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A Mindful Lift – Benefits of Mindful Meditation in Strength and Conditioning – Part 1

January 1, 2021

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In the first of a two part series, this article explores the possible benefits for strength and conditioning coach development and discusses how mindful meditation can improve reflective practice and the coach-athlete relationship.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design Professional Development Mindful Meditation Mindful Breathing Attentional Focus

The Olympic Lifts—Suggested Practices and Common Mistakes

June 1, 2017

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This article reviews the basics of the Olympic lifts, including strength base, skill transfer, snatch progressions, and clean and jerk progressions. This article also covers several suggested practices for strength and conditioning coaches to fine-tune and progress learning and coaching of the lifts.

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Strongman Training

April 2, 2021

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This excerpt from the Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 4th Edition gives a quick glimpse into some of the implements used in strongman training.

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Developing Mental Skills in Athletes

August 24, 2018

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Strength and conditioning professionals should consider mental skills training when creating a training program to maximize performance. Developing mental skills is a very long and challenging process; however, the benefits are worth it. Utilizing these skills will put the athlete in a position to succeed in sport, as well as life.

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Beyond Reps and Sets – Strength and Conditioning Coaches Guide to Implementing Self-Determination Theory into Practice

May 6, 2022

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The purpose of this article is to provide strength and conditioning coaches with practical knowledge from the framework of self-determination theory to facilitate student-athlete motivation within the weight room across varying sports.

Coaches Exercise Science Professional Development Self-Determination Theory Motivation Autonomy Psychology

Teaching and Motivating Youth Athletes—A Personal Perspective

July 1, 2014

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Strength and conditioning coaches should strive to teach athletes in a way they can understand: by hearing, seeing, and practicing. This article describes some techniques that a coach can use to accomplish this.

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From the Field – Chronicles of a High-Performance Strength and Conditioning Coach

June 17, 2022

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This article provides a personal perspective on the art of coaching that stems from acquired knowledge, education, and real-world application through professional sports experience from working in human performance.

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Using LTAD to Program for a Middle School Athlete and a High School Athlete: Part 2 – Creating a Developmentally-Appropriate Strength and Conditioning Program

January 28, 2019

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This second article of a two-part series continues the discussion of long-term athletic development (LTAD). This article provides practical application of the LTAD principles by examining two sample programs.

Coaches Nutrition Program design Organization and Administration LTAD Long Term Athletic Development Youth Training Youth Sports Program Design Peak Height Velocity hs-coaching

Motor Control for the Snatch—an Integrative Approach

July 1, 2016

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The snatch is one of the most technically demanding competitive movements. This article focuses on barbell trajectory (or bar path), motor control, and the height of the bar relative to the athlete’s body.

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Athlete Safety

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The top concern of strength coaches should always be athlete safety. For this reason, the NSCA has compiled a list of resources to raise the standard of care when working as a strength coach at any level. By reading and sharing these examples of standards and guidelines, policies and procedures, position statements on vital topics, mental health best practices, and more, strength coaches can push to increase the safety of athletes around the world.

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