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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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Tips for Helping Young Athletes Set Better Goals

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES Every new athlete at my former fitness and performance training company, Finish First Sports Performance, was required to complete an introductory questionnaire, which included an exercise where he/she must list a few athletic and life goals.  The point of this activity was to get each athlete or client thinking about setting goals and beginning the accountability process.  I gave each person as much time as they needed to think about the goals they would write down, and offered questions that helped them think about what their goals really were.   In order to set better goals, they would first need to clearly identify their ‘why’, they would need to find the root of...

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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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