Warm-up/Cool down

Time spent on warming up and cooling down may help improve an athlete's level of performance and accelerate the recovery process needed before and after training or competition. Research suggests that the use of dynamic stretches - slow controlled movements through the full range of motion - are the most appropriate exercises for the warm-up. By contrast, [...]

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Recovery runs – Slow down to speed up

Occasionally slowing down your pace can actually make you run faster in the long-term. That means running at a pace that doesn’t tax your body. The most common mistake most [...]

Indoor/Winter Track & Field

Competing this winter may be the ticket to fast times during the spring! The winter indoor season serves as a dress rehearsal for what’s to come outdoors. Many of the [...]

Plyometrics

Speed and strength are integral components of fitness found in varying degrees in virtually all athletic movements. Simply put the combination of speed and strength is power. [...]

Training

Sports performance training is the physical and mental process of working toward specific athletic, performance or fitness goals through a regimented program. Research shows [...]

Conditioning

One of the misconceptions in the sports world is that a sports person gets in shape by just playing or taking part in his/her chosen sport. If a stationary level of [...]

Coordination

Coordination is the topic in this installment of the 5 Key Areas of Athletic Performance. Coordination is the ability to repeatedly execute a sequence of movements smoothly [...]

Flexibility – Mobility

What is flexibility? Flexibility, mobility and suppleness all mean the range of limb movement around joints. In any movement there are two groups of muscles at work: [...]

What is Speed?

Speed, one of the 5 Key Areas of Athletic Performance, is the quickness of movement of a limb, whether this is the legs of a runner or the arm of the shot putter. Speed is an [...]

5 Key Areas – Endurance part 3

In this final installment on Endurance (one of the 5 Key Areas of athletic performance) we will introduce Speed Endurance and Strength Endurance. Speed endurance Speed [...]

5 Key Areas – Endurance part 2

The five key areas that contribute to improved athletic performance are Speed, Strength, Coordination, Flexibility and Endurance. The types of endurance are aerobic endurance, [...]