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Prepare, Work, Recover (Repeat) – The Process for Optimal Athletic Development

July 31, 2015

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Donovan Santas, former Head Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball (MLB) organization, explains the process for optimal athletic development by taking a look at the day-to-day practices and techniques used at the professional baseball level.

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Optimal Conditioning for Multiple Sports

January 28, 2013

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Mark Kovacs, PhD, CSCS,*D, spoke during the NSCA's 2013 Coaches Conference about the importance of balancing conditioning with strength training, and the need to approach program design in such a way that all your athletes get what they need, no matter their fitness level or sport.

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Windows of Optimal Trainability

April 1, 2016

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The “five Ss” of trainability and performance are critical periods of development that all youth strength and conditioning coaches should consider when creating a training program. Coaches should take advantage of each window to maximize a youth athlete’s potential and help ensure a long athletic career.

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Sharpening the Mental Edge: The Use of Sport Psychology Techniques in Strength and Conditioning

November 20, 2020

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Adam Feit, Coordinator of Physical and Mental Performance at Springfield College, discusses the use of psychological skills in collegiate strength and conditioning and shares his insight into how strength coaches are in an optimal position to incorporate more of these skills into the weight room.

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The Components of Recovery for Tactical Operators

November 18, 2022

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This article uses relevant research and literature to provide suggestions for optimal recovery in tactical operators.

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Bridge: Optimizing Squat Technique

May 1, 2015

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This video demonstrates coaching cues that can help an athlete to utilize optimal squat technique. It specifically addresses stance width, heel position, head position, and squat depth

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Bridge: Shoulder Function during Overhead Lifting Tasks

November 2, 2015

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This video demonstrates optimal joint kinematics at the shoulder complex for overhead lifting tasks as well as a screening process to provide coaches with a tool to assess an athlete’s suitability for overhead lifting.

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Cluster Sets - Current Methods for Introducing Variations to Training Sets

June 25, 2016

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Learn about cluster sets, and how they can be used in program design for optimal athletic development. Greg Haff, President of the NSCA, shares examples of various set structures in this session from the NSCA 2016 National Conference.

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Periodization Approach Utilizing Progressive Overload Method for Physical Training Program in ROTC Cadets

August 1, 2017

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The Physical Readiness Training Manual includes many exercises intended to keep military personnel in optimal physical condition while staying at a low risk to injury. Additionally, the application of progressive overload may be beneficial to periodization programming in ROTC cadet preparation for the Army Physical Fitness Test.

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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.

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