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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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You Can Perform These 'No Excuses' Exercises Anytime, Anywhere

Sports conditioning, fitness and health professionals hear many excuses why people skip exercise. They're too tired to train; no time to exercise; bad...

Why 'Toughing Out' Shin Splints Is a Terrible Idea for Athletes

Overuse injuries tend to creep up on you and slowly get worse until you are no longer able to compete. Many runners deal with shin splints at some poi...

The Best Bodyweight Exercises for Soccer Players

Soccer strength training is a bit scarce in the United States at the high school level and below. Many coaches (wrongly) believe that they can send th...

How Alex Morgan's College Soccer Coach Helped Her Train to Be a Superstar

If your practice doesn't mimic what you'll face during games, maybe it's time to rethink things. Alex Morgan, star forward for the U.S. Women's Nat...

Why Quality Over Quantity Is the Secret to Building Speed

Legend has it that Kobe Bryant made upward of 1,000 shots per day during his offseason. There are NFL receivers who brag about how many balls they ...

5 Things Sport Coaches Need to Know About Strength Training

During my time as a high school strength and conditioning coach, I found that the best outcomes for our athletes occurred when the sport coach and I w...

Why Balance Is Your Key to Better Olympic Weightlifting Performance

Balance is critical in Olympic lifting. Not balance as in being able to stabilize yourself on one leg, but balance as in being a well-rounded athle...

Every Youth Soccer Coach Should Steal This Drill From the U.S. Women's National Team

The United States Women's National Soccer team is inspiring to watch. The creativity and precision they display with their passes is a big reason t...

How to Improve Female Athlete Participation in the Weight Room

As a first-year high school head strength and conditioning coach, one of the biggest concerns I faced was female athlete participation. Although ma...

What Do We Mean When We Say 'Athletic?'

What is athletic? Seriously, have you ever asked yourself exactly what it is that makes someone "athletic," or what the definition of "athletic" ac...

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