strength & conditioning

Study: decreasing sedentary time in class reduces obesity

Introducing more movement into lessons led to an 8% reduction in children's waist-to-height ratio, according to new research from UCL and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH). The study, published in Obesity Facts, is the first... more »

Best nutritional practices for building power in athletes

Athletes usually have a common goal when reaching out to a performance dietitian: to improve their nutrition to succeed in their sport.  Most sports require power in some shape or form whether that’s exploding across... more »

Cross-training for sport-specific athletes

Cross-training is a series of exercises that utilizes a variety of training outside of their main sport to develop improvements in fitness. Coaches have been utilizing this type of training in performance development for a... more »

Youth-specific strength training methods

Strength training can provide a plethora of positive benefits to our youth as long as they are interested in strength training and the program that is directed for the adolescent is properly supervised preferably through... more »

The differences between aerobic & anaerobic exercise

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the American College of Sports Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Health all recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week for anyone between... more »

Exercises to help female golfers

Strength and mobility are two crucial pillars of golf fitness that all golfers should incorporate to improve their game and prevent injuries. This is particularly important for female players, who have a menstrual cycle and... more »

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 »

Michigan’s Juwan Howard involved in incident with team’s strength coach

Michigan coach Juwan Howard reportedly was involved in a confrontation with strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson during a recent practice, multiple outlets reported Monday. According to The Athletic, the incident is undergoing a university... 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 »

Practical application of VBT to improve strength & conditioning

Delve into the scientific principles underpinning Velocity-Based Training (VBT) and its application in strength and conditioning programs. Gain insights into monitoring and adapting training loads for enhanced athlete performance. Discover practical tips for integrating VBT... more »

REGUPOL launches new high-performance sports floor

{Sponsored} REGUPOL, a leading provider of sports and fitness surfaces across the competitive athletic market, today announced the launch of REGUPOL AktivPlus Premier, a ¾” thick high-performance sports floor. This latest generation of sports flooring... more »

Columbus State dedicates new athletic training facility

Through charitable support from The Hughston Clinic, Columbus State University Athletics on Oct. 26 officially dedicated the new Hughston Clinic Sports Performance Center and the Champ L. Baker Jr. Athletic Training Room in memory of... more »

What are the benefits of EPOC?

Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), often called the “afterburn effect,” is the increased use of oxygen and calories after you stop exercising. It’s the energy your body uses to return to a resting state — a gift... 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 »

The benefits of pause squats

Pause squats include performing any variation of the squat with a pause for 2-3 seconds at the bottom of your squat. The depth of the squat will be different for everyone, some people have the... more »

Inside the K-State ‘Shark Week’ conditioning sessions

The Kansas State men's basketball team recently completed its off-season conditioning program, affectionately dubbed "Shark Week." Shark Week is eight hours across five days and features a bevy of conditioning drills to prepare the Wildcats... 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 »

A strength coach’s contribution to an NFL Hall of Famer

It's what every strength coach strives for—watching the student-athletes they work with develop and maximize their athletic career and receive the type of recognition the athlete dreamed about. Kelly Neuhauser got to experience this recently,... more »

NHSSCA launches certification program

The National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) has introduced the High School Strength Coach Certification (HSSCC) Program, the first certification program specifically for high school strength & conditioning coaches. The announcement was made at... more »

How Kathy Wagner gets a 100% pass rate for candidates on the SCCC Exam

We would like to introduce our first Mentor Program Spotlight, Kathy Wagner. Coach Wagner shows an exceptional success rate in her mentor program: 100% of candidates that have mentored under her have passed the SCCC... more »

Researchers study mental impact on athletic performance

University of Birmingham researchers have found that after performing a mentally challenging task, individuals found physical exercise to be more difficult. This comes by way of a new study that asked 16 men and women... more »

NFL player helps AAU basketball team train

An NFL player is using his knowledge of what it takes to reach the next level to help a Florida AAU basketball team fulfill its dreams. Nelson Agholor, wide receiver for the New England Patriots,... more »

How to build speed and power in MMA athletes

MMA strength and conditioning training is a specialized form of training that combines a variety of exercises, drills, and techniques to help fighters reach peak physical performance. As the name implies, it involves strength and... more »

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 »

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