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Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System by Breathing

April 1, 2015

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Decompressing after a workout, practice, or competition is a beneficial habit that can be achieved through breathing. This article provides an overview of the autonomic nervous system and guidelines for how to use breathing to calm, or balance, the brain and body.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design strength coach autonomic nervous system strength training recovery

Shoulder Taps – A Novel Time-Efficient Screening Tool for Tactical Operators

October 21, 2019

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This article presents the shoulder taps, which could serve as a more time-efficient screening tool for tactical operators. Although this article will present the shoulder taps as an assessment modality, it may be expanded upon and prescribed as an exercise for the purpose of improving trunk, hip, and shoulder stability.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Technique Program design Testing and Evaluation Movement Pattern Screening Tool FMS Tactical Operators

Resistance Exercise Programming—A Mixed-Training Approach

July 1, 2014

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Olympic-style lifting, functional training, powerlifting, and bodybuilding should all be considered when designing a program to improve general health, fitness, and functional capacity.

Personal trainers Exercise Science Exercise Technique Program design strength training technique how to get stronger bodybuilding powerlifting weightlifting Best strength training

Increase Hip and Trunk Stability with Loaded Carries for Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Performance

December 11, 2020

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The goal of this article is to understand contralateral and ipsilateral loading, how to set-up loaded carries, electromyography activity during exercises, and how to apply these exercises into the strength training program.

Coaches Program design Loaded Carries Core Strength Posture Contralateral Loading Ipsilateral Loading

Resistance Training—General vs Specific Exercises

April 1, 2014

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This article proposes that all resistance training exercises can be classified as either “specific” or “general.” How to classify each exercise type and the unique benefits they offer is explained.

Personal trainers Exercise Science Exercise Technique Program design Resistance training strength training

Multi-Joint Training versus Isolated Training for Core Development

June 1, 2017

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Ground-based free weight lifts, especially the explosive Olympic-style lifts, are highly recommended for athletic conditioning for the core muscles. They can provide a moderately unstable stimulus to augment activation of the core and limb muscles, while still providing maximal or near maximal strength, velocity, and power output.

Coaches Exercise Science Exercise Technique core training olympic lifts isolated training multijoint exercises

Muscle Activation and Strength Training

June 1, 2017

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Periodization of training is based on the principle that different loads (e.g., light, moderate, or heavy) or power requirements recruit different types and numbers of motor units. Recruitment order is important from a practical standpoint for several reasons.

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Muscle Activation and Strength Training

June 1, 2017

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Periodization of training is based on the principle that different loads (e.g., light, moderate, or heavy) or power requirements recruit different types and numbers of motor units. Recruitment order is important from a practical standpoint for several reasons.

Coaches Exercise Science strength and conditioning strength training

Practical Applications and Future Directions of Electromyography use in Tactical Populations

November 20, 2020

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This article reviews electromyography (EMG) procedures as well as provides examples of how EMG data analysis has been used in tactical populations.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Science Exercise Technique Program design Testing and Evaluation EMG Force Output Muscle Activation Load Carriage

Gluteal Muscle Strength and Activation, and the Relation to Knee Pain

April 1, 2019

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This article focuses on exercises that strengthen the gluteal muscles for abduction to help reduce knee pain in full range of motion and promote proper movement in the primary knee joints.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Technique Program design TSAC Glute Muscle Knee Pain Proper Movement

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