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The Need for Speed—Improving Sprinting Performance in Football Players
By Kenneth P. Clark, PhD, CSCS | April 01, 2019

Acceleration and maximal velocity are two factors that are key for any position in football and can determine success in many situations out on the field. This article will review several aspects of sprint mechanics and training to enhance linear (straight-ahead) speed for football players.

Effects of Psyching up on Sprinting Performance
By Dr. Yann Le Meur | March 18, 2019

Psyching up can be an effective technique for improving confidence and getting an individual ready for a sporting performance. This infographic shows that psyching up can affect the performance of short-distance sprinting.

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Reducing the Risk of ACL Injuries in American Football Players— Early Investment for Long-Term Gains
By Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D, Paul J. Read, CSCS,*D, Jason Pedley, John Radnor, Greg Myer, PhD, CSCS,*D | March 18, 2019

Football is a high intensity collision based sport that has an inherent risk of injury in both competition and practice. The focus of ACL injuries and the development of injury prevention programs have been key in the development of youth athletes to keep them participating in sport with reduced risk of injury

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TSAC Report 51—Reducing the Risk of Injury
By Rod Pope PhD | March 18, 2019

This article is the first of a continuing series on practical, evidence-based approaches to reducing the risk of injury while developing tactical strength and conditioning. The focus of this article is on how to reduce non-contact ACL rupture injuries from turf and artificial fields.

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