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Strategies To Increase Strength

Strength is an important ability for athletes. Strength is necessary for sprinting, agility, throwing, hitting, kicking, and jumping.  It’s a frequent topic of mine with social media because a lot of people have been conditioned to think about according to the old periodization texts.   In those texts, you spend the bulk of the year developing hypertrophy and gradually transitioning to maximal strength training. You may spend 4-8 weeks of the year with maximal strength training, then you focus on...

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...