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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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3 Optimal Devices for Running Speed Improvement

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

 

There will most likely never be a magic pill or potion that miraculously makes humans rich, good-looking, athletic, thin, or famous.  But, can there be a magic ‘tool’ to make humans run faster?  Most likely NOT, but the question…

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Cord-Loaded Olympic Lifting: Suggestions and Key Points for Strength and Conditioning Coaches

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Olympic weight lifting has been utilized in most resistance training venues catering towards improvements in athletic performance.  Often referred to as the most sophisticated and technical resistance training exercises, Olympic weight lifting tends to be assigned to athletes with…

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Cord-Loaded Dead Lifts: Tips for the Collegiate Strength Coach

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

The Dead Lift exercise is one of the most implemented weight lifting movements for improving strength and power.  The muscle groups of the low back, glutes, and hamstrings, commonly known as the ‘posterior chain’, have numerous effects on 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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