NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part II

Two others in the presentation I talked about yesterday were extremely valuable as well.  The third topic was done on Sickle Cell Anemia.  Many times athletes who go down with sickling are often treated for heat stroke.  Athletes who collapse due to SCA usually have a core temperature under 102 deg. F, and can often collapse after being on the …

NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part I

Last week I attended the NSCA Sport Specific Conference in Addison, Texas.  I thought it was a well put on event with a few good presentations and some great opportunities to talk with old friends and do a little networking.  I personally found one of the most informative presentations to be Preventing Sudden Death in Sport: Considerations for the Strength and …

December 2010 – January 2011

It’s been an interesting few months here at TCU.  I’ve been super busy lately and have to apologize to for not posting recently.  I do appreciate the emails that I’ve received about the blog as well as other things recently.  This past month or so has been a little bit of a whirlwind.   At the end of Thanksgiving I moved down …

Twinkie Diet

I heard an interesting story the other nite on the news about a professor losing weight on the Twinkie diet.    Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds Matt Haub, a nutrition professor at Kansas State, got the majority of his calories from Twinkies, and snacks for 10 weeks.  He counted calories during the entire process to make sure he …

How to Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach

A friend of mine, Jim Kielbaso, posted a great article at his website www.UltimateStrengthAndConditioning.com.  The article touches on being a strength coach at various levels as well as how to get into the field of strength and conditioning.  It’s extremely informative and insightful especially for those younger coaches who are in the process of making career choices, or still trying …

Recent Interview on Coaching

I was recently asked to do an interview for a class in the Exercise Science department so I thought I would share that here as well.  1) What is your coaching philosophy? I believe in training an athlete to be specific to their sport, by looking at movement patterns, energy systems requirements, necessary motor skills, etc.  Within that I have …

Deload – Part II

I thought I’d list out a few commonly used 4 week blocks showing how they incorporate a deload or unloading week.   If you missed Part I of the series yesterday you can check it out here.  The Deload – Part I USA Weightlifting recommends a 4 week performance cycle that deloads in week 3 prior to a performance week.  This is one of their commonly …

Breakout Assessments

Zach, Good stuff here. About to read part two, but my question for you is whether you now perform breakout assessments (Joint ROM testing, muscle strength, etc) as part of your typical evaluation? This is troubling for me in terms of assessment because we only look at these things currently if we see a problem in the FMS with our …

Heart Rate Variability

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a topic that I’ve wanted to jump into for a while now but just haven’t had the time.  Six weeks ago I began using an HRV monitor from http://www.myithlete.com/.  The monitor plugs into an iPhone or iPod and utilizes a heart rate monitor chest strap.  All that’s required is 55 seconds of breathing and out pops …

Creating Templates

A problem that seems to always stump our intern classes is the ability to put training sessions into an organized manner.  With this topic I’m referring to weekly microcycle organization.  I always emphasize putting weekly training sessions into templates.  And I’m not talking about Microsoft Excel here either.  I’m talking about the organization and placement of exercises, and movements within …