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3 things every high school coach should know about training the female athlete

The National Federation of State High School Associations estimates that there are approximately 3.4 million females who participated in high school sports during 2016-17.  High school sports provides a myriad of physical, mental and social benefits for girls. But, female athletes also need to…

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Developing an Integrated Sports Performance Program = Philosophy, Facility, & Flow

By Joe Eisenmann, PhD
The days of showing up at the start of the season and “getting into shape” are long gone. Today’s athlete needs to be stronger, faster, and more explosive to keep up with the competition and to stay injury free. Although middle…

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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.

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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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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