Tag Archives: Coaching

How to Become an NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach

February 26, 2014

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Recently we sent NFL strength coach Ron McKeefery a series of questions regarding how to become a high level collegiate or NFL strength coach. His answers are below. Contributed by Cincinnatti Bengals Strength Coach, Ron McKeefery, http://ronmckeefery.com/ 1. I am in high school and interested in pursuing a career in strength and conditioning. Where should I start?  […]

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Coaching Skills – Execution and Success

January 22, 2014

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Contributed by expert Lee Taft Do You Want Success Or To Have It Your Way? Oftentimes, coaches get caught up in having everything done their way. They have no flexibility or willingness to allow their athletes to do things differently. This can become an issue on a team, especially when the athlete is correct. Let’s […]

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What is a movement screen and how can it help identify my risk for injury?

January 8, 2014

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Movement screens in fitness and rehab have been a hot topic and are at the center of many a debate in recent years. There are even several different protocols and philosophies that rehab and fitness professionals subscribe to when using movements analysis to assess their clients risk of injury. A professional may use video analysis, […]

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Is your athlete hypermobile?

December 4, 2013

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Contributed by expert, Dr. Jon Herting. Can your athlete do any of the following things? Hyperextend their elbows  > 10° on either side Hyperextend their knees > 10° on either side Flex their thumbs to contact their forearm on either side Extend their pinky to a > 90° angle to the rest of the hand […]

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Physically Healed, but Psychologically Injured

November 6, 2013

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Contributed by Jermaine Rolle, M.S., CC-AASP – Certified Consultant – Sport Psychology With the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2013-14 season beginning this past week, it marked the return of one of basketball’s stars, Derrick Rose, point guard for the Chicago Bulls.  During the 2012 playoffs, Derrick Rose suffered a season-ending ACL injury that left many […]

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR ROLE WHEN TRAINING YOUNG ATHLETES

November 4, 2013

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Contributed by Lee Taft, Owner of Sports Speed, Etc. and Lee Taft Speed Academy (http://speedinsiders.com/ and http://leetaft.com/)   Far too often, I see coaches and trainers treating young athletes like older and more mature athletes. It has been talked about a lot recently that being too overbearing and “pushy” with young athletes leads to drop out! I […]

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Performance Coaches Must Tell the Truth

October 9, 2013

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Contributed by Lee Taft, Owner of Sports Speed, Etc. and Lee Taft Speed Academy (http://speedinsiders.com/ and http://leetaft.com/) ARE YOU WILLING TO TELL THE TRUTH “Practice! You want me to Practice?” These are the well-known words of a NBA superstar’s interview after he was benched for not attending a practice. When it comes to training, the attitude he […]

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Starting A Savings Plan For The Future

July 31, 2013

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Contributed by Lee Taft, Owner of Sports Speed, Etc. and Lee Taft Speed Academy (http://speedinsiders.com/ and http://leetaft.com/). I will be the first to admit that I am not well versed on all of the savings and retirement plans that are available. Yet, I realize for me to have an enjoyable and successful life when I am in […]

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Let Your Child Find Their Own Way

July 17, 2013

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“Nearly 75 percent of kids who play organized sports quit by age 13. Some find that their skill level hits a plateau and the game is no longer fun. Others simply discover other interests. But too many promising young athletes turn away from sports because their parents become insufferable.” Don’t let this be your child! […]

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The 10 Keys to Keeping your Youth Athlete Healthy – Part 2

July 10, 2013

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Contributed by Jon Herting, PT, DPT, CSCS 1. Foster relationships with people who influence your child’s athletic development. More importantly foster relationships with your child. Get to know your child’s coaches, trainers, rehab specialists, etc. and foster an open forum to discuss your child’s progress. Do not be afraid to ask questions but also do place […]

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