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Bodies in Motion

The predominant…Continue

Started Mar 1, 2016

Developing Leaders

“A mistake becoming a habit is a mistake.” – Dan Gable   It is a mistake to miss the opportunity to develop leaders in the training environment.  Strength and conditioning modalities provide a great…Continue

Started Feb 23, 2016

Pumped-up pioneers: the '63 Chargers
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http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3866837Several years ago, I watched this segment on Outside the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Weatherly Jun 10, 2014.

 

Welcome, John Mikula, MA, CTRS, CSCS, EP-C (ACSM) TRX

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Apr 23
John Mikula posted a blog post

Physiology and American Football

I love to ponder stuff.  I love to read research.  And, I love to read differing opinions of strength and conditioning.  I really look forward to having my thinking challenged.  I wasn't always this way, though.  There was a time that any challenge to my thinking made me bristle with antagonism, but over the years this has changed.  I think for the better.  I don't have all of the answers, actually probably very few, but I'm willing to keep trying to ask better questions.One area of strength…See More
Apr 4
John Mikula commented on John Mikula's blog post A Matter of Competency
"Thanks for your comment, Karsten, well stated. One aspect you mentioned was performing a needs analysis, which I believe would be part of a legislative scope of practice. Yet, most of the "needs analysis" in the field seem to center around…"
Mar 29
Karsten Jensen commented on John Mikula's blog post A Matter of Competency
"Hi John - It is a difficult question, because ultimately the outcome - the athletes ability to practice and compete - is affected by other factors than our efforts. I am not sure if my answer fully pertains to your post, but it is about what…"
Mar 29
John Mikula posted blog posts
Mar 27
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Make Meaning

Helping to prepare athletes for competition is really about making meaning rather than making athletes. Wait a minute, what do you mean by that, you might be asking? Making meaning is all about foster change, growth, development, and refinement.So, how do I try and make meaning in those I work with? I think a lot of this starts with a good coaching mindset. What's my purpose? To help foster athletic development. How can I go about doing this? Try and employ a set of best practices for each…See More
Mar 17
John Mikula posted blog posts
Mar 16
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Coaching Notebook: Progressions

Here's a template out of my strength and conditioning coaching notebook.  I use variations of this "Progressions" concept extensively with good results.  The athletes at each station complete the 2 exercises and then rotate.  I could have up to 8 athletes doing the progressions and up to another 8 running simultaneously.  Pretty simple, but dynamic concept, that works indoor/outdoor, various size groups, and various skill groups.  As with many of the workout concepts I design, I think working…See More
Mar 12
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Urban Assault_Squat_Lunge Variations

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Squat Variations/Progressions
Mar 11
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Mar 8
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Reconcile These

Regardless of what training method you subscribe to, at some point in time truths about human function have to be reconciled with in order to get sustained positive outcomes.  Now, we could try and circumvent the truth with all sorts of invented logic, but in the end the truth does rise to the top.  Here's the challenge, I either know and understand these truths or I don't.Cell Theory: All structure and function is the result of cellular activity.  This is vital.  At some point everything falls…See More
Feb 23
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Integrating and Coaching Human Systems

We could learn a lot from our friends in the military and those with NASA in regards to how we develop and monitor human systems within the athletic population.  Personally, I would do away with sports strength and conditioning departments, that's a dated system with roots in 1950s Russian training.  One that was founded on a system based in the sport of weightlifting and that was deceptively full of scientific cheating methods.  We can and need to do better.  Rather, we should develop…See More
Feb 6
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Thoughts on Testing

Testing elements of physical fitness for athletes is very important. Most of us would agree on that. Why test? To gain baseline information on aspects of fitness functioning. However, prior to testing, it's important for the clinician to try and define what is "sports-fitness" for the athlete(s) one is testing. This is vital and often a point of misdirection. Without understanding the dynamics of "performance fitness" for an athlete, just randomly testing weight-lifting abilities or 40-yard…See More
Jan 30
John Mikula posted videos
Jan 28
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Better Athletes: Urban Assault_DIY Sliders

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In the field physical training with exercise physiologists John Mikula and Paul Smith.
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Government Entity
Job Title
Exercise Physiologist/Recreational Therapy Supervisor
Current Job Description
Lead a team of clinicians working in medical-fitness, aquatic therapy, and adaptive sports preparation. Own local human performance business as well.
Past Job Experience
Worked as an exercise physiologist for a government entity overseeing physical training and testing, and human performance. Volunteer strength and conditioning coach Jacksonville Jaguars, 2005-2009. Visiting strength and conditioning coach Carolina Panthers, 2012.
Education
MA, Physical Education, University of South Florida
BS, Therapeutic Recreation, Southern Illinois University

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Athletes and Injury Counseling

Well, last week marked another week with a trend that I'd care not to see.  Another week talking with athletes, former athletes, and others who are getting injured while training.  It really perplexes me to the point that I just don't get it.  I mean if an athlete is getting hurt while training, then why shift the blame to the athlete?  At some point, a prudent coach has to take a look at her or himself and query maybe its something I'm doing?…

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Posted on April 23, 2017 at 8:30pm

Working Backwards

Steve Jobs had a saying something to the effect that before you develop the technology, you need to understand the customer experience and work backward from there.



https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/start-customer-experience-work-backwards-steve-jobs-gary-stockton



Strength and conditioning coaches could learn from this. Instead of just developing pathways to develop… Continue

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:48am

Physiology and American Football

I love to ponder stuff.  I love to read research.  And, I love to read differing opinions of strength and conditioning.  I really look forward to having my thinking challenged.  I wasn't always this way, though.  There was a time that any challenge to my thinking made me bristle with antagonism, but over the years this has changed.  I think for the better.  I don't have all of the answers, actually probably very few, but I'm willing to keep trying to ask better…

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Posted on March 31, 2017 at 7:00pm

The Nordic Hamstring Curl

One exercise that I'm going to go on record at this point as saying has potential to be more harmful…

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Posted on March 27, 2017 at 8:00pm

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At 7:06pm on August 28, 2015, Frank Zhong said…

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At 9:44am on February 28, 2013, Jeremy Boone said…

Ok thanks John!  Looking forward to checking it out!

At 8:41pm on December 27, 2012, Ron McKeefery said…

Great to connect.  This is a great site for learning and networking with others in the field.  Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you or your athletes.  You can stay connected with me on SPN, or my website www.RonMcKeefery.com.  I am also on most of the Social Media networks.  All the best in 2013.  

 
 
 

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