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Sports performance training is the physical and mental process of working toward specific athletic, performance or fitness goals through a regimented program. Research shows that to significantly improve sports performance, overall athleticism and physical ability, athletes must complete training sessions in addition to playing their sport. Training refers to the workouts, exercises and drills they perform outside of organized practices to improve their Strength, Speed, Conditioning and Flexibility, as well to rehab and prevent injury. Well-rounded programs also include Sports Psychology training. Maximize your sports performance with advice from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

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How Obstacle Courses Can Reintroduce Play to America's Kids

Kids crave movement. They want to jump, skip, climb, sprint, crawl, dive and tumble. They want to explore what their bodies are capable of, even if...

Why Chasing Six-Pack Abs Shouldn't Be a High Priority for Athletes

Do you want to look good or perform good? Some of the world's top athletes have six-pack abs. Some of them don't. Despite what the common perceptio...

What is 'Scanning'? The Overlooked Skill That Builds the Foundation of Brilliant Soccer Players

"Pictures! Pictures!" That was what Frank Lampard, three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, grew up hearing his father shout from the sidelines. His ...

Tobin Heath's Lower-Body Soccer Workout

Tobin Heath is the only member of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team who's won NCAA, NWSL, World Cup and Olympic titles. ESPN recently dubbed the 3...

Why the Split Snatch Is My Favorite Lift for Athletes

The Clean (both the squat and power versions) has become the premier lift for those wishing to test or demonstrate power and explosiveness in the weig...

Every Soccer Player Should Know This Drill From the U.S. Women's National Team

The United States Women's National Soccer team is inspiring to watch. The creativity and precision they display with their passes is a big reason t...

6 Common Training Mistakes Tearing Up Your Rotator Cuff

Rotator cuff training is boring. It's like the broccoli of lifting weights; you know you should eat some, but you'd rather just skip to dessert (which...

How Strength and Conditioning Coaches Can Identify Heat Illnesses

Roughly one year ago, Maryland football was going through a spring conditioning practice when 19-year-old Jordan McNair collapsed from heat stroke. He...

Why Better Rotation Is One of the Most Overlooked Ways to Increase Athletic Performance

First we build movement proficiency in a pattern. Then we build strength in that pattern. Lastly, we develop power to take our development of a patter...

The Painful-Yet-Effective Strategy That Will Add Reps to Your Bench Press Test

One of the most common combine events is the Bench Press for reps. At the NFL Combine, it's performed with 225 pounds. At the NBA Combine, it's done w...

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