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Teams Win Championships: A Case Study

Players win games, teams win championships. To me that phrase means that individuals have great statistics in sports, but it takes a group of people working together in order to achieve greatness when faced with other groups of people that want to accomplish the same thing. Two seasons with one of my basketball teams were a great study in this. The same players were on both teams, but in 2016 the team lost every game and finished last. In 2017...

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...

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...

Athletes Have To Be Able To Stop

As we’ve covered in other posts, some of the techniques of a track and field athlete are appropriate to the training of non-track and field athletes, the challenge is that a non-track and field athlete have needs beyond just running in a straight line or around a track. One of those needs is the ability to stop. Being able to stop when it is needed is an important skill because it allows the athlete to be where they are needed,...