: Performance & Safety Considerations
Overtraining is one of the new hot topics in youth sports. Like concussions, the majority of the panic stems from two issues: the danger it presents to the athlete and the lack of understanding of the subject matter. Unlike concussions, the sports performance professionals have pretty good handle on overtraining and the symptoms aren’t quite as severe … More Player Burnout: Overreaching and Overtraining in Youth Athletics
Periodization of any kind is a model for your programming based on the length of the program, ultimate goal, and prescribed loads. No matter which model you use, the goal is to improve.
In today’s fast-paced world, sometimes more seems better. Because of the online access to videos and tutorials on exercises and drills, this kind of thinking has made its way into strength and conditioning programming. More conditioning, more reps, taller box, more drills, and more plyos. This couldn’t be further from the truth and, while the other excesses … More Jumping for Sports Performance
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that people experiencing any symptoms of back pain shouldn’t deadlift. Arguments for and against are numerous which begs the question: do you even need to deadlift?
If there’s one thing that CrossFit, P90-X, and various recent fitness trends have done well, it’s reminding a lot of people that yielding positive results from a fitness program is well… hard. It’s supposed to be because for the most part, that’s the way everything works in life. Sure some people win the lottery, cashing … More Exercise vs. Training: Differences and Considerations
Youth sports have exploded over the last 2o years. With greater accessibility to live streaming sports, kids are getting more exposure to all collegiate sports. Kids are dreaming of college athletics at a much earlier age than I was when I played youth sports. With more kids chasing a singular goal, new premiums are placed on skills, playing … More 7 Simple Strategies for Building the Complete Youth Athlete
There’s always debate about which has the better training effect: bilateral training or unilateral. In other words, is working with both legs/arms better than working with just one limb at a time? The answer you get depends on who you talk to. Let’s see what science tells us then draw conclusions from there.
In Part 1, we covered the benefits of a well-rounded stretching program in conjunction with a balanced exercise program. In Part 2, we covered the various techniques and their function related to flexibility. We’ve finally arrived at Part 3, where we’ll tie it all together. Here’s how to get the most out of your workout … More Pre- & Post-Exercise Stretching, Part 3: Programming
In Part 1, we took a look at the benefits of stretching before and after exercise and training sessions. Hopefully it motivated some of you to re-examine your own routines and make sure you’re making enough time to take care of your body. In Part 2, we’re going to take a look at some techniques … More Pre- & Post-Exercise Stretching Part 2: Techniques