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Subtraction Before Addition

Everyone wants to be powerful.  As such, many people plow full speed ahead into a strength program.  They'll usually see some pretty quick gains and observe their muscles getting bigger and puffier.  Eventually though, the return on the training investment stagnates and sometimes yields negative returns with injury or burnout.  What gives? 

The Importance of Movement Screening for Military Recruits and Candidates

Leaders in sports medicine, coaching, and strength and conditioning know that screening is critical to identify athletes at risk for future injury.  Fundamental movement screening augments the normal battery of performance tests such as the 40 yard dash and the vertical jump.  In addition to completing a battery of performance tests, any athletic prospect must also obtain clearance from the medical staff.

Think Big

10 Years, 10,000 Hours, or 3 Hours Per Day. That is how long it takes to develop an elite level athlete.  Many gymnasts (and their parents!) have high aspirations in the sport.  The level of commitment by gymnastics families is matched by few sports.  However, achieving greatness requires a more refined approach than a crazed obsession with reaching the next level in the shortest time possible.

Deceleration Skill Mastery for Swim Power: The Kinematic Sequence in Long Axis Strokes

Great swimmers flow through the water with effortless power.  Finding that sweet spot of efficiency in the water is one of the most elusive athletic skills.  To novices, fast swimming takes an almost mystical quality.  Fortunately, research in other rotational sports yields clues to help crack the code.   One area of power generation often overlooked in the water is the importance of segmental deceleration.    

Should we fix running form in distance runners?

The topic of running form often evokes strong sentiment from polar opposite spectrums.  On one hand, the "old school" crowd believes in simply going out and running a bunch of miles.  Through those miles, the body should theoretically settle upon its most efficient form.  On the other hand, the "new school" believes in a more active approach to teaching running mechanics.  The "new school" generally looks for specific technical cues associated with good form and has a toolbox of drills to ingrain the desired mechanics.