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August 30, 2019

Encouraging females to embrace strength training

Athletic opportunities for female student-athletes have exponentially increased since the passage of Title IX. In the face of these opportunities is still the stark reality that female student-athletes feel like intruders in the male-dominated athlet...

September 10, 2018

5 training concepts missing from preseason programs

by Adam Menner, contributing writer

Preseason is almost here, which means it’s time to dial in your training. Preseason is the most important time of the year for a basketball player at any level. It’s the time to fine-tune and build upon the hard work you put in during the offseas...

June 14, 2018

7 strategies to avoid offseason overtraining

by Thomas Emma, contributing writer

Overtraining is the enemy of all athletes. It hinders performance and leads to injury. Symptoms include
a noticeable loss in strength and conditioning, increased muscle and joint soreness, lack of enthusiasm for workouts, and insomnia. Basketball ...

May 9, 2018

Strength: Principles to training for explosive power

by Henry Barrera, columnist

There are many parallels between life and training. One of the most fundamental principles in training for athletic performance is the concept of “supercompensation.” This is the process of transformation when you’re training the right way. Th...

April 5, 2018

Fitness made easier with new technology

Coaches want the most from their players during training sessions, but there’s a fine line between maximum effort and overexertion. Cross it, and athletes could be lost to injury. The development of new technology has made lives easier for coaches...

November 16, 2017

Final preparations for the new season

by Henry Barrera, contributing writer

Coaches and players all over the country are diligently working to get ready for the upcoming season. I’m personally entering this year with great anticipation as we’ve continued to refine what we do and how we do it. From a sports performance p...

September 21, 2017

Strength training principles to get players ready for the season

by Henry Barrera

About 25 years ago I was attending a basketball camp at Washington State University. I thought I was pretty good, but that was until I met a man named Kevin Eastman. If you’ve ever been around Eastman, a respected coach and trainer who spent time i...

May 11, 2017

Four principles for offseason basketball training

Another season is in the books, and by now you’ve had time to audit your program, your work and your players. The offseason is where programs create separation between themselves and their rivals. Long before teams cut down the nets next year or pl...

March 27, 2017

Michigan Conditioning with Kim Barnes Arico

Kim Barnes Arico, head women's basketball coach at the University of Michigan, describes one of her conditioning drills at the 2014 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Coaches Clinic in Lansing, Michigan. Note: At...

January 22, 2017

Getting your team playoff ready

In gyms across the country, teams are making one final push to reach their state or national tournaments. As conference play comes to an end and the postseason ramps up, what are you doing to give your team the edge? There are three areas from a per...