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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.

 

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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
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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
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In the field physical training with exercise physiologists John Mikula and Paul Smith.
Jan 22
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Exertional rhabdomyolysis (exRML)

Exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis mechanisms and prevention: A literature reviewhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254615000605It seems I can't go any great length of time without writing an article or blog about (exRML). In the wake of recent events, let me write another. Please, take a moment and review this newer study, it is very thorough. I've been on the front-lines of working around (exRML)…See More
Jan 18
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Injuries

San Diego, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, Buffalo, Houston, NY Jets, Minnesota, and Arizona. What do all of these NFL teams have in common? They were the most injured teams in the NFL by metrics looking at volume and magnitude in 2016. What else do we know from the outside about these teams? Well, only one made the play-offs and the injuries definitely impacted the teams' season in a negative manner. In fact, how many coaches lost jobs within these organizations based on the teams…See More
Jan 9
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Dec 30, 2016
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Three Questions

Here are three questions to consider:1.  What's the training environment like?      - Do coaches and athletes clearly know what is expected of them?      - Are the goals of training realistic?      - How does the training environment reach the broad spectrum of athletes'       needs?     - What are the motivational factors for athletes to train at a high level?      - How are athletes being developed along the performance continuum?     - How inclusive is the training environment?2.  Are the…See More
Dec 27, 2016
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Some of These Things

Some of these things don't look like the others, at least from a human, systemic perspective.  How alike are the movements from a…See More
Dec 17, 2016
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Adaptations to Exercise

"When challenged with any physical task, the human body responds through a series of integrated changes in function that involve most, if not all, of its physiologic systems."Physiological Responses and Long Term Adaptations to Exercise. Centers for Disease Control.https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/pdf/chap3.pdfIt's a no-brainer that there are human adaptations to the stimulus called exercise. Adaptations involve systemic changes, to…See More
Dec 15, 2016
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Shock Treatments

In the field of psychology, electrical shock treatments are used somewhat of a last resort with various forms of mental illness when other activities and medicines don't seem to work. The idea of "shock training" with athlete groups using special operator teams or cross-fit gurus seems to be quite popular, but I'm skeptical of the long-term benefits. Having worked in the military sector for many years, I don't know of any athletic group or sports team that would train with anywhere near the…See More
Dec 14, 2016
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A Word About Injuries

I spent some time this week reviewing analytics pertaining to NFL injuries. Pretty fascinating stuff.  Interestingly, it would be hard to definitively say that just because a team has a lot of injuries, their record is poor.  However, we could surmise that as injuries mount, the path to winning increasingly gets harder, especially if the injuries relate to man-games lost by starters.  This is evident in the available data up to week 13 in the NFL.  I think in some ways the profession is kind of…See More
Dec 12, 2016
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Breadth of Experience

If there's any one dynamic that I've benefited from professionally is that of having a very diverse breadth of experience. I don't say this to highlight me, but, rather to stress the value of work-experience diversity. Diversity working with very young, potential athletes to high school football and baseball athletes to college hockey players, to helping elderly WWII veterans improve their strength and fitness. I've worked in the NFL with some of the very best at that level to working with…See More
Dec 6, 2016

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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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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…

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Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:14pm

Notepads

A number of years ago, I read an article about Vince Lombardi and his use of notepads.  According to the article, Coach Lombardi kept extensive notes on his thoughts, strategies, and offensive schemes.

Since then, I began work on creating my…

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Posted on February 18, 2017 at 11:14am

An Art and A Science

I've been really fortunate in my career to have been around some very successful coaches and other professionals in my field and in life, too.  But, I've been around some not so good coaches, too.  Helping developing athletes is both a science and an art.  There's a tremendous amount of information that has to be considered I think to try and develop a successful "process."  

For me, I can't define one area of my experience…

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Posted on February 17, 2017 at 3:17pm

Training Report Card

Here's a copy of a tool I am currently using to monitor training over the course of the year.  Now, there are some supplements to this tool, but it gives me at least a clear view of direction.  I want to be able to see…

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Posted on February 17, 2017 at 11:36am

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

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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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