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HRV recovery delayed in linemen relative to non-linemen following training

The majority of research evaluating recovery status in American football players has evaluated endocrine markers, biochemical markers (i.e., creatine kinase) and subjective ratings of well-being. However, little attention has been given to cardiovascular markers. Football is often tho
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Wellness responses to preseason training loads in NCAA DI Football Players

Preseason training for American college football players involves roughly 4 weeks of intense training, typically in hot and humid conditions. Heat stress is exacerbated by protective equipment requirements. The high concentration of training in extreme conditions put players at risk o
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Time-course of perceived recovery in college football players after game-day

Measuring recovery in athletes isn’t so simple. There remains quite a bit of debate regarding what the best metrics are to monitor fatigue in athletes. Objective physiological markers like creatine kinase (muscle damage), inflammation, testosterone to cortisol ratio and heart rate var
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Lack of variation in training load and injury risk in college football players

With the development of wearable GPS and inertial movement devices, quantifying training load in sports teams has become much more convenient and are becoming more affordable to smaller-budget programs. These devices quantify movement in all directions and speeds, providing the coach
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Predictors of tackling performance under fatigue

Sports like rugby and football have the added unique challenge of both giving and receiving tackles. This increase in physicality places higher physical demands on players. Tackling requires skill that is developed by quality coaching and consistent repetition. Strength is an importan
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Predictors of Performance in Pro Football

Every spring, millions of people tune-in to the NFL scouting combine to see the impressive display of athleticism put on by graduating football players. Top athletes from their respective colleges around the United States are invited to showcase their skills and abilities to NFL team
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Hand-timed vs. Electronic-timed 40 yard dash

We’re in the midst of the football off-season where athletes are getting up bright and early to train for next season. High school players are trying to lock down scholarships to major Universities while collegiate athletes are trying to make a name for themselves at the NFL and vario
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Can we track changes in 1RM with the 225 Bench Press Test?

The law of specificity, or the SAID principle (Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands) suggests that we will improve upon the skill we practice. This certainly applies to strength and conditioning training, albeit, with some gray areas in between. The 225 bench press test is famous f
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Squat, Power Clean and Vertical Jump Relate to Lineman Drive Blocking

In the sport of American Football, the lineman position has very unique physical requirements unlike most positions in other team-sports. Linemen need to have a combination of size and speed which are opposing qualities. The first step off the line of scrimmage for the offensive line
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Which is faster, the “false step” or “forward step”?

Observe a young athlete accelerate from a standing still position. In my experience, the vast majority of these athletes will “false step” to initiate the movement. The false step involves a quick step in the opposite direction of which they wish to accelerate before the first forward
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