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Basketball Conditioning: Converting Existing Lifting Platforms to Jump Training Stations

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Basketball conditioning has always emphasized some of aspect of vertical training to improve jumping ability.  Although the long-term goal of the individual is to ‘dunk’ the basketball, many times the ability to leave the earth by just a few…

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Converting Existing Lifting Platforms to Plyometric Stations

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Concepts and equipment within the landscape of the weight room change constantly, unfortunately the budgets associated with most weight rooms, don’t.  Adding resources not only for better training, but also to support large teams and diverse physical education (PE)…

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Two-Leg versus One-Leg Plyometric Applications: Is one better?

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Training intensity and progressions are two areas of high importance that we will expound upon in later posts to better guide coaches in developing plyometric programs or individual sessions.  It is often understood that progressions should always follow a…

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Guidelines for Using Boxes and Barriers in Plyometric Training

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Athletes and individuals crave accomplishment.  Whether on the competitive field, in the classroom, or on the job, a sense of accomplishment occurs when something is overcome, and that satisfaction is even greater when that something is ‘HARD’.  Strength and…

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Resistance Applications for Plyometrics

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Improving power in sport activities has been manipulated using various training tools, from traditional strength training, to contraptions and devices placing the individual in a position to be ‘resisted’ in his/her movement.  Plyometrics have been implemented to complement traditional…

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Fundamental Plyometric Training – Using Directional Plyometrics for Speed Improvement

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Plyometric exercise has become a popular method for enhancing sports performance over the last two decades.  Stemming from early Russian/Soviet Union practices, plyometrics started as simple exercises involving hopping and/or jumping, both in a vertical and horizontal direction.  The…

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