Factors Affecting Athletic Performance

There are many factors that affect athletic performance.  The following diagram is a basic outline of what those factors are.  Each factor can be a post on it’s own so this will be an overview and we will go deeper with each aspect through the next few days.  If you look at the triangle you…

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Building a Proper Soccer Development Program

Before starting any program it is imperative for strength and conditioning coaches to conduct a detailed analysis of the demands of a sport, identifying key evaluation points that can be tested to measure the athlete’s current state and to measure the development of the athlete throughout the program. Soccer is a sport that places high…

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9 Weight Loss Mistakes

Whether you are a young athlete or a mom it is easy to get caught up in all of the diet myths that travel the internet.  Changing your lifestyle, or dietary habits, can be very difficult even when you know that what you are doing isn’t going to help you reach your goals.  The following…

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Consistency in Running is Vital

Consistency in running is absolutely necessary if you want to run to your potential. Running at 90% of your ability for a few weeks, followed by running at 99% of your ability for a few weeks, then a week of recovery is an example used by some running coaches. It is used, not because it…

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Three Principles to Help You Run Faster Part 3, Hydration

Hydration is always important in running. Athletes should consume water throughout the day and not wait until they are thirsty. It is recommended that runners start exercise in a euhydrated state, which is a state of sufficient hydration (not too much and not too little). The best way to measure this is through body weight.…

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Three Principles to Help You Run Faster Part 2, Eating

  The second principle that will dramatically influence your running ability is eating.  I can spend all day talking about nutrition but I don’t want to bore you with that. Instead I want to focus on what factors influence food choices and how those food choices influence your running success.   I was sitting in…

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Three Principles to Help You Run Faster

Over the next few days I will highlight three simple principles that will help improve your running performance dramatically.  The first of these principles is eating, sleeping and hydration.  Today we will cover how sleep, or lack of sleep, contributes to performance.   Exercise improves sleep quality, which can help recovery and thus subsequent training…

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