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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...

Athletes Need To Squat

A frequent topic of my social media posts deals with the squat exercise and its variations and how important it is for most sports. It’s important because it trains the bulk of the muscles of the lower body to work together, it strengthens the trunk, strengthens the skeleton, allows the athlete to learn how to exert force against the ground, and it’s performed standing up. In addition, it resembles a lot of sports movements.   The downside is that it...

Strength Training And Track And Field

Like most athletes, track and field athletes have strength and conditioning needs that are unique to their sport.  This post will present several principles for the track and field coach/athlete to follow when designing a strength and conditioning program: Athletes need to be strong Many athletes need to minimize weight gains Athletes need to be able to use that strength Eccentric strength is important One-legged strength and power is important   Athletes need to be strong: To a point, all...

Is The FMS Related To Peformance?

The functional movement screen (FMS) has been a hotly debated topic recently for athletic performance. Does it predict injuries? Does performance on the FMS have any predictive values for athletic performance? In the latest issue of the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance, Chapman et al investigate whether there was a relationship between performance on the FMS and track and field performance in elite U.S. track and field athletes. 121 athletes that were part of the U.S. high performance...

Sport Science and Elite Performance

I have been sitting on this article for a while. Greg Wilson, the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, wrote an editorial in the March 2013 journal essentially asking if 40 years of sport science is having an impact on sports performance. The author collected data on several track and field events from 1970 to 2012 (100 meter, 400 meter, 10,000 meter, high jump, long jump, and shot put for both men and women) as...