program design

5 components of a strong off-season training program

The main purpose of the off-season training schedule is to help improve your on-field performance. For field sport athletes such as American football that means balancing a whole array of different training qualities. You might... more »

UNC researcher explores how menstrual cycles affect strength training

Research from a University of North Carolina professor has revealed key differences in the health needs of female athletes—particularly surrounding menstrual cycles and hormonal contraceptives. Abbie Smith-Ryan is the director of UNC's Applied Physiology Laboratory... more »

How to Influence & Implement a Winning Team Culture

Successful teams have a unified culture that keeps everyone organized, focused, and moving in a positive direction. It’s very important for the athletes to understand that there is one team culture, and to hear and... more »

How West Virginia Develops Football Players

The goal of the strength and conditioning program at West Virginia University is to provide our student-athletes with the highest physical and mental preparedness on the field of competition.  My goal is for our football... more »

Gators Football boasts off-season gains

With the college football season right around the corner, the Florida Gators are showing off their gains in Gainesville. Head coach Billy Napier puts a premium on weight room success, employing Mark Hocke to run... more »

Using A.I. to implement training programs at scale

Sarah Ray is the head of business development at Volt Athletics. She has over a decade of experience coaching and managing programs within performance athletics, corporate wellness, and population health — from NFL Combine training... more »

FitXR Launches Two Immersive VR Workout Classes

FitXR, the leading global VR fitness app, is furthering its quest of offering the most robust VR fitness content with the introduction of two new immersive workout studios - Sculpt and Combat. Sculpt is now... more »

Gaining Buy-In & Support for your Strength & Conditioning Program

Being a high school strength & conditioning coach is one of the most rewarding careers a person can have. We have the opportunity to not only make young people healthier, stronger, and faster but also... more »

Using the Pool in Strength Training

Many of our coaches used to laugh when I told them their athletes could benefit from a water workout. They were under the impression that a water workout meant simply splashing around and having fun... more »

Italian ATC: ‘Italy at The Forefront of Injury Recovery & Prevention’

Adriano Bianchini is a professional athletic trainer who has worked with one of the more prominent Italian Serie A teams, Lazio, from 2005 until 2020. He specializes in injury recovery, prevention, and reathletization of players,... more »

Developing Effective Training Routines In Tennis Players

It was the summer of 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio when I saw Roger Federer training a day before his opening match. He had three sparring partners on the court. They rotated against him in increments... more »

Basketball Strength Training: Make Your Next Season the Best Season

Any coach who has experienced any type of success will tell you how crucial the offseason is for a team’s improvement and a player’s development. The offseason is a time that makes average players good... more »

5 Kettlebell Exercise to Incorporate into Your Workout

A recent article from BoxRox.com highlighted the benefits of incorporating kettlebell exercises into your training regimen. They are especially good at improving your grip, back, and shoulders, which is why Kettlebells are very popular in the... more »

Benefits of Strength & Conditioning Programs for Young Women

In a recent article on Healio.com, Mary K. Mulcahey, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, outlined the importance of strength and conditioning programs for adolescent women athletes. She noted the spike in participation in high school and collegiate... more »

Tips to Improve Speed, Power, & Strength

Like so many Americans, you may be looking to step up your strength training routine as we approach the new year. A recent article from Stack.com outlined eight great tips to improve the training regimens... more »

Benefits of the High School Strength Coach

A recent post from Tracy Baldwin, S.C.C.C., M.S.C.C. on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) website highlighted the benefits of having a high school strength and conditioning coach. Baldwin, the head strength... more »

Wading Through Dryland Workouts for College Swimmers

Swimmers, whether at the collegiate or high school level, simply cannot train 100 percent of the time in the pool. Out-of-pool training, or dryland workouts, is an essential part of the strength and conditioning program... more »

Distinguishing Differences in Wearable Sensor Tech

Once thought of only for the affluent athletes of top-tier colleges and professional teams, wearable sensor technology has exploded — and expanded — in recent years to get real-time data to measure athletic performance at... more »

4 Trends in Strength and Conditioning for 2021

The strength and conditioning business has always been about evolution. The primary goal of the field itself is to physically improve athletes and clients in some capacity. So, it only makes sense that exercises and... more »

Rest, Assured: The Value of Quality Rest

Today with the emphasis on safely developing and increasing strength and conditioning in athletes at all levels, less thought is put into rest periods. How long should rest periods be between sets, training sessions, and... more »

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