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Low Back Pain—Is Motor Control Exercise Superior to General Exercise? A Review of the Research

July 1, 2016

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This article provides an overview of the scientific evidence comparing specific motor control exercise intervention to using a more general exercise approach, and concludes by discussing the practical implications for strength and conditioning professionals from an exercise programming perspective.

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Suspension Training

July 1, 2022

Article

This excerpt from Strength Training briefly describes the benefits of suspension training.

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Operationalizing Power

June 1, 2017

Article

Considering that the term "power" typically evokes the perception of high-speed movement, many people are inclined to take the tenets of specificity to literally mean “train fast, be fast.” However, to create the most strategic methods of training and adaptation, it is vital to compartmentalize power into the primary testable and trainable elements.

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Elastic Bands – Resisted and Assisted?

August 4, 2023

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This excerpt from Developing Power explains how to use bands for variable resistance training.

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Dynamic Warm-Up for Speed and Power Athletes

August 26, 2019

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In this hands-on session from the NSCA’s 2018 Personal Trainers Conference, Bobby Smith, Owner and Director of Sports Performance at Reach Your Potential Training, explains and demonstrates his multi-phase dynamic warm-up system.

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Reducing the Risk of ACL Injuries in American Football Players— Early Investment for Long-Term Gains

March 18, 2019

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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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Include Closed-Chain and Open-Chained Core Exercises

December 26, 2020

Article

This excerpt from Developing the Core briefly defines closed- and open-chain exercises and their respective roles in training.

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Effects of Core Instability on Muscle Activity

February 25, 2019

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This Kinetic Select from Developing the Core reviews the effects of muscle activity when performing exercises on unstable surfaces.

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Kinematic and Kinetic Chains

June 1, 2017

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The importance of recognizing a closed-chain activity lies in the fact that the motions of multiple joints are coupled. Weakness at any one joint will consequently limit performance of the entire movement.

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