Selecting a Periodization Model

You’ve all likely grown tired of hearing me drone on at times about our long range plan and how one workout is built upon another to reach our long range athletic goals.  The term “Periodization” has likely gone in one ear and out the other more than once. If you want a glimps on what…

Real Opportunity in Youth Sport

I love coincidence since it seems so divinely inspired at times. Throughout the year in coaching freshmen football, I have tried weekly to add small elements of life lessons not just from my experiences but of mental tools I learned from the late great Frosty Westering.  I’ve shared a couple of those character elements that…

Day to Day Approach

It’s interesting and somewhat exciting to see continued injection of science into the training arena. Recent articles have highlighted Shawn Huls of the Philadelphia Eagles and how he is moving that program beyond the ‘bang and clang’ training model. Similarly, Erik Korem is interjecting science in to the training program of the Kentucky Wildcats. Through…

Fat Floppy and Primed Youth

Working with young athletes as well having a few of my own around the house has made me acutely aware of the competitive atmosphere in youth sport.  Similar to adults in the search for the perfect diet pill, there is a drive for the young athlete to find the perfect ‘athlete pill’ that will excel them…

Training Principles to Follow

We’re nearing the end of the school year and are only a few weeks out from Spring practices for football.  While many kids do their ‘own thing’ now rather than follow the off season training program, there may be even more of that when the summer break hits. That’s why I try to impart a…

Clean Training for Power

As either a young athlete or a professional occupational athlete it always remains important to our physical progress to attend to all primary periodized goal sets. For the adult it is far too often that we slow down and jump on a ‘cardio’ machine rather than doing the resistance training at all.  But, even those…

Nutrition for the Athlete

If you fail to read the short article, at least catch this key point  —  food consumption and rest is far more important than supplementation. When Dave Ellis began studying to be a dietician at the University of Nebraska in 1982, combining sports and nutrition into a full-time job was a fresh concept. A student…

Success in Soccer

There are several elements that go into achieving success in soccer. It is similar but different for gaining success in any sport. All technical training being equal, three primary categories of these elements standout…