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May 2017 Blog Posts (5)

The Limitations of Specificity

Specificity really has its roots in the area of motor learning.  The Theory of Specificity of Motor Learning suggests that for motor skills to carry over outside of the practice environment, learning and development of the skills must resemble the environment that the motor skills are to be used in outside of the practice environment.  In the exercise realm, this theory has been broadened to include the same concept in…

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Added by John Mikula on May 27, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Creating Counter Measures

NASA goes to great lengths to develop the physical-fitness of astronauts. As part of this program, astronauts go through exercise counter-measures training to help deal with the effects of being in space, specifically dealing with micro-gravity. Exercise is used in this capacity prior to a space-mission and for a lengthy period after to help the astronaut recovery from space-stress.



So, why don't we have a similar mindset to developing athletes? For sure, we're full onboard with the… Continue

Added by John Mikula on May 19, 2017 at 8:07am — No Comments

Base Camp

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I think for most competitive athletes and certainly most tactical warriors base fitness is a necessity. Yet, base fitness and programs that emphasize this aspect of strength and conditioning get little air-play. Just talking about base-fitness doesn't sound glamorous, does it?



However, a base level of physical strength and endurance should underlie just about every strength and conditioning program. It's what we should build on and return to, no different… Continue

Added by John Mikula on May 17, 2017 at 7:51am — No Comments

Right Effort, Wrong Direction

Think about this, I could put in my blood, sweat, and tears in my training as an athlete, but if the effort is headed in the wrong direction, it is somewhat of a futile effort.  I think it's too easy as a strength and conditioning coach to focus on variables rather than the endgame of the athlete (right direction). 

What is the training endgame of the athlete?  To potentially better produce during competition, right.  Now, I'm…

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Added by John Mikula on May 1, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Two Brain Training Myths of Athletic Performance

As strength & conditioning coaches we all focus on developing physical qualities such as speed, strength, power, agility, balance, and coordination....but what if we are missing a critical component to our athlete's…

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Added by Jeremy Boone on May 1, 2017 at 8:33am — No Comments

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