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Plan for a Performance Result: “Neg-energy”

Recently a fellow who is the early parts of learning and developing to have as his career the performance training of athletes dropped in to ask me a very good question. He was reading a newspaper article about a basketball skills coach who lives in his area and works with a variety of players. The article had to do with this coach’s work with a professional basketball player a few days before the end of the recent NBA lockout. The article briefly described some of the drills the coach put the athlete through and two drills in particular piqued my young friend’s curiosity. (I had also previously...

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Athletic Performance Training – Food for Thought: Things to Consider When Looking At Pursuing Secondary Performance Training for Your Athletes

You coach a team and feel your athletes could use the benefits of some sort of performance training. What are some basic things you need to consider? In deciding on whether or not to pursue performance training for your team there are several factors and thought lines that you might do well to ponder: Why: The first, most obvious thing to consider is why? Why are you looking for performance training for your team? As a coach, you are of course always looking for ways to help your team improve results – and indeed, on-field results are your bottom line. In this day and age you are bombarded...

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Don’t Neglect to Propriocept!

“Well, I was walking and I heard somebody call my name and when I turned to look back I kind of hit a rise in the concrete on my next step and boom, I wrenched my back!” You’ve likely had a patient gingerly walk into your office with this story or a similar one; the patient “stepped funny” and “wrenched” their back. As a conscientious health-care practitioner you assessed their biomechanical and postural peculiarities, managed their pain, performed the necessary adjustments, perhaps even dutifully prescribed some core strengthening/stabilizing (S/S) exercises, and hopefully after...

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Sport Specialization and an early Age: Is it a good idea?

This article was published in Chill Magazines Dec '11 issue. Recently an acquaintance of mine emailed me a request regarding his two children aged 10 and 12: Could I assess his kids to determine which one sport they should participate in and train for? I gnashed my teeth and sighed to myself; you see, as a sports performance coach for elite, or soon to be elite athletes, I get about 10 such requests per week by parents who seem to want to stream their kids into one and only one sport at an early age. My teeth have become ground to the roots because those requests, while mostly well meaning,...

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Which training type is “best”; perhaps a better question is “why?”

Of late (and really not so ‘of late’), there has been much spirited discussion in regards to which form of training produces the best results. In terms of resistance training, questions abound as to whether Strength and Conditioning coaches should be choosing Olympic lifts as opposed to old-fashion style power lifts, as opposed yet again to exercises which involve lighter, balance-challenging loads that have been grouped in under ‘functional’ training. In the realm of ambulatory training, debate stems from whether to use extended linear training as opposed to multi-directional agility...

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