Yoga poses emphasize strengthening, stretching, and balance among all parts of the body. A yoga practice begins with a warm-up that prepares all the muscles and connective tissues for vigorous exercise. Then, yoga postures make sure that muscles surrounding vulnerable joints such as knees and ankles are strong enough to allow for the quick, explosive movements that mark athletic performance.
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The start of a new season is an exciting time for coaches and athletes alike. However, this initial burst of enthusiasm and commitment inevitably will soon be tested as athletes cope with training and competition demands while also trying to balance other life responsibilities. Over a long season, even the most disciplined competitor will be tempted to stray off course and sometimes make poor decisions or behave inappropriately.
Even though many coaches excel at “trusting their gut” or coaching on instinct, when it comes to getting the most out of training and practice, seeing is not believing.
It’s important to push athletes, but coaches also have a responsibility to do so in a safe way. During his time at Villanova, basketball strength coach John Shackleton has learned to walk the line between hard work and overtraining. He has learned lessons along the way that can help any coach.
Player safety continues to remain in the public eye as issues like traumatic brain injury and long-term health remain huge concerns at every level of football. With this shift in focus to safety today more than ever before, coaches are continually looking for new ways to look out for the overall well-being of their athletes and decrease the risk of injury.
The quality of the athlete’s acceleration is affected by the quality of the preceding movement; therefore, a total speed program should address all elements of the athlete’s movement.
Football coaching is a copycat business at times. Coaches tend to look at what is working at other programs they admire, and apply it as a whole, or in part to what they are doing within their own program.
Many times coaches find it difficult to explain why they made certain decisions, whether it’s going for it on fourth down or deciding whether to break out that one dynamic trick play they installed during the offseason. Jason Gallucci, the Director of Performance at Princeton University, explains the importance of having data to inform the decision making process.
Linebackers, along with every other position on the field, must have great feet. Once the linebacker has quickly read his key, now it is time to react to that key. He must now get to his assignment and execute it as soon as possible.
There is nothing wrong with healthy competition, especially if it leaves a positive impact on a team. Successful coaches understand the importance of fostering an environment where everyone strives to get better, but how do you create competition with factors that have long been viewed as intangible like heart and effort?
Before getting too far into planning the specifics of a plyometric program, James Radcliffe says the prudent approach is to look honestly and carefully at issues that could affect safe participation in such intense training.