Safety Squat Bar: Trunk and Lower Body Mechanics

Reading Time: 3 mins   It seems like people are spending a lot of time talking about specialty barbells. As more facilities are investing in specialty bars, I have wondered how worthwhile are these varieties and for what specific purposes? Think about it: weightlifting bars, powerlifting bars, sport/hybrid bars, safety squat bars, cambered bars,…

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Olympic-Style Weightlifting for Sport

Reading Time: 4 mins   NSCA Coach is an online journal published quarterly for all coaches who are NSCA members. I had saved by Antonio Squillante in September 2018 on Advanced Understanding of Olympic-Style Weightlifting for Sport. Squillante also writes for Elite Track Sport Training and Conditioning; a website with a blog worth checking out…

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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: 3 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 mins Creatine 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 mins Concurrent 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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