Tight Hamstrings? It's Not Always About The Hamstrings

Tight Hamstrings? It's Not Always About The Hamstrings

Since the time of Galen and Roman gladiators, stretching has been linked with injury prevention and a sense of benevolence in the realm of sports. It is undeniable that sometimes stretching makes us feel pleasant and helps us relieve some tension that we might feel in various parts of our bodies.

But at the end of the day, what does stretching actually achieve in the grand scheme of things? Should you stretch, if your hamstrings feel tight?

Building A Larger Engine Using the Strength Aerobic Method

Building A Larger Engine Using the Strength Aerobic Method

This week we have a post from Cody Plofker. Cody is a Sports Performance Coach at Parabolic Performance & Rehab in Montclair, NJ,

In this post, Cody shares how he uses the strength aerobic method first mentioned in Verkhoshansky's Special Strength Training: Manuel For Coaches and popularized by Joel Jamieson in Ultimate MMA Conditioning, to enhance the aerobic capacity of his athletes.

Training At The Zoo: An Off-Season Guide to Lifting for College Soccer Players

Training At The Zoo: An Off-Season Guide to Lifting for College Soccer Players

This week we have a post from Sean Muldoon. Sean is a Sports Performance Coach with Men's Soccer at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

In this post, Sean shares his thought process on off-season strength training for collegiate soccer players and some of the principles and cornerstones of the training programs that he used at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Post-Match Recovery Strategies for Soccer Players

Post-Match Recovery Strategies for Soccer Players

This week we have a post from Paul Morgan. Paul is the Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Exeter City Football Club and a PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter researching neuromuscular fatigue.

In this post, Paul shares the recovery methods used by Exeter City, who have a limited budget, to ensure help their players recover for the next game and to hopefully minimize injury rates. 

How Being A Personal Trainer Might Make You A Better Strength Coach

How Being A Personal Trainer Might Make You A Better Strength Coach

Exercise science is a growing major in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Over the last 7 years, it has grown by 34% in the United Kingdom and 50% in the United States. While many graduates aspire to work with athletes, many find themselves unemployed and unable to break into professional athletics or elite sports performance.

Despite this many discount personal training as an avenue to gain the skills and experience necessary to become a better coach and possibly a better candidate for a position in the future.

A Rousing Performance: The Importance of Psychological Arousal in Athletics

A Rousing Performance: The Importance of Psychological Arousal in Athletics

This week we have a guest blog post from Luke Mitchell. Luke is the founder of The Love of Lifting and is currently getting his Master's in Neuroscience.

When it comes to lifting or athletic endeavors many of us do not consider the importance of mental preparation and manipulating arousal levels. After all, is it really that important?

This post seeks to answer that question by looking how psychological arousal potentially affects technical skill, strength, and cognition.

 

Creating a Positive Atmosphere: The Overlooked Component of a Warm Up in Team Sports

Creating a Positive Atmosphere: The Overlooked Component of a Warm Up in Team Sports

This week we have a guest blog post from Adam Sullivan. Adam is the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for Cricket Ireland & recently completed his MSc in Exercise Science & Nutrition from University of Chester.

What are the critical components of a warm up? Tissue preparation? Dynamic stretching? Activation? Elevating body temperature? Neural preparation?

While all of these components may be critical in any warm up, in my opinion another critical, yet overlooked component of the warm up, is atmosphere.

 

Beyond Day-to-Day Variability: How to Use HRV to Understand the Big Picture

Beyond Day-to-Day Variability: How to Use HRV to Understand the Big Picture

This week we have a guest blog post from Marco Altini. Marco is a Data Scientist and the creator of HRV4Training, a mobile platform using advanced signal processing and data analytics to optimize training. 

While HRV is a powerful tool and can be very helpful in better understanding physiological responses to both acute and chronic stressors, interpreting HRV data at the individual level is still challenging. This post covers the latest findings in sports science on the relation between HRV and training.

 

The Importance of Hip Internal Rotation for Acceleration & Deceleration in Athletes

This week we have a guest blog post from Trevor Rappa. Trevor is a New York City performance-based physical therapist with Resilient Physical Therapy based out of Brooklyn Athletic Club.

The ability to accelerate, decelerate, and reaccelerate is a skill that is required of all athletes in field/court sports. This article discusses one of the most under appreciated aspects of this skill; the biomechanics of the pelvis and the influence this has on acceleration and deceleration.

5 Tips to Create a High Performance Culture at Your Soccer Club

5 Tips to Create a High Performance Culture at Your Soccer Club

This week we have a guest blog post from Matthew Said. Matthew is a High Performance Manager at FC11 in Sydney, Australia.

Throughout the strength & conditioning world, there is a common perception that soccer players are weak and hate the weight room. While there is some truth to this in certain organizations, this bias leads to an us vs. them mentality. In this post, Matthew touches upon practical steps to bridge the gap and create a high performance environment at your club.

A Critical Look at Return to Play Protocols in Youth Soccer: Part 2

A Critical Look at Return to Play Protocols in Youth Soccer: Part 2

This week we have the 2nd guest blog post from Taylor Evernden. Taylor is the Head of Sports Science & Conditioning at Calgary Foothills Football Club in Calgary, Canada. He is the also the co-owner of ES S&C/Rehab Services.

Within Part 2 of the two-part blog series, Taylor discusses his suggestions to improve return to play protocols in youth soccer clubs throughout Canada. Unfortunately, it is a very important subject that does not get enough attention.

A Critical Look at Return to Play Protocols in Youth Soccer: Part 1

A Critical Look at Return to Play Protocols in Youth Soccer: Part 1

This week we have a guest blog post from Taylor Evernden. Taylor is the Head of Sports Science & Conditioning at Calgary Foothills Football Club in Calgary, Canada. He is the also the co-owner of ES S&C/Rehab Services.

In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, Taylor discusses his observations & criticisms of return to play protocols in youth soccer throughout Canada. Unfortunately, it is a very important subject that does not get enough attention.

Outdoor Training In Barbados

Outdoor Training In Barbados

In many ways, my first trip to the Caribbean proved to be eye opening and full of adventure. Barbados proved to be the perfect island.

From getting the chance to train the Barbados National Soccer team to enjoying a training session on the beach using odd objects. The trip taught me that enthusiasm and outdoor fun goes a long way in leading a happy and fruitful life. Unfortunately, many of us lose sight of that during our constant grind.

 

The Challenges of Being a High School Strength & Conditioning Coach

The Challenges of Being a High School Strength & Conditioning Coach

This week we have a guest blog post from Edward Miller. Ed is a fantastic strength coach based in Westchester County, NY. He is the founder of The Zone: Strength & Fitness and the Head of Strength & Conditioning at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, New York.

Within this blog post, Ed talks about his experiences being a high school strength & conditioning coach. The road is particularly challenging for those that work with this population. Ed hopes this post helps other HS S&C coaches and leads to a larger discussion of the inherent physical education issues at the high school level in the United States.

Stack.com - Should Athletes Use a Juicing Diet?

Stack.com - Should Athletes Use a Juicing Diet?

We have all heard of the Juicing Diet.  Advocates and companies that promote this diet state that it will help heal your digestive system, "detox" your body of harmful toxins, increase energy, and help you lose weight.  Yet, is this type of diet useful for athletes?  I address this topic in my latest Stack.com article - Should Athletes Use a Juicing Diet?