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August 4, 2015

NCAA Division II considering certification of strength coaches

NCAA Division II strength and conditioning coaches would be required to obtain national certification under recommendations from the division's Management Council. The Management Council last week recommended that the Presidents Council adopt th...


July 26, 2015

Strength & conditioning experts offer their best tips (part 2)

Click here to read part 1 New equipment At the high school level, it can be quite the process to get approval for a new piece of equipment for the weight room. With tight budgets, sometimes you need to make a comprehensive argument as to why this e...


July 26, 2015

Strength and conditioning experts offer their best tips

Strength and conditioning programs at the high-school level vary greatly from wealthy districts that can afford some of the best equipment and top coaches to the less-affluent areas, where old equipment is cherished and coaches may have less expe...


July 6, 2015

Establishing standards and leadership in the weight room

It would not take a great deal of evaluation to determine that most of your athletes’ time is spent training for their respective sports. Much of this time is spent in the weight room with teammates and coaches, thus creating an environment and opp...


July 2, 2015

Soft-tissue therapy for athletes

Injury prevention isn’t all about knee braces and shin guards. Athletic programs are exploring all avenues when it comes to keeping players healthy, and soft tissue mobilization is among those gaining popularity. For coaches that don’t have fo...


June 29, 2015

Drills, exercises to help athletes across multiple sports

For many sports, it’s now time to plan your offseason development program. Your goal is to design a program that directs you toward your fall goals. When designing your offseason performance program, for example, basketball players want to inclu...


June 11, 2015

The science of altitude training

The practice of training at an altitude is well-known among coaches and athletes, particularly elite athletes. The enhancement of performance, often at sea level, is the main goal for athletes training at an altitude. This is also called “hypoxic...


June 8, 2015

Conditioning for volleyball players

In volleyball, maintaining quickness and power during a rally or set and throughout an entire match is vital to maximize performance. The average rally in Division I NCAA women’s volleyball lasts 13 seconds, but rallies commonly last 30 seconds and...


June 1, 2015

Powerline: Fueling for training and competition

Fueling the body and mind helps student-athletes perform optimally in the classroom, the weight room and in competition. Here at Michigan State, our strength/conditioning, sports medicine and sports nutrition staffs work in concert to provide ...


May 18, 2015

Powerline: A Spartan approach to progressive overload

Progressive overload is more than just a catch phrase in strength training. It is a vital criterion that embodies the very essence of a strength training program and is the ultimate catalyst for the physical improvement that everyone expects to accru...