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Positive and Negative Reinforcement in Coaching

May 1, 2017

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Coaches can also benefit from understanding the concepts of positive and negative reinforcement and positive and negative punishment as they relate to motivation. Although coaches use a mixture of both reward and punishment, using rewards and a positive approach is arguably the best approach because it focuses on what athletes should do and what they did right.

Coaches Exercise Science strength coach sport psychology punishment reward negative reinforcement positive reinforcement

Concurrent Cognitive and Physical Fitness Training

December 8, 2023

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This article presents general information suggesting physical training as a means for improving cognitive fitness.

Personal trainers Exercise Science Program design Cognitive Fitness Personal Training Psychological Training

NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Season 6 Episode 6: Dr. David Szymanski

Podcast

Explore the applied sport science research process in college baseball, and how academic research can be optimized to benefit player programming. This episode features Dr. David Szymanski, the Director of Baseball Performance at Louisiana Tech University, and co-editor of the recently published book NSCA’s Strength Training for Baseball. Hear about Szymanski’s career path, from college baseball player to coach and sport scientist. This episode covers a wide range of relevant topics, including exercise selection, performance technology, student pathways, and the emergence of performance director roles across Major League Baseball (MLB). Find David on Instagram: @drdavidszymanski or at his program website: LA Tech Sport Science| Find Eric on Instagram: @ericmcmahoncscs or Twitter: @ericmcmahoncscs

Coaches Professional Development

The Fighter Pilot – A 21st Century Tactical Athlete

November 12, 2021

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Between the physiological, cognitive, and tactical skill demands, this article explains why fighter pilots should be considered tactical athletes and have access to resources like a professional sport athlete.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Science Program design Fighter Pilot Tactical Athlete G-Forces Cognitive Training

Navigating the Challenges of CASCE Accreditation

Answers to 7 common questions about CASCE accreditation and resources to clarify and streamline the process.

NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 98: Dr. Sara Erdner

Podcast

Dr. Sara Erdner, author of “Dear Coach: What I Wish I Could Have Told You, Letters from Your Athletes,” talks to the NSCA Coaching and Sport Science Program Manager, Eric McMahon, about the coach-athlete relationship. Topics under discussion include coaching education, giving athletes a platform to be heard, and what truly builds mental toughness and resiliency. Find Dr. Erdner on Twitter: @doc_serdner | Find Eric on Instagram: @ericmcmahoncscs or Twitter: @ericmcmahoncscs

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Aerobic Endurance Training Strategies

May 1, 2017

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Various aspects of resistance training, such as specific exercises chosen, workout structure, resistance used, volume (repetitions and sets), rest intervals between sets, and training frequency, can be manipulated to mold the strength training program to best meet an endurance athlete’s goals.

Coaches Program design coaching attentional styles attentional focus sport psychology strength and conditioning

Motivational Climate and Strength and Conditioning Coach-Athlete Relationships in the Weight Room

June 1, 2017

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The four components of the coach-athlete relationship are closeness, commitment, complementarity, and co-orientation. Coaches should seek to deeply understand the value of each category and how to maximize these reciprocal characteristics with their athletes.

Coaches Exercise Science Organization and Administration sport psychology motivation coaching strength coach NSCA Coach

From Flag to Friday Night—Long-Term Athlete Development in Youth American Football

February 11, 2019

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Approximately 2 million youth from 6 - 12 years of age participate in football every year. This article discusses the importance of long-term athletic development (LTAD) for youth football athletes and the significance of a player development pathway for long-term success and longevity in the sport.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design Organization and Administration hs-coaching LTAD Long Term Athletic Development Youth Football

Understanding Weight Bias among Personal Trainers and Practical Strategies

March 4, 2022

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This article seeks to explore weight bias and provide strategies to reduce weight bias behaviors.

Personal trainers Basic Pathophysiology and Science of Health Status or Condition and Disorder or Disease Professional Development

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