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Resistance Training’s Effect on Endurance Performance

May 1, 2017

Article

Research shows that the appropriate integration of resistance training into the endurance athlete’s training can result in significantly better performance when compared to classic endurance training plans that focus only on aerobic endurance.

Coaches Exercise Science training for runners weight training strength training sport performance training Endurance training

Factors Determining Quickness: Anticipation

May 1, 2017

Article

Scenarios that provide a stimulus relevant to the sporting environment may help athletes develop better anticipation skills through the refinement of search strategies, response speed and accuracy, pattern recognition, and decision-making abilities.

Coaches Exercise Science speed training agility anticipation

Tests of Core Muscle Power

May 1, 2017

Article

This article describes two different methods for testing core muscle power. Both of the described methods utilize medicine ball throws.

Coaches Testing and Evaluation Core strength fitness assessment core muscle power core power

Importance of Horizontally Loaded Movements to Sports Performance

May 1, 2017

Article

Athletes must be able to express strength, power, and speed in multiple directions, and it may be beneficial to emphasize horizontally based movements in strength and conditioning programs.

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Training Program Considerations for Endurance Runners

May 1, 2017

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This article contains examples of how to periodize training programs to help aerobic endurance athletes reach their peak condition at the appropriate time of the year.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design Training for running exercise program design training for endurance sports how to train for a 5k how to train for a marathon how to train for a 10k race

Effects of Plyometric Training on Sports Performance

May 1, 2017

Article

Plyometric training is a series of explosive bodyweight resistance exercises using the stretch-shortening cycle of the muscle fiber to enhance physical capacities, such as speed, strength, and power. These physiological measures translate to improved performance in many sports, including court-based sports, field sports, and water sports.

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Speed and Agility Testing Process

May 1, 2017

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In order to ensure consistent and accurate results, coaches must take certain steps to ensure proper data collection. It is also important to establish sound protocols prior to testing.

Coaches Organization and Administration Testing and Evaluation testing for sports performance how to test agility speed testing agility testing

Prevention of Hamstring Injuries in Sprinters

December 15, 2019

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The purpose of this article is to describe the cause of hamstring injuries in sprinters and present a biomechanical intervention, or drill, that can be used to prevent hamstring injuries while transitioning sprint athletes toward the utilization of frontside mechanics.

Coaches Exercise Technique Program design Hamstring Injuries Sprinters Sprinting Mechanics

Normalizing Fitness Data

May 1, 2017

Article

Field tests have become popular in applied exercise science and sport performance enhancement programs because of their simplicity and ability to generalize results. However, numerous confounding factors may influence the validity of test data from such evaluations.

Coaches Testing and Evaluation sport performance training fitness training fitness tests fitness testing

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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