NSCA Coach 5.4 - Special Football Issue

We have enlisted some of the top experts in football strength and conditioning to bring you this special issue of the NSCA Coach.

The issue begins at the start of the journey towards the scholastic and professional levels with an overview of long-term athletic development as it applies to American football at the youth level. The next two articles deal with speed and energy system development. Following these articles, the tools for and importance of monitoring training loads is covered. This is followed by three sets of articles paired on a theme – one on the position-specific training of quarterbacks and linemen, the second on body composition and nutrition, and third set on injury prevention and return to play. The issue concludes with an article on enhancing movement skill and an account of preparing for the NFL Combine.

NSCA Coach 5.4

Table of Contents  

06|  From Flag to Friday Night – Long-Term Athlete Development in Youth American Football by Joe Eisenmann and Clive Brewer
14| The Need for Speed – Improving Sprinting Performance in Football Players by Ken Clark
24| Bioenergetic Demands of American Football – Considerations for Developing a Preparatory Conditioning Program by Jace Derwin
30| Monitoring Training Load in American Football by Andrew Murray
36| A Quarterback-Specific Movement Program by Mark Kovacs
42| Developing Linemen from the Ground Up by Patrick McHenry
50| Body Composition in Football Players by Tyler Bosch
58| Opportunities and Challenges in the Current Nutrition Landscape of Collegiate and Professional Football by Pratik Patel

Reducing the Risk of ACL Injuries in American Football Players – Early Investment for Long-Term Gains by Rhodri Lloyd, Paul Read, Jason Pedley, John Radnor, and Gregory Myer


Return to Play – Transitioning from Rehabilitation to Strength and Conditioning with the Football Athlete by Adrian Dixon and Taylor Porter


Movement Skill Acquisition for American Football – Using “Repetition without Repetition” to Enhance Movement Skill by Shawn Myszka


Leave No Stone Unturned – Training for Success in the NFL Combine by Loren Landow

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Guest Editor
Joe Eisenmann, PhD

Brian Gearity, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA

Assistant Editor
Britt Chandler, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Publications Director
Keith Cinea, MA, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Managing Editor
Matthew Sandstead, NSCA-CPT,*D

Publications Coordinator
Cody Urban

Editorial Review Panel
Charles Allen, PhD, CSCS, USAW 
Jonathan Anning, PhD, CSCS,*D
Joel Bergeron, MS, CPS, CSCS,*D
Douglas Berninger, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC, USAW  
Nicole Dabbs, PhD
Yvette Figueroa, MS, CSCS
Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CSCS, USATF
Meredith Hale-Griffin, MS, CSCS
William Klika, PhD, CSCS, RSCC*E
Brian Lehmann, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D 
Pat Mahady, MS, CSCS
Ed McNeely, MS 
Jonathan Mike, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, USAW 
Ryan Puck, MS, CSCS, USAW
Evan Schick, PhD, CSCS
Collis Spann, MS, IKFF CKT L2, USAW-2 
Aaron Suma, MA, CSCS,*D, USAW-2
Tai Tran, PhD, CSCS,*D

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