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Considerations for Training Overhead Athletes

Guest Post Written by Drew Mitchell UC-Irvine Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach www.twitter.com/uncle_drew80 Drew is a former intern of mine, and one of the smartest coaches you’ll find in the performance field.  He searches continuously for knowledge looking for the best methods to train his athletes at UC-Irvine.  This is a great post that gives coaches another perspective on the training …

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The Forgotten Serratus Anterior

The serratus anterior may be most overlooked muscle in importance for shoulder health in the throwing athlete.  The lower trap (LT), serratus anterior (SA), and upper trap (UT) all work in conjunction to form a force couple known as upward rotation. Upward rotation is of huge importance for shoulder health when it comes to the overhead athlete.  If you can’t …

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The APRE Good & Bad

The APRE is an great method to build strength in novice/intermediate athletes or re-build lost strength quickly.  I use the APRE at various times throughout an athletes duration on campus.  One of my friends and former classmates, Bryan Mann, had a good article on the APRE in this past month’s edition of Training & Conditioning magazine.  If you’re unfamiliar with the …

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What the Soviets Can Teach Us – Youth Athletes

Development of Speed Strength Qualities in Youngsters Theory and Practice of Physical Culture,  1963 O.V. Federov What they did Research was conducted to determine if the complex method of developing speed and strength simultaneously is more effective than its unilateral development.  Training both motor qualities simultaneously has not shown inhibit their development with youth athletes. This study was conducted over …

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In-Season Development a Priority

The in-sesaon period for a youth or teen athlete can be as important, if not more so, than the off-season when it comes to building their body. A major problem at the high school level are athletes who train hard in the off-season but stop completely when the in-season arrives. The only reason an athlete trains to build his physical …

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What the Soviets Can Teach Us – Recovery

Here are a few studies out of the old Soviet Sports Review on the recovery process in weightlifters.  I have broken it down to expedite the message but the results speak for themselves.  The back issues of the SSR are filled with gold.  You just have to do the digging. Recovery Soviet Sport Review September 1980 by Talyshev What they did Highly …

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Knowledge is Power

Here’s a couple of quick interviews from two very knowledgeable coaches in the field of performance training.  Both are well worth the time. Adam Feit A very interesting interview I came across earlier this week was with Adam Feit on the Just Fly Performance Podcast.  Adam delves into the methods they use at RYPT (Reach Your Potential Training) with the training of youth …

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7 Advantages of Total Body Splits

Total body training days have their advantages and disadvantages as do every program any athlete has ever done.  Many coaches will tell you the best program is the one you’re not on right now.  There is always a time and place for a variety of programs a coach may design in an athlete’s long term development. One of the more common constructs …

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Specialization of Means

In the beginning stages of athletic development the training allows for improvement of the entire foundation. As the athlete becomes advanced the foundation sharply narrows and must become concentrated. This is why specialization must occur as athletes advance but not prior to a high level of development. Specialization too soon eliminates creating a large motor pool of athletic skills and consequently …

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Why FRONT SQUATS reign king

The back squat is not the king of all exercises for our baseball program and here’s why…. 1. Lumbar spine and Pelvis Mechanics The biggest reason we moved exclusively to the front squat over 5 years ago is to protect our kids’ low backs. The front squat goes a long way in keeping the pelvis in a more neutral state compared …