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April 1, 2015

Video: Coaching, mentoring and leadership in the weight room

In February, Michigan State University hosted a strength and conditioning clinic that offered some great insight for those in the team sports industry. Ken Mannie, head strength and conditioning coach at MSU and Coach & Athletic Director colu...


March 12, 2015

Maximizing your weight room

How schools are turning to multi-use equipment to get the best workout When it came time for Georgia Tech to upgrade its weight room, John Sisk wasn’t going to waste the opportunity. The university’s director of player development had redone ...


February 19, 2015

Powerline: Establishing power points in offseason programs

With many athletic programs in the midst of their offseason programs, this is a prime opportunity to discuss one of the critical components of physical training: power development. Coaches across the country are working diligently with their athle...


February 12, 2015

Dry land programs for swimmers

Not every swimming program is fortunate enough to have its own pool, and that forces coaches to find innovative ways to train their athletes without stepping in the water. Because so many teams have been forced to adapt, coaches across the country...


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January 20, 2015

Track & Field: Coaching your jumpers

9 competitive tips to keep your athletes fully prepared The long and triple jumps can be incredibly difficult to prepare for, especially for athletes who may not be accustomed to the event. Because it’s so different from other track and field comp...


January 20, 2015

Powerline: Addressing agility and skill specificity year-round

Change of direction (COD) is not only inherent in just about every athletic endeavor; it is viewed by many as one of the most important movement constituents in physical development. As vital as straight-line speed may be, very few sports — with tr...


December 30, 2014

The ‘Spartan Rotation’ conditioning workout

Coaches are always searching for conditioning drills that fit the specific needs of their sport while concurrently adding enough variety to keep things interesting and challenging. This is especially true when dealing with “anaerobic” or “power...


December 12, 2014

Powerline: Gaining size and speed

We recently hosted our annual strength and conditioning clinic here at Michigan State, and the topic I addressed was that of efficient methods for increasing muscular size and strength. Without fail, it's the most asked question crossing my de...


November 29, 2014

Powerline: Tackling 2014’s biggest strength training questions

I’ve always enjoyed the ongoing interaction with Coach & Athletic Director readers over the past 15 years; it’s proved to be a great forum for the exchange of information. The opportunity to share ideas in this field — and to learn so many ...


October 3, 2014

Powerline: Understanding eccentrics

The positive effects of negative training for advanced trainees Most conventional strength training movements, regardless of the chosen modality, entail both concentric (raising) and eccentric (lowering) phases. Also known as positive (raising) and ...