training & conditioning

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 »

NSCA Announces Tactical S&C Professional of the Year

The National Strength and Conditioning Association is proud to announce that Jay Dawes, Ph.D., CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, has been selected as the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year for 2021. Award... more »

Q&A with Reggie Scott, Rams’ VP of Sports Medicine & Performance

Reggie Scott is a name that is frequently said aloud within the walls of the Los Angeles Rams facilities, particularly over the two years. From injury recovery to strength and conditioning program implementation to COVID-19... more »

How Alabama Football Saw a 50% Decrease in Injuries

Alabama football is used to being the best. They are regular guests of the NCAA College Football Playoff, flirting as the top-ranked team year in and year out. The Tide gets its pick of five-star... more »

Elite Training Facility Debuts in California For All Levels

Premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, along with Proactive Sports Performance, has opened a new $8 million elite training facility, “Proactive Fueled by Herbalife Nutrition,” located in Westlake Village, California. The 17,000 square foot multi-sport... more »

2021 Most Valuable HS Athletic Trainer of the Year Honorable Mentions

At Training & Conditioning, we are proud to share that our ninth annual Most Valuable Athletic Trainer of the Year award received the most nominations and honorable mentions in the history of the award. We... more »

Ashley Labrador: 2021’s Most Valuable HS Athletic Trainer of the Year

Four years into her athletic training career, Ashley Labrador and her skills were put to the ultimate test. She had taped ankles, dealt with helmet-to-helmet collisions, and administered preventative and rehabilitative care to student-athletes, but... more »

The Power of Proper Breathing

You might not think of it initially, but breathing plays a vital role in how you think, feel, rest, and recover. Heck, it can even have an impact on your posture and movement. A recent... more »

In Shortened Season, Data Shows NBA Injuries Are Up

In a condensed season-and-a-half, NBA player injuries appear to have risen according to a recent report from ESPN.com. After the 2019-20 NBA season had its season paused, moved down to a Florida bubble, and restarted... more »

A Guide to the Close Grip Dumbbell Press

Everyone loves the barbell bench press. But, like anything in life, repetition can bring stagnancy, and stagnancy stymies growth. A recent article on FitnessVolt.com offered a variation on the barbell bench press with the close... more »

Sparta Science Keeps Players Playing, Coaches Coaching

Nearly half a million student-athletes compete in one of the 24 sanctioned sports by the NCAA — more than ever before. With that ever-growing number comes the bigger need of keeping them in the game.... 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 »

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 »

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