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Deceleration Training with Variable Resistance: Importance for Sports Performance & Injury Reduction

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

An automobile with no brakes is literally an accident waiting to happen.  This holds true for athletes and athletic performance involving any sport or activity that involves sprinting, agility, and change-of-direction (COD) movements.  All athletic movement depends on two…

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Lateral Training for Improving Forward Sprinting Velocity

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

The running motion predominantly occurs in the sagittal plane, which is the plane in which forward and backward movements of the body and body segments occur.  So why should we talk about ‘lateral training’ with forward sprinting velocity?  Many…

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Using a Circuit Training Approach for Improving Strength, Speed, and Agility at the Middle School Level

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

The middle school offers a unique environment where adolescents, specifically early adolescents (i.e., ages 10-14 years) are engaged in a pivotal point of physical maturation where fundamental skills can either be accurately developed, or bad habits can be established….

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Resistance Cords vs. Weight Machine Resistance: Middle School Athlete Development

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

The middle school fitness/weight training space, as mentioned in previous blog posts, is either highly elaborate or next to nothing in regards to space, equipment, and functionality.  The importance of educating and practicing certain fundamental movements has been at…

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3 Essential Movements for Young Athlete Development

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Human movement patterns are established the minute we begin to ambulate.  Crawling, sitting, standing, walking, etc., all require practice and a little incentive instruction. Mostly, these patterns are learned through the process of trial and error, as well as…

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Changing the Traditional Landscape of Middle School Fitness and Physical Education Spaces

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

With the emphasis on physical preparation and injury reduction, middle school environments have taken more initiative in beginning the process for individual and athletic development through structured sports training times and physical education (PE) classes.  A variety of PE…

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The Importance of Sprint Mechanics for Reducing Injury

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Establishing proper technique with all human movement allows us the freedom to perform various complex tasks with minimal opportunity for injury.  The expression, “Practice makes Perfect”, was later changed to “Perfect practice makes perfect performance”, which fully emphasized the…

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Using Variable Resistance for the Bench Press Exercise in Young Athletes

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

In relation to the previous performance blog post on variable resistance and the squat, the bench press movement is probably the second most popular exercise in the strength and conditioning field.  Optimal development of upper body strength is dependent…

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Using Variable Resistance for the Squat Exercise in Young Athletes

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

The squat exercise is probably the most popular exercise in the strength and conditioning field.  The optimal development of lower body strength is dependent on high force production using this exercise, and many will argue that optimal strength levels…

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