Improving lateral movement

March 23rd, 2017

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The Effects of Frontal- and Sagittal-Plane Plyometrics on Change-of-Direction Speed and Power in Adolescent Female Basketball Players

January 11th, 2016

Plyometrics is a popular training modality for basketball players to improve power and change-of-direction speed. Most plyometric training has used sagittal-plane exercises, but improvements in change-of-direction speed have been greater in multi-direction programs. Read the rest of this entry »

How do we view athleticism?

December 17th, 2015

ESPN interviewed NFL players about the best athletes on their teams, and the answers were insightful, as they represent how we view athleticism. Read the rest of this entry »

Movers to athletes to specialists

October 13th, 2015

Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, October 2015.

As their 13-year-old daughters played in their first soccer game of the spring season, the mothers discussed their dedication to their children, and their children’s dedication to the game. One mother spoke about her older daughter, a high-school sophomore, who missed the fall soccer season because of knee surgery. This caught my attention, and I scanned the field: Four of the 22 players – 12 and 13 years old – on the field wore bulky knee braces indicative of some form of injury.  Read the rest of this entry »

Deceptive athleticism

May 17th, 2015

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The Well-Coordinated Body

September 4th, 2012

In May, I wrote about developing jump shooters and referenced Moshe Feldenkrais and the well-organized body. This is something that I see, but is hard to explain. Read the rest of this entry »

Roger Federer and Athleticism

February 3rd, 2011

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Athleticism and athletic flaws

May 8th, 2010

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 4.

Stability, Sport and Performance Movement by Joanne Elphinston concludes with a couple important points: Read the rest of this entry »