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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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How The 'Snap Down' Drill Builds Explosive Athletes From the Ground Up

For athletes to truly grasp what it takes to be faster, more explosive and more agile, they must understand the relationship between their feet and th...

How to Build Real Soccer Agility

The most common question I get from soccer parents and coaches is how to improve agility on the pitch. After all, soccer is a game of multi-directi...

Why Seeing a Physical Therapist—Even if You Don't Think You're Injured—Can Make You a Better Athlete

If you've ever played a sport or engaged in serious strength training, odds are good that you've been injured at one point or another. The trauma c...

Pete Rose's 6 Tips for Breaking out of a Slump

Ted Williams once said that hitting a baseball is the most difficult thing to do in sports. Pete Rose made it look effortless. Rose's 4,256 care...

Why 'Anti' Movements Are an Athlete's Key to Functional Core Strength

Functional core strength. It's one of the most debated topics in fitness and athletic performance. In the context of athletics, "functional" means ...

If You're Simply Assigning Sets and Reps, You're Failing as a Strength and Conditioning Coach

Strength and conditioning coaches have never been more important. While the one-sentence job description for the role might be something as simple ...

Why It's Better for Young Athletes to Lift 'Too Light' Rather Than 'Too Heavy'

The high school sports landscape has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. In that time, athletic departments have implemented strength trai...

Why a Hard Workout Isn't Always a Good Workout

We live in a society that often equates "more" with "better." Going overboard is engrained in American culture, and our approach to fitness is no d...

Italian Soccer Team Shares Ingenious Drills for Training Keepers to Save Deflections

Deflections are a goalkeeper's worst nightmare. They think they have a bead on the ball, only to have it re-direct off an attacker or their own def...

Soccer Pro Kristen Hamilton Reveals Two Simple Ways Young Players Can Improve Their Games

Kristen Hamilton is elite. The 26-year-old forward was a first-team All-American at the University of Denver, and she's also the school's all-time ...

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