Integrating Safer Tackling Cues in the Weight Room

by Jace A. Derwin, CSCS, RSCC
NSCA Coach April 2014
Vol 3, Issue 2


Integrating weight room cues that are more consistent with those used to reinforce safer tackling techniques on the field may help with athlete retention and buy-in, and prevent potential confusion.

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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 Â»



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Jace Derwin holds a Bachelors degree from Seattle Pacific University in Exercise Science. He has experience in sports science and performance testing ...

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