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Practical Assessments of Power for Law Enforcement Populations

September 17, 2018

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This article consists of five assessments that could be utilized by the tactical facilitator to measure upper- , lower- , and total-body power in law enforcement officers (LEOs). Although the focus of this article is LEOs, the assessments could also be used for other tactical populations.

TSAC Facilitators Testing and Evaluation Assessment law enforcement officers

Client Assessments—Posture Assessment

June 24, 2019

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Correct spinal alignment is key to many lifts and can help prevent back pain form everyday activities. This is an overview of the anatomy and methods to help identify and correct common postural imbalances.

Personal trainers Program design Testing and Evaluation Basic Pathophysiology and Science of Health Status or Condition and Disorder or Disease Corrective Exercise Back Pain Spinal Alignment Correct Posture

Rebranding Resistance Training for Older Adults Using Ratings of Perceived Exertion

September 9, 2019

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This article discusses the ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) scales and how to educate older clients to utilize them, as well as how to monitor and safely progress their training intensity.

Personal trainers Program design RPE Aging Population Exertion Exercise Intensity Borg

The Importance of Proper Movement for Marines—Part 2: The Solution

March 1, 2015

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This article provides a proposed holistic solution to increase functional, quality movement among Marines, thereby increasing physical performance, reducing injuries, and developing more effective warfighters.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Technique Program design USMC injury prevention performance testing

How to be an Evidence-Based Fitness Professional

May 20, 2019

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This article describes how introduction of evidence-based practices requires today’s fitness professional to raise the bar of his or her education and analytical experience by actively and consistently using techniques of research in order to perform their job as a fitness professional.

Personal trainers Program design Organization and Administration Professional Development Evidence-based Practices Research Analytics

Choosing Exercises—“The Crunch”

April 1, 2017

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Should personal trainers include the crunch exercise in an exercise program? The answer should always be, “it depends;” however, arriving at the best answer requires a process.

Personal trainers Exercise Technique Program design crunch exercise core training crunches

Physical Employment Standards—Is “Legally Defensible” the Same as “Morally Defensible?”

April 1, 2015

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While no recruitment process will ever be perfect, it is time to address the “legal defensibility” of physical employment standards as the primary consideration in developing recruitment guidelines that are concurrently designed to increase workplace diversity.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Science Safety Emergency Procedures Legal Issues Firefighters VO2 Max Recruiting Employment Standards Legal Actions

In-Season Training for High School 100-m Sprinters

February 29, 2020

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This NSCA Coach article focuses on the in-season resistance training and mobility exercises designed for the 100-m sprint track and field high school athlete.

Coaches Program design Sprinting High School Athlete Program Design Vertical Jump hs-coaching

Needs Analysis for a Tactical Athlete

March 25, 2019

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Learn the basics of conducting a needs analysis for tactical athletes based on the athlete’s goals and desired outcomes, assessments, limitations on workout frequency and duration, equipment availability, health and injury status, and occupational physiological demands.

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Incorporating Training Load Monitoring into Fitness Programming: A Review of Practical Tools for Fitness Providers

October 8, 2018

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In recent years, performance and prevention strategies have grown to include monitoring training load (TL) to understand fatigue and the potential effects of fatigue on training adaptation and performance.

Personal trainers Testing and Evaluation Client Consultation|Assessment Training Load Monitoring Heart Rate Monitoring HRV

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