training & conditioning

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 »

IOC Launches Long-Term Study of Olympians to Help Physical & Mental Health

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes’ safety and well-being, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), along with the University of Edinburgh, has launched the IOC Olympians Health Cohort, a new long-term research project... more »

Getting Young Student-Athletes Ready for the Athletic School Year

As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new. A recent story from HealthDay News spoke with a sports medicine professional from Baylor University to discuss how... 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 »

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 »

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 »

The Ins & Outs of Plyometrics Training

Plyometrics is a type of exercise training that uses the speed and force of different movements to build muscle power. Plyometrics training can improve your physical performance and ability to do different activities. Plyometrics can include... more »

How to Master the Power Clean

The power clean is an explosive whole body movement used by weightlifters and athletes to develop strength and power. While it began as an essential Olympic weightlifting movement, the power clean has become a staple... more »

Keep Your Heart Healthy With Strength Training

Looking to keep your heart healthy in addition to the rest of your body? Keep reading. A recent column from Kyle Crouse, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, appeared on the website SouthTahoeNow.com and outlined... more »

Increased Exercise Lowers ‘Preventable’ Deaths in Older Adults

Small increases in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among older adults in the United States prevent up to an estimated 275,000 deaths annually, a study published Monday JAMA Internal Medicine found. By adding 30 minutes per day of... more »

What You Need To Know About VO2 Max

If you exercise regularly, you probably keep track of how many minutes you work out, how many calories your burn, and your heart rate. But there’s another indicator that can help you improve your aerobic... more »

When Is The Most Effective Time To Exercise?

Scientists still do not know why the timing of exercise produces different effects. To gain a better understanding, an international team of scientists recently carried out the most comprehensive study to date of exercise performed... more »

Asian Mindfulness Practice, Wu-Wei, Shown to Boost Athletic Performance

When athletes experience the state of flow or are in the 'zone' they sometimes describe the feeling as one of effortlessness. Although their exertions may feel effortless, what their bodies achieve in terms of performance... more »

Colorado Study to Explore Marijuana’s Effects on Workouts

A University of Colorado Boulder study will look to examine the effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) on the body during athletic performance. “Cannabis is often associated with a decrease in motivation. But at... more »

The Foundation for the Future Begins in the Weight Room

Winning starts in the weight room. We’ve all heard that from the mouth of a sports coach at one time or another. And, sure, there’s truth to that on the field. But once the clock... more »

Women in the Weight Room

Progress is a continual onward movement, unconcerned with what’s around it or what’s being said — only with advancing forward. And though progress is a never-ending process, it is important to look at what’s been... more »

Building Effective Soccer Strength & Conditioning Programs

Modern soccer is characterized by intense, large volume microcycles, which require very precise and non-intrusive methods to guide the soccer-specific development of the athletes. The following article contains exercises that are meant to provide aid... more »

Incorporating Complex Training in your Program

Unless you’re a racecar driver, equestrian athlete, or surfer, your sports skills are initiated by your feet putting force into the ground. Athletes operate through ground-based activities. They’re pushing against the ground or a firm... more »

6 Tips to Improve Leadership Qualities

It is often said that all problems inside organizations come down to issues in leadership. For this reason, it should become an area of study for all sports medicine and strength and conditioning professionals. Since... more »

5 Tips to Warm Up Effectively Before Workouts

To stay safe and get the most out of your workout you must always include a pre-workout warm up before you begin and then finish with a cool down to get your body back into... more »

5 Reasons To Start Strength Training Today

Strength training, also referred to as weight training or resistance training, involves any physical movement in which you use your body weight or equipment to build muscle mass, strength, and endurance. Within that world includes... more »

Achieving Level II in Athletics

Even though most athletes would tell the coach that they want to perform at their ultimate level of play, the reality is many settle for what would be called a Level I performance. Both the... more »

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