Unintended Consequences of Too Much Discipline

by Clayton Kuklick, MA, PhD, CSCS and Brian T. Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
NSCA Coach December 2018
Vol 5, Issue 3

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This article reviews the day-to-day operations of a strength and conditioning coach in the collegiate setting and identifies key factors that affect common coaching practices and athletic performance. Development of a dominant coaching style in controlling time, space, flow, and efficiency is examined to avoid problems and unintended negative consequences.

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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