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Motivation Spiral

This post was written by AthleteFIT guest contributor Kate Voss. Ruthlessly pushing athletes to exhaustion and placing them in direct line of possible injury may seem acceptable within professional sports. However, when it comes to 8 and 9-year-olds, you would expect coaches to approach young players in a more relaxed manner, in order to safeguard

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Positioning Techniques for Explosive Agility

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In the AthleteFIT program our main goals are to: Reduce the Risk of Injury Improve the Repeatability of Explosive Movement Create a Sense of Confidence and Competitiveness with all our Athletes We have many ways in which we achieve this, but we always start off with a focus on movement skills. In most team sports

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Focus Exercise: Balance Reach Back Progression

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After receiving a few questions on what we are referring to when we say, “Balanced Reach Back” or “Reach Back Lunge” or “Single Leg RDL,” I thought I would throw a couple video clips together for you… (please forgive the lower quality of some of the video in the clips below) We we begin training

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Defining & Designing Athleticism Development Programs

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If the ultimate goal of your program is to build better athletes, how do you set this process in motion? How do you begin to develop something as broad and multidimensional as “ATHLETICISM”?  Where do you start…? …and how will you know when you have reached your goal? As you probably already know, it is

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Where Do We Find The Motivation to Try

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“Things are hard when you HAVE TO…but become easy if you WANT TO…” – Alan Stein What motivates younger players? Not surprisingly it is the same things that motivate all of us when we are placed in an unfamiliar position or situation. In the beginning, it all comes down to three simple things that have

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Developing Confidence in Young Athletes

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Motivation, confidence, skill and talent are all interconnected, and are especially important at a young age. Children with low confidence tend to lack motivation. This lack of motivation leads to a reluctance to try and a lack of effort. Lack of focused effort leads to lower skill and low skill usually leads to a lack

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3 Simple Rules for Youth Sports Coaches

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Last weekend, while presenting at the TPEA National Conference, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down over dinner with some of the best coaches around. We discussed our systems, or goals and our philosophies. During one of these discussions, we talked about specific qualities that great youth sports coaches possess? What unique

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Using HRV Monitoring to Assess and Predict?

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One of the training aids we are currently researching is the ability to measure HRV (Heart Rate Variability) to assess and predict performance. HRV monitoring seems to be the hot topic in many fitness discussions, and we want to see how efficiently we can integrate it into our training programs. I was first introduced to

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Finding Technology that is “Sticky”

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For the last 15 years our training and research lab has cycled through more new technology than just about any other training center I know. We have tried video analysis in just about every form, various forms of heart rate monitoring, force plates, accelerometers, high tech electronic timers, resisted treadmills, self propelled treadmills, various forms

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#4mileInterval Partner Challenge (Video)

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To keep things fresh and competitive during sessions we often will put introduce some of our training challenges into the workout. In this Anaerobic Power training session, we use the format of our 4 Mile Interval Workout (2 Half Miles, 4 Quarter Miles, 6 200 yd Runs and 8 100 yd sprints with brief 50-80

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