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The 6 Movement Patterns that will make Quick Improvements

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, TPI1, RPR In order to create effective performance training programs (think improvements), it is important for a strength coach to understand how to analyze the functions/demands of a sport.  In this post, I’d like to mention 6 movement patterns (fundamental) for quick and lasting improvements and examples of each. Whether you are a parent, athlete, or coach, it’s useful to know these patterns to recognize if your program is using them for your development or the development of your athletes. Using these 6 movement patterns, it is possible for a less experienced coach to design “functionally” based performance programs.  Implementing all of these patterns into a program can help an athlete move better, and lead...

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Truth About Sleep that will Challenge You to Be Better

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, RPR1, TPI1   In a previous post I wrote about the 11 effective habits to give you better sleep. As a parent of 4, sometimes I find it very difficult to get my kids in their beds and asleep at somewhat regular or normal times.  I cannot stress enough how important sleep is not only for our health, but also for improvements in fitness in sports performance. So, in this post, I am going to provide more detailed information showing just how important sleep is to performance and fitness. (If you want some tips to sleep better, see the previous post on Sleep). I’d like to share with you some information from a...

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How to Improve in Sports Using Dynamic Vision Training

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, TPI1 If you’ve been around sports long enough, you’ve most likely come across some videos, commercials,, articles, or interviews of elite athletes doing some sort of dynamic vision training.  While it is not new, our understanding of what it is and how it works is getting more advanced, and the benefits have been proven and realized at every level.  I believe it was LSU football (wide receivers) that was using vision training tactics in high stress situations in their practices last year leading up to winning the National Championship.  USA Hockey and MLB players frequently use dynamic vision training programs, and students at the US Air Force Academy have access to one of...

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Focus on these 3 Main Things for Youth Athletic Success

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, TPI1 Successful coaches and athletes alike understand and appreciate the value of proper preparation and its relationship to achieving success in sports competition.  But what many athletes and coaches don't understand are the three main components that need to be addressed for optimal athletic success: physical preparation, tactical/technical preparation, and mental or psychological preparation. Physical Preparation Physical preparation is any type of training that addresses the physical elements of sports such as mobility, flexibility, strength, speed, power, acceleration, deceleration, dynamic vision, reaction time, and sports nutrition. All of these elements need to be addressed to help best prepare an athlete or team for successful sports competition. Tactical/Technical Preparation Tactical/technical preparation is training specific...

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11 Effective Habits to Give You Better Sleep

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES Parents, athletes, and coaches have known for years that getting plenty of sleep is one of the most important factors in optimal recovery in sports.  One of the least expensive fitness and performance factors that can have a huge impact on results is giving yourself high quality sleep.  Getting better sleep is a requirement for you to perform better in not only sports and fitness, but also your work and life activities. However, it still seems that most people are deprived of quality sleep, and as a result, often not achieving full recovery from activities, work, games, practices and/or workouts.  I want to provide you with proven habits and helpful tips for better...

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