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July 2014 Blog Posts (16)

The Beginning

"Arriving at one goal is the starting point of another."

John Dewey

Added by Alex Guillien on July 30, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

Athlete Directed Coaching Part 2

What’s the truth about helping others change?

In this podcast series I interview Roy Sugarman, Phd, author of ‘Motivation For Coaches & Personal Trainers’. He is also serves as the Director of Sports Psychology for EXOS.

Here in part two of this podcast series we discuss the following:

  • What are the stages of…

Added by Jeremy Boone on July 27, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments

What S&C Coaches should do for their players while at Training Camp

With the start of NFL Training Camps this past week, many of my peers in the industry and the workplace, as well as many of my family and friends, inevitably believe that it is time for me to take a break. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, in my mind, now is the time when the rubber truly hits the road and my athletes actually need me the most. It’s not only time to see the fruits of our extensive labor (when I say “our” I mean my players and myself) over the past…


Added by Shawn Myszka on July 24, 2014 at 6:55pm — No Comments


With the popularization of high intensity training, Crossfit, and other intense training methods, the idea of training to failure has become increasingly more popular. The idea of working so hard that you cannot possibly complete another rep is seen as an important part of training. However is this necessary in athletic training when we are after strength and size gains?

Some athletes and…


Added by Dave McDowell on July 23, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Gaelic Athletics True Sport

IMG_1049 On Sunday July 12 we got to see an amazing athletic event the Munster Hurling final between Cork and Limerick. What a sport – it completely captured me. Curling along with Gaelic Football is part of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The GAA has pitches all over the…


Added by Vern Gambetta on July 22, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Individual Training in a Team Setting

One of the biggest challenges for coaches at the collegiate and high school level is individualizing programming in a large team setting. Coaches who implement some type of needs analysis for their athletes often find that the escape from a cookie-cutter program is more difficult than anticipated. Most likely, this is not due to lack of knowledge or experience (although this can add to the dilemma), but instead to limitations in space, staffing, scheduling, and equipment. More often than…


Added by Mark Watts on July 22, 2014 at 9:40am — No Comments

Dr. Andrews and Youth Injuries

A great interview with Dr. James Andrews highlighting the some of the pathways for youth sports-related injuries.

Added by John Mikula on July 20, 2014 at 8:21am — No Comments

Reliability of GPS Units

I'm always looking for methods to better measure production and production capability in those I work with.  One tool that I experimented with several years ago was GPS tracking.  During this time, I found the devices to be inconsistent in…


Added by John Mikula on July 20, 2014 at 7:13am — 6 Comments

High Performance Training For Sports- Part 1

Want to discover the latest philosophies, protocols, and programmes for developing today’s athletes?

In this podcast series I interview coach David Joyce, author of the new book ‘High Performance Training For Sports’.

Here in part one of this podcast series we discuss the following:

-What is your background and who do you currently…


Added by Jeremy Boone on July 16, 2014 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Training Protocols

Probably for every entity that I've ever worked with there are certain nuisances to that population in terms of how I program physical training.  However, as a starting point and foundation I try to focus on fitness fundamentals of bodyweight strength and movement, muscular strength, endurance and general speed development.  The next step forward to…


Added by John Mikula on July 15, 2014 at 9:39am — No Comments

The Art of Tapering & Peaking

A few thoughts on taper and peaking, the swim teams I work with are in this process now with championship meets all coming in the next month so this has been on my mind.

The effectiveness of the taper and the subsequent peaking is dependent on the content and quality of the work leading up to the taper. In…


Added by Vern Gambetta on July 9, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments


We used one of my favorite training protocols during tactical workouts yesterday.  Here's an overview of the routine.

Title: TRX-…


Added by John Mikula on July 8, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hamstring Solutions

The solutions to the issue of the explosion of hamstring are quite straightforward. Here some of the things that have worked for my colleagues and me. All of these take a deep commitment to coaching movement.

Perfect Impeccable Sprint Mechanics - This does not me mean more part drills; it means an analysis of each…


Added by Vern Gambetta on July 7, 2014 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

Crossfit vs NSCA, Does it Matter?

I just got done reviewing the Crossfit defamation lawsuit vs NSCA  (link above) and I…


Added by John Mikula on July 6, 2014 at 6:21pm — 4 Comments

Hamstring Injuries – A problem with a clear solution

I am not trying to jump on the bandwagon here; this is something I have been writing about and commenting on for years. Hamstring injuries have become a huge problem in sport. Just to be clear even though the Josey Altidore hamstring pull prompted this post I have no know knowledge of what the US Men’s National team does or does not do in terms of conditioning. I have had no contact with the US Men’s National Soccer team…


Added by Vern Gambetta on July 5, 2014 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

Are you going to slow down? Why?

I was asked the other day why I am not slowing down, the person asking stated that I have been coaching 44 years you are 67 years old why don’t you kick back? Real simple it is not in my DNA. My passion for coaching and teaching runs deep. I sense no decline in my desire. I am addicted to learning and obsessed with self-improvement. It took 40 of coaching and 62 years of life to begin to figure this all out so why not…


Added by Vern Gambetta on July 3, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

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