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How the Best Athletes Crush Absolutely Everything like Magic

Motivation is a product of desire, and no matter how much a coach tries to motivate an athlete, without desire nothing great will be accomplished, and more importantly, nothing great will ever be sustained.  Dr. Waitley in his over 30 years in the sports psychology industry and experience with professional and Olympic athletes has determined that it is not a coach’s job to motivate...

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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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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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How to Use 9 Coaching Guidelines to Enhance Athlete Development

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES In my years as a strength and conditioning professional I have had the opportunity to coach a lot of young athletes, from varying ability levels and many different sports.  I have been involved with organizations responsible for long term youth athlete development: some of which did an excellent job with their task and others who have failed miserably.  At the same time, I have been fortunate enough to work with Olympic, Professional, and high level high school, college, and amateur athletes from many different sports, who all benefitted from coaches and parents who helped foster development and a passion for sports and growth along the way. (9 Coaching Guidelines) Fitness and performance training...

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