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Agility is Important for Sports Performance

I spend a lot of time writing about the fact that agility has to be sport specific. It has to train the athlete to be able to perform movements of the sport, in sports conditions, at a high level. While this is true, there are a number of important foundational abilities that can be developed   This is especially important when taking a holistic look at the training of younger, multi-sport athletes.   For me, these are important foundational abilities for...

What if things don’t work like we think?

Ask anyone in the strength and conditioning field for more than a few minutes about how to develop hypertrophy and they will tell you that athletes need to do sets of 8-12 reps with 70-80% of maximum. Why? Because combine this volume and weight with incomplete recovery and it will cause a short-term increase in testosterone, growth hormone, and other anabolic hormones which, if done enough times, will eventually lead to larger muscle fibers.   Chasing this down in the...

Use Kettlebell Complexes For Warming Up And Station Work

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A strength and conditioning coach, especially one in a team setting where time is very limited, has to be very careful about where to spend his or her athlete’s time. There are a lot of good tools out there that are great supplements in a private performance facility but may not be includable in a team environment due to the size of the team working out and the time limits. Kettlebells are one of those tools that can be difficult...

Baseball Running is Not Running the 100 Meters

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I have taken some heat about speed and sports posts. The crux of these posts is that we have to stop thinking of training hundred meter sprinters when we are training athletes to run fast. While the techniques and training modes of hundred meter sprinters work great for them, focusing solely on these can ignore the needs of athletes.   With that in mind, today’s post is going to look at baseball – specifically the offensive side of baseball and...

An Unorthodox Look at Injury Prevention

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Injury prevention exercises (so called “prehab” exercises) are the rage in strength and conditioning. This is a great approach in a personal training setting or in a high performance facility with a small athlete to coach ratio. This is problematic in a team setting where training time is very limited and there may be 20-100 athletes exercising at one time.   Typically, injury prevention exercises address one of several areas: The shoulder (i.e. rotator cuff strengthening exercises) The lower back...