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Eddy Schumacher's Blog (5)

getting a job

5 years ago I embarked on a career path change. Having tuaght karate for 20 years, been an employed actor for 30 years, and having then begun as a personal trainer, I decided that collegiate level athletics was where I wanted to be. Consequently, I pursued my Master's degree in Sports Conditioning, became CSCS certified, and began an internship at the local college. The college had not previously had a Strength and Conditioning program. My whole goal was to get in on the ground floor to…

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Added by Eddy Schumacher on August 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

music in the collegiate team weight room

Just wondering, among the strength coaches out there, and more specifically, those who work with WHOLE TEAMS in the collegiate setting (only because training individuals even in a strength coach capacity is a different animal in so many ways), about music in your weight rooms.

Research definitely indicates the positive effect music can have on energy in the gym, but because music tastes vary so widely and are very individual, choosing music in a TEAM room is an interesting…

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Added by Eddy Schumacher on March 7, 2012 at 8:34pm — 6 Comments

Road blocks

As an assistant strength coach, I don't deal directly with most of the coaching staff or administration (AD, Compliance officer, etc.). That's the head strength coach's job and I don't envy certain aspects of it. But it does give me the opportunity to see certain road blocks in advance and  to think ahead of how I might handle many of the obstacles a fledgling program might face. 

It seems in most cases, if not all, that the coaches and administrators with whom I work simply don't…

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Added by Eddy Schumacher on January 20, 2012 at 8:12pm — 4 Comments

Conjugated periodization for collegiate athletics - a perspective

There are many approaches to strength coaching, but all have the same key goals – prepare the athletes for the physical rigors of competition.  This includes everything from foundational strength, sport specific conditioning, injury prevention and pre-habilitation, to team spirit building and psychological preparation, and many more things in between. 



But at the core of it all is strength and conditioning, as the job title indicates.  Studies repeatedly demonstrate that during…

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Added by Eddy Schumacher on January 17, 2012 at 12:19am — 4 Comments

Internship

This entry offers a bit of a different perspective – that of the Intern in a Strength and Conditioning program.  By way of intro, I am a 52 year old with a Master’s in Sports Conditioning and Performance, and will be testing for my CSCS soon.  That makes my position unique in that I’m coming into this career path later in life than the typical Strength Coach, much less Intern. 

An internship is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in the Strength…

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Added by Eddy Schumacher on October 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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