Changing with the Game: Sprint-Based Football
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by Tony Holler
4d ago
“It’s ok to be wrong. About everything. Throughout my life, I’ve been wrong about myself, others, society, culture, the world, the universe, everything.”  – Mark Manson, from “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” When you admit to “being wrong about everything,” you are no longer tied to the chains of tradition. You are free to discover new and more efficient ways to proceed. The average football coach has it all figured out at the age of thirty and spends the rest of their career defending their beliefs. “The automatic things you do are basically those things that keep you from doing th ..read more
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5 Years, 5 Lessons for Coaches Getting Started
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by Cole Hergott
6d ago
I know what you are thinking: “Who is this kid writing about lessons he’s learned after only five years in the field? Doesn’t he know Michael Boyle recently wrote one from 40 years of coaching that has WAY more wisdom packed into it?” Yes, in fact I have read several articles in that type of style and enjoyed them so much that I wanted to write my own—so, shoutout to those coaches for inspiration! Obviously, this won’t be as impressive as Coach Boyle’s, but on the bright side for you, it’ll be MUCH shorter. While Coach Boyle has more wisdom to share than I do, I hope that my unique situation ..read more
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Kickin’ it with Noonan: The Croc Show Episode 6 Featuring Peter Noonan
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by Elton Crochran
1w ago
“At the end of the day, it’s just about paying it forward…none of this is mine, it doesn’t belong to me, I’m just a vehicle in which information is passing that might help somebody." Peter Noonan, Head Powerlifting Coach and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas joins Coach Crochran for Episode 6 of The Croc Show. Balancing his dual roles as a coach for the powerlifting program and as the strength coach for the football team, Coach Noonan discusses key distinctions he makes in order to ensure he is providing the best training to athletes in e ..read more
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So, You Want to Be a Personal Trainer?
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by Kim Goss
1w ago
Many exercise science students do strength coaching internships, hoping the experience will help them land a full-time job. Unfortunately, paying jobs in strength coaching rarely present themselves quickly, particularly at the college and professional levels. Until that big break comes along, they often resort to Plan B: Personal Training. Things don’t always work out as expected. One issue with Plan B is that health club managers expect their trainers to get clients by walking the gym floor and pitching their services to their members. This task is especially difficult because they must comp ..read more
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3 Non-Cliche Pieces of Professional Advice for All Young Coaches
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by Matt Tometz
1w ago
In a unique field that can be just as giving as it is—at times—draining, coaches need equally unique solutions. In the same way there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution for training athletes, there’s also a lot of nuance that comes with each next level of progress as a professional. Although traditional advice you’ve probably heard before does apply in this professional pursuit, real-life application and learning from personal experience is how you take general advice to a an always-changing field. I’m not here to act like I came up with this advice myself or that this is the first time these ..read more
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The Long-Term Dangers of Underfueling for Endurance Cyclists
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by Jack Shaw
2w ago
Endurance cycling can be addictive, driving athletes to push their limits constantly. In my case, the moment I started beating my own records and times, it left me hungry for more. This pursuit isn’t just for adults—even teenagers are drawn to the challenge, often adopting strict diets and workout routines to excel. However, the pressure to perform better can lead some to obsess over their body image, which can result in a cycle of underfueling. Various factors contribute to underfueling, including intense workouts without adjusting food intake and anxieties about weight and performance. Rega ..read more
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The Transfer Portal, NIL, and Everything They Bring (Part 1)
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by Joey Guarascio
2w ago
College sports forever changed in 2021. The NCAA decided that student athletes should have the ability to transfer from one school to another without eligibility consequences. This new development came as a reaction to the annual, ever-changing coaching carousel, which sees college athletes being left behind at a university when the coach who they originally signed to play for ends up leaving for better financial opportunities. We’ve all seen the coach who publicly promises to stay at said university after a great year…only to see them walk out the door a week later, with a much larger bank a ..read more
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Reducing Barriers to Injury Prevention Program Implementation
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by Dr. Nicole Surdyka
3w ago
Injury prevention programs (IPPs) have been shown to be effective at reducing the risk of injury. The 11+, for example, has been shown to reduce hamstring injuries by 60%, hip and groin injuries by 41%, knee injuries by 48%, and ankle injuries by 32%. It reduces the risk of all injuries by 39% (Thorborg et al., 2017). According to Arundale et al., 2023, the components of effective injury risk reduction programs include: Implementation at the youth level. Beginning in the pre-season and continuing through the regular season. Being performed multiple times for an overall time of at least 30 mi ..read more
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Balancing Health and Performance in Coaching Track Athletes with Vas Krishnan
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by Vas Krishnan
3w ago
Vas Krishnan is a sprint coach, physio, strength and conditioning professional, sports scientist and athlete. Krishnan’s drive in sports performance and rehab for track athletes comes in part through his own myriad of injury issues (both surgery and early-stage mismanagement). He takes a unique, multi-faceted, and holistic approach to coaching and therapy, which is displayed through his assistance of Andrew Murphy and his group of elite power athletes (sprints/jumps). Krishnan has held multiple positions and worked with a range of different athletes from novice to sub-elite to elite. Most not ..read more
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Three Methods for Training Year-Round Volleyball Players
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by Pete Christofferson
3w ago
With various sports finding ways to play and practice year-round, volleyball continues to drive up practice and tournament demands every year. For a high school volleyball athlete, school season leads right into club after a short break, with club leading into a break of 1–2 months before summer training for school season starts back up again. Add in sand volleyball, which takes place throughout various times of the year, and you get an athlete who is susceptible to overuse injuries and overall burnout. If you’re looking to plan a traditional “off-season,” you’ll find minimal time to reap the ..read more
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