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Train the Hips (Part II)

In a previous blog the importance of strengthening and mobilizing the hip joint using the Perform-X Hip-X Machine. Although this is a great piece of equipment, not every program can afford it or may only be able to afford one or two – not…

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Train the Hips for Better Movement

How many coaches have you heard say, “He/she really doesn’t have ‘good hips’. He/she just doesn’t move well”. If you have been around coaches, then you have probably heard this statement.

The hip joint (also called the hip girdle or pelvic girdle) is arguably one…

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The Wall-mounted Trak-X™ system: Insight from the University of Michigan

As mentioned in a previous blog The Evolution of the Lifting Platform the Perform-X Trak-X system is being implemented into the inlaid platform of several high school, college and professional weight rooms across the country.

However, this customized metal strip that allows for safe and…

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Training the Female Volleyball Player: Q&A with Donnie Maib

Volleyball consists of dynamic, multi-directional movements in a confined space.  The physical demands include reacting, accelerating, jumping, landing, pivoting, decelerating, and hitting.  Therefore, the physical preparation of the volleyball player should consider aspects of vertical and horizontal training, rotational movements, and upper body strength…

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The Anatomy of a Perform-X Training Session

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

How do you design and “flow” your training session? Do you write out the workout on the whiteboard or hand out a workout card and let the athletes have free reign of the weight room for an hour? Or…

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Basketball Conditioning: Run, Jump, Pass, Shoot and Play Defense

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Athletic development in the sport of basketball involves more than practicing shooting and playing games.  The coach and athlete will both have longer careers if emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of athletic development that are adhered to on…

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Strength integration for the beginner, advanced and rehab athlete

By Joe Eisenmann, PhD and Dan Hutchinson MS, ATC, CSCS

Muscular strength is an important factor in athletic performance and injury prevention – and many strength coaches argue that it is the basis of movement. Likewise, most athletic directors, coaches, and sports medicine staff understand…

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Basketball Conditioning: Upper Body Strength Applications Before, During and After Practice

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Upper body strength for basketball athletes is essential for power and endurance applications on the court.  All aspects of the front, back and lateral shoulder complex are involved in offense (shooting, passing, dribbling) and defense (rebounding, post moves, defensive…

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Basketball Conditioning: Linear Training Applications

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

The ability to run fast up and down the basketball court is a game changer when it comes to the offensive transition game, and adequately defending an ‘up-tempo’, transition style team.  Linear speed on the basketball court, especially with…

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Basketball Conditioning: The Importance of Lateral Resistance Training

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Lateral movement in the game of basketball is essential for defending ones opponent both on and off the ball.  The ability to anticipate and ‘beat’ the dribbler to a specific spot requires conditioning, technical repetition, and court awareness.  Basketball…

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