Sports Specific Training Articles

Click on the titles below to view each article related to Sports Specific Training. Articles cover topics such as complete speed, track and field, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and martial arts.

Complete Speed

Speed Development for the Horizontal Jumper
By Boo Schexnayder

Development of speed for the horizontal jumper is possibly the most important and most difficult task for the coach. In one sense, the development of speed is an extremely simple process. When simple guidelines are followed with patience, the program is typically successful.

Youth Football Specific Speed

Specific strength exercises are fantastic ways to increase the sport and positional specific speed of your youth football athletes – and often much easier to implement within the scope of a practice.

Track and Field

Starting Blocks

Proper acceleration is crucial to the success of track and field sprinters, but can not be achieved without ideal positioning within the starting blocks.

Sprinting Techniques

Sprinting technique is all about power and efficiency. In a sport where ‘elite’ and ‘run of the mill’ are separated by fractions of a second…

Sprinting Workouts

As a coach, you have the responsibility to do your research, find a training plan, and stick to it. You need to commit to a course of action that you believe…

Top 6 Most Effective 300/400 Meter Hurdle Workouts
By Steve McGill

300 and 400 meter hurdle workouts, drills, exercises and variations.

110 and 100 Meter Hurdles
By Jim Giroux

This article will discuss start differences between the sprints and hurdles, takeoff and hurdle clearance, workout variations, drills and training suggestions for different weeks for the 100 and 110 meter hurdles.

Identifying Potential Hurdlers
By Steve McGill

The first thing I look for in identifying potential hurdlers is work ethic. The reason for this is because no matter how tall, how fast, how strong, or how quick an athlete is, he or she cannot be a hurdler without the willingness to put in a lot of hard work and to overcome a tremendous amount of frustration.

Teaching the Long Jump to Young Jumpers
By Lee Taft

When introducing a young jumper the event of long jumping it is wise to start with the one thing you know they can do; Run. Make no mistake about it; if the athlete isn’t fast they will never be a great long jumper. Speed is what carries the jumper to…

Long Jump Approach
By Adarian Barr

The long jump approach is difficult to master. The ability to attain top horizontal speed (velocity) that can be transferred into vertical speed at take-off while maintaining maximum horizontal speed is the difference between a far jump and a not so far jump.

Coaching the Long Jump
By Boo Schexnayder

Teaching the long jump involves addressing all the skills in a fashion that orders skills from simple to complex. This is done through several teaching progressions that occur simultaneously.

Long Jump
By Jim Giroux

Regardless of the level your athletes are, to long jump they will need to 1) Accelerate to maximum controllable speed 2) Transition this approach into a takeoff and 3) Land the jump in as efficient a manner as possible.

Long Jump Checklist
By Patrick Beith

Things to look for on proper long jump mechanics.

High Jump Drills
By Jim Giroux

Before we get into the high jump drills, the high jump has an Approach that contains a transition from linear to a curve. It has a Takeoff that is similar to the long jump, employing a penultimate and takeoff step. Lastly, it has Bar Clearance and Landing in the pit.

Coaching the Triple Jump

By Boo Schexnayder

Teaching the triple jumps involves addressing all the skills in a fashion that orders skills from simple to complex. This is done through several teaching progressions that occur simultaneously.

Pole Vault – Preparation

By Luis M. Rosiles

The art of pole vaulting has so many articles and books written from beginners to master vaulters. It is safe to say that pretty much all generally say the same thing: the run, the pole carry, the plant, the drive, the swing, the turn around and the release.

200 Meter Training

The main problem with inexperienced 200 meter runners is the fact they run the race like it’s the 55, i.e., they try to sprint the whole thing. The reason so many athletes get run down in the deuce is because they treat it like it’s a race to the straight away.

Sprint Training
By Tony Veney

You need to know what the body is affected by when you sprint, and you need to train those areas and perfect them so that when it’s time to “punch” it, they “punch it” like a Top Fuel Funny Car and not like the neighborhood garbage truck.

Horizontal Jumping 101
By Cameron Gary

Running and jumping (along with lifting and throwing) are the most fundamental of human athletic movements. In this article we’ll look at the basics as they relate to jumping in general and horizontal jumping (long jump and triple jump) in particular.

Horizontal Jumping 101, Part II

By Cameron Gary

It is no accident that almost all good horizontal jumpers are capable, if not outstanding sprinters. Since we know that sprinting is a series of jumps,let’s look at how we might utilize some of the general principles covered in Part One.

Speed Development for the Horizontal Jumper
By Boo Schexnayder

Development of speed for the horizontal jumper is possibly the most important and most difficult task for the coach. In one sense, the development of speed is an extremely simple process. When simple guidelines are followed with patience, the program is typically successful.

Football

Football Speed – 7 Tips to a Faster 40
By Patrick Beith

This is the time of the season where I am sure that you are asked the same question over and over. ‘How do I run a faster 40?’

Football Speed Training – Tips to a Faster 40 II
By Patrick Beith

Getting in best position possible to start will set up your entire 40 yard run. Now, let’s get you that blazing speed you have looking for during the actual run of the 40.

Keys to Developing Football Players
By Jason Hadeed

The science of off-season training has evolved dramatically since the thought of even training for sport although some schools of thought have not. I am a big believer of creating bigger, faster, stronger, and more conditioned athletes but the approach I use is not the most accepted approach in the industry.

Youth Football Specific Speed

Specific strength exercises are fantastic ways to increase the sport and positional specific speed of your youth football athletes – and often much easier to implement within the scope of a practice.

Basketball

Basketball Speed Starts With Stopping
By Lee Taft

Basketball speed starts with stopping. First step speed and acceleration is king in the sport of basketball.

The “Final Four” of Basketball Conditioning

By Lee Taft

Many years ago, I developed a set of conditioning drills for my basketball players and named them the “Final Four” of drills. There are four drills that are completed on a time frame which somewhat mimic basketball speed, but are slightly longer in duration compared to a normal sequence of plays, at least in the duration of intensity.

Warm Up Your Basketball Workouts
By Glenn Harris

The sport of basketball is a highly technical game involving excellent hand/eye coordination however it is also a game that involves a tremendous amount of conditioning. However, before any competition or conditioning can begin it is my job to make sure that the team is thoroughly warmed up and ready to play.

Baseball

Improve Your Base Stealing
By Lee Taft

Speed for any athlete always begins with starting technique. If the stance is bad the start will be bad. For a baseball player, stealing is about initial action, starting speed, and acceleration speed. The body must be in a position that allows for forces to be generated quickly…

How to Be a Great Thief at the Diamond
By Lee Taft

Each and every baseball player on the field must have their senses heightened preparing for the ball to be hit like a missile in any part of the field. Not only do the defensive players need to be ready to act the offensive players on base must be ready to move as well. Let’s look closer at a few positions on the field and how they can be quicker in getting to the ball or advancing on the bases.

Dynamic Warm up for Baseball Players
By Matt Daily

Baseball is not a slow or “static” sport. When playing baseball, the playing actions are centered around power, acceleration, explosiveness, and movements. Here is how to get your baseball players ready to play.

Offseason Training for Baseball
By Dana Cavalea

What program can you prescribe for me, based on my individual needs, to enhance throwing velocity and bat speed to meet my genetic potential? This question shows that this athlete is willing to stay focused and committed to a goal that is within reach for them.

Soccer

Soccer Agility Drills
By Patrick Beith

The ability to stop, start, cut and sprint are extremely crucial skills needed to be successful in soccer. Here are 6 of our top soccer agility drills for players that can be used and are great in a team setting.

Defensive Soccer Drills
By Patrick Beith

A lot of emphasis is placed on the offensive side of soccer, but like you know, it might not be flashy but defense wins games. Here are 6 great defensive soccer drills that you can take to practice today.

Testing for Soccer
By Patrick Beith

You need a measurable way of assessing the success of your soccer program – something you can track and something you can quantify in order to compare before, during, and after season results – how do you accomplish this?

Lacrosse

Lacrosse Speed Training
By Corey Crane

A 12-Week Progressive Power, Speed, Agility and Conditioning Program for Lacrosse. Developing a speed and conditioning program specifically lacrosse requires you to analyze the metabolic demands for the sport.

Lacrosse In-Season
By Corey Crane

A proper in-season strength and conditioning plan has multiple dimensions. The primary goal of an in-season resistance program is to further increase or at least maintain power, strength and endurance.

Conditioning Lacrosse Players
By Pete Koeniges

The distance they run during a typical game is broken down into sprints ranging from 20-50 yards at a time. Between these sprints they will either be resting in the bench area, playing defense, or running their offensive set.

Functional Training for Lacrosse
By Brian Yeager

Try incorporating these exercises into your lacrosse off-season training and I can guarantee you will see and feel a difference on the field.

Martial Arts

Core Training for Martial Artists
By Alwyn Cosgrove

The mid section of the body, as most of you realize, this is where all the power in kicks, punches and throws is generated. Basically if you improve core stability and strength, you will improve your martial arts ability across the board.

Top 10 Martial Arts Tips
By Alwyn Cosgrove

Applying the principles of scientific training– I have come up with ten training guidelines for the combat athlete that must be present to ensure competitive success.

Combat Core Training
By Jim Smith

I recently had a chance to sit down with Jim Smith, CSCS of the Diesel Crew and the author of Combat Core. I was able to get the low down on his new product and talk to him about what “real” core strength is all about.

Speed Training for Combat Athletes
By Jason Ferruggia

If you have been making conditioning the focus of your training while hardly giving speed work a second thought, it’s time for a change. Prioritize speed training for the next few months and watch the difference it can make in your performance.

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