A Quarterback-Specific Movement Program

by Mark Kovacs, PhD, CSCS,*D
NSCA Coach April 2019
Vol 5, Issue 4

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The football quarterback (QB) is a unique position in sport. To throw or pass the ball, the QB needs to incorporate nearly every muscle in the body in a very precise sequence to optimally release the ball with the right amount of power, spin, and precision. Specific movement patterns are suggested to optimize the performance of a QB.

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Dr. Kovacs is the CEO of Kovacs Institute, which is a performance sciences institute focused on elite performing individuals and teams. He formally di...

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