For the strength and conditioning coach, champions aren’t decided in the winter. This group of process-focused and effort-driven coaches win championships in the hot summer months of hard work and dedication that go largely unnoticed by the outside world.
LSU assistant strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Donoval has embraced the ever-changing world of technology, and is finding the process more rewarding and intuitive than he thought possible just a few short years ago.
If you’re looking to get fit in a hurry, you should hit high intensities often. But understand that you are getting fit by only attacking one side of the equation, and there’s a limit to how fit you can ultimately get this way (not to mention a greater risk of injury and overtraining). Complete aerobic fitness happens when you put in the work at low intensities over time and develop the “low end” aerobic adaptations to support the higher intensity work.
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.
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.
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:
As the football season begins to wind down, as it now is across much of the country, West Texas A&M University head of strength and conditioning Sarah Ramey (MSCC) and her assistants are beginning to assess individual athletes and what their requirements will be during the very first part of the off-season.
The 40-yard dash may be considered the marquee event at the NFL’s annual Scouting Combine, but an athlete’s time doesn’t always indicate his potential for football stardom. That’s because in nearly every sport, not just football, the ability to quickly change direction is the real difference between success and failure. The only way for athletes to maximize performance and bridge the gap between practice and competition is for training programs to address both the physical and cognitive components of agility and quickness.
It is appropriate to moderately increase the intensity of training during the athletic formation stage of development between ages 11 and 14. The following guidelines can help an instructor design training programs that are appropriate for the “athletic formation” stage.
Not feeling it yet? If you or your athletes ever need a motivational kick in the pants, just watch the following videos demonstrating how hard your gridiron brethren are training and working at high schools and colleges across the nation.
If these coaches and products don’t get you pumped, you’re in the wrong line of work. Football coaches, take note of these strength coaches and how amped they are to use this equipment.
From the ground up, the Birt Plate is made to intensify workouts by eliminating the restrictions of traditional plates.
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