During the last nearly 50 years, the blood lactate curve and lactate thresholds (LTs) have become important in the diagnosis of endurance performance. However, there are many misconceptions which have lead to misunderstanding in the research literature. Lactate Threshold (LT) is the point at which body converts over from using the Aerobic energy system to […]
For decades the main culprit of fatigue and the thorn in the side of many athletes was a foe called lactic acid. It has been called a waste product of anaerobic metabolism and has been believed to be responsible for the uncomfortable “burn” of intense exercise and directly responsible for the metabolic acidosis of exercise, leading […]
In recent years, it has become popular for S&C Coaches to utilise resistance training with the addition of bands and chains. In this article, we consider the advantages of manipulating an exercise to match the resistance provided with the force capabilities of the lifter, which generally change throughout the movement. We explain how bands and chains can […]
A Strength & Conditioning philosophy is something which defines a S&C Coach. It encompasses many layers some of which can include; how you think in regards sports performance, your system of training as well as your coaching style. As we get more experienced as coaches, our philosophy can change and evolve however big rocks stay the […]
Sprinting is a complex skill orientated task that places a high neuromuscular demand on any athlete and requires high levels of coordinated movement and appropriate sequencing of muscle activations to perform at peak levels. As coaches, we should be aware that acceleration and max velocity sprinting are interlinked but also independently performed movements. This article […]
Olympic Weightlifting has been used for decades as a viable training modality for enhancing athletic performance. The article is intended to provide Strength & Conditioning Coaches with a biomechanical rationale as to why weightlifting exercises are useful to improve athletic performance and how they should be implemented into a training program.
This article reviews the research relating to Plyometric Training and the Stretch Shortening Cycle (SSC). The article is intended to provide Strength & Conditioning Coaches with an oveview of the the SSC, best coaching strategies, testing and monitoring of the SSC, specificity of exercise selection along with other important training concepts related to this method […]
Movement screening is a critical part of preventing injury in athletic population groups. The Movement Compensation Screen (MCS) is a valid clinial assessment tool that can reliably assess players in real-time who may be at risk of injury. Coaches/trainers/healthcare practitioners can now use the screen to assess their athletes/players/clients movement competency in biliateral, unilateral and […]