Dynamical Systems Theory; A rational approach to understanding movement systems.

"It is not the strongest of the species who survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change." -Unknown  This is one of my favourite quotes, even though there isn't enough substantive evidence to give credit to anyone in particular (some suspect Darwin, go figure.) It provides pretty sound advice in terms … Continue reading Dynamical Systems Theory; A rational approach to understanding movement systems.

Session/Drill RPE and REST-Q Recovery Stress Questionnaire Plan

IDEA: In today’s high-performance athletic model, more and more is being expected of the athletes, coaches, and support staff. The athletes however, are the only ones forced to rise to the occasion in terms of meeting demands placed upon them. As coaches, we sometimes forget or neglect the true “value” of what we are asking … Continue reading Session/Drill RPE and REST-Q Recovery Stress Questionnaire Plan

Keep it simple, an approach to training Olympic and field sports Part 2: It all starts with strength (A Case Study)

Continuing from my previous article (Part 1) I've decided to take my own advice and keep it simple here in part 2. I want to talk about a few of the metrics I'm using to track player progress as well as how I'm attacking some unique parts of our situation. Firstly, this has been a … Continue reading Keep it simple, an approach to training Olympic and field sports Part 2: It all starts with strength (A Case Study)

Keep it simple, an approach to training Olympic and field sports: Part 1 – Understanding the nuances of Olympic and field sports.

Part 1 of a series specifically concerning the training of college Olympic and field sports.  This article may annoy some people (if anyone actually reads it,) but my purpose is not to stir the pot. Rather my objective is to give points of consideration in developing training programs for young (college-bound and college) athletes. Particularly contesting the … Continue reading Keep it simple, an approach to training Olympic and field sports: Part 1 – Understanding the nuances of Olympic and field sports.

Intra-Abdominal Pressure and Trunk Rigidity

On several occasions, while trying to cultivate answers in terms of what constitute valuable lessons for our interns, I've gotten (among others) one common response. This is the importance of how to breathe in order to stabilize the trunk/torso while lifting heavy. If we are not actively teaching our athletes how to utilize intra-abdominal pressure and … Continue reading Intra-Abdominal Pressure and Trunk Rigidity

Power Output as an Objective Measurable in Collegiate Strength & Conditioning

In college strength & conditioning, it can be challenging at times to come up with objective measurables that we can use to track the progress of our student-athletes over the course of a semester or season. I have seen and spoke with other coaches about using movement screens, rep max calculators, calisthenic rep-efforts, conditioning tests, … Continue reading Power Output as an Objective Measurable in Collegiate Strength & Conditioning