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Four Step

June 4, 2021

Article

This excerpt from Developing Speed aims to develop athletes’ ability to accelerate quickly through stride modification.

Coaches Exercise Technique Program design Acceleration First Step Technical Development Arm Action

Advanced Understanding of Olympic-Style Weightlifting for Sport

September 24, 2018

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Some of the major misconceptions concerning Olympic-style weightlifting for sport are addressed in this article, providing evidence-based recommendations to better implement the snatch, clean and jerk, and their derivatives in the training of high school and collegiate athletes.

Coaches Program design Olympic Style Weightlifting Snatch Clean Jerk High School Coaching hs-coaching

Sport Performance and Body Composition

June 1, 2017

Article

All fitness components depend on body composition to some extent, and the demands of many sports require that athletes maintain standard levels of body composition.

Coaches Exercise Science Testing and Evaluation body composition weight classes body fat lean body mass

Change of Direction Speed Drill Adaptation

May 6, 2019

Article

This book excerpt is from Developing Agility and Quickness, Second Edition and goes over change of direction drills to help with speed and power development as well as an athletes cognitive and decision making skills.

Coaches Program design Change of Direction Speed Agility

Typical Starting Patterns

September 18, 2020

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This excerpt from Developing Speed discusses the various start patterns that exist and how to include them in a speed development program.

Personal trainers Coaches Exercise Technique Program design Speed Stance Acceleration Direction Transition Static Start Rolling Start

The Need for Speed—Improving Sprinting Performance in Football Players

April 22, 2019

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Acceleration and maximal velocity are two factors that are key for any position in football and can determine success in many situations out on the field. This article will review several aspects of sprint mechanics and training to enhance linear (straight-ahead) speed for football players.

Coaches Exercise Technique Program design Sprinting Speed Sprinting Mechanics Acceleration Football

Factors Determining Agility: Speed

June 1, 2017

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Acceleration is the rate of change in velocity, so this phase of sprinting is critical for changing directions as rapidly and efficiently as possible. Optimal technique for linear sprinting in the acceleration phase involves four factors that maximize stride length and frequency.

Coaches Exercise Science Exercise Technique speed agility strength and conditioning

Lower-Body Power Development for Collegiate Female Soccer Players

September 4, 2020

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This article discusses the influence of lower-body power on soccer performance in collegiate female soccer players. It also covers testing for muscular power qualities, different training modalities to use, and sample training programs as examples.

Coaches Program design Soccer Power Plyometrics Complex Training Strength

Operationalizing Power

June 1, 2017

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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.

Coaches Exercise Science Testing and Evaluation power power training strength and conditioning

Using LTAD to Program for a Middle School Athlete and a High School Athlete: Part 1—Generating an Athletic Profile

October 29, 2018

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This article applies LTAD principles to guide the process of generating an athletic profile (part 1) and sample program design (part 2) for a middle school athlete and a high school athlete.

Coaches Program design LTAD Youth Athlete Youth Training Guidelines Athletic Development hs-coaching

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