training & conditioning

Protecting the Adolescent Arm, Part II — What Can You Do?

Last March I wrote an article on protecting the adolescent arm just before COVID-19 invaded our lives. High school baseball as-well-as just about everything else shut down for the next two to three months because... 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 »

What the Science Says about Grounding & Its Benefits

Grounding, also referred to as earthing — what is it exactly, and how can it be beneficial in the recovery process? It is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect... more »

Preventing Post-Shutdown Sports Injuries in Youth Athletes

With the majority of athletics returning in the country, from the professional level to youth activities, how do we ensure athletes stay in the game and not taped up or in crutches on the sideline?... more »

The Top Fitness Trackers to Consider

In the digital era, data is king. That thought doesn't only apply to advertisers and marketing agencies. As it pertains to athletes, getting biometrics data can be the difference between performing your best and suffering... more »

3 Dumbbell Workouts to Build Strength

Thinking about making a change from barbell training to dumbbell training? Training with free weights, or dumbbells, is often thought of as the most effective way to build strength and muscle. Incorporating free weights into... more »

FDA Authorizes Q-Collar Use to Help Protect Brains

The FDA announced last week that it authorized the Q-Collar, made by Q30 Sports Science, for protecting the brain during sports activities. Q30 Sports Science’s Q-Collar is a C-shaped collar worn around the neck designed... more »

SKLZ Launches Athletic Intelligence Training System In Partnership With SwitchedOn

SKLZ announced a new training platform for athletes and coaches to engage both mind and body during training. SKLZ Athletic Intelligence launched in partnership with the fully-integrated SwitchedOn training app and offers products and programming... more »

Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

As one of three macronutrients, along with carbohydrates and fats, protein is a key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating a high amount of protein in your diet has been linked to a number... more »

LSU Beach Volleyball Balancing Mental & Physical Health

Being a collegiate student-athlete, particularly at the NCAA Division I level, life is all about balance. They need balance in their diet, balance in their training, and a balance between life between the lines and... more »

Squats: The Key Movement in Exercise & Sports

The health benefits of squats include strengthening the lower body and core muscles, burning calories and helping you lose weight, and reducing your injury risk. But squats only have the above-mentioned benefits if they are... more »

3 Kettlebell Exercises to Build Strength

Kettlebell workouts have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, perhaps due to the rise of CrossFit. A cast-iron cannonball shape with handles, a kettlebell comes in various weights and can be incorporated with lunges, lifts,... more »

The Best Ways to Improve Muscular Endurance

Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to perform repetitive contractions against a force for an extended period of time. By building muscular endurance you will be able to perform... more »

Training the Lower Body for Power

Building explosive lower body power is essential for high performance in sports such as football, basketball, and hockey. Your core and lower body, where your center of gravity resides, are the foundation of your strength... more »

The Best Dumbbells Arm Workouts

Working out with dumbbells can be the ideal external resistance when doing isolation exercises for specific muscle groups — like the biceps in your arms, and they're just as useful for multi-planar movements — such... more »

The Benefits of Resistance Training

Resistance training encompasses any type of exercise in which your muscles have to overcome some sort of oppositional force. That may include utilizing equipment like dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistance bands or using your own bodyweight... more »

The Benefits of Athletes Practicing Yoga

If you are looking for a creative way to get strength and resistance training while improving your range of motion and balance, yoga may be a good addition to your workouts. It may be the... more »

Improving Your Recovery Phase

The whole purpose of recovery in exercise is to allow your muscles to repair themselves and to engage muscles that are sore from your workout. There are also different things that you can do during... more »

Breaking Down Effective Creatine Use

Creatine is an amino acid located mostly in your body's muscles, as well as in the brain. Though it can be made synthetically, most people get creatine through seafood and red meat, according to 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 »

Study: 11 Minutes of Exercise Leads to Longer Life

Eleven minutes a day is all it takes to live a longer, healthier life, according to a new study. The Norwegian School of Sports Medicine released a new study that suggests 11 minutes of exercise... more »

A Guide to Box Jumps

Plyometric or jump training is one of the best ways to develop muscle power. Muscle power is your ability to generate force quickly. Examples of muscle power include jumping, sprinting, kicking, punching, and throwing. Most... more »

Health Tips For Resuming Sports

Kids and teens may be eager to return to their regular sports routines when it's possible to play again, after being sidelined by COVID-19 restrictions. But a sports medicine specialist in California says, for their... more »

4 Ways The AD/ATC Relationship Helps Bolster the Health of Student-Athletes

The role of certified athletic trainers (ATC) in high schools has steadily evolved. An awareness of legal liabilities for schools, the inherent risks of sport-participation, and a growing body of knowledge on student-athlete safety has... 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 »

U.S. Marine Shares 5 Tips to Improve Your Pull-ups

A US Marine and two-time competitor on American Ninja Warrior, Michael Eckert is familiar with pull-ups. In fact, Eckert previously broke world records when he ripped off 50 pull-ups in a minute. [caption id="" align="alignright"... more »

How Strength Coaches Lift Teams to Championship Goals

“Teams are only as strong as its weakest link.” It is one of the most overused cliches in sports despite its accuracy. But what about a team’s strongest link – meaning, their fittest? As the... more »

Study: Racket Sports Worse on Knee Arthritis, Joint Degeneration

A recent study released by the Radiological Society of North American has found racket sports, like tennis, pickleball, and racquetball, are among the worst physical activities for your knees. This news is particularly alarming with... more »

FGCU Opens Sublett Family Strength & Conditioning Center

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) held its official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its state-of-the-art weight room attached to Alico Arena this week. The Sublett Family Strength & Conditioning Center can accommodate more than 100... 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 »

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