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What is Strength and Conditioning all about ?   I’m sitting on a plane heading to Krakow to deliver a presentation on Speed Agiltiy and Olympic lifting and I’m thinking to myself how did I get to thi…

What is Strength and Conditioning all about ?

 

I’m sitting on a plane heading to Krakow to deliver a presentation on Speed Agiltiy and Olympic lifting and I’m thinking to myself how did I get to this point?

 

What does it take to be a successful Strength and conditioning Coach…

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Added by Mike McGurn on November 1, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Coaching Art & Science

To be an effective coach it is necessary to be informed by science and artist to rival da Vinci. We know so much more today from a scientific perspective than when I started coaching 48 years ago and the information is easily accessible. But are we applying it as well as we can? We can do better. We have several generations of coaches who have been driven by science but come up short in the art, the practice and the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 30, 2017 at 11:52am — No Comments

Speed to Perform

Most people believe speed is something you’re born with and that you’re genetically inclined to be fast. But it has little to do with that – it’s a science. You can train your body to produce more force and the way you deliver force to the ground. And once that happens, it will completely change your perception of how fast or explosive you ever thought you could be.

Speed is an integral part of every sport and can be expressed as one of or a combination of Power(Elastic Strength) for…

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Added by Darelle Noel on October 28, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Effective Training/Training Effectively

One of the biggest mistakes I have seen in training design is biased one sided training that emphasizes one component of training to the exclusion of others. Effective training demands that all components of training be trained throughout the training year. Different components receive different emphasis depending on the time of the year, stage of career, competitive schedule. As I design my training I think of…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 20, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

University of Washington Winter/Spring 2018 Internship Program

The University of Washington Football Strength and Conditioning Program is currently seeking internship applicants for the winter and spring quarter of 2018.  Interns will have the opportunity to continue their experience through the summer dependent upon individual performance during winter/spring workouts.  Must adhere to the rules of the NCAA, The University of Washington Intercollegiate Athletics Department, and the Pac-12 Conference.  Required qualifications: Currently…

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Added by Matt King on October 17, 2017 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Coaching Wisdom from a Master Coach Clay Erro

2014-06-21 04.28.57 Clay is the former football coach at Enterprise High School in Redding California. He is the winningest football coach in Northern California history. We have been privileged to have Clay as a GAIN faculty member. More important than his success was his ability to teach young men to…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 16, 2017 at 7:47am — No Comments

Tactical Periodization – Is it really new?

What exactly is tactical periodization? Is it the newest buzzword or a new name for what great coaches have always done? Before you jump on the bandwagon and try to understand some of the poorly translated Portuguese books and interviews on the subject look at history for a minute. Look at Dean Smith and John Wooden – they did not call it tactical periodization but their practices were designed to thoroughly and…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 10, 2017 at 7:47am — No Comments

Difference Makers

Big things do matter, but the little things also matter. Pay attention to detail but never get caught up the minutiae and lose sight of the big picture

Leadership matters. It must be strong and consistent.

Strong, clear & compelling…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 6, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

Difference Makers

Big things do matter, but the little things also matter. Pay attention to detail but never get caught up the minutiae and lose sight of the big picture

Leadership matters. It must be strong and consistent.

Strong, clear & compelling…

Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 6, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

More on the Coaching Process

No algorithm, no formula – High degree of emotional intelligence & flexibility
 
Grounded in…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 4, 2017 at 7:14am — No Comments

More on the Coaching Process

No algorithm, no formula – High degree of emotional intelligence & flexibility
 
Grounded in…
Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 4, 2017 at 7:14am — No Comments

More on the Coaching Process

No algorithm, no formula – High degree of emotional intelligence & flexibility
 
Grounded in…
Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 4, 2017 at 7:14am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 2, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 2, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 2, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

Preparation is the Key

The human body is very complex.  Training it for sports, battle, and life requires some considerable thought, effort, and reflection.  I like the research method approach whereas I prescribe training elements, evaluate their effectiveness and outcomes, and make judgements as far as how to adapt.…

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Added by John Mikula on October 1, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Strength Coach's Lie: Tracking Yourself to Death

“You can’t improve what you don’t measure.”

It’s a classic quote – and let me premise the article by saying that there is a lot of truth in that statement. However, it is not absolute truth.

Strength coaches hear about the principle of tracking and measuring a lot. Blogs and podcasts mention how coaches should be tracking staff performance through managerial assessments. Many directors of strength programs spend time developing and recording on…

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Added by Hewitt Tomlin - TeamBuildr on September 26, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Strength and Conditioning Networking 101

As a professional Strength and Conditioning Coach, how many jobs have you applied for and not even made it past the first cut?

You have 5 years of full-time experience, your master’s degree, and worked with many high caliber athletic programs only to get left out of the interview process for a job that you meet the requirements for. You could be on the other side of the coin as well. An undergraduate intern looking for more opportunities to learn or find that graduate assistant…

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Added by Hewitt Tomlin - TeamBuildr on September 21, 2017 at 10:13am — No Comments

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