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athlete nutrition

September 8, 2014

Nutritional Value: Making breakfast a priority

If your athletes had one habit they could change to improve their health and athletic performances, what would it be? Coaches who answer “eat breakfast every morning” are off to a winning start. Eating breakfast is key to an athlete’s health...


August 23, 2014

Ken Mannie’s mailbag: Answering questions from coaches

It’s time once again to reach into the mailbag and scan my email for some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received from coaches. There were a lot of great questions that require some lengthy discussion, and I’ve picked a few that...


May 16, 2014

Nutritional Value: Fueling athletes for game day

The day of a match, game or meet can be hectic and full of unknowns. Athletes have plenty of variables to deal with, so it’s senseless for food choices and eating habits to become another source of stress. Educate athletes to base food and bever...


March 11, 2010

Spartan 300 Training

Long before the release of Warner Brothers’ blockbuster movie, 300, I came across an article chronicling the extremely challenging and brutally intense training regimen the actors endured prior to filming.Through six months of workout sessions ...


February 3, 2010

Training Days

Perhaps the basic responsibility of the strength coach is to sift through his sources of strength-training information and develop a day-to-day program of the exercises that best fit his athletes.The proliferation of professional organizations, the c...


February 3, 2010

Spartan Rotation

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 &...


February 3, 2010

Sliding into a Strong Core

Core training is one of the current strength and conditioning trends that has launched a multitude of diverse applications and filled the pages of equipment catalogues with a wide array of assistive paraphernalia.Practitioners no longer treat the "ab...


February 3, 2010

Organizing and Administering Football’s Off-Season Program

Stay competitiveThe advent of the New Year means it’s time for football coaches to formulate and implement their off-season programs.Many high school coaches are already well into their winter workouts and taking advantage of this critical time...