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It May Not Matter What You Train First

Is there a best way to organize an athlete’s training? In other words, should we do plyometrics first because they involve speed and technique? Then, should we follow that with slower strength moves that don’t require the same level of nervous system demands? Or, should we flip that to fatigue the nervous system by doing the slow strength moves first and then requiring it to perform something explosive?   Kobal et al have a really fascinating study that seeks to...

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...

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...

Do We Even Need To Train Agility?

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Are speed, power, and agility different physical abilities? If they are, do they need to be tested and trained with different exercises? Does this change with different levels of athletes? In other words, are younger athletes more general than more elite and experienced athletes?   Negra et al published a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that attempted to answer some of these questions with younger athletes. In their study they examined almost 190 Tunisian soccer and...

Foam Rolling: Still No Smoking Gun

Foam rolling has been around for a number of years now. It’s credited with getting rid of training-related adhesions in the muscles, increasing blood flow, and improving both recovery and performance. It’s unclear if foam rolling has this type of impact, however.   Behara and Jacobon, in a 2017 article in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, had a study that compared the effects of deep tissue foam rolling, dynamic stretching, and no intervention on measures of lower body...