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Thinking Outside The Box For The Throwing Shoulder

Throwing athletes spend a lot of time on shoulder training. Usually this is done with something like resistance bands. The idea being that the loer stress work of the bands allows for the development of the scapular stabilizers and the rotator cuff muscles to prevent injuries related to throwing.   While many of use traditionally use these exercises, it’s unclear if they are the best way to approach this type of training. In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,...

Getting In Shape For Sports

Metabolic conditioning has been a big buzz word the last few years in the strength and conditioning field. In general, there are three purposes for metabolic conditioning: Getting in shape for the sport: This is what most strength and conditioning coaches are going to think of. In other words, we’re using the training sessions to develop the energy pathways that the athletes will be using in the sport using similar work:rest patterns that the athletes experience in game situations. Getting...

You Don’t Need To Do Everything At Once

As a coach, it’s difficult sometimes to understand that you cannot do everything that you want to with your athletes. There’s never enough time in the day. Good coaches eventually learn to determine what is most important and then prioritize it in training.   This is especially true in the strength and conditioning field. There are so many exercises, tools, and schools of thought that it is difficult to determine what is most important and to prioritize it. For example,...

Speed Training For The Non-Elite Athlete: A Rant

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There’s been a lot over the years about speed and agility tools. Along with the internet has been a proliferation of specialized sports training facilities, experts, translated Soviet-era material, and equipment companies. All of this can leave a coach extremely confused about how to approach speed and agility. This post is going to be controversial in that I’m going to make some recommendations of do’s and do not’s for a coach with regards to speed and agility.   First, let...

A Rant On Accountability And Sports

One of the great values of sports is that they have the potential to teach accountability. This is one of the most difficult things to incorporate into coaching. It’s also one of the things that makes young people quit sports at an early age.   Accountability is extremely important to functioning in the adult world and there are an awful lot of people who don’t have this capability. I can use a lot of adjectives and phrases to describe someone...