strength & conditioning

Dealing with Upper Arm Injuries

Injuries to the upper arm muscles and tendons are most common in men 30–50, but women may also experience them. If the tendon ruptures, you may feel a tearing sensation and actually hear a pop,... more »

What is Athletic Heart Syndrome?

Heart health and athletic endurance go hand-in-hand. “Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, enabling it to pump a greater volume of blood with each heartbeat,” said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, in a... more »

The Importance of Plyometric Training for Runners

Plyometrics are fast, explosive jumping movements that help build muscle strength. Training your fast-twitch muscles to respond more quickly and powerfully is something that all runners will see benefits from. A recent story from RunnersWorld.com... 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 »

Tennessee’s Wirth Wins NSCA Strength Coach of the Year Award

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has announced that Tennessee Director of Olympic Sports Performance Dan Wirth is the organization's 2023 College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. "I am humbled and grateful... more »

Reviewing the Prevalence of Ankle Sprain Injuries

Everyone suffers an ankle sprain at one point or another. However, recent studies show that those who participate in sports or train regularly can expect a lower incidence of them. The study, entitled "The Incidence... 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 »

Training in All 3 Planes of Motion

Your movements can be categorized into three planes of motion: the sagittal (aka longitudinal), frontal (aka coronal), and transverse planes. In order to determine which plane of motion you’re moving in, imagine plates of glass... more »

2022 Strength Coaches Survey Results

Strength and conditioning coaches have two primary goals. The first is to improve athletic performance, which usually means improving athletes' speed, strength, and power through systematic training programs for both teams and individual athletes, often... more »

Insights for Powerlifting with a 2X IPF World Champion

To fit in with the current Issue theme of ‘Strength & Conditioning’, two-time IPF World Champion Andy Askow recently sat down to share some wisdom about his passion for both powerlifting and performance nutrition.  Andy... more »

Blood Flow Restriction Training For Injured Athletes

Blood flow restriction training, also known as BFR or occlusion training, helps athletes recover from injury or surgery. It uses special equipment to safely prevent low-oxygen blood from leaving the targeted muscle. At the same... more »

The Benefits of Battle Ropes

Battle ropes offer benefits for people of all fitness levels. They’re simple to set up, simple to use, require minimal instruction and will raise your heart rate without having to go on these dull cardio... more »

Dryland Training Tips for the Active Swimmer

When training to become a top-flight swimmer, it's equally as important to train on the land as it is to train in the pool. A recent story from Swimming World Magazine gave a few dryland... more »

Indiana Initiative Aims to Unite Health Care Systems with Fitness Professionals

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) in Indiana, announced an initiative to bring together fitness professionals, healthcare systems, providers, and community resources to better integrate physical activity into American healthcare. A story from Club Industry highlighted the... more »

3 Ways to Build Athleticism in Basketball Players

Basketball season is right around the corner, and, if you haven't already, now is the perfect time to begin building your foundation of athleticism. A recent story from Stack.com highlighted three ways basketball players can... more »

5 Foods To Consider for a Muscle-Building Diet

While no one food will make you stronger, there are some foods that can aid in the process. In addition to muscle-building training, eating protein-rich, higher-calorie foods aids muscle growth. Your body then needs a... 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 »

Mexican Sports Medicine Specialists Adopt Multidisciplinary Approach

With the objective of supporting the athletes of the State of Mexico, the Department of Sciences Applied to Sports develops a physical and medical follow-up of athletes in their different stages. Jorge Luis Reynoso Barbosa,... more »

Four Best Exercises for Hip Mobility

Mobility exercises are the not-so-secret way to fast-track your fitness goals, whatever they are. Not only is mobility important for your overall physical health and longevity, but it also promotes muscle activation, decreases pain and... more »

The Core Benefits of Planking

Most people have heard of planking, but there are also plenty of misconceptions about what this move entails. Although there are lots of variations and modifications, a plank is an isometric exercise that targets the... more »

Study Suggests Exercise Will Not Offset a Poor Diet

New research has found that high levels of physical activity do not counteract the detrimental effects of a poor diet on mortality risk. The University of Sydney-led study found participants who had both high levels... more »

When to do Full-Body Workouts & Splits

A recent article from Livestrong.com explains when you should utilize full-body workouts and split up the muscle groups. Below is an excerpt from that Livestrong article. Which is better? That depends on three questions only... more »

Twenty Minutes of Daily Physical Activity Advised for Teens

Twenty minutes a day. That's all it takes to be a healthy young person, according to a recent study. Twenty minutes of daily vigorous physical activity (VPA) seems to be best for maximizing cardiorespiratory fitness... more »

Oregon Athletics to Present Proposal to Raise College Strength Coach Certification Requirements

The University of Oregon athletics department is considering bringing a proposal to the Pac-12 and eventually the NCAA to raise the bar of accreditation requirements for strength and conditioning coaches at the collegiate level. The... more »

Alabama MBB Hires Henry Barrera as the Men’s Basketball Strength Coach

Alabama men's basketball head coach Nate Oats announced Tuesday the hiring of Henry Barrera as the men's basketball strength and conditioning coach. Barrera comes to Tuscaloosa after spending seven years with Liberty University, serving as the... more »

This Shoulder Exercise is Done In Many NFL Weight Rooms

Certain muscle groups are just better suited for endurance training than others. Muscles that support fine motor skills, as well as those involved in rotational movements, are two examples that come to mind. All muscle... more »

Rogue Fitness to Manufacture & Distribute Kabuki Strength’s Bench Bar

Kabuki Strength, America's leader in the design and manufacturing of biomechanically sound specialty barbells, is pleased to announce that Rogue Fitness will soon begin manufacturing and distributing its Kadillac Bar, supporting the overwhelming demand for the... more »

Building Speed in the Trenches

Life happens pretty fast when playing in the trenches. Massive bodies colliding through an explosive burst, jockeying for positioning for 50 to 100 snaps a game. In football, success and failure are delineated by a... more »

Tips for Integrating The Snatch and Clean & Jerk

A conversation I frequently have with fellow coaches and colleagues is whether or not weightlifting derivatives are worth the time they take to teach their athletes. While the answer (like most things in sports performance)... more »

Buccaneers Promote Maral Javadifar to Director of Rehab & Performance Coach

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that assistant strength & conditioning coach/physical therapist Maral Javadifar has been promoted to the newly-created position of Director of Rehabilitation and Performance Coach. Javadifar had spent three seasons... more »

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