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August 18, 2020

What! No Distance Running?

This summer is different because of the coronavirus, so I’m offering some advice to football strength coaches as they resume activities.  Most athletes have had a long layoff from structured, organized training. As schools are allowed to return...


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...


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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March 22, 2019

Powerline: Why all athletes must strengthen the neck

I learned about the importance of training the head and neck musculature early in my career. As a high school coach in the mid-1970s, our staff attended several spring football clinics at Penn State University. Dan Riley, who was the head strength an...


July 18, 2018

Powerline: 5 nutritional tips for training and recovery

The area of sports nutrition is as vital as any component in the organization and administration of a successful strength and conditioning program. At Michigan State University, we’re fortunate to have the professional expertise and services of Rob...


March 15, 2018

Powerline: Staples in strength training

Information overload is the new normal, and we have to deal with it on a daily basis in all aspects of life. The influx of data on safe, productive and sensible strength training is certainly no exception. There’s no dearth of research, suggestions...


January 10, 2018

Powerline: Reminders for the winter strength training program

January marks the beginning of the offseason training program for many fall sports, thus prompting me to offer some suggestions for planning it in this Powerline installment. Depending upon postseason play, many programs start their winter trainin...


December 7, 2017

Powerline: Returning to action after a layoff

There have been some unfortunate incidents involving collegiate student-athletes related to conditioning procedures. Several of these occurrences took place after the athletes returned from an extended break. The return point from a long layoff is...