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Use High Intensity Interval Training For Basketball Success

Basketball has seen an explosion of the use of sport science over the last five years. It’s not unusual for athletes to be using heart rate monitors and GPS trackers to get a sense of how they move in games, how they react to those movements, and to help drive the designing of strength and conditioning programs. While this works great for professional athletes, the technology is frequently out of reach of most coaches.   Basketball is a challenging sport...

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...

The Warm-Up: Important For Improved Performance

Warming up is an important aspect of any practice or workout and it’s also one that is frequently misunderstood. This post will give you some thoughts about how to construct an effective warm-up.   The textbooks divide warm-ups into two phases; a general warm-up and a specific warm-up. For me this is a little constraining. I like to think that a good warm-up has three parts; a rhythmic movement, dynamic flexibility exercises, and event-specific movements.   Rhythmic movement A good...

Medicine Balls: Versatile Tools For Athletic Performance

The medicine ball is a great tool for the strength and conditioning of athletes. It’s extremely versatile, can be used almost anywhere, provides a great deal of variety to an athlete, and can be used to train almost all of the muscles of the body. This article is going to show you how it can be used to develop power, conditioning, and even sport skills.   Power Because medicine balls come in a variety of weights, they are ideal for...

Giving back: a rant

Sports, whether you are a coach or an athlete, are an extremely demanding activity. In fact, it’s consuming! It has to be in order for one to be successful. An athlete practices, travels, and competes. A serious athlete studies the sport, studies opponents as well as his/her own performance, eats for performance, sleeps for performance, etc.   For a coach, it’s even worse. The coach has to be an expert on the aspect of the sport that they coach, they...