Other Authors’ Articles

This will be a running addition of articles that I think are well worth reading from great coaches:

 

Joel Jamieson- The Paradox of the Strength & Conditioning Professional

http://www.8weeksout.com/2012/07/03/the-paradox-of-the-strength-conditioning-professional/

Summary:  Great article on how vital strength & conditioning is (when done correctly) to keeping athletes healthy and performing well.  Bottom line is that you need to work out at a high intensity, lift heavy weights, and get into Han Selye’s “super compensation” phase.  Now obviously this can be overdone, so we need to be aware of the possibilities of overtraining.  But this is where good program design is so valuable.  If the body isn’t pushed out of its comfort zone, especially through heavy lifting for strength development, it will not adapt to anything.

 

Eric Cressey- Four Must Try Mobility Drills

http://www.schwarzenegger.com/fitness/post/four-must-try-mobility-drills

Summary:  A guest post from Eric Cressey through Arnold Schwarzenegger’s website on the importance of movement quality, mobility and stability.  Not many things bother me more than coaches who say tissue quality isn’t important.  Just because an athlete is extremely strong, has great aerobic capacity, or looks “fit,” doesn’t mean they are at any decreased risk of injury if their tissue quality is compromised (which it often is if we don’t devote time to it).  In fact, they are most likely at an increased risk of injury if they have sub par tissue quality.  While I always devote time to this for our athletes, we’ll devote even more time to tissue quality in-season while backing off the lifting a bit.

 

Joel Jamieson- Sports Injuries- Let’s Stop Blaming the Exercise

http://www.8weeksout.com/2012/08/19/sports-injuries-lets-stop-blaming-the-exercise/

Summary:  Great points on how we need to “fit the athlete to the exercise,” if we’re going to use the exercise.  This point is related to why I am constantly assessing how our players move.  Because of the regular issues softball players have, due to the nature of their sport, we avoid particular heavy overhead movements and Olympic Lifts.  Joel makes a great point in his article, which is that no exercise is inherently “bad,” it all just comes down to where you are willing to spend the most time/resources and what issues your players might have.  Everything has a small risk and a large reward; the point just comes down to maximizing that reward and minimizing the risk with exercise selection, volume, and intensity.  I love his points that WE Strength & Conditioning professionals have to take responsibility.  If players are getting hurt, the point isn’t to blame something, the point is to find out why and do everything under our control to fix it.