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August 25, 2013

Agility drills for any sport

Baseball is the focus, but these drills fit into what a coach of almost any sport wants to accomplish with players By John Weber & Chris Stocker, Purdue University North Central, Westville, Indiana Baseball is an explosive sport. When we trai...

May 30, 2013

Teaching athletes to use the sprinter’s block

Here are some important teaching points for athletes using the sprinter's block. Block settings & foot placement • Most blocks force a narrow stance, so keep the feet in line with hips. Keep heels straight in line — no duck feet. [captio...

May 2, 2013

Recovery tips after a tough workout or game

A frequently asked question I receive revolves around the crucial topic of post-exercise (or game) recovery. The following are four of our most important suggestions. 1. Cool down gradually.  This simply refers to slowing down gradually after a...

April 4, 2013

Powerline: Guidelines for spotters in the weight room

[caption id="attachment_25997" align="alignright" width="308"] Photo: Ken Mannie[/caption] One of the most underestimated and underrated components of a successful strength-training program is the role of the training partner or spotter. Here a...

March 4, 2013

Powerline: Exploring introductory intervals

The cold, blustery days of winter mark the offseason period for most fall sports, and also usher-in the strength and conditioning programs that are so vital to physical development. Depending on the playoff or bowl picture for high schools and col...

January 15, 2013

Powerline: Putting the finishing touches on your workouts

Institute the 'one more rep' mentality to push athletes to safely overachieve Powerline always has been devoted to disseminating safe, useful, productive and efficient information across a broad spectrum of physical training components. This include...

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October 5, 2012

Five points of emphasis for any successful strength program

Keep your athletes safe, healthy and improving with these ideas It's time to present some of the cornerstone points of emphasis for any strength and conditioning program. These points represent a combination of both technical tips and safety conside...

September 26, 2012

Productive practices start with a purposeful warmup

All sports are better served by preparing the body and mind for movement Prior to beginning any workout, practice or game, it's important that players go through a proper warmup. Jumping right into a high-intensity activity may increase the chan...

September 22, 2012

Powerline: Increase volume with multiple-set applications

In past Powerline installments, I have discussed the issues, benefits and possible pitfalls of varying set prescriptions per exercise and total volume in a given strength training routine. Many of the inquiries I receive from Coach & Athletic Dir...

September 22, 2012

Worth The Weight

Indiana University spent years training student-athletes in outdated facilities, but now its strength and conditioning center is among the nation's best. Recruits touring Indiana University's campus prior to 2009 may have a hazy recollection of the ...