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New York Giants Steve Smith shows off his NFL Beach Training to get ready for the season

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Comment by Adam Chamberlain on December 4, 2010 at 10:46am
I agree with what you say justin but when have you ever seen a training injury while someone was rehabing? I guess I could have used comparison also. "safer" Is pretty vague because sand is safer than other things, but I am sure there are more prudent alternatives. I like that sand doesnt have many limitations. If you rehab or strengthen an ankle on say an airex, or similar product you are limited in your movement. To have someone be able to traverse in sand without limitation of space is better imo. It doesnt only have to be used for running.
Comment by Justin Giger on December 3, 2010 at 9:53pm
I agree that it will require alot of training in sand to reverse the training base, however, as far as a safer method of developing stability and strength, I disagree. From my understanding, most non-contact sports injuries occur during the amortization phase (eccentric to concentric actions) and by increasing this time, you may not only hinder speed and power output, if you prolong this time it may may the athlete more vulnerable to injury (IMO).

As far as the lunges and pushups in sand, I like idea. Imagine the amount of neuromuscular demand placed on the entire body as the resistance (in this case, water crashing into the body) is constantly varied and therefore dynamic. Pretty cool.
Comment by Adam Chamberlain on December 1, 2010 at 10:50pm
It's variety. It makes it fun and gets you in a different atmosphere. I don't see anything wrong with doing pushups in water. Does being hyper critical of everything help you become a better coach? If doing pushups in water is rediculous then tell us why and back it up with proof.
Comment by Eric Martin on November 30, 2010 at 8:56pm
Not sure what the point of barbell lunges in the water is for?? The push ups in the water seems just as ridiculous.
Comment by Adam Chamberlain on November 30, 2010 at 12:15pm
I would agree if these guys only ran in sand all day everyday, but that is not the reality. It would take alot of sand training to reverse the training base they already have. I think it's one of the safer ways to increase stability and strength in the ankles.
Comment by Justin Giger on October 22, 2010 at 12:24am
I believe that implementing speed/power/agility training in sand is counterproductive. Any time you are increasing the amoritization time between eccentric to concentric, you are slowing your athletes down. I think there could be tremendous benefit for sand training (barefoot) with low dynamic movements, such as with an active/dynamic warmup exercises--further allowing the muscles of the foot to actively control and stabilize the entire body (rather than the passive support of a shoe). Otherwise, I think these schools are wasting their money putting a giant catbox in their facilities.
Comment by Chan Cho on October 21, 2010 at 11:49am
Pretty interesting thoughts.
What are your thoughts on colleges/universities that have sand pits at their facilities (EX: Virginia Tech) and using it often as part of their speed/agility training?
Comment by Justin Giger on October 20, 2010 at 11:29am
I put the blame on the coach. It's not the athlete's job to know how to best prepare themselves for competition. Coach needs to know better.
Comment by Andrew Williams on October 19, 2010 at 7:19pm
Justin, I agree its amazing how many pro athletes train like this.
Comment by Justin Giger on October 18, 2010 at 2:12pm
Training in sand for speed and power is one of the most inefficient things a coach can implement. Obviously, the goal for speed/power/agility is to REDUCE the amount of amoritization time between eccentric to concentric (pronation to supination as seen in the foot). By increasing the amortization time (i.e. running in sand) you are effectively DAMPENING the Stretch Shortening Cycle, thereby making your athletes slower. While I'm not sure training in sand works the muscles differently (as the coach describes) it will effectively gas your athletes (more metabolic demand for increased amoritization time). So, your athletes are eventually working harder and getting slower altogether. Would love to see the water used as a regeneration tool--contrast bath, hydrotherapy, etc. (I would have to assume it's cold).

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