Regardless of what training method you subscribe to, at some point in time truths about human function have to be reconciled with in order to get sustained positive outcomes. Now, we could try and circumvent the truth with all sorts of invented logic, but in the end the truth does rise to the top. Here's the challenge, I either know and understand these truths or I don't.
Cell Theory: All structure…Continue
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A number of years ago, I read an article about Vince Lombardi and his use of notepads. According to the article, Coach Lombardi kept extensive notes on his thoughts, strategies, and offensive schemes.
Since then, I began work on creating my…Continue
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I've been really fortunate in my career to have been around some very successful coaches and other professionals in my field and in life, too. But, I've been around some not so good coaches, too. Helping developing athletes is both a science and an art. There's a tremendous amount of information that has to be considered I think to try and develop a successful "process."
For me, I can't define one area of my experience…Continue
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Here's a copy of a tool I am currently using to monitor training over the course of the year. Now, there are some supplements to this tool, but it gives me at least a clear view of direction. I want to be able to see…Continue
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We could learn a lot from our friends in the military and those with NASA in regards to how we develop and monitor human systems within the athletic population. Personally, I would do away with sports strength and conditioning departments, that's a dated system with roots in 1950s Russian training. One that was founded on a system based in the sport of weightlifting and that was deceptively full of scientific cheating methods.…Continue
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I try to make use of filming training sessions and exercises, at least some aspect, on a regular basis. During team training, I'm looking to dissect and analyze many variables. At other times, I'm looking at "correctness" of exercise skill. Learning how to execute correctness has direct transfer outside of the training environment. On the other hand, reinforce in-correctness of skill in the training…Continue
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I try and attack new learning like a hungry lion roaming the Serengeti for his next meal. Here are some of my favorite sources of new learning from 2016.
Favorite Journal Article
Blood Lactate Measurements and Analysis during Exercise: A Guide for Clinicians…Continue
Added by John Mikula on December 30, 2016 at 1:57pm — No Comments
It has become way too easy in the profession to accept the notion that a one size fits all training construct meets the needs for all athletes. It has become way too easy to extend the myth that a certain group of lifts will morph athletes into powerful and explosive machines. It has become way too easy to edge real conditioning out of team-sport training except for hyper-choreographed sprints. It has become way too easy to de-emphasize experienced coaching for…Continue
Added by John Mikula on December 29, 2016 at 12:08pm — No Comments
Here are three questions to consider:
1. What's the training environment like?
- Do coaches and athletes clearly know what is expected of them?
- Are the goals of training realistic?
- How does the training environment reach the broad spectrum of…Continue
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I spent some time this week reviewing analytics pertaining to NFL injuries. Pretty fascinating stuff. Interestingly, it would be hard to definitively say that just because a team has a lot of injuries, their record is poor. However, we could surmise that as injuries mount, the path to winning increasingly gets harder, especially if the injuries relate to man-games lost by starters. This is evident in the available data up to week 13 in the NFL.…Continue
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