Eccentric and Velocity-Based Training for Collegiate Athletes

Reading Time: 3 mins  Introduction: Typically, strength training is used to enhance low-speed strength, while plyometrics and Olympic movements/derivatives are performed for power output. With the recent surge of velocity-based training (VBT), strength and power were hybridized by focusing on higher concentric velocities. VBT has demonstrated enhanced power output at various speeds and…

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5 Keys to Ankle Kinematics in Ice Hockey Skating

Reading Time: 2 mins  Previous literature has investigated the stride length and rate data of ice hockey skating. This brief article seeks to further examine the foot and ankle kinematics with bilateral twin axis electrogoniometers. “The purpose of the study was to examine the kinematics of the foot and ankle using electrogoniometers during the…

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A Case for Bob Wylie on Stretching…

Reading Time: 4 mins  Is Bob Wylie of the Cleveland Browns right about stretching? (If you don’t get the reference, watch this before proceeding) It’s known that prolonged static stretching reduces maximal force output in skeletal muscle, but why does this phenomenon occur? Here is a link to the study which may support…

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Unilateral vs Bilateral Training for Basketball

Reading Time: 3 mins  What drives your decision making to program bilateral or unilateral movements for your athletes? Bilateral training is thought to be best for absolute force production, whereas unilateral training is argued as more specific to the demands of sport. Some like to point to the bilateral force deficit phenomena- when…

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Creatine and Beta-Alanine for Sprinters, Jumpers, and Throwers

Reading Time: 4 minsCreatine has long been touted as potentially the most well proven supplement for performance. Over recent years, beta-alanine has been supported to increase buffering capacity and reduce acidosis during exercise. Both supplements were analyzed in this recently published in the Journal of Exercise and Nutrition: Creatine and Beta-Alanine Supplementation for…

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Maximizing Concurrent Training: Science-Based Recommendations

Reading Time: 2 minsConcurrent training can be explained simply as resistance training while also training aerobic qualities. This is relevant because most field-based sports rely heavily upon both qualities- Can you produce force? Can you last all four quarters? Also, there are some other interesting implications for aesthetics and the competitive bodybuilders. This…

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The Ground Connection

Reading Time: 10 minsWhy You Should Be Aware of Your Foot by Dr. Matthew Klayman, PT, DPT, SFMA, Barefoot Rehab Specialist   In today’s day and age, it seems like people are always looking for direct A to B type answers. People want immediate results and want to know the exact cause of why…

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Squats for Sprints/Jumps, Nutrition for Soft Tissue

Reading Time: 4 mins“Strength is never a weakness.” This is one of my favorite quotes that I have been throwing around, borrowed from Mark Bell. It is all too easy to get caught up in elaborate programming and cute exercises when most people simply need to get stronger. The following study is once again…

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Basics on Beetroot for Performance

Reading Time: 3 minsThere has been emerging evidence that beetroot juice (nitrate) seems be a reliable ergogenic aid in aerobic performance. After trying some, I needed to find some literature to to support how this phenomena works. So, here we go. The purpose of consuming beetroot juice is to find our way to…

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