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January 2011 Blog Posts (43)

Prehab – A Flawed Concept

Perhaps on of the most flawed concepts that has emerged in the last twenty-five years in the lexicon of training is prehab. The term originated with pitching guru Tom House in the mid 1980’s when he was the pitching coach of the Texas Rangers. Tom has his PHD in marketing and he is a good marketer. Prehab was a marketing term he coined for his exercises to prevent pitching injures. As the years passed more guru’s latched…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on January 31, 2011 at 7:46am — 2 Comments

Last Boy or Girl Standing – Training or Abuse?

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I have been thinking about this for quite awhile. I am going to tell you a story today. It is not a pretty story, but it is a story that is repeated in pool, gyms and fields across our country everyday. Young growing athletes are being abused and nobody wants to say anything. If we did this to a dog…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on January 30, 2011 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

Brace Yourself

Brace Yourself

Brace yourself to get ready.

Only at a velocity of zero can a muscle produce its maximal force, yet its length does not change.   In training this is called an isometric contraction and techniques such as pushing or pulling on an immovable bar or against a given load on an exercise machine at a particular angle are used to Get Stronger.

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If you brace, tensing your musculature as…

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Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on January 29, 2011 at 6:20pm — No Comments

CEOs advocate employee health at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

 

At the World Economic Forum, currently taking place in Davos, Switzerland, a group of leading CEO’s have introduced the so-called Workplace Wellness Alliance. This consortium of corporations including Novo Nordisk, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, BT and others, have partnered up to improve global health and productivity by making wellness a priority, starting at the workplace.

Return on…

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Added by David Harris on January 28, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Training Secrets

Here is my training secret. The secret is there no secret. No potions. No fads. No Frills. No Gimmicks. No Quick Fixes. No Crash programs, because you end up crashing with those programs.

Just basic principle based, focused training designed to meet sport demands and fit the needs of the individual athlete. My approach is very minimalist, work with the tools you have. When I started coaching track & field 42 years ago we did not have a track, so we laid out a track on…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on January 28, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Kill Season ?

 

This is the type of reaction that I was getting at with my last blog . Not to attack but to question . The general public (faculty, parents , athletes ,even sport coaches). I feel it is not exercises selection or protocol but mointoring that might need to be looked at.

K Toth

 

 

 

Offseason workouts need changes before the next funeral…

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Added by Kenny Toth on January 28, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Iowa to investigate cause of disorder

ESPN.com reports that Iowa is going to investigate what caused its football players to be hospitalized after offseason workouts.  Here's the story:

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa leaders promised Thursday to investigate what caused 13 football players to be hospitalized with an unusual muscle disorder following…

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Added by Brian Harris on January 28, 2011 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Feel The Burn

It is so easy to design a workout to bring on a “burn” but training is so much more than feeling the burn. It does not take any particular talent or skill to do mindless exercises that elicit pain, if that is the objective that is not training. Don’t get me wrong in order to force adaptation you have to push the envelope at times, but at other times you need to back off and go easy. In essence that is the yin and yang of… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on January 27, 2011 at 6:17am — No Comments

Hard Work or Insanity :Iowa Players Hospitalized after workout

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta, left, speaks at a press conference in December as football coach Kirk Ferentz, right, looks on. Barta said in a statement on Tuesday that the school's next step is to figure out what made the football players ill so it can be avoided in the future.





By Tom Witosky and… Continue

Added by Kenny Toth on January 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Train the Athlete

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It is so easy to get caught up in the exercises, sets, reps, runs, and jumps and lose sight of the goal, which is making the athlete better. If the exercises, sets, reps, runs and jumps do not fit the athlete and are not sport…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on January 26, 2011 at 8:43am — No Comments

Stafon Johnson is Suing USC and an Assistant Strength Coach for Negligence in Relation to a September 2009 Weightlifting Accident

ESPN.com is reporting that Stafon Johnson is Suing USC and an Assistant Strength Coach for Negligence in Relation to a September 2009 Weightlifting Accident.  Here's the article:

 

BEVERLY HILLS -- Former…

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Added by Brian Harris on January 25, 2011 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

Functional Technique

Use of proper technique in strength and conditioning programs is imperative to the safety and progress of every athlete. When this becomes the entire focus of the strength coach I feel the program is at risk. The development of Functional technique should be the goal with the focus on strenght devlopment.…

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Added by Kenny Toth on January 25, 2011 at 10:36am — No Comments

Hard Work

To paraphrase the old country western song if you work your fingers to the bone all get is boney fingers. Doing hard work is not really that hard to do. Doing work that matters is much harder and it is how you get results. Don’t get me wrong I believe in working hard, but I believe more in working smart. At young training ages any work will pay dividends up to a point. As the athlete accrues training experience they cannot get away with just hard work, it must become specific to their needs and… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on January 25, 2011 at 7:02am — No Comments

Still Fast But a Lpot Slower

Still Fast But A Lot Slower

Still Fast But A Lot Slower

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If you look at men or women from the ages of 18-80 and examine the shortening velocity of their musculature you may be tremendously surprised to find that age has no effect on how quickly a muscle can change its length or V max.

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With aging there is a decrease in maximal force and power due to the loss of muscle mass and not to the unloaded shortening…

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Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on January 24, 2011 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers Strength and Conditioning Coaches

The Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator of the Green Bay Packers is Mark Lovat.  The Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers is Garrett Giemont.  Understanding that both teams will be hot topics over the next two weeks as they prepare to face off in Super Bowl XLV, Strength Performance Network thought you would be interested to learn about the background of each coach.  The following…

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Added by Brian Harris on January 24, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

Training Session Design Considerations


The actual design of the session should carefully consider:

Progression /Sequence

Training time available & time allocation

Integration of skill with work to develop physical capacities

Size of the facility or training area relative to the number of athletes training

Equipment available

Coaching personnel available as well as the number of athletes that will participate in the actual training session. 

Added by Vern Gambetta on January 24, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Pitt Hires New Strength Coach

The University of Pittsburgh's new head football coach Todd Graham hired Shawn Griswold to run its strength and conditioning program.  Griswold was at Tulsa the past seven seasons where he served as its head strength and conditioning coach.  PittsburghLive.com reports:

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Added by Brian Harris on January 21, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Fitness

The word fitness conjures many images and feelings. In many circles fitness is equated with appearance – he or she looks fit.  Many athletes equate fitness with gut check workouts that you do to get “fit”. In my eyes fitness is a moving target. It is certainly not something you are. It is an ongoing process. Being fit early an athlete’s career has different connotations than fitness for an athlete who has trained and… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on January 19, 2011 at 7:31am — 1 Comment

Spring 2011

Tomorrow morning marks the 1st day for the Prairie View Panthers Spring Football workouts. We will be introducing alot of new exercises as well as some total body and core exercises which will be great for the guys. I am ready to get this semester rolling!!!

Added by Val Ford on January 18, 2011 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Vols Hire Ron McKeefery Football Head Strength And Conditioning Coach

The University of Tennessee hired Ron McKeefery as their new head strength and conditioning coach of football.  The following was published by TheChattanoogan.com.

 

The University of Tennessee football program announced Monday that Ron McKeefery has been named football head strength and conditioning coach.

 

The 2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the…

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Added by Brian Harris on January 18, 2011 at 12:03pm — No Comments

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