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February 21, 2017

Strength & Conditioning: Tips from the trenches

During the early phase of offseason preparation, the strength training program usually takes priority. The emphasis on training frequency, workout duration, total sets, rep combinations and overall volume tends to be on the high end. When other ac...


February 20, 2017

Strength evaluation and assessment for the new year

The first steps into 2017 have been taken, and with them come time for assessment, reaffirmation and renewed commitment to achieving goals. The day-to-day operation of a strength and conditioning program presents challenges and the need for troubl...


February 16, 2017

VIDEO: Challenges facing young strength/conditioning coaches

Michigan State University strength/conditioning coach and Coach & Athletic Director columnist Ken Mannie spoke at the university's 10th annual Strength and Conditioning Clinic last weekend. During the event, he gave a presentation that focused on...


February 8, 2017

Six common errors made by strength/conditioning coaches

Former Muskego High School (Wisconsin) strength and conditioning coach Mike Nitka spent nearly four decades piecing together the perfect physical education class, maximizing effort from his students while making the most of his abbreviated class peri...


January 20, 2017

Female strength training: Dissecting misconceptions & evaluating strategies

In my early years as a sports coach, and the subsequent years entering the strength and conditioning field, the mainstream culture viewed strength training as a male endeavor. At the time, the social stigma and paucity of disseminated information fed...


January 18, 2017

Oregon strength coach suspended after football players hospitalized

The University of Oregon suspended one of its strength and conditioning coaches Tuesday, days after three football players were hospitalized following offseason conditioning programs. Irele Oderinde was suspended one month without pay and, accordi...


November 28, 2016

Developing size and strength in young athletes

One of the most prominent dilemmas faced by youth and high school coaches is finding safe, proven and productive ways to accelerate the strength levels and physical development of their athletes. The term “hard gainer” is used prolifically by str...


November 18, 2016

NSCA announces 2017 Coach of the Year awards

From the NSCA The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) today announced the recipients of its 2017 Coach of the Year awards. Accepting the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year is the Miami Heat’s Bill Foran, ...


November 14, 2016

Kennedy HS (Iowa) finds athletic success through relationships, culture

The culture that has come to define Kennedy High School’s athletic program is best illustrated by former principal Dr. Mary Wilcynski and her profound memory. The way coaches remember it, prior to each school year Wilcynski would study the enrol...


October 10, 2016

Dangers of early sport specialization

Compared to previous generations, children today are becoming more exposed to year-round, recurring-season participation in a single sport. Parents hope that their children can become sports superstars, and the pressure to play a single sport at youn...