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The W’bal model – can we quantify how much “anaerobic gas” athletes have left in their tank at any given time?

Introduction: What is “anaerobic”? Before we dive into the quantification of anaerobic gas, and see if it is possible, we need to make sure that we are all on the same page when it comes to definitions. So whenever we talk about energy systems, we usually see similar tables and graphs that contain these 4 energy systems: ATP store Phosphocreatine Read More …

In-Season Training Strategies for Collegiate Basketball

Introduction The in-season training period is arguably the most important time of year for basketball players. Yet is often described as a “maintenance period” with much less of an emphasis placed on training than during the off-season. With a regular season that lasts in the upwards of 16 weeks, a 5-6 week pre-season, and the potential for a 3-4 week Read More …

Time Management for the Athletic Performance Professional

Athletic performance professionals are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet. Early mornings, late nights, practices, travel, data collection, and countless hours designing and researching programs are just a few of the things that make up a typical work week. Additionally, as a director or leader of a department you now take on the responsibility of staff Read More …

Vertical Jump As a Measure of Neuromuscular Fatigue

Neuromuscular fatigue is recognized as a multifactorial phenomenon whose etiology is still the topic of a lot of debate. However, most definitions of neuromuscular fatigue share a common element – the observation of an exercise-induced decline in muscle force production together with an increase in the level of effort required to perform the exercise. When fatigue is presented, structural changes Read More …

Integration of Performance Nutrition into An Athletic Performance Program

As college athletic departments and professional teams recognize the need for a strong nutrition program, major investments have been made to provide high-level athletes with the proper fuel they need for success. At the highest level, gaining a competitive edge is critical for growth and success. However, the combination of training, skill, and elite genetics for high-level athletes sets a Read More …

Developing Mental Toughness

One of the most popular topics these days in the human performance realm is mental toughness. Sport and strength and conditioning coaches around the world chase this quality in prospective athletes and it seems everyone is trying to figure out how to quantify and develop mental toughness within training. As a strength and conditioning coach, it is easy to quantify Read More …

Data Collection and Athlete Monitoring Strategies for Every Level

The race to acquire the most effective sport science technology in college athletics is on. As the stakes are growing higher and higher, the need to win—and to win consistently—is expected and enforced. As budgets continue to grow, more emphasis is placed on sports injury prevention, sport management software, and applied sport science. With some of these through-the-roof budgets at Read More …

Monitoring Training Loads in Basketball

Monitoring training load in basketball allows coaches to determine the dose-response relationship between training load, performance, readiness for a competition, and injuries. Training load in basketball can be divided into two types of loads: External load: This type of load represents the volume or intensity of the training stimulus (e.g. distance covered, accumulated accelerations, velocity zones). Internal load: This type Read More …

Optimizing Training to Reduce Injury During High Stress Academic Periods

As you are reading this, picture a pre-med student who has a 3-hour chemistry lab, followed by an hour-long physics class. Now picture her running from class straight to the weight room for an hour of strength training then directly to a 3-hour lacrosse practice. After practice she spends an hour watching game film on tomorrow’s opponent before heading to Read More …

How the acute:chronic workload ratio can help you monitor injury risk

Advancements in tracking technology have made it much easier to monitor athletes’ training loads. But it can still be a challenge to turn that data into the practical insight you need to determine the right workload balance for your athletes. Your experience and intuition likely guide many of those decisions. But if you’re interested in taking a more systematic approach, Read More …