Speed and Skill Optimization with Cal Dietz
    The Speed and Skill Optimization: A Proposal for a New Practice Paradigm article helps coaches use the window of opportunity at the beginning of practices for optimal skill and speed development of athletes. The concepts in this article have been utilized from youth coaches to advanced coaches of the elite athlete. It increases the quality of speed development and utilizes rest time for practicing skill, rather than just standing around. – Cal Dietz
    How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers
    In this article, author Doug Jackson defines the concept of self-efficacy and explains how it impacts exercise behavior. Interestingly, exercise itself also improves self-efficacy. Jackson wraps up the article with related, practical tips that personal trainers can use with their clients to increase exercise adherence and achievement of specific personal fitness goals.
    NCAA Acknowledges NSCA’s Effort for Raised Certification Standards
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Acknowledges the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Effort to Raise the Certification Standards
    Prescreening for the Personal Trainer
    We all know that exercise is a key component to health but it is inherently risky. In this article, Ed McNeely provides you with the four steps every client should complete before working out with a personal trainer.
    Training Ideas for Group Physical Training
    Physical training for the military has been largely composed of body weight and aerobic training; however, this type of training is not appropriate for preparing tactical athletes for the physical demands of their work tasks. This article provides tactical athletes with a new perspective on how to include strength and power movements into a group training program.
    Arm Deceleration Training for the Baseball Pitcher
    This article offers information on arm deceleration training techniques to lessen the force that a pitcher’s arm must overcome during the pitching motion. Two factors are discussed that are important in the strength training of a pitcher: 1) the speed of the arm prior to deceleration; and 2) how a muscle or muscle group works to achieve arm deceleration. This article also includes alternative arm deceleration exercises for immediate use in programs.
    Jumping into Safe Landing Techniques during a Two-Footed Hop
    This article investigates how using a toe-to-heel landing technique combined with a coordinated triple flexion of the ankles, knees, and hips may help reduce injury risk during two-footed jumping.
    Basic Training Concepts for Improved Operational Fitness
    The tactical athlete must train in an appropriate manner for his or her job, one that does not include training individual muscles in isolation. This article is recommended reading because it provides a basic understanding of the physiology and biomechanics of training.
    Men's Basketball Training Regimen: Focusing on Essential Rest Periods
    In this PowerPoint presentation, Amy Gibson, MS, CSCS, reviews the necessity of rest in a men's basketball strength training regimen.
    Applying the In-Season Periodization of Strength and Power Training to Football
    This article offers a unique look into strength and power maintenance of football players (rugby or American) during the in-season period. This article provides an interesting perspective on how to maintain strength and power in sports that have longer seasons and usually result in larger performance decrements throughout that time span.