Improving the Strength and Conditioning Program on a Limited Budget

by Allen Hedrick, MA, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*E
NSCA Coach February 2023
Vol 9, Issue 4

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This article provides a first-hand perspective of different approaches strength and conditioning coaches can take when they need to produce a highly competitive athlete, but their financial resources are limited.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Allen Hedrick retired in 2020 from the role of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo, in Pueblo, CO. Previously, He ...

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