Showing posts from July, 2002

Summer Conditioning Recap

Like high school football coaches all over America, we are winding down our summer conditioning program and getting ready for the task at hand... playing football. We have, however, had great feedback from our athletes, who as a whole have not had an organized strength training program presented to them like it was this summer. In all fairness to our school's coaches there has always been an interest to develop strength in our athletes. However, this has always been limited to small groups of kids such as the wrestlers or the shot putters, not the overall school body. This summer we saw our numbers remains consistent from week 1 to week 9 reaching most sport programs except for those in which a coach forbid his athletes to participate. Even in those cases we had some representatives present for training. We attribute much of our success this summer to the following: Enthusiastic Coaches: In a reflection of strength training America we, as coaches, disagreed about various element

25th Annual NSCA Convention

  "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." -William Shakespeare Although was not able to attend the 25th Annual NSCA Convention, Coach Gary Gant from Apple Valley, California was, and sent us this report. We sincerely hope that this forum can help to educate coaches that safe, productive, and efficient training methods are not unheard of or un-sound philosophies. Coach Gant serves as yet another voice, frustrated at the one-sidedness of  much of America's strength training discourse. I had the privilege this weekend of attending the 25th anniversary and conference for the National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA). This was my first NSCA conference, my primary job is that of an athletic trainer and I usually attend NATA conventions. I learned a lot of valuable information, and most importantly information that I can use right away. One thing that troubled me was the anti-HIT (High Intensity Training) rhetoric. I could not count how many

Pro Athletes/Elite vs High School Athletes/Safety- Part II

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter- it is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." -Mark Twain Before getting into the next edition of Dear StrongerAthletes we want to share two recent e-mails. Coach Jim Bryan, after reading the latest posts, feels that many coaches are missing the point of what is all about. He writes... "I know it gets frustrating. It seems you have to agree with them, [non-Olympic Lifting coaches], or you're not right. Does that seem a bit presumptuous? You're wrong but they're not. Seems to be a bit one sided. Why won't they really read your site and then reflect? Are they so afraid they may actually learn something? Another thing you can point out is that many of the coaches that don't use Olympic movements used to be Olympic Lifters and some used to be coaches and/or champions. They/we have just learned a different approach. Is it

Pro Athletes / Elite vs High School Athletes / Safety

"Fall seven times, stand up eight." -Japanese Proverb Dear StrongerAthletes:Pro Athletes/Elite vs High School Athletes/Safety Since last week's reply to misinterpretations of our website, we have received several e-mails from members of that particular list-serve. It almost seems that we have turned into a soap opera for their reading pleasure. What follows below is a letter we received... sort of like a spin-off of last week's post.'s reply follows in BLUE . Dear, I must first tell you that I am an Olympic lift proponent and work with several elite levels from various sports and of various ages. I have also written several articles about the Olympic lift variations for the training of athletes. Nevertheless I hope that you will not perceive my letter as antagonistic. I would only wish to make several objective comments in regard to your listing of supposed "Non Olympic lift teams". Coach Thibaudeau expresses

Misinterpreted by Message Board

"Everyone must row with the oars he has." -English Proverb It was brought to our attention recently by one of our readers that was receiving some unflattering posts on a strength training message board. It should be noted that message boards are to be avoided by general rule due to the anonymity of their nature. However, the moderator of this message board clearly stands behind his statements and that is to be commended. That is why we feel the necessity to "clear our name" in light of these recent misconceptions that other readers may have as well. Please keep in mind we are NOT picking a fight. We sincerely wish to end that kind of discourse when dealing with strength training topics. Not until coaches of differing philosophies can maturely discuss these issues will any coach actually be able to learn something from the other side. In fact, we applaud Dr. Siff's work in the field of strength and conditioning we simply wish to clarify som