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Linear vs. Undulating Periodization for Improving Sprint and Jump Performance

It is well accepted within the culture of collision-based team-sports such as football and rugby that resistance training is a key component to physical preparation. Most teams will include some form of resistance training during both the preparatory and competitive season. While litt
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Impact of sleep extension on basketball performance

When coaches think of an intervention to enhance physical performance in their athletes, they would most often come up with some type of “sport-specific” workout regiment or various technical or tactical drills. Certainly, these types of interventions can absolutely result
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Glute-ham-gastroc raises improve jumping performance in volleyball players

The glute-ham-gastroc raise, or one of its derivatives (i.e., the nordic hamstring curl) are commonly used among sports teams as a means of reducing hamstring injury risk. This is because the hamstrings are frequently injured during bouts of maximal sprinting in training or competitio
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Heavy squats acutely enhance repeated sprinting in national soccer players

As the topic of post-activation continues to receive greater attention among coaches and researchers, teams are experimenting with a variety of pre-training resistance training bouts in an effort to acutely enhance performance. One of the variables that remains unclear in the literatu
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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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