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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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