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.
    Pre-Shift “Mostability” for Fire/EMS Responders
    Bryan Fass CSCS, EMT-P, provides this article discussing the kettlebell get-up, a complex stability and mobilization exercise for pre-shift warm-up with implied job specificity.
    Touchdown Before Takeoff
    What, why, and how to work on landing in the interest of enhanced performance, reduced rate of injury, and program variation. This article is a brief review on landing before leaping into action.
    Program Induced Cumulative Overload (PICO)
    One of the most difficult aspects of developing a strength and conditioning program for any athlete is ensuring that the training dose is optimal. This is further complicated when dealing with tactical athletes, who may encounter situations where demands are placed on their strength, power, speed, endurance and agility. While tactical facilitators are trained to consider these parameters, one yet ever-present hidden complication is that of Program Induced Cumulative Overload (PICO).