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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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Recovery time is longer following high volume vs. high intensity resistance training

The necessary recovery time between training sessions depends largely on the type and quantity of work that was performed. Other factors such as training history and familiarity of the training session also matter. Novel training stimuli tend to make athletes more sore, despite reason
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Effect of pre-game calorie intake on performance markers in soccer

The pre-game meal might not receive the appropriate attention from coaches that it deserves. Many sports are held at times that are several hours after traditional meal times, e.g., 11 am or 4 pm. This often means that breakfast or lunch is the last meal that athletes eat before compe
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Olympic lift derivatives versus trap-bar squat jumps for enhancing power

Strength and conditioning coaches often fall into one of two camps when it comes to exercise selection for power development; those that are proponents of Olympic weightlifting and those that are not. The Olympic lifts tend to require greater proficiency in the skill of performing the
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Reducing horizontal force asymmetry may improve sprint performance

Traditionally, most coaches have emphasized development of vertical force production for enhancing sprinting speed. However, with accumulating new research, coaches are becoming increasingly aware of the important contribution that horizontal force production plays in sprinting speed.
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Cluster sets versus traditional staight sets for enhancing power

Olympic weightlifters often use cluster training for developing maximal strength and power. Cluster sets involve intermittent rest periods (~30 seconds) between repetitions. For example, a set of 6 repetitions can be performed in a cluster configuration by performing repetitions 1 and
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