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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...

Soccer Speed: Small Sided Games May Not Be Enough

  Soccer is a sport that involves a lot of repeated sprints at various intensities during a match. With that in mind, coaches are very interested in the most effective ways to train soccer players. In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Djaoui et al have a really interesting study that looks at the maximum speed demands of soccer players in both matches and in small sided games.   Small sided games are a conditioning tool used in several...

Hamstring Training: Sometimes Old Favorites are Better

Hamstring injuries are an issue with athletes that have to sprint, which is most of them. With that in mind, strength and conditioning professionals are always searching for better ways to train these muscles in order to help prevent these injuries.   In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Rey et al conducted a study looking at the effectiveness of two bodyweight hamstring exercises on hamstring fitness. The authors studied three junior elite soccer teams (average age around 17...

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...

Hamstring Muscles Are Different After Injury

Hamstring strains are a fact of life for athletes who sprint in their sport. There are a lot of factors behind this, but one of the biggest is possible a lack of strength in the lengthened position – particular when the athlete is using the hamstrings to extend the hip and the hip is uncoupling from the hip. In other words, during the time when the hamstrings are shortening to drive the foot toward the ground they are also working...