Developing Linemen from the Ground Up

by Patrick McHenry, MA,CSCSD
NSCA Coach February 2019
Vol 4, Issue 5

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Linemen often do not get the same attention of the skill positions like a quarterback or wide receiver. However offensive and defensive linemen can control much of a football game's tempo and outcome. This article goes over key areas to develop a well-rounded program for football linemen.

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Patrick McHenry is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, CO. In 2003, McHenry was the Regional Strength ...

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