3 Rules for Testing Your Athletes

3 Rules for Testing Your Athletes

Testing your athletes is crucial for implementing a successful strength and conditioning program. After all, how else will you know if your program is working?! But to obtain the most accurate and objective data, there are a few important rules to follow. Coach Christye explains the 3 most important rules to remember when testing your athletes, to help you get the most out of your data.

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Should Early Workouts be Banned for High School Athletes?

Should Early Workouts be Banned for High School Athletes?

The NCAA recently passed legislation prohibiting coaches from scheduling early morning workouts for D1 collegiate athletes. But what about high school athletes? In this article, Volt Advisory Board member and veteran high school strength coach Mike Nitka and I discuss the pros and cons of early morning training for teen athletes—and how it may be doing athletes more harm than good.

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The Reality of Strength and Conditioning

The Reality of Strength and Conditioning

Are you a new strength coach, or planning to become one? Doug Berninger, M.Ed., CSCS,*D, RSCC, USAW-ASPC has been there—and now he’s sharing his expertise in a brand-new ebook written just for coaches! From nailing your resume to the day-to-day duties of weight room life, The Reality of Strength and Conditioning: Expectations for New Coaches offers invaluable advice for coaches who want to start their careers off right.

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Understanding Your Athletes, Part 3: The Final 5 Articles

Understanding Your Athletes, Part 3: The Final 5 Articles

In the final installment of Dr. G's 3-part series on Understanding Your Athletes, he offers 5 must-read articles on the sociology of coaching - PLUS some super bonus content you won't want to miss! Brian Gearity, Ph.D., directs the Sport Coaching Master's Program at the University of Denver, is a self-proclaimed "scholar-coach," and might just have the dryest, most sarcastic writing style you'll ever see from a Ph.D.

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The Ultimate Guide to Football Strength Training

The Ultimate Guide to Football Strength Training

Champions are built in the off-season—which is why our Sport Performance team has created the ultimate guide to designing a comprehensive off-season football training program. The guide lays out how strength and conditioning professionals create research-based, periodized, and effective training programs for football athletes, step by step. Best of all? It’s free to download!

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Understanding Your Athletes, Part 2: Breaking Down the First 5 Articles

Understanding Your Athletes, Part 2: Breaking Down the First 5 Articles

Recently, Brian Gearity, Ph.D., Director of the Sport Coaching Master's Program at the University of Denver, shared his top 10 must-read sociology articles for coaches. In Part 2 of his 3-part series, he breaks down in more detail 5 of those articles and provides commentary to stimulate further thought and dialogue. 

 

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Performance Killers: Not Managing Athletes' Arousal Levels

Performance Killers: Not Managing Athletes' Arousal Levels

Ever wondered why your athletes play great one half, and poorly the next? Or why they score 10 points one game, and 30 points the next? Consistency has a lot to do with your athletes' "arousal level," a measure of their internal energy level (or butterflies). Guest author Lindsey Wilson of Positive Performance explains how to quantify arousal level and use it to help your athletes perform better, and more consistently.

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3 Techniques to Help Teams and Athletes Get Ready to Compete

3 Techniques to Help Teams and Athletes Get Ready to Compete

Sometimes, mental preparation can be just as important for your athletes' success as their physical preparation. Guest author Lindsey Wilson of Positive Performance shares 3 easy techniques coaches can use to help their athletes get ready to compete at their highest level.

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The Vital Importance of In-Season Training

The Vital Importance of In-Season Training

Stopping your training in-season is kind of like playing Super Mario Bros., getting to the final boss, then shutting off your Super Nintendo: you lose your progress! There's a lot more to it than that, but the importance of in-season strength and conditioning cannot be understated. Guest author and strength coach Doug Berninger tells us why in-season training helps athletes prevent injuries and perform at their best—and why coaches MUST make it a priority.

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