When I was at the Northeast Ohio Strength Clinic two weeks ago a question came up during one of the speakers talks as to how can you correct the hips from flying open during learning the single leg RDL.
Many times when our athletes first look over their in-season training programs they will ask us "why am I only doing medicine ball work on one side, and why is it on my non-throwing/hitting side?".
With the NFL combine wrapping up and high school football players starting to work on more combine specific work in preparation for camps and showcases. Coach Clay Mefford wanted to dive into working through how to teach a repeatable set up for the 40 yard dash. Now there are hundred's of ways out there to teach the set up and by no means do we consider this method superior to anyone else's. We have just seen good success with this set up process over the years and it gives our athletes good confidence when they are their events.
Over the past two weeks I have covered a few topics about athlete monitoring and how volume and intensity both tie into monitoring.
We started the topic by discussing that as coaches our job is first and foremost to be stress managers. When we look at volume and intensity we need to remember that they are ways in which we are placing stress upon an athlete or client. Too much of one or the other and we can do serious harm. Especially if that athlete or client is already not in an optimal training state.
Be smart and realize you are taking the backroads to the top. You will get there but it will in no way be the path you thought it would be. Realized that sometimes those who take the highway to the top might not have the same life experiences and knowledge you have gained by taking the route you did. Don’t be jealous of their success but rather embrace it and learn from them they got there for a reason. Also realize if something sparks a change and you do get to take the highway to the top that those who have taken the backroads might be wiser than you think.
Here is something every pitcher should do as soon as they get to the field. It should take you 10 minutes at most and involves minimal equipment. Take the time to complete this and I promise you will be primed for a great outing (remember to still warm up your legs).
I think I might be insane or on to something here watch the video below to see how we are teaching our guys to set up for 60 Yard Sprint! Just a heads up I know I am starting the opposite way from stealing a bag but I like my left leg as a drive leg better. Let me know your thoughts!
A vector is a quantity having direction as well as magnitude, especially as determining the position of one point in space relative to another. In other words the direction in which you apply force into the ground directly correlates as to how you will be able to move and how fast you will be able to move.
According to Seroyer, MD & Nho, MD “Increased amounts of shoulder external rotation help to allow the accelerating forces to act over the longest distance,25 allowing greater pre-stretch and elastic energy transfer to the ball during acceleration.21,31,35” While greater amount of external rotation can be a predictor of increase velocity it also causes increased stress on the UCL and we all know what that means.
Rather than trying to teach an athlete a broad skill of stride length and frequency we need to look at what are the qualities that allows an athlete to excel at each of these different buckets/phases of speed. What we do at ProForce is break down those qualities and then structure our speed work around those qualities which gives us very specifically targeted drills that will enhance the skills of acceleration, transition, max velocity (top end speed), and finally multi-directional (change of direction).