Learning from Each Other: Hamstring Strength

On Twitter today we got into a lengthy discussion on hamstring injury’s in soccer, and what we might be doing to reduce the risk…
@mnhopper1s @laurusrehab @athletefitcoach what’s your take on this article? http://t.co/XcTGGI7QZq — Dr. Monique J Caruth (@mjcDPT) July 5, 2014

@athletefitcoach Very weak LPHC. Not much ab/ad work done previously to stabilize knee/hip for

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Spring Season – Part 2 (Training Focus)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
In the last post we looked at trends we have observed over the last decade in high school girls soccer, basically showing a loss of athleticism and increase in

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Spring Season – Part 1 (What to Expect)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
For over 10 years we have monitored the year round training of our high school girls, and over that time we have compiled quite a bit of information about

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ACL Injury Overview (Research Review)

In the past, we have put up several posts on ACL injury, rehab and risk reduction exercises, but I ran across a summary of research articles (Serpell, Scarvell, et al 3160-3176) compiled in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that I wanted to break down for you. The following is a brief breakdown

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MB Training to Improve Power

Throwing med balls always seems to go hand in hand with power training. Exercises like shot tosses (pictured in the video below), scoop tosses, crunch throws, jump throws, chest passes and partner variations (mb tennis) have been used in our programs for years.

These activities build power in several ways:

Coordination: concentric synchronization of the lower body

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Power Based Strength Training Made Easy…

Often, when discussing training exercises that give us the most bang for the buck in vertical power training, the list doesn’t get too far beyond the Olympic lifts (clean/jerk and snatch). And there is no disputing the fact that these two or three lifts deliver results, but the problem with these lifts is centered around

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Weekly Recap: Winter 11-12 Week 4

As you know, our PowerFIT/Speed/FIT program is a seasonal progression that challenges the athlete to improve each week as we build off a foundation of basic movement into explosive speed/agility and fitness:

From a conditioning standpoint we are using the Cybex Arc Trainers in the first two phases (months) and then our focus shifts to the

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FOCUS EXERCISE: Why do we do single legged exercises?

Two of the most discussed aspects associated with injury risk reduction during the season are: 1) lower limb symmetry and 2) force absorption qualities. We used a Hop and Stop test of bilateral force production / force absorption, and the results showed a tremendous gain in symmetry in both the hopping and leaping exercises. We

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