How to get more bang for your buck with repeated sprint training

In youth sports, conditioning is typically an afterthought for most coaches. Based on how much time is left at the end of the practice, they’ll line the kids up on the goal line and have them do some version of interval training, most often with a name like “gassers” or “suicides”. Progressions are usually not …

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How Should We Test Agility?

Though there are numerous reasons for performance testing, one of the main objectives, simply put, is to determine which athletes should be put on the field to increase the team’s chances of being successful. In order to effectively discriminate which athletes will likely perform better when it matters most, it’s crucial that the performance test …

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Predictors of change of direction performance

As coaches, one of our primary objectives in the training facility is to select and utilize exercises that have the greatest transfer or carry-over to sporting actions. Dynamic correspondence is a term used in Siff and Verkhoshansky’s classic text, “Supertraining”. This term captures the essence of the SAID principle where training must be specific enough …

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Comparing Methods of Improving “Game Speed”

Coaches refer to it as “game speed” when an athlete plays faster than their testing numbers would suggest. How can an athlete who runs a 4.5 forty yard dash play slower than another player with a 4.8 forty yard dash? Two logical explanations come to mind. The 4.8 athlete is in better physical condition and …

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Long-Term Strength Training Improves Change of Direction in Adolescent Athletes

Evidence supporting the incorporation of resistance training into the athletic development of adolescent athletes continues to mount. With proper programming and instruction from a qualified coach, resistance training can have a significant impact on enhancing performance and reducing injury potential. In team sports like soccer, football and basketball, the ability to change direction rapidly is …

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