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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...

Eccentric Training and Sports Performance: Science Fiction

Eccentric training has been a mainstay of strength and conditioning for awhile. I like to use it with track and field athletes to help them become stronger when they need to be able to maintain their posture (during levering for jumps and throws or during footstrike for sprints). However, it’s possible that this type of training may have more application than that with sports strength and conditioning.   Munger et al conducted a study to determine the impact of eccentric...

Hamstrings and Sprinting: Will Addressing Risk Factors Decrease Injuries?

Coaches that work with athletes that sprint are familiar with hamstring strains, it’s something that plagues sprinting athletes. Over the years a lot of culprits have been investigated. Today, the thinking seems to be that it occurs as the leg is being swung forward and preparing to shift from extending the knee to extending the hip.   With that in mind, the strength of the hamstrings and the ratio of that strength relative to the quadriceps are considered to be...