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May 18, 2018

Strength program design and exercise progression

There are many complex job functions of a strength coach, such as building programs and progressing exercises. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest challenges a strength coach faces. First and foremost, it’s imperative to have training philoso...


May 14, 2018

Safer Pain Relief Summit coming to Baltimore, Chicago

The Safer Pain Relief Summit, sponsored by Performance Health, is a weekend-long CEU course covering instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, kinesiology taping and therapeutic exercise to restore the human movement system while delivering resea...


May 10, 2018

Sport specialization: Risks, benefits and how coaches can guide athletes

Sport specialization has become a hot topic. At a time when professional athletes are idolized and college scholarships are coveted, some consider it the best way to gain proficiency in a single sport. All coaches should understand the benefits, r...


April 6, 2018

Study: Youth concussions don’t just come from sports

A new study from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that activities children engage in on a daily basis can result in concussions. While the majority of concussions were relate...


March 2, 2018

Eating right during the offseason

A decrease in activity level due to an injury or the offseason can cause an athlete to become concerned about weight gain or muscle loss. I receive numerous inquiries from athletes asking how much they should decrease their dietary intake to avoid...


February 18, 2018

Machinery and mechanisms of speed improvement

Speed training protocols are widely varied and sometimes conflicting. One thing you can be assured of, however, is that they are high on every coach’s priority list. In my early coaching years, I read every piece of speed training literature...


February 14, 2018

Getting athletes the calcium they need

Teenagers are in a critical period of bone development, so be diligent with nutrition Of the 40-plus nutrients required by the human body, calcium takes center stage. While it’s well known that adequate dietary calcium is vital for building st...


February 2, 2018

Poll: Half of parents would discourage kids from football

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that nearly half of parents would discourage their kids from playing football due to concussion concerns. The same poll was conducted in 2014, when 37% of parents said they would steer their kids away ...


January 12, 2018

Psychologically healing injured athletes

Because of the high demands placed on elite athletes, injury is virtually inescapable. With increasing early sport specialization comes a particular vulnerability to developmental and overuse injuries. In 2013, an estimated 27 million athletes be...


January 5, 2018

Study: PE students more prone to concussions than athletes

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine suggests that students in physical education classes are 60 percent more prone to concussions than those who play sports. The study, published in December, ask...