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Heavy sled-towing acutely enhances sprint-speed after 8 minutes of rest

Speed can be a determining factor in any team-sport competition. This is why many coaches dedicate considerable time and effort into improving speed. Resisted sprint-training is a traditional means of speed development in athletes. One of the most effective and popular methods of impl
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Drop-jumps in the warm-up transiently improve explosive strength and power

The warm-up protocol used before training and competition is often taken for granted and the time allotted may not be used optimally by coaches. Increasing body temperature and ensuring that various movements are performed in each plane and through a full-range of motion is important
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Greater lower body power in starters vs. non-starters in women’s soccer

The sport of soccer is traditionally thought of as a predominantly aerobic-endurance sport. This is because matches can last in excess of 1.5 hours in addition to involving a considerable amount of jogging and walking between short bursts. For these reasons, many soccer coaches are co
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Resistance training improves performance markers in youth athletes

A common misconception regarding resistance training is that it is unsafe and ineffective for youth athletes. Provided that the training program is implemented and supervised by a qualified coach, the risk of injury is actually quite minimal. Additionally, while it is true that young
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Reduced countermovement jump predicts decrements in training outputs

The topic of athlete monitoring has garnered a lot of attention from both coaches and sport scientists in recent years. This is partly due to a greater appreciation of the fact that individual training responses differ substantially among athletes. By tracking fatigue and recovery sta
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Caffeine enhances jumping performance in elite volleyball players

As coaches, we have the responsibility of providing our athletes with the best opportunity to be successful on the field. We strive to optimize performance through training and nutritional interventions. In an athletes’ pursuit to constantly up their game, they will eventually be conf
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Sprint training on level versus combined uphill and downhill surfaces

Linear sprinting speed is a highly coveted physical quality by team-sport coaches. Clocking a fast 40 yard dash at the combine can move up an athletes draft status and earn them higher salaries. Therefore, training to improve linear speed is a high priority for many teams. A common wa
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Should substitute players re-warm-up on the sideline?

The pre-competition warm-up serves a number of important functions. Some of these include increases in body temperature, heart rate and oxygen consumption, increased muscle contraction speed, increased synovial fluid and joint mobility. These physiological responses can help increase
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Greater risk of injury among specialized youth athletes

Traditionally, sport participation revolved around the academic year where student-athletes could play a seasonal sport. For example, football would be played in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball or track and field in the spring. This format exposed youth athletes to a v
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Reduced wellness relates with decrements in training output in pro soccer

The age old question of “how are you feeling?” is a highly underrated monitoring tool that tends to get overlooked in the current era of advanced sports science technology. Factors such as mood and sleep quality tend to deteriorate when fatigue accumulates and performance
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