Here are a few observations from the past few years working with athletes and coaches:
1. At the high school level, a football mentality seems to pervade as the training model for many athletes.
2. Outside of the notion of Olympic weightlifting, there is a huge lack of diversely experienced and knowledgeable strength and conditioning coaches at all levels.
3. Strength and conditioning coaches should be more proactive about preventing injuries through training rather…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by John Mikula on May 1, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Wikipedia defines physical fitness as a measure of the human body's ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.
I like this definition of physical fitness. It describes what we're trying to achieve in many situations by employing strength training and conditioning activities. I'll say…Continue
Added by John Mikula on April 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Well, last week marked another week with a trend that I'd care not to see. Another week talking with athletes, former athletes, and others who are getting injured while training. It really perplexes me to the point that I just don't get it. I mean if an athlete is getting hurt while training, then why shift the blame to the athlete? At some point, a prudent coach has to take a look at her or himself and query maybe its something I'm doing?…Continue
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I love to ponder stuff. I love to read research. And, I love to read differing opinions of strength and conditioning. I really look forward to having my thinking challenged. I wasn't always this way, though. There was a time that any challenge to my thinking made me bristle with antagonism, but over the years this has changed. I think for the better. I don't have all of the answers, actually probably very few, but I'm willing to keep trying to ask better…Continue
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I feel that it is absolutely vital to ponder, quantify, qualify, and examine strength and conditioning training as it is being facilitated. This means more than just writing on a dry erase board, Power Cleans, 3 x 6 at 85% 1 RM. Training has to be more than just lifting a weight. …Continue
Added by John Mikula on March 26, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments
One of the current problems facing the strength and conditioning profession (if we can term it that), is competency. One definition that Webster uses to define competent is "having the ability to be legally qualified." Right here, we should stop and ponder…Continue
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Here's a template out of my strength and conditioning coaching notebook. I use variations of this "Progressions" concept extensively with good results. The athletes at each station complete the 2 exercises and then rotate. I could have up to 8 athletes doing the progressions and up to another 8 running simultaneously. Pretty simple, but dynamic concept, that works indoor/outdoor, various size groups, and various skill groups. …Continue
Added by John Mikula on March 11, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments
Hey, I make no bones about it, I was raised on 80s metal music and still love it. One of my favorite bands is Queensryche. They made popular a song called The Eyes of a Stranger, here's a few lines:…Continue
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Below are a couple of interesting studies on running and ground reaction forces. The SMU study presents some interesting thinking on a "Two-Mass System" of examining vertical ground reaction forces involved in running. The French study looks at a contrasting idea, that of horizontal impulse forces during acceleration.
Ground reaction force is somewhat minimally mentioned when talking about the average, mass-produced speed program other than pushing a sled or towing a parachute.…
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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
Added by John Mikula on February 22, 2017 at 7:14pm — No Comments
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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