Training Articles

Sports performance training is the physical and mental process of working toward specific athletic, performance or fitness goals through a regimented program. Research shows that to significantly improve sports performance, overall athleticism and physical ability, athletes must complete training sessions in addition to playing their sport. Training refers to the workouts, exercises and drills they perform outside of organized practices to improve their Strength, Speed, Conditioning and Flexibility, as well to rehab and prevent injury. Well-rounded programs also include Sports Psychology training. Maximize your sports performance with advice from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

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What Should I Do if One Side of My Body Is Stronger Than the Other?

We strive to be creatures of symmetry. Yet imbalances are all but unavoidable. And every day, we reinforce many of our body's physical imbalances t...

The Drills and Skills That Drive FC Barcelona's Youth System

FC Barcelona is a soccer machine. Since 2008, the club has won seven La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles. As Alabama is to col...

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Finisher Around The Rim

Finishing around the basket. Consistently converting on your close-range opportunities can help you fill up the stat sheet in a hurry and open thin...

Why Soccer Players Need Rotational Power (and How to Build it)

If you want to be the best soccer player possible, you need rotational power. While I am all for Squats, Lunge variations, Pull-ups, Push-ups and D...

What Is Range of Motion, and Why Is it so Important?

Range of motion. It's a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, including here on STACK.com, but do you really know what it means? Let's ...

3 Surefire Methods for Increasing Your Shooting Percentage

You already know how to shoot. You've mastered your basic form and have gotten comfortable with utilizing it during games. But your shooting percen...

Can Your One-Rep Max Really Predict Your Jumping and Sprinting Ability?

"Just get stronger." These words are repeated over and over by many strength and conditioning coaches, leading athletes to believe strength is the ...

How I Conquered My 'Runner's Knee' Pain

Every day millions of people suffer from knee pain. Some know the cause of their pain, and others do not. I was recently afflicted with knee pain t...

Why Young Athletes Shouldn't Lift Every Day

I've begun to notice a troubling trend with my athletes. As a director of strength and conditioning at a private high school, I oversee many liftin...

New Research Shows Aerobic Activity Shortly After Sustaining a Concussion Drastically Decreases Recovery Time

For decades, the prescription for a concussion was rest, rest and more rest. Only once the symptoms subsided should exercise resume. But new res...

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