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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...

The Definitive 400 Meter Race Article

Legendary coach Peter Fortune wrote an excellent article on the 400m event in the April issue of Modern Athlete and Coach. To me this is an extremely important article for anyone that coaches this event or that works with athletes who compete in this event. The article is divided into several sections including looking at energy systems and the 400, psychological factors, technique, race planning, and program design. The author begins by making observations of characteristics that successful 400 meter...

Improving Postural Strength

  What I think of as postural strength is critical to the performance of many sports.  This may be a poor technical name, but to me it involves an ability to maintain posture while transferring force.  For example, when an athlete is sprinting we coach them to maintain their posture while driving the foot into the ground.  In track and field, jumpers lever off one leg which they attempt to accelerate their body through to perform horizontal and vertical jumps. ...

AT&FCA 2013 Coaching Congress Report

I spent the weekend at the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association’s Congress. I was privileged to give three presentations, be part of one panel, and I had the pleasure of going to a lot of informative sessions. There was also one other American speaking at this conference, John Hayes who is a distance coach formerly from the University of Texas. I began by speaking about how strength and conditioning can assist the track and field events. Basically I went...