Saving Our National Pastime

Saving Our National Pastime

Somewhere across America, an early-maturing 12U All-Star is pitching in his third game in two days for his second team. Elsewhere, in an operating room, an orthopedic surgeon performs Tommy John surgery on a 16-year-old. Our national pastime is facing some challenges — but luckily, USA Baseball is implementing a Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan to combat them. Volt’s Head of Sport Science, Joe Eisenmann, PhD, takes us through USA Baseball’s model for developing athletes and discusses potential solutions to the challenges facing America’s game.

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Life in the NBA: Damaged Goods and Youth Training Habits

Life in the NBA: Damaged Goods and Youth Training Habits

Life in the NBA is a grind. And with athletes playing for 9 to 10 months straight—or even longer, if they make the Playoffs—it’s not surprising that the NBA is plagued by an injury epidemic. A $350-million-per-year epidemic. Volt’s Head of Sports Science, Joe Eisenmann, PhD, addresses the underlying causes behind this influx of injuries and asks: What if it’s related to how youth basketball is structured in the U.S.? Read on to learn more about the state of youth basketball in America, and how several organizations are working diligently to turn it around.

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The NBA Combine, Correlation, and Tryouts: Individuality Matters!

The NBA Combine, Correlation, and Tryouts: Individuality Matters!

Each May, the NBA invites top college basketball players to participate in their annual Combine, a series of physical measurements and athletic tests that can help determine a player’s fate in the NBA Draft in June. But combine performance doesn’t necessarily correlate to performance in the NBA (just look at Kevin Durant’s failed combine bench press attempt!). Breaking down the research on the validity of the NBA Combine, Joe Eisenmann, PhD, examines the statistical concept of correlation and how it relates to combine testing, and shares some valuable lessons for coaches about tryouts at the youth and high school levels.

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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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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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4 Recovery Tips for Optimal Performance

4 Recovery Tips for Optimal Performance

We all know that lounging around on the couch is the best way to recover from a training session or sporting event, right? WRONG! In fact, if you've been consistently working hard but not getting the results you want, you should consider spending as much effort recovering as you do training. Here are 4 quick tips to help you optimize your recovery so you can attack your next session.

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3 Performance Habits You Need To Do Daily

3 Performance Habits You Need To Do Daily

It's sometimes easy to find good reasons to take some time away from training. But vacation or your daily routine doesn’t have to derail your athletic performance. To get the most out of your down time without allowing your performance to slip too far off-track, practice good habits that can help you get a head start after the holidays. Prevent poor performance on the field with these 3 good habits that help keep your body finely tuned—even when you’re on break.

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