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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...


January 10, 2018

Powerline: Reminders for the winter strength training program

January marks the beginning of the offseason training program for many fall sports, thus prompting me to offer some suggestions for planning it in this Powerline installment. Depending upon postseason play, many programs start their winter trainin...


December 18, 2017

New Year’s resolutions for your strength program

January usually ushers-in the beginning of the offseason strength and conditioning program for a host of sports. Preparation for this crucial period forces coaches to evaluate what they’ve done in the past, discuss implementing some new ideas t...


December 14, 2017

Powerline: Getting strong on limited time

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="134"] Ken Mannie[/caption] The most prevalent stressor that high school coaches relay to me regarding the organization and implementation of a year-round strength-training program is time constraints. High s...


December 11, 2017

Using the Functional Movement Screen to assess athletic ability

Over the last few years, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) has become a popular clinical tool in the athletic industry. Physical therapist Gray Cook and athletic trainer Lee Burton designed it to capture fundamental movement and identify movement ...


December 7, 2017

Powerline: Returning to action after a layoff

There have been some unfortunate incidents involving collegiate student-athletes related to conditioning procedures. Several of these occurrences took place after the athletes returned from an extended break. The return point from a long layoff is...


December 6, 2017

NSCA announces 2018 Coach of the Year awards

Colorado Springs, Colorado — Strength and conditioning coaches from across the nation will converge at the NSCA’s Coaches Conference on Jan. 4 to discover cutting-edge research and practical applications in strength and conditioning, presented b...


November 20, 2017

Fundraising for the dream weight room

Jordan Schumaker remembers his coaching staff’s first request last year when he became the athletic director at Butler (Ohio) High School. “We need to do something in regards to the weight room,” the coaches told him. The school already h...


October 10, 2017

Implementing variety in metabolic conditioning protocols

While year-round conditioning is vital to the growth and development of athletes, it can be mentally and physically taxing. In addition to proper rest, recovery and rejuvenation strategies, implementing variety can reduce some of the mental tedium as...


September 14, 2017

SportsMed: Minimizing back injury risks in the weight room

Weight training programs should result in reduction of injury-risk, along with gains in muscle strength, power, endurance and improvement in sport performance. But weight training can cause injury, with the low back being particularly vulnerab...