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June 19, 2020

Powerline: Dangerous Dog Days for Student-Athletes

As I’m writing this column for the June publication, no one is sure when training athletes will resume at colleges and high schools. When schools take the locks off weight rooms and training does resume, strength coaches need to be especially caref...


June 19, 2020

Climate Control: Handling Heat Acclimation in Athletes

The entire sports world hopes and prays for a return to normalcy by the Autumn of 2020 following a spring and summer rife with cancellations and disappointments. A return to the former status quo would mean that fall athletes will be gearing up for t...


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June 18, 2020

Brain Game: Using Data To Prevent Concussions in Athletes

There was a time in the early to mid-2000s where ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, hosted a weekly segment on its Sunday NFL Countdown program under the title ‘Jacked Up!’. The premise for ‘Jacked Up!’ was fairly simple: compile the week...


June 16, 2020

Six Ways Coaches Can Promote Long-Term Athletic Development

Research shows that kids begin sports earlier and specialize in sports sooner than they did in the past. The trend toward earlier specialization may improve sports skills in the short-term, but it is not leading to better long-term athletic developme...


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April 1, 2020

Cape Cod schools stay connected during self quarantine

While schools are out of session amid the coronavirus outbreak, schools on Cape Cod, MA, are staying connected by participating in virtual challenges via social media. Spring sports may be put on hold until May 4 at the earliest in Massachusetts, ...


Michigan State athletes running
February 4, 2020

Powerline: Health & safety in conditioning programs

[caption id="attachment_28677" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Photos: Ken Mannie[/caption] Without question, the top priorities in athletics are the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes. This responsibility is shared by administrator...


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January 16, 2020

Quality of Movement: Strength coaches placing more emphasis on mobility

[caption id="attachment_28546" align="aligncenter" width="492"] Photos: Hewitt Tomlin[/caption] Breathing, movement and quality of life are essential to the human experience. From salespeople to construction workers, movement is an essential part of...


January 14, 2020

Joel Raether named NSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year

Colorado Springs, CO — The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce that Coach Joel Raether has been selected as the NSCA’s Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for 2020. Coach Raether become...


November 1, 2019

The NeckX® Story: How a tool designed for fighter pilots is also benefiting athletes

{Sponsored} Much like how a soccer ball exerts an extreme amount of force on the neck when student-athletes head the ball, fighter pilots endure extreme forces on their necks throughout the duration of their time in the sky. As much as 90% of figh...


August 28, 2019

Building the best strength program with the right coach

Strength and conditioning is a greater focus in high schools today, as more coaches have learned its value to athletics. Darnell Clark, director of strength and conditioning at Charlotte Country Day School in North Carolina, has been at his job fo...