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How I Approach Kinesthetically-based Corrections with Online Coaching

In over 26 years as an S&C coach, I have at times found kinesthetically-based corrections, in particular, the use of my hands, to be effective in helping to correct movement patterns for kinesthetic learners.  ”They say not to use your hands when you correct.”  This was a quotation made by a coach in one of the workshops I teach, about a particular certification organization in North America.  What a shame, was my initial reaction.  However, given the impact, and the importance of, the Safe Sport Movement, it is clear that using touch as a coaching tool needs to be carefully [...]

July 14, 2020|Categories: Programming|

A Brief Review of the Safety and Efficacy of Olympic Weightlifting and Plyometric Training

*authors note: this article was originally written to assist a colleague who works in a sport environment and was facing resistance from a management group that did not want to permit Olympic weightlifting or plyometric training due to concerns over injury risk Introduction A major concern of implementing the Olympic weightlifting (OL) exercises and plyometrics (plyo) into a sport performance program is the perceived risk of injury erroneously associated with these exercises.  This concern is largely the result of assumptions made by coaches, parents, and program managers regarding the risks associated with moving loads at high rates of speed.  As [...]

June 18, 2020|Categories: Programming|Tags: |

CSCA Interview: Effects of Isometric Strength Training on Strength and Dynamic Performance

During the COVID-19 challenges, isometric training may be a viable programming option. As such, the CSCA interviewed Danny Lum co-author of a review paper on isometric training to gain his insights. Full citation: Lum, Danny and Barbosa, Tiago.  Brief Review:  Effects of Isometric Strength Training on Strength and Dynamic Performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine.  2019; 40:363-375.  CSCA - Danny, please introduce yourself to our readers.    DL - I am the Team Lead for Strength and Conditioning at the Singapore Sport Institute. I am also undergoing my PhD study at Nanyang Technological University. My main areas of interest include isometric [...]

April 30, 2020|Categories: Programming|

Explosive Isometrics for Sports Performance: Going Nowhere… Fast!

Abstract Explosive isometrics can be a valuable addition to a training program seeking to develop maximal strength and power. This article provides guidelines for using isometric training in both a high-performance setting, as well as providing alternative options when equipment is limited. Key Words; Isometrics, Strength, Power, limited equipment Introduction A focus on specific Isometric training may not be a method used as often as concentric and eccentric training. It is admittedly less glamorous, and harder to quantify compared to squatting 500lbs or bench pressing 300lbs, but it can have similar benefits.  It may be even more sport specific than [...]

April 29, 2020|Categories: Programming|

Webinar – Detraining and Performance Residuals: Minimal Effective Dose?

This Webinar is an excellent resource during the COVID-19 challenges in working with athletes. Posted with permission from the speakers, and Canadian Sport Institute Pacific CLICK HERE

March 30, 2020|Categories: Industry, Programming|

Using Basic Physics to Overcome Equipment and Space Restrictions

Given the global situation, and with many provinces under varying degrees of lockdown, we are presently faced with finding strategies for remote programming that continue to meet the needs of athletes who do not currently have access to facilities. In particular, a major challenge we face is providing an adequate training stimulus with minimal equipment and space, to ensure strength and power qualities are maintained, rather than solely providing conditioning with body weight circuits. Whilst we might be limited on external loading, the more salient issue is what forces are imposed at the level of the muscle-tendon unit. There are [...]

March 25, 2020|Categories: Industry, Programming|
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