Using HRV Monitoring to Assess and Predict?


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”


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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ACL Injury Overview (Research Review)


In the past, we have put up several posts on ACL injury, rehab and risk reduction exercises, but I ran across a summary of research articles (Serpell, Scarvell, et al 3160-3176) compiled in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that I wanted to break down for you. The following is a brief breakdown

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Verbal Cues to Enhance Specific Muscle Activity


There are times in training where we may want the athlete to ‘feel’ the activity in a particular area. When doing isolated exercises (leg extensions, calf raises, biceps curls, etc.) this is pretty easy to do, but when it comes to compound exercises (leg press, bench press, lunges, etc.) this is sometimes difficult. A recent

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Counter Balanced Exercises (Video)


Many programs use variations of counterbalanced movements to allow their clients to go through greater ranges of motion. Some of these exercises include wall squats, squats with arms extended in front of the body, single legged activities, etc. Studies are suggesting that squatting with arms extended holding dumbbells is recommended for increasing the dominance of

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Improving Performance with External Focus

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One of the most overlooked aspects of coaching is verbal cuing. Words that invoke pictures or images that inspire the athlete to increased levels of performance, while also creating clarity regarding how to best execute the task, can be extremely beneficial when working with younger athletes that may not fully understand the task. This could

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