Real World Strength and Conditioning

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Strength and Conditioning Changes as Athletes Advance

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  Recently I was asked a question via Twitter. The question was about eccentric training with real-world athletes. The question got me thinking about the appropriateness of different tools for different levels of athletes.   When you are looking at athletes, I think athletes broadly fall into two developmental stages with regards to strength and conditioning.  In the first stage, improving strength and conditioning improves athletic abilities and performance.  So, for example, increasing strength has an impact on power expressed on the...

Everything You Wanted To Know About Sprinting

There’s a great deal of focus on speed training and sports these days. Obviously it’s an important factor. Many people (and I was one of them) went to the track and field coaches to learn how to run fast and applied that knowledge to sports training. Over the last few years there’s also been an explosion of “experts” and “research” on this topic.   That said, often we’re trying to reinvent the wheel. I was reminded the other day of...

The “Best” Squat Exercise: A Rant

A few days ago I put a post out on social media about the squat being one of my “must have” exercises in a strength and conditioning program. That brought up a number of questions for me about which type of squat is best. So I thought that would be a great topic for today’s blog to at least share my thoughts on this one.   First, let me get the disclaimer out of the way. I’m not a clinician,...

Hamstring Training Results In Stronger Hamstrings: Is That Enough?

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Hamstring injuries are the bane of sprinting athletes. This is true in almost every sport that requires athletes to sprint. Not only are these injuries disabling, but once you suffer them you are more susceptible to suffering them again. There have been a lot of theories of what causes these injuries; everything from running mechanics, to flexibility, to strength imbalances, to strength levels.   Today the thinking is that it has to due with the eccentric strength of the hamstrings....

Strength and Conditioning for the High Jump, Part II: Applications

The rest of this article will provide a sample strength and conditioning program for a collegiate high jumper. This is a theoretical athlete, though it is based on the kind of program that the author uses. The rest of this article will provide an overview to a high jumper’s event-specific training, discuss how the training year is organized, then provide a sample training program for the collegiate high jumper. Event-specific training Event-specific training for the high jumper focuses on several...