Cultivating Confidence with NBA Strength Coach Bill Burgos

Cultivating Confidence with NBA Strength Coach Bill Burgos

Confidence is key when working with athletes, and no one knows this better than the Head of Strength & Conditioning at the Orlando Magic, Bill Burgos, MS, CSCS, RSCC. In this exclusive article, Coach Burgos shares why he thinks confidence is the most important attribute a coach can possess—and what you can do to attain it. Special thanks to our partners at the National Basketball Strength & Conditioning Association (NBSCA) bringing this content to the Volt Family.

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The NSCA Foundations of Coaching Lifts Course, Powered by Volt

The NSCA Foundations of Coaching Lifts Course, Powered by Volt

Volt is proud to power the National Strength and Conditioning Association's new hands-on course for coaches: The Foundations of Coaching Lifts Course. This course is designed to equip coaches with the practical tools they need to properly coach athletes in foundational weightlifting movements. Scott Caulfield, Coaching Education Manager and Head Strength Coach at the NSCA, shares details on the course—and how Volt Family coaches can receive a 50% discount on registration!

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LTAD Part 1: Definition and History

LTAD Part 1: Definition and History

What is the purpose of youth sports? Are we trying to produce 8-year-old city champions—or healthy, active adults who can give back to the game? Volt's Head of Sport Science, Joe Eisenmann, kicks off his series on long-term-athlete-development (LTAD) in this new article, which unpacks the definition of athleticism and the history of athlete development—from Ancient Sparta to JFK's America to today.

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How to Get Your Athletes to Buy in to Recovery

How to Get Your Athletes to Buy in to Recovery

For athletes, "going hard" is usually pretty easy. Whether it's a heavy lift or tough conditioning session, most athletes will face difficult challenges head-on and attack them with gusto. So then why is it so hard to get athletes to "go easy" on recovery days? Coach Christye shares an easy analogy to help your athletes understand the importance of recovery-focused training sessions, and explains why "sweat equity" culture can actually hinder performance.

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The Science of the NFL Combine: What High School Coaches Should Know

The Science of the NFL Combine: What High School Coaches Should Know

Every February, 300 or so of the country's best college football athletes gather in Indianapolis to participate in the NFL Combine: essentially a job interview consisting of a battery of physical, medical, and psychological tests in advance of the NFL draft. So what does the Combine measure? How do those measurements correlate to on-field performance? And—most importantly—should high school coaches test their players the same way? Volt's Head of Sport Science, Dr. Joe Eisenmann, unpacks the research and takes a hard look at the purpose of testing, asking: are we measuring what really matters?

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It's Not About the Squat: Lessons from an NBA Strength Coach

It's Not About the Squat: Lessons from an NBA Strength Coach

Lifting weights won’t automatically make you an elite athlete, but it can enhance your ability to compete at your sport. In other words, it’s not about the squat—but what the squat can do for your game. No one knows this better than Hall of Fame NBA strength coach, Bill Foran. Coach Foran, now in his 30th season as strength coach for the Miami Heat, recalls training the Heat’s first-ever draft pick—and how he learned to teach athletes that it’s not about the squat. We’ve teamed up with the National Basketball Strength & Conditioning Association (NBSCA) to bring this exclusive interview with Coach Foran to the Volt Family.

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Long-Term Athlete Development: From Cradle to Grave with Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Long-Term Athlete Development: From Cradle to Grave with Dr. Joe Eisenmann

How should we be training young athletes? Issues around youth fitness and sports—like whether early specialization in a single sport is beneficial for young athletes—are becoming more prominent. That's why we're excited to team up with Volt's new Head of Sport Science, Joe Eisenmann, PhD, to address these topics in an article series on long-term athlete development, or LTAD. In this initial article, Dr. Eisenmann outlines his approach on "cradle-to-grave" physical development, and why parents and coaches should pay attention.

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A Critical Time for the Future of Youth Football

A Critical Time for the Future of Youth Football

Many consider it America’s game. But in the past few years, the heat has been turned up on the topic of safety in football. As the "concussion crisis" of the NFL trickles down to the youth level, parents and coaches want to know: should young athletes play football? Volt's Head of Sport Science, Dr. Joe Eisenmann, provides an educational context for tackling these topics responsibly.

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Uniform vs. Unified: How to Approach S&C for Your Entire Athletic Department

Uniform vs. Unified: How to Approach S&C for Your Entire Athletic Department

Providing quality strength and conditioning to an entire athletic department is no easy feat. Unfortunately, many departments take a uniform approach, either giving all athletes the same program or prioritizing just one sport. But we believe a unified approach, one that gives all athletes access to appropriate training for their sport or sports, is the best way to help your athletes stay healthy, perform better, and thrive. Read on to learn 3 reasons why all athletic directors should take a unified approach to strength and conditioning for their athletes.

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