John Shackleton, Villanova strength and conditioning coach, tells the story of how one of his student-athletes struggled at times to stay in peak physical condition, and how he rectified the situation.
LSU’s Eric Donoval used Polar’s GPS technology during the 2016-2017 season in an attempt to better understand the team’s performance, as well as try and gain a competitive advantage. The benefits became obvious, especially when Donoval began comparing performance as the season progressed.
Gathering and understanding strength and conditioning data is critical to a program’s success.
When measuring something as complex as heart rate, coaches must use reliable systems to make sure their data supports their decisions.
Opinion has very little value for strength coaches. They need objective measurement in order to do their jobs better.
Although injuries directly attributable to resistance training are rare, they do occur from time to time. The vast majority of these injuries stem from the lifter not using the proper form for an exercise. Watch out for the following pitfalls as you strive to execute proper form.
Whether you’re trying to make program-wide decisions or individual training decisions, Polar’s data provides objective measurements that move the ball forward.
Dynamic Fitness & Strength’s Nick Weiss explains how to perform a proper Power Clean. This is a great video for football coaches and strength coaches alike, because it teaches proper technique and explains how to avoid injury.
Mat drills can be completed on wrestling mats or on field turf. Mark off an area 15 × 15 yards. Athletes line up three across and a minimum of 10 lines deep. At the station, the athletes follow the coach’s commands:
The negatives of sports specialization are well known and highly publicized within scholastic sports circles. One of the ongoing missions of football coaches today is to continue to promote the benefits of high school student athletes being “multi-sport athletes.”
Evidence supports the use of some supplements, such as creatine, branched-chain amino acids, and L-carnitine; these supplements may be beneficial to the strength athlete when used correctly. In a survey of Division I athletes, 89 percent had used or currently were using nutritional supplements, including sport drinks and bars. Additionally, about 47 percent consumed a multivitamin, and 37 percent used a creatine supplement.
The coach asks, “How will this help win games?” The athletic trainer asks, “How can this prevent injuries and get players back on the field quicker?” And the strength coach asks, “How can I get my players to perform at their peak?” The answers are customized training, improved conditioning and peak performance, which can all be found in Zephyr™ Performance Systems.